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This week’s best bet: Red-hot wahoo fishing outside Haulover Inlet

Andy Shiels shows off the 60-pound wahoo he caught off Charleston, South Carolina, while trolling from a private boat in March. Hot wahoo action in South Florida off Haulover Inlet has seen several of them get caught, with one last week weighing 70 pounds and another 40.
Andy Shiels shows off the 60-pound wahoo he caught off Charleston, South Carolina, while trolling from a private boat in March. Hot wahoo action in South Florida off Haulover Inlet has seen several of them get caught, with one last week weighing 70 pounds and another 40. Courtesy Photo

BEST BET

Captain Jay Cohen from the charter boat Spellbound out of Haulover Marina reported having a week’s worth of red hot wahoo fishing along a current rip outside of Haulover Inlet. Last week his boat landed eight wahoo with one weighing in at 70 pounds and another at 40. The wahoo were eating feathers tipped with bonito strips and rigged ballyhoo trolled just below the surface and deep with a planer. On one trip they had a double-header. Quite a few sailfish were also hooked while trolling rigged ballyhoo on the surface.

MIAMI-DADE/BROWARD

Captain Mo Estevez of New Dawn Charters reported finding a lot of small bonefish on the Oceanside flats south of Key Biscayne. On the western shorelines south of Black Point quite a few permits and small tarpon are available. Captain John Barker from the charter boat Blue Seas 2 out of Bayside Market Place in Miami reported tons of bonitos are available just outside the outer reef offshore of Government Cut. Further out along the current rips, blackfin and Skip jack tunas can be found under birds chasing small baitfish schools.

KEYS

Captain Rick Rodriguez of Sea Horse Deep Sea Sportfishing out of Whale Harbor reported the best fishing offshore in his area has been for blackfin and skipjack tuna around the Humps and then deep dropping for snapper, grouper and tilefish in depths from 400 feet of water out to 800 feet. Captain Bill Hauck from the party boat Sea King out of Marathon reported his best fishing continues to be at night for mangrove, yellowtail and mutton snappers. Day trips are producing a few black and red groupers plus yellowtail and mutton snappers. Captain Dexter Simmons of Key West Fly Fishing Charters reported that there have been plenty of bonefish to target during the mornings along the Gulf side shallow flats.

TREASURE COAST

Captain Charlie Conner of FishTales Charters out of Port St. Lucie reported the best daytime fishing in his area has been around the ocean inlet and turning basin. In these areas, Spanish mackerel, bonito, jacks and ladyfish are feeding on small glass minnow schools and can be caught with small artificial baits. Captain Tom Van Horn of Mosquito Coast Charters reported during the early mornings there has been a good redfish, sea trout and snook bite taking place along the shorelines that have baitfish schools. The fish are eating soft plastics. Along the Oceanside beaches where schools of pogies are present, large tarpon can be targeted with a large, live, slow-trolled pogy.

FLORIDA BAY

Captain Jason Sullivan of Rising Tides Charters reported small- to medium-size tarpon have been feeding during the early mornings along the coast at Flamingo. On the calm mornings, tarpon can be seen rolling and crashing baitfish schools. The tarpon are eating finger mullet, pinfish, pilchards and a wide variety of soft and hard plastic artificial lures. Snook fishing continues to be strong along the coast for catch-and-release. Some big jacks are mixed in with the tarpon and snook.

SOUTHWEST COAST

Captain Jon Fetter of Catching the Cure Backcountry Fishing out of Fort Myers reported baitfish schools seem to be almost everywhere and the redfish are feeding heavily on them. The redfish are eating whitebaits along the oyster bars and mangrove islands near the passes. Snook are feeding on the same baitfish and can be located under floating docks that have a good tide. Snapper seem to be everywhere and sea trout are moving back over the grass flats that are in three to five feet of water. The incoming tides have been providing the best action.

FRESHWATER

Captain Michael Shellen of Shellen Guide Service out of Buck Head Ridge reported largemouth bass fishing continues to be very good during the early morning hours in Lake Okeechobee. Fishing the Kissimmee grass edges with spinner baits and top water frogs early his clients are getting incredible surface strikes and hookups. As the sun gets up a bit, pitching Senko worms and black and blue trick worms into the pockets in the grass has enabled his clients to stay with the hot action. The best areas to target have been Kings Bar, Grassy Island and the Buckhead area. Johnny White of Pinecrest, Chris Kavalir of Kendall, Alex Debogory of Miami Lakes and a few other friends landed an 11-foot, 1-inch alligator in Lake Kissimmee.

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