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

March 16-18

Deerfield Beach to Key Largo & Flamingo to Cape Sable

NOAA Weather is predicting winds to be from the east southeast at 5 to 10 knots on Friday night and then shifting to north to northeast Saturday through Sunday at 5 to 10 knots. There will be a new moon this weekend.

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

The tarpon fishing at the ocean inlets should be on fire from just before sunset, throughout the night and into the early morning. The outgoing tides have been best, and a large live shrimp slowly drifted on the surface will get you the most strikes. Along the oceanside jetties, the surfline and off the oceanside piers pompano in the one to three-pound range have been biting. The best action has been during the mornings and when the water is a little dirty. Live shrimp, pompano jigs and sand fleas have been the top pompano baits. Bluefish, jacks, bluerunners, mangrove snappers and a few Spanish mackerel are also biting along the surf. The offshore fleet continues to catch a mixed bag of free swimmers and bottom fish. The offshore waters have been mostly green and without much current a big reason for slower fishing then we might expect for March. A few sailfish, a few kingfish, a few blackfin tuna, a few dolphin fish, a few barracudas and an occasional wahoo are eating trolled ballyhoo and live baitfish fished from under a kite. On the bottom over structure amberjacks are eating live pinfish and a few genuine red snappers and some nice vermillion snappers are being caught on squid fished in the sand off the sides of the bottom structure. The daytime swordfishing has been very good when the guys have been able to get out to 1800 to 2000 feet of water. The nighttime bottom fishing boats are catching a few snapper, grouper, jacks, grunts and bluefish. High tide at Government Cut Friday night will be at 9:10.

North Biscayne Bay Inshore

Sea trout have been the top fish in North Bay recently with the exception of some one to four-pound bluefish that have been roaming the bay. Baitfish schools are all but gone from this part of the bay. On the calmer days when you can actually see the dark images of what’s left of our sea grass beds the trout have been easy to catch. A live shrimp fished from under a Cajun Thunder float and hooked to either a #4 Mustad Ultra Point short shank hook or a 1/0 long shank hook has been catching a lot of these trout. Hookup lure jig heads tipped with a Gulp shrimp are also doing the job on the trout. The bluefish have been going after Rapala X Raps. Nighttime tarpon action around the bridges in North Bay has been excellent. The best action has been late at night. High tide at Indian Creek Golf Club Saturday morning is at 10:45 AM

South Biscayne Bay

Bonefishing along the Oceanside flats and around the inside flats near Cutter Bank, the Arsenicker Keys and Totten Key has been good. The bonefish are going after live shrimp. Look for mudding fish, waking fish and a few tailing fish. The barracuda fishing on the flats of South Bay has been very good. Bluefish, a few Spanish mackerel and small kingfish are being caught next to the channel markers in South Bay. Anchoring and chumming is your best bet at getting the fish around your boat. Once the fish are in range they can be caught with shrimp fished from under a float and with jigs and Rapala X Raps. High tide at Soldier Key on Saturday will be at 10:02 in the morning.


Most of the flats and channels in Florida Bay continue to be so muddy and full of algae that it makes targeting anything that might be in that area almost impossible. Sea trout are being caught out by Sandy Key and along the banks south and east of Sandy Key. In the open water outside of the boundary markers and in areas that have somewhat clean waters large Spanish mackerel can be chummed to the boat. There is also some tripletail on the crab trap markers. Along the coast and to the north near Shark River large sea trout, a few snook and quite a few tarpons are being caught. The tarpon fishing was much better before it got cold, but that fishery should rebound once it swarms up. Look for free jumping tarpon in Oyster and Whitewater Bays. Once you locate the tarpons you can target them with live pinfish and soft plastics. Low tide at Flamingo in Florida Bay on Saturday will be at 11:51 AM and at the mouth of Shark River low tide is at 9:01 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

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