Deerfield Beach to Key Largo & Flamingo to Cape Sable
Includes Pompano Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, Miami and Homestead
A cold front will push into South Florida sometime between Friday night6 and Saturday. NOAA weather is predicting NW winds at 13 to 17 knots late Friday into Saturday mn0orning and then decreasing winds from the north to northeast by Sunday. Snook season on the Gulf coast reopened March 1st 2014. The slot size on the Gulf coast is 28 to 33 inches one per person.
Pompano Beach, Port Everglades, Haulover, Government Cut to Ocean Reef
Baitfish continues to be tough to come by but can be purchased from any of the bait boats stationed at Port Everglades, Haulover Inlet and Government Cut and around Bug Light. Pier fishermen continue to have on and off action from Spanish mackerel. Most of the action is coming off of silver spoons and jigs. A few snook and tarpon have been holding around the pier pilings. Offshore anglers had some decent action from blackfin tuna, kingfish, a few sailfish and some dolphins in depths from 100 feet out to 300 feet of water. Vertical jigs and live baits have been the best baits this week. Mutton snappers have been biting on the bottom. Deep dropping in depths from 500 to 1000 feet of water has produced catches of gray and golden tilefish and black belly rose fish. Nighttime bottom fishing has produced catches of kingfish, snapper and groupers, bluefish and plenty of grunts and blue runners. Low tide at Government Cut Friday night will be at 7:12.
North Biscayne Bay Inshore
Find the right grass flat in North Bay and you could be rewarded with a nice catch of fat sea trout. The trout have been eating live shrimp and pilchards fished under a Cajun Thunder float, Hookup lures tipped with a Gulp bait and on Rapala Twitchin Raps and Sub Walks. There have been some large tarpon feeding on top of some of the bay grass flats. Nighttime tarpon action around the bridges has been good on the outgoing tides. Shrimp runs continue to be spotty.
South Biscayne Bay
Sea trout have been biting over some of the clearer grass flats on the west side of the bay. Some large mangrove snapper and gag groupers continue to be caught over hard bottom in South Bay. Live pilchards seem to be what these fish are looking for. The Finger Channels have been slow but a few catch and release groupers are being caught in the channels. The best baits have been large shrimp and live pilchards. Bonefish should be tailing and hungry on the Oceanside flats in the morning. Low tide at Soldier Key on Saturday will be at 8:59 in the morning.
Flamingo in Everglades National Park
Lots of redfish and snook are feeding on the shallowest flats in Florida Bay. If you have a skiff that draws less than 8 inches of water and you don’t mind poling then you might want to look into this fishing. Surface plugs and weedless soft plastics are getting the job done. Sea trout are plentiful over the grass flats out front of Flamingo, over the grass flats at First National Bank and around Middle Ground. Shrimp under a Cajun Thunder float is getting the trout. Offshore of the Parks boundary markers, pompano and large Spanish mackerel can be chummed to the boat. Tarpon are feeding along the coast and into Whitewater Bay. Redfish are being caught on the first of the incoming tides around the points and creek mouths. High tide at Flamingo in Florida Bay on Saturday will be at 8:59 AM and in Shark River high tide is at 7:25 AM.
- Field Editor of the Florida Sportsman Magazines Action Spotter Report South Region
- Field Editor of the Florida Sportsman Magazines Internet Fishing Forecast South Region