Captain Kevin Drennan of Slammer Guide Service out of Stuart reported having doubleheader catches of large porgies on almost every drop to the bottom in 75 feet of water straight out of the Saint Lucie Inlet. A few mutton snappers are mixed in with the porgies. On the surface, the sailfish bite is picking up and there have been some nice-sized dolphins, barracudas and bonito caught. Spanish mackerel fishing has been red-hot in Peck’s Lake. Kingfish are biting just a little farther out of Peck’s Lake and around the baitfish schools. A few cobias are mixed in.
Captain Dave Kostyo of Knot Nancy Charters out of TNT Marina in Keystone reported the late-night tarpon action in Biscayne Bay has been very productive. Using live shrimp for bait, his anglers have released up to five tarpon in the 35- to 70-pound range. Captain Andy Roydhouse from Fishing Headquaters.com reported the catch of a 51-pound bull dolphin that was landed by angler Tom Ledvina of Iowa. The giant dolphin was hooked in 250 feet of water and ate a goggle eye fished under a kite offshore of Port Everglades. Ledvina was fishing on the boat Big Game with captain Rod Roydhouse. Local angler Mary Muratori won the Rybovich award during the 2014 International Game Fish Association’s annual tournament. Muratori caught 101 different species of fish to take the prize. She traveled throughout the United States and Costa Rica to accomplish the feat. Roberta Arostegui of Miami won the Sherwood award for most points, and Lorraine Francis of Stuart won the Crown in Shield award for most release points.
Captain Kristian Demblans of Reel G Florida Keys Fishing Adventures out of Key Largo reported the sailfish action this past week has been excellent. Baitfish schools that are holding in depths from 110 to 180 feet of water are attracting the sailfish’s attention. Demblans has been power drifting with live ballyhoo for bait to get the sailfish strikes. Large kingfish have been eating live cigar minnows fished under a kite, and quite a few small blackfin tuna have been feeding in depths from 200 to 400 feet of water. During the two-day annual Islamorada SailFly Championship held out of Islamorada, only two sailfish were released on fly. Scott Lund released the first sailfish to give his team Kalex the win. On board the Kalex was captain Alex Adler and Justin Baker.
Captain Charlie Conner of FishTales Charters out of Port St. Lucie reported right now it’s all about finding that warmer water to have a successful day in the Saint Lucie River. The bridges are producing sheepshead, black drum, croakers, sand perch and bluefish. Shrimp has been the top bait. The inlet and turning basin has been loaded with bluefish, jacks and mackerel. Flounder can be found in the inlets on the coldest days, and a finger mullet is tops for the bigger flounder. Redfish are holding under the docks that have deeper water.
Michael Garcia and his godson Raul Paula, both from Miami, fished Florida Bay out of Flamingo and caught 11 different species. The top catches were a three-pound pompano, 18-pound black drum, 27-pound cobia and a seven-pound snook. All of the fish were caught using live shrimp, live pinfish, Hookup lure jig heads, Gulp baits, Cajun Thunder floats and Mustad Ultra Point hooks. Their guide was captain Alan Sherman of Get Em Sportfishing Charters. Captain Jason Sullivan of Rising Tide Charters reported sight-fishing for redfish and snook has been exceptional over Florida Bay’s shallow flats.
Captain Todd G. Geroy out of Naples reported when water temperatures drop into the 60s in his area, fishing for pompano, black drum, sheepshead and mangrove snapper has been outstanding. During the warmer days using live baitfish in the back bays on low tides, his clients have had great action on snook to 32 inches, lots of jacks, small tarpon and redfish.
Alan Zaremba of World Wide Peacock Bass charters reported he has been mixing things up by fishing the C-100, C-8, C-4 and C- 2 canals with Rapala floating minnows, AZ jigs and live shiners and catching up to 27 peacock bass to five pounds, snook, largemouth bass, clown knife fish, Oscars and Mayan cichlids.
Capt. Alan Sherman