Deerfield Beach to Key Largo & Flamingo to Cape Sable
Includes Pompano Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, Miami and Homestead

Dec 15-17

Deerfield Beach to Key Largo & Flamingo to Cape Sable

After a week of cold north and northwest winds NOAA Weather is forecasting our winds to start shifting to the northeast and east and at a much lower wind speed this weekend.

Pompano Beach, Port Everglades, Haulover, Government Cut to Ocean Reef

The diehard pier fishermen that braved the cold this past week caught a few bluefish, Spanish mackerel, pompano, jacks, ladyfish, bluerunners and catfish. The hot baits were live shrimp, pilchards, silver spoons, jigs and strips of mullet. The offshore fleet had action from kingfish, a few sailfish, small dolphins and lots of bonitos. The best bait was a live threadfin herring fished from under a kite, The action was along the blue water edge in depths from 100 to 190 feet of water. At times the fish were chasing schools of ballyhoo. Black grouper was being caught by the guys targeting the bottom with live large pinfish. If you enjoy deep dropping, then you might want to try your luck at some black bellied rose fish in 700 to 900 feet of water or for swordfish in 2000 feet of water. The nighttime bottom boats were catching bluefish, kingfish, snapper and grouper over the wrecks and along the dredge holes offshore of Miami. High tide at Government Cut Friday night will be at 6:40.

North Biscayne Bay Inshore

Water temperatures dropped into the mid 60’s this week. The strong cold north and northwest winds chased the baitfish schools that had been scattered in North Bay to locations unknown at this time. Maybe by the weekend they will return to the grass flats again. The cold windy weather shut down most of the fishing in the Bay. Hopefully the sea trout bite will pick up again by this weekend. You may have to cover a lot of water to locate some fish. Snook and tarpon action both day and night shut down with the cold weather. High tide at Indian Creek Golf Club Saturday morning is at 8:30 AM

South Biscayne Bay

Mackerel, small kingfish and bluefish were scattered throughout South Bay. On Wednesday my client had two undersized kingfish, one Spanish mackerel and a half dozen bluefish. We anchored in 14 feet of water and put out a bag of Aquatic Nutrition Inc chum and in about 15 minutes we had steady action using frozen pilchards for bait. The Finger Channels continue to produce action from under size mutton snappers, legal mangrove snappers and a few small yellowtail snappers. A few porgies, bluefish, mackerel, bluerunners, yellow jacks and jack crevalles are being caught in these channels. Anchoring and chumming while you fish live and dead baits on the bottom and near the surface is the best way to get in on this action. Look for bonefish to be feeding along the shallow mainland flats south of black point once the sun gets up high. High tide at Soldier Key on Saturday will be at 7:47 in the morning.


The best bet this weekend is to hit the creeks, canals, runoffs and rivers on the outgoing tide with live shrimp hooked to a Hookup lure jig head or fished from under a Cajun Thunder float. Using this technique lots of black drum, redfish, snook, sheepshead and sea trout are being caught. Because of the cold-water temperatures these fish are stacked up in areas that have a good tidal flow and deeper water. The strikes are light but once you hook up the fish fight hard. The best action has been from East Cape Canal north to Lostmans River. Once the tide starts coming in expect the action to taper off. Head offshore and target triple tail along the crab trap buoys. Work your way to the south and once even or past Sandy Key pick an area in 10 feet of water and anchor your boat, drop a chum bag with chum overboard and fish with jig heads and live shrimp or with a shrimp under a Cajun Thunder float. In this area you are likely to get into Spanish mackerel, bluefish, jack crevalles, bluerunners, ladyfish, sharks, cobia, snapper and pompano. Before the cold weather set in the guy’s fishing the backcountry was doing well on snook, redfish and small tarpon. Low tide at Flamingo in Florida Bay on Saturday will be at 9:53 AM and at the mouth of Shark River low tide is at 6:51 AM.








  • Field Editor of the Florida Sportsman Magazines Action Spotter Report South Region
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