Deerfield Beach to Key Largo & Flamingo to Cape Sable
NOAA Weather is forecasting winds to be out of the southwest late Friday and throughout Saturday before moving to a more southeasterly flow. Winds are predicted to be around five-knots throughout the weekend, except during thunderstorms when the winds could be quite gusty.
Pompano Beach, Port Everglades, Haulover, Government Cut to Ocean Reef
Mullet schools continue to move from the bay to the ocean through the ocean inlets. When this happens, snook, tarpon, barracudas, sharks and large jack crevalles can be seen feeding on the mullet schools. Slow drifting or slow trolling a live mullet in these areas can get you a quick strike from any of these worthy predators. Hook that mullet through the lips with a Mustad 7/0 short shank Ultra Point hook for best results. Don’t forget to set the hook! Threadfin herring have been available around Haulover Inlet on the incoming tides. The offshore fleet has stayed busy catching kingfish in the five to 25-pound range. These fish have been feeding in 120-feet of water. The kings are eating live baits near the surface or fished deep with some weight or by trolling feathers or flashy spoons deep with the help of a planner. Bonitos, blackfin tuna, barracudas, wahoo, sharks and a good amount of sailfish have kept things interesting. The guys targeting the bottom are doing well catching a lot of vermillion snappers. The vermilions are eating cut squid and mullet attached to a chicken rig. You can find the vermilions in depths from 100 out to 360-feet of water. Over the artificial reefs gag groupers to 50 pounds have been caught this past week. A few nice mutton snappers and an assortment of jacks are mixed in with the groupers and snappers. Further offshore in the blue water, lots of sargasso weed lines are holding small jacks, small tripletail and quite a few dolphin fish that are too small to keep. The guys putting their time in have managed a keeper dolphin each day. The daytime swordfishing has been good in depths from 1800 to 2000-feet of water. Nighttime reef snapper fishing is ramping up as the mangrove snappers start their spawning season. Look for the mangroves over the reefs in depths from 20 out to 80-feet of water. Each angler is allowed five, 10-inch or bigger mangrove snappers each day. Low tide at Government Cut Friday night will be at 11:17.
North Biscayne Bay Inshore
Schools of mullet are getting terrorized by what is left of the schools of large jack crevalles in the bay. There was a time when these save the day jacks would be landed, a picture taken and then released. Not in today’s world! Unfortunately, these bigger jacks are being kept, sold or eaten by the fishermen that land them. What that tells me is that there isn’t much else to target in our bays. What little grass that is left in the bay is holding some larger seatrout, a few barracudas and bonnethead sharks. Late night tarpon and snook action has been fair in the bay. High tide at Indian Creek Golf Club Saturday morning is at 6:53 AM
South Biscayne Bay
A few tarpon can be found along the beaches in the bay, under the bridges of Key Biscayne and in areas that are holding baitfish schools. These tarpon have been very temperamental. Bonefish and permit are being encountered almost every day along the shallow flats of South Bay. At first light hungry tailing bonefish can be seen from a distance due to the slick calm and glassy water. A large shrimp, small crab or skimmer jig is what you need for this fishing. A few permit have been feeding on these flats on the incoming tides, so have a few silver dollar size blue carbs in the well. Hit the Oceanside flats south of the Ragged Keys, Totten Key, Cutter Bank and the Arsenicker Keys for the best action. Large sharks, yellowjacks and barracudas are on these flats as well. High tide at Soldier Key on Saturday will be at 6:10 in the morning.
The waters of Florida Bay are getting better but still have a lot of mud and silt in them. Snook are starting to show up in the areas of Snake Bight, East Cape, Middle Cape, Sandy Key, the Sable creeks, Shark River and all the way north to Lostmans River. A few redfish, tarpon and seatrout are mixed in with the snook. The top bait this past week has been a live pinfish or a Hookup lure jig head tipped with a soft plastic bait tail. You can also fish that pinfish from under a Cajun Thunder float. There has been some large free floating tripletail in these areas as well. You can buy live pinfish at Don’s Bait and Tackle in Florida City. Spanish mackerel have been feeding on the schools of small baitfish in the area. In Whitewater and Oyster Bays, tarpon, snappers and a few redfish are being caught. Low tide at Flamingo in Florida Bay on Saturday will be at 7:34 AM and at the mouth of Shark River high tide is at 10:33 AM.
- Field Editor of the Florida Sportsman Magazines Action Spotter Report South Region
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