Deerfield Beach to Key Largo & Flamingo to Cape Sable
NOAA Weather is predicting winds to be 5 to 10 knots and out of the southeast throughout the weekend.
Pompano Beach, Port Everglades, Haulover, Government Cut to Ocean Reef
Anyone interested in some catch and release snook fishing might want to try their luck at any of the oceanside inlets. An early evening low tide will allow you to target theses snook with live pinfish, large pilchards and threadfin herring without having to fight a hard tide. Fish these baits with just enough weight to get them near the bottom. Use your depth recorders to locate the large schools of snook. If you like throwing artificial lures, then troll a Rapala Magnum or cast a one-ounce jig with a soft plastic tail off the bottom. Work these big breeding snook quickly to the boat and then make sure they are healthy before you release them. Sharks, barracudas, goliath groupers and bottlenose dolphins are always stalking the snook schools loo0king for that easy meal. Remember these are our breeder fish the ones that help keep our snook population healthy. The offshore fleet has been catching some decent size kingfish along the outer edges of the reef. Fish the depths from 100 to 160 feet of water. The best action has been half way to the bottom. Live baits and fresh frozen baits are getting most of the strikes. A few bonitos, blackfin tuna and wahoo are taking the same baits. Further offshore in depths from 800 to 1200 feet of water mahi mahi schools have been feeding along the weedlines. The best action has come in areas that have small baitfish hiding under the grass. You can throw artificial lures around these mats of grass or catch some of the small bluerunners that are hiding under the grass with a Sabiki rig and then hook these baitfish to a Mustad Ultra Point #2 short shank hook. Cast that bait away from the grass and the dolphins will find it. Swordfishing has been good both day and night. Nighttime bottom fishing along the reefs has been excellent. You can anchor and chum on a spot that you think has fish and then target the snappers with chunks of Spanish sardines, ballyhoo and squid. If you don’t know where these fish are holding, then go aboard any of the local party boats that specialize in nighttime bottom fishing. Low tide at Government Cut Friday night will be at 9:51.
North Biscayne Bay Inshore
Your best bet at catching anything in North Bay is to be on the water at first light and off the water by 11 AM. That’s when the shallow waters of the bay are the coolest. Look for sea trout, jack crevalles, ladyfish, barracudas, snappers, sharks, snook and small tarpon to be feeding around baitfish schools. Look for the diving birds to help you locate the bait schools. Most of this bait is too small to catch in a net or with a Sabiki rig so cast Rapala X Raps and Hookup lures tipped with a small baitfish tail in the areas the bait is holding. Nighttime small tarpon, snook and ladyfish action has been good on the outgoing tides. Most of these fish will be holding along the shadow lines of the bridges and under the lighted dock lights that have a good running current. Small artificial lures and live shrimp often will get plenty of strikes from these fish. High tide at Indian Creek Golf Club Saturday morning is at 5:22 AM
South Biscayne Bay
Small tarpon has been biting early in the mornings around Key Biscayne. Live mullet and pilchards are getting some of the strikes from these fish. Flashy artificial lures and flies are also working on these tarpons. With the slick calm waters in the morning spotting the rolling tarpon can be easy. Over the shallow flats south of Key Biscayne bonefish, permits, barracudas, sharks and an assortment of jacks can be targeted. The best action has been on the beginning of the incoming tides for the bonefish and on the outgoing tides for the permits. The bonefish like shrimp, Hookup lure bonefish jigs and shrimp flies. The permits will eat a well-placed cast of a silver dollar blue crab and the others are looking for flashy lures. Low tide at Soldier Key on Saturday will be at 11:35 in the morning.
With an early morning low tide this weekend in Florida Bay you might want to pick up a few dozen pinfish from any of the local bait shops that sell them and cast those baits along the channel edges around Snake Bight, Palm Key, Tin Can Channel and Conchie Channel. Snook, a few redfish, tarpon and sharks will be in these areas and with the low tide most of these fish will have had to move into the channels. Hook the pinfish to a Hookup lure jig head through the lips or fish the bait under a Cajun Thunder float. Pay attention to what the pinfish is doing and when it gets nervous expect a hard strike to come soon. Look for schools of sea trout, jacks, ladyfish and snappers to be feeding over the deeper grass flats out near Sandy Key. These fish can be targeted with Hookup lure jig heads and soft plastics or cut pinfish fished under a Cajun Thunder float. While you are moving from one location to another keep an eye out for free floating tripletail. When you spot one cast a live shrimp or artificial lure near the fish and expect a good strike. Tripletail need to be 18 inches to be legal. Along the coast snook are schooling up as they spawn. Target the downed trees, points and creek mouths. In the creeks and rivers medium size tarpon have been feeding. A live pinfish cast in front of these rolling fish will often get a strike. Otherwise scatter casts with jigs bounced off the bottom or with Rapala X Raps. Low tide at Flamingo in Florida Bay on Saturday will be at 6:01 AM and at the mouth of Shark River high tide is at 9:03 AM.
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