strong>Deerfield Beach to Key Largo & Flamingo to Cape Sable
Includes Pompano Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, Miami and Homestead
Deerfield Beach to Key Largo & Flamingo to Cape Sable
NOAA weather has predicted winds to be out of the east at 15 to 20 knots on Friday night and then southeast at 10 to 15 knots Saturday through Sunday.
Pompano Beach, Port Everglades, Haulover, Government Cut to Ocean Reef
The strong winds have kept a lot of the fishermen off the water this past week. The few that got out found the water inside the blue water edge to be milky. Over the artificial wrecks mutton snappers and black, gag and re d groupers have been eating live pinfish on the bottom. Groupers are out of season till May. Fishing live baits or trolled ballyhoo on the surface outside the outer reef line is producing a few nice kingfish, scattered dolphin and sharks. At night the party boats are catching some nice mutton and yellowtail snappers. Tarpon have been actively feeding in the ocean inlets especially at Government Cut. The best action has been at night using live shr[AS1] imp. Low tide at Government Cut Friday night will be at 8:14.
North Biscayne Bay Inshore
Between the Boat Show traffic and the high winds, the water in North Bay have been so rough and dirty that I have steered my clients away from that area for the time being. Instead we have been largemouth bass fishing in the Glades and doing very well. Water levels are still high, but the fish are in the canals. The few that did try their luck in the bay found a few trout but not much else. Once the winds die down and the Boat Show boats are out of the area the fishing will rebound. Nighttime tarpon fishing around the bridges has been fair. Low tide at Indian Creek Golf Club Saturday morning is at 10:38 AM
South Biscayne Bay
The bonefish guys had some decent catches despite the high winds this past week. The key to having a good shot at a bonefish was to find some clean water in South Bay along a shallow flat. The Finger Channels produced a few small mutton snappers, gag groupers, grunts and jacks. Barracudas were biting Rapala plugs over the shallow flats of South Bay. Low tide at Soldier Key on Saturday will be at 10:08 in the morning.
Fishing in Florida Bay is almost impossible with the high winds and muddy water. On Monday when I launched my boat on the Florida Bay side I was welcomed to water that looked like pea green soup caused by an algae bloom. It wasn’t till I got out to Rocky Channel that we found some clean waters and flats loaded with big mullet. Nothing feeding on them and nothing feeding anywhere in that area. We ran offshore in a heavy chop to look for tripletail only to find the waters littered with dead pinfish, grunts, puffer fish and gafftopsail cat fish. We did see three tripletail on the crab trap buoys. Fishing along the outside of Shark River we managed some 20-inch sea trout, lost a shark but not much else. On the inside waters of whitewater Bay also very rough and dirty we jumped a ladyfish and released a catfish. Large tarpon have been feeding in Oyster and Whitewater Bays at first light on the calmer mornings. High tide at Flamingo in Florida Bay on Saturday will be at 10:49 AM and at the mouth of Shark River high tide is at 9:17 AM.
- Field Editor of the Florida Sportsman Magazines Action Spotter Report South Region
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