Deerfield Beach to Key Largo & Flamingo to Cape Sable
Includes Pompano Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, Miami and Homestead
The weather forecast for South Florida this weekend is looking up. NOAA weather is predicting winds to be light and from the southeast Friday night than continuing to be light and out of the east to southeast through Sunday. Snook season is closed on both coasts.
Pompano Beach, Port Everglades, Haulover, Government Cut to Ocean Reef
There have been some schools of medium size threadfin herring in North Bay. Check with Lester of Lester’s Live Bait out of Haulover Inlet and see if he has bait for sale on channel 10. Otherwise you may find yourself wasting a lot of precious time running the few baitfish schools down only to throw your 10 or 12 foot net and then come up empty. Once you have acquired some bait, fishing outside the outer reef for kingfish and bonitos has only been fair. There has been a few bottom fish available on the reefs and ledges. If you’re looking for dolphins don’t be fooled by the large weedlines close to the reef. The best weedlines for dolphins have been in the blue water six to 12 miles offshore. I fished out there on Wednesday and found lots of small dolphins along the bigger patches of weeds and bigger fish further out and away from the weedlines in water that had small flying fish. We had live threadfin herring but caught our fish by trolling Williamson blue trollers. We were mostly in 900 to 1400 feet of water. Nighttime bottom fishing continues to be good for mangrove, mutton and yellowtail snappers. Low tide at Government Cut Friday night will be at 8:24.
North Biscayne Bay Inshore
Small baitfish schools are scattered throughout North Bay. These baitfish schools are easiest to see just after the sun rises and when the water is calm. Feeding on these baitfish are bluefish, small jacks, ladyfish and barracudas in the open waters. If you find baitfish schools next to the pilings of bridges expect snappers to be feeding on them. Over the grass flats, seatrout, snappers, jacks, ladyfish, tarpon, barracudas and snook are attacking the baitfish schools. Late night snook and tarpon action has been good in the Ocean Inlets, around the bridges and under dock lights. Snook are out of season so it is all catch and release.
South Biscayne Bay
Bonefish and permits are feeding on the shallow Oceanside flats from Key Biscayne south to Ocean Reef. Some of the best fishing has been just after sunrise and a few hours before sunset. Look for the bonefish on the last hour of the outgoing tide and the first fee hours of the incoming. Permits are looking for silver dollar size blue crabs on the outgoing tides. Check out the flats near Totten Key, Arsenicker Keys and Cutter Bank. Low tide at Soldier Key on Saturday will be at 10:21 in the morning.
Flamingo in Everglades National Parkv
With an early morning high tide in Florida Bay look for reds, snook, tarpon and sharks to be high up on the Florida Bay flats. Throw weedless soft plastics and Rapala Skitter Walks for best results. From Cape Sable north expect an early morning outgoing tide to have fish waiting with their mouths open around creek and river mouths. Here you can have some hot fishing by throwing Rapala Twitchin’ Raps and live pinfish and pilchards hooked to a quarter ounce red jighead. Seatrout, jacks, ladyfish, snappers, bluefish and sharks will keep you busy if you hit the grass flats around Conchie Channel, First National Bank and the flats around Sandy Key. In these areas casting jigheads tipped with a Gulp! or Trigger soft plastic or a live bait fished under a float will surely keep your rod bent by all of the fish mentioned above. High tide at Flamingo in Florida Bay on Saturday will be at 9:38 AM and at the mouth of Shark River high tide is at 7:39 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