South Florida fishing report: Feb. 11, 2015


Captain Mo Estevez of New Dawn Charters reported bonefish to 12 pounds have been biting along the South Biscayne Bay shorelines. The big bonefish are going after large shrimp. Permits have been feeding along the Oceanside offshore flats. A silver-dollar-size blue crab has been best for the permits. Catch-and-release grouper fishing has been good in the South Bay Finger Channels.


Captain John Barker on the Blue Seas II out of Miamarina at Bayside Market Place reported at times trolling baits with a planer has been the quickest way to get the fishing rods bent offshore of Government Cut. During recent charters, this technique has produced kingfish to 20 pounds. Deep dropping for golden tilefish continues to be good. Captain Orlando Muniz of Nomad Fishing Charters reported fishing offshore of Miami outside of 100 feet of water has seen better action from sailfish. Kingfish have been biting, with some days seeing limit catches being made. Dolphins of decent size have been encountered on the east side of the blue water edge. On the bottom over ledges and wrecks, his anglers have had steady action from mutton snappers, yellow jacks and cobia.


Captain Bill Hauck on the party boat Sea king out of Marathon reported daytime bottom fishing trips continue to produce almost limit catches of yellowtail snappers. Captain Hauck is asking for a fishermen to catch the estimated 50 plus pound kingfish that keeps stealing his customer’s big yellowtails as they reel them in. Captain Dexter Simmons of Key West Fly Fishing Charters reported large jack crevalles and big barracudas have been biting along the edges of the shallow Key West flats. On the flats when the weather has stabilized bonefish and permits have been available.


Freddy Caimotto from the Snook Nook Bait and Tackle in Jensen Beach reported offshore fishing has seen a pretty good bite from nice-size dolphins and sailfish. The best action has been from 180 feet out. Kingfish have been biting in 60 feet of water, and a few large cobia have been caught in the same areas. On the bottom, plenty of porgies, trigger fish and lane snappers are being caught on cut bait and shrimp. Surf fishermen are doing well on small Spanish mackerel, four- to five-pound bluefish and a few whiting, jacks and ladyfish. In the St. Lucie River on the west side, plenty of redfish have been available, and sea trout have been biting on the east side of the River in three to four feet of water. Shrimp and soft plastics are getting the trout. At night, small snook are being caught and released around the bridges and in the inlets.


Captain Rick Stanczyk out of Bud N Mary’s Marina in Islamorada reported fishing guides targeting Spanish mackerel out in the Gulf of Mexico have been crushing mackerel averaging three to six pounds. Some of the best fishing has come near Sprigger Banks in 10 to 12 feet of water. Besides the mackerel, there have been bluefish, sharks, ladyfish and Goliath groupers biting. Live shrimp have been the top baits for the mackerel. Fishing the Cape Sable area, fishermen are catching black drum on shrimp fished close to the bottom.


Captain Todd Geroy out of Naples reported that he has been finding big numbers of redfish in the 17- to 21-inch range fishing deeper pockets in the way-back areas on a low tide. Large sheepshead, small snook, mangrove snapper, black drum and gag grouper, and juvenile Goliath groupers are mixed in with the redfish. Bouncing small jig heads tipped with shrimp has been the most effective way to get the fish biting. Captain Matt Hoover of Night Flight Fishing Charters out of Marco Island reported he has been beating the shorelines with popping corks and live shrimp and catching good numbers of redfish, snook, and sheepshead and black drum. Sea trout and pompano are biting shrimp on jigs near the river and creek mouths.


Alan Zaremba of World Wide Sport Fishing reported that peacock bass in the local canals are holding next to bridge pilings, dock pilings and nearby structures. Trolling Rapala plugs has been the best way to get the peacocks to strike. Lake Ida has been producing large numbers of peacock bass. Largemouth bass fishing is getting better in the canals in the Everglades Conservation areas.

Captain Alan Sherman


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