This week’s best bet: Plenty of action offshore of Haulover Inlet


Daniel Cochran from the Kelley Fleet out of Haulover Marina reported the daytime party boat fleet has been catching lots of small to medium size blackfin tuna, kingfish and dolphins on the surface and large mutton snappers and big amberjacks on the bottom. The action has been offshore of Haulover Inlet. Captain Bill Hauck from the party boat Sea King out of Marathon reported his clients are limiting out on large yellowtail snappers. Mixed in with the yellow tails are large mutton snappers and decent numbers of out of season black groupers. Black, red, gag and scamp groupers can once again be taken May 1.


Captain Ralph Mayans from the charter boat Sea Cross out of Haulover Marina reported during his daytime charters offshore of Miami his clients are doing very well on kingfish, large dolphins and small blackfin tuna. The best action has taken place in depths from 120 feet out to 800 feet of water. Captain John Barker on the charter boat Blue Waters II out of Marketplace Marina at Bayside reported his clients are catching kingfish and large amberjacks. The fish were eating live threadfin herring and bluerunners for bait. Captain Paul Roydhouse of FishingHeadquarters.com reported the offshore fleet out of Port Everglades has been doing well on the dolphins. Mixed in with the dolphins are kingfish, blackfin tuna, wahoo and bonitos. The action has been located outside the reef along the blue water edge.


Captain David Schugar of Sweet E’ Nuf Charters reported recent strong east currents sparked a great mutton snapper bite offshore of Marathon. Minnesota angler Blaine Lemm landed five mutton snappers in the 10- to 17-pound class plus large amberjacks and jack crevalles. Lemm used a 25-foot-long fluorocarbon leader with a circle hook and 1 pound of weight to keep his bait on the bottom. Lemm was fishing in 100 feet of water. Captain Lenny Leonard of Bonefishing Key West reported the daytime tarpon action on the Atlantic side of Key West has been outstanding.


Captain Scott Collins of Getting Lucky Fishing Charters out of Jupiter reported fishing on the inshore waters of Jupiter his clients are catching lane, mangrove and small mutton snappers plus lots of ladyfish. On the offshore side there are some large dolphins in the area plus a few sailfish, kingfish and bonitos. Captain Tom Van Horn of Mosquito Coast reported working the Indian River Lagoon area has produced steady catches of large black drum and redfish.


Captain Jim Hobales of Caught Lookin Charters reported the snook fishing along the coast from East Cape north to Shark River has really turned on. Fishing with live pilchards, finger mullet and hard plastic lipped plugs his clients have had plenty of snook action. In between snook bites there have been big sharks, redfish and lots of spawning sea trout to catch.


Captain Rob Modys of SoulMate Booking Charters out of Fort Myers reported there have been some nice gag groupers and mangrove snappers on the nearshore reefs. From the outside passes, along the coast and back inshore fishermen are catching sea trout, redfish, snook, snapper, jacks, ladyfish and a few cobias. Shrimp or live baitfish fished under a float or tipped to a jig is getting most of the strikes. There has been large tarpon along the beaches that are eating large live threadfin herring. Captain Gary Mounce of Fishin Finatic Charters out of Everglades City reported the inside waters are producing large numbers of snook in all sizes. The snook are going after Rapala SkitterWalks and X Raps as well as live scaled sardines. Redfish are being caught in southern region of his area. The fish are being caught along the mangrove shorelines on the higher stages of the tides.


Gil Muratori and his wife Mary fished the canals bordering Sawgrass Recreation Park and caught over 100 freshwater fish of eight different species. Their catch included largemouth bass, bluegills, warmouth, sunfish, bowfins, gars, Cichlids and Oscars. The fish were caught on four and six pound line and Gulp worms. During two days of freshwater fishing with guide Alan Zaremba of World Wide Sport Fishing Charters, Gary Hamilton caught and released 275 largemouth bass, 45 peacock bass and Oscars and Mayan cichlids. He was fishing the L-38A, G-15 and the C-8 canals.

Capt. Alan Sherman