Deerfield Beach to Key Largo & Flamingo to Cape Sable
Includes Pompano Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, Miami and Homestead
Once again high-pressure overhead of South Florida will bring light winds and calm seas. Winds are predicted to be variable from the east during the day and west at night. There will be a new moon on Sunday.
Pompano Beach, Port Everglades, Haulover, Government Cut to Ocean Reef
Quality size baitfish continues to be tough to come by for offshore fishermen. On the incoming tides large threadfin herring can be chummed to the boat around the ocean inlets. Once they appear you can catch enough for a full day of fishing with a Sabiki rig. Expect the bait fishing to take an hour or so. Live baits can be purchased around all of the ocean inlets if the bait boats were able to catch some themselves. Once out past the third reef lots of bonitos, a few large kingfish, an occasional sailfish and a few blackfin tuna have been biting. Most of this action is taking place deep in 120 to 300 feet of water. Outside of 400 and all the way to 18 miles offshore schools of schoolie size dolphins are feeding under birds and along large mats of Sargasso weeds. Some larger dolphins have been free swimming in the same areas. Wahoo are holding under many of the bigger pieces of floating debris. A few blue and white marlin are feeding on the smaller dolphins. Swordfish both day and night has been fair with some real big fish being caught. Wreck fishing has been producing groupers, jacks and mutton snappers. Nighttime bottom fishing continues to be good for an assortment of snappers. High tide at Government Cut Friday night will be at 8:49.
North Biscayne Bay Inshore
Small baitfish schools in North Bay continue to attract the attention of jacks, ladyfish, snook, tarpon, snappers, seatrout and an occasional mackerel and bluefish. Nighttime snook and small tarpon fishing has been good on the moving tides. There was a small shrimp run at night recently.
South Biscayne Bay
Captain Mo Estevez reported that the best bonefishing and permit fishing has been on the Oceanside flats south of Key Biscayne. Early mornings and late afternoons are providing the best action. Expect the permits to be feeding on the beginning of the outgoing tide. A silver dollar size blue crab is your best bet for the permits. Plenty of sharks have been feeding on the flats and these sharks won’t shy away from a piece of fresh barracuda. High tide at Soldier Key on Saturday will be at 9:26 in the morning.
Flamingo in Everglades National Park
Fishing out of Flamingo continues to be excellent. Most days when Miami is getting bombarded by rainstorms Flamingo is sunny and dry. Over the shallow grass and mud flats in Florida Bay plenty of redfish, snook, sharks and tarpon are working big schools of mullet. The channels that have shallow flats next to them continue to provide good action from seatrout; catch and release snook and redfish. A live pinfish hooked to a jighead has been getting plenty of strikes. Snook, redfish and sea trout are feeding along the mangrove shorelines and along the sandy beaches. Over the grass flats in three to five feet of water seatrout, tarpon, large mangrove snappers, jacks and ladyfish can be caught with live pinfish fished under a float. Low tide at Flamingo in Florida Bay on Saturday will be at 10:41 AM and at the mouth of Shark River low tide is at 8:21 AM.
- Field Editor of the Florida Sportsman Magazines Action Spotter Report South Region
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