This week’s best bet: Kingfish, tilefish, vermillion and yellow-eye snappers off of Haulover


The Kelley Fleet out of Haulover Marina reported having good action from kingfish in the 10-pound range plus a few tilefish and a good number of vermillion and yellow-eye snappers during their day trips. Captain Dave Kostyo of Knot Nancy Charters out of TNT Marina in Keystone reported you must find an isolated pocket of warmer water to get into hungry tarpon offshore of Miami Beach. The tarpon are going for large live shrimp and medium size crabs.


During a two-boat charter in Biscayne Bay, Yamaha Motor Company LTD.’s representatives Takaaki Kimura, Tatsumi Okawa, Masami Saruta, Shingo Yamagami and Ken Takase caught and released snappers, groupers, trigger fish, Spanish mackerel and over two dozen barracudas to 10 pounds. Captain Alan Sherman of Get Em Sportfishing Charters and captain Nestor Alvisa of Hooked on Flamingo Charters were their guides. Captain Jimbo Thomas from the charter boat Thomas Flyer out of Bayside Market Place in Miami reported fishing offshore of Miami Beach has been tough. In depths from 80 feet out to 200 feet of water there have been a few kingfish, blackfin tuna and skip jack tuna and an occasional sailfish. Further offshore in 500 feet of water there are a few dolphins to be caught.


Captain Jack Carlson from Two Conchs Charters out of Marathon reported fishing offshore over the reefs was very good for yellowtail and mangrove snappers. The deeper wrecks offshore produced mutton snappers to 15 pounds, African pompano, big jacks and larger mangrove snappers. The patch reefs were good as well with plenty of catch and release groupers. In Florida Bay the Spanish mackerel bite continues to be excellent. Most of the fish were caught using Mustad Demon circle hooks and 20 to 40 pound leaders and Mustad Ultra jigs with a wire leader. Brett Hogan out of the Holiday Inn in Key Largo reported the offshore boats were doing well with yellowtail and mutton snappers over the reefs. On the patches there were plenty of mangrove snappers, mackerel, hogfish and catch and release groupers. Outside the reef wahoo, sailfish and blackfin tuna were in good supply. In Florida Bay fishermen were catching snapper and sea trout.


Nedra Maxwell of the Sebastian Inlet District reported fishing in and around the Sebastian Inlet turned on again and fishermen was catching bluefish in the three to four pound range, Spanish mackerel, snook, redfish, black drum, sheepshead, pompano and flounder. The mackerel and bluefish were going after shiny spoons, the snook and redfish were hitting Flare Hawk jigs, the black drum and sheepshead were eating clams and shrimp, the flounder were going after live and dead finger mullet and the pompano were eating sand fleas, Doc’s Goofy jigs and shrimp.


Captain Jim Hobales of Caught Lookin Charters reported cold and dirty water has slowed the fishing in Florida Bay. There has been a few snook, redfish and black drum in the Cape Sable area and sea trout over the cleaner grassy areas. Captain Neil Baron fished the backcountry of Joe River and easily limited out on mangrove snappers to 14 inches. The snappers ate live shrimp on a knocker rig and they caught close to forty snappers.


Captain Rob Modys of Soul Mate Charters out of Fort Myers reported cold and windy weather along with tons of black colored freshwater that is being released from Lake Okeechobee has made inshore and near shore fishing challenging. Finding clean water has been the key to finding the fish. In areas that have clean water sea trout, sheepshead and redfish can be caught using live shrimp under a float or shrimp on a jig head. The offshore waters when fishable have been producing groupers and snappers.


Jim Crego from Slim’s Fishing Camp in Belle Glade reported wild shiner fishermen working the dirty water edge around Tree Island and Ritta Island are catching largemouth bass to 11 pounds. Worm fishermen using dark color worms with glitter are catching bass as well but not as many or as big. Speckle perch fisherman using live Missouri minnows are catching their limits of spec’s in just a few hours. The best action has been between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. The specs are biting in the Hillsboro canal and in the dynamite holes.

Capt. Alan Sherman