Outdoors

Fishing report: Dec. 31, 2014

BEST BET

Captain Kristian Demblans of Reel G Florida Keys Fishing Adventures out of Key Largo reported trolling offshore of Key Largo with rigged ballyhoo and small squids has been producing good catches of wahoo and sailfish. On the reefs, there has been a very good yellowtail and mutton snapper bite. Captain Mo Estevez of New Dawn Charters reported having hot action from Spanish mackerel in 40 feet of water offshore of Key Biscayne.

MIAMI-DADE/BROWARD

Captain Gil Gutierrez of Lucky Fishing Charters out of TNT Marina in Keystone Point reported most of his offshore fishing trips have been for bottom fish as his clients try to catch their last grouper of the season. Fishing the artificial reefs and deeper ledges offshore of Miami, his clients have had good action on gag, red and black groupers. A few cobias and mutton snappers and an assortment of jacks have also taken live baits intended for the groupers. Jerry Chaves of Aventura took his grandsons Spencer and Jake Nachman of Jacksonville out fishing in Biscayne Bay. Fishing with live pilchards and Rapala X Raps, the three anglers caught 16 Spanish mackerel, four kingfish, jack crevalles, bluerunners, mangrove snapper and three red groupers. Captain Alan Sherman of Get Em Sportfishing Charters was their guide. Captain Jimbo Thomas of Thomas Flyer Charters out of Miamarina at Bayside reported finding dolphins feeding in the mornings in depths from 300 to 600 of feet of water. Near the reef, scattered kingfish and a few sailfish were available.

KEYS

Captain Scott Yetter of Sight Fish Charters out of Cudjoe Key reported mild conditions in the lower Keys are producing very good bonefish, small tarpon and permit action. On the cooler days, there has been good action from redfish, barracudas, sea trout, jacks, ladyfish and sharks around the mullet muds and moats on the Gulf side. Captain Bill Hauck from the party boat Sea King out of Marathon reported during recent bottom-fishing trips that his anglers are limiting out on yellowtail snappers. Captain Bruce Andersen of Captain Easy Charters out of Islamorada reported having limit catches of kingfish, a few mutton snappers, dolphins, blackfin tuna, sailfish wahoo and blackfin tuna. The action has been outside the outer reef.

TREASURE COAST

Nedra Maxwell with the Sebastian Inlet District reported that jetty fishermen continue to do well on sheepshead, black drum, bluefish, a few pompano, redfish, flounder, sea trout, Spanish mackerel and catch-and-release snook. The top baits this week have been clam strips, live shrimp and shiny spoons. Captain Tom Van Horn of Mosquito Coast Fishing Charters reported fishermen working the No-Motor Zone in the Indian River Lagoon can target tailing large black drum. This is a great time to target that drum using a fly. Offshore near the beaches, tripletail can be caught near markers and buoys, and cobias will be following manta rays. Surf fishermen will have some decent action at pompano, whiting, bluefish and Spanish mackerel.

FLORIDA BAY

Captain Jim Hobales of Caught Lookin Fishing Charters fished the backcountry of Whitewater and Oyster Bays and had nonstop action from sea trout, jacks and ladyfish. The fish were eating jig heads tipped with soft plastics and Rapala Twitchin Raps. Captain Nestor Alvisa of Hooked on Flamingo Charters reported catching a lot of redfish on shrimp and jigs in Florida Bay and quite a few tripletail on the crab-trap floats in the Gulf.

SOUTHWEST COAST

Captain Jon Fetter of Catch the Cure Fishing Charters out of Estero Bay reported that early mornings are producing steady catches of sea trout, with a few being oversized. The trout are eating shrimp on jig heads over the flats and in the passes. Anglers fishing small hooks and pieces of shrimp next to pilings, rocks, oyster bars and mangroves will find plenty of sheepshead. Redfish are holding along the deeper mangrove shorelines and oyster bars and have been eating live shrimp on jigs and fished under a float.

FRESHWATER

Alan Zaremba of World Wide Peacock Bass charters reported the urban canals have had mixed results because of fluctuating water temperatures. Some peacock bass are setting up their beds for spawning while others are scattered out along shorelines. Snook have been biting next to bridge pilings, with the top bait being a Rapala floating minnow. In the Everglades, where you can find low water levels, quite a few small largemouth bass can be caught on the floating minnows and Sanko worms.

Capt. Alan Sherman

shermana@bellsouth.net

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