Fishing report: Good numbers of kingfish, blackfin tuna and lots of bonito in Ft. Lauderdale


Captain Paul Roydhouse of FishingHeadquarters.com out of Fort Lauderdale reported the offshore daytime fleet has been catching good numbers of kingfish, blackfin tuna and lots of bonito. The majority of the action is coming while trolling baits on the surface and down deep along the outer edge of the outer reef. A few nice wahoo and big barracudas are being caught on the troll as well. On the party boats at night a lot of mangrove, mutton and yellowtail snappers are being caught over the reefs. The snappers are eating cut squid, ballyhoo, silver sides and Spanish sardines.


Captain Quinton Dieterle from the charter boat Cutting Edge out of Crandon Park Marina on Key Biscayne reported the dolphin fishing offshore of Miami has slowed way down, but along the edge there has been a decent amount of sailfish that have been caught with live Spanish sardines fished under a kite. Captain Dean Panos from Double D Charters out of Keystone Point reported having steady action from wahoo, blackfin tuna and lots of bonitos offshore of Miami. The fish have been going after trolled feathers and rigged baits on the surface and down deep with the use of a planner. Most of the action has come in depths from 100 to 300 feet of water.


Captain Chris Johnson of SeaSquared Charters out of Marathon reported that his clients are doing well on snappers and spiny crawfish. On some of his recent charters his clients have bottom fished for mangrove and mutton snappers and then dove for spiny crawfish. Both techniques have been producing great catches. Most of this action is taking place on the Atlantic side. Some of his clients have asked to shark fish and that fishing has been excellent with multiple catches of lemon, nurse and blacktip sharks. Captain Rick Stanczyk out of Bud N Mary’s Marina reported having some decent tarpon action in Florida Bay. While fishing the tarpon a few large sharks and a goliath grouper were caught and released. Close to Flamingo Stanczyk’s clients have had double-digit catches of snook and some large jack crevalles.


Captain Michael Savedow of Edgewater River Guide Inc. reported that fishing in the Mosquito Lagoon and the Indian River has been good for redfish and large sea trout. The best fish are being caught early in the day over the shallow flats near the mangrove shorelines. The fish have been eating an assortment of live baitfish and soft plastics. A lot of this fishing has been sight fishing. On the ocean side near shore there have been plenty of large blacktip and silky sharks to target, plus there have been jack crevalles to 30 pounds. Nedra Maxwell of the Sebastian Inlet District reported that jetty fishermen have been catching mangrove and mutton snappers on the bottom. There have been plenty of oversize redfish and snook for catch and release only.


Local angler Thomas Zettiuich, Christopher Cornett and Liam O’Donovan fished Florida Bay out of Flamingo and caught lots of snook to 26 inches, redfish, jack crevalles, ladyfish and catfish and lost some sharks. All of the fish were caught using Hookup lure jig heads, Mustad Ultra Point hooks and live pinfish, pilchards and finger mullet for bait. Captain Alan Sherman of Get Em Sportfishing Charters was their guide.


Captain Gary Mounce of Fishin Finatic Charters out of Everglades City reported there have been plenty of redfish feeding around the outside and inside points on the incoming tides. Bouncing jig heads with soft plastics off the bottom has been the best way to get these hungry redfish to bite. Snook can still be targeted for catch and release at the outside passes. The snook are feeding on live baitfish. For anybody interested in doing some bottom fishing there have been a good amount of groupers feeding over hard bottom offshore in 40 feet of water.


Captain Alan Zaremba of World Wide Sportfishing Inc. reported stormy conditions put a hurting to his charter business last week, but when he was on the water in between storms his clients had some excellent peacock bass sight fishing. The action came from the local urban canals of Miami, and the fish were caught on AZ Jungle jigs and Rapala floating minnows. A few nice largemouth bass were also caught and released.