Includes Pompano Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, Miami and Homestead.
Deerfield Beach to Key Largo & Flamingo to Cape Sable
NOAA Weather is predicting a breezy weekend for South Florida. Winds are predicted to be blowing 15 to 20-knots throughout the weekend. Late Friday winds will be out of the southeast and by Saturday south to southeast before turning southwest on Sunday. We will be under a new moon influence throughout the weekend.
Pompano Beach, Port Everglades, Haulover, Government Cut to Ocean Reef
A few schools of tarpon have moved into regions inlets. At this time there have been no significant shrimp runs. Pier fishermen have had some success when fishing for Spanish mackerel, juvenile kingfish, bluefish, jack crevalles, bluerunners and pompano. Outside the swim buoys a few Spanish mackerel are being caught by trolling Rapala #10 X-Raps. Further offshore in depths from 40-feet out to 100-feet of water there has been a decent Spanish mackerel and kingfish bite. These fish are being caught by anchoring and chumming and then fishing live pilchards attached to a Mustad long shank hook. There has been plenty of bluerunners, bonitos, large barracudas and big spinner sharks in the areas the macks and kings are in. Outside of the outer reef line quite a few sailfish have showed up. The sails are eating live large threadfin herring, live ballyhoo, live goggle eye jacks and live large pilchards. Dolphin fish are being caught along the bluewater edge. The fish are scattered, and a few are over 15-pounds. Over the wrecks and deeper ledges large mutton snappers, gag, black and red groupers, cobia and an assortment of jacks are being caught on live pinfish. On the deeper wrecks, vermillion and yelloweye snappers are eating cut squid. Swordfishing had been very good but expect the swordfish grounds to be pretty rough this weekend. High tide at Government Cut Friday night will be at 8:34.
North Biscayne Bay Inshore
I know this sounds like a broken record but the fishing in North Bay continues to be slow. Until our seagrasses return expect it to be almost impossible to find a seatrout. With that said, I heard of one angler finding an isolated group of trout and returning to the dock with a cooler full. If seatrout is what you are looking for, then throw a Hookup Lure jighead tipped with a soft plastic shrimp tail. You can fish live pilchards under a Cajun Thunder float, as well. There have been schools of jack crevalles chasing what’s left of the finger mullet schools in the Bay. Most of this action is taking place along sea walls and rocky shorelines. A few snook and a lone baby redfish are being caught in North Bay. That redfish was caught by one of my clients up in the Oleta River area. It ate a small pilchard under a Cajun Thunder float. I had a report of an estimated 20-pound redfish being sighted on Thursday as it swam along a shoreline in North Bay. That fish was not caught. High tide at Indian Creek Golf Club Saturday morning is at 10:23 AM
South Biscayne Bay
The Finger Channels continue to produce steady catches of under size mutton snappers, mangrove snappers, red groupers, bluerunners, jack crevalles, yellow jacks and porgies. Live pilchards and shrimp fished near the bottom is what these fish are eating. Spanish mackerel and bluefish have been moving in and out of the bay for the past two weeks. Trolling Rapala X-Raps is a great way to locate them. Bonefishing, plus a few permit, has been good when the winds are not too strong. Look for these fish along the western shorelines of South Bay south of Dinner Key. Cast a large shrimp or crab at these skittish shallow water speedsters. High tide at Soldier Key on Saturday will be at 9:40 in the morning.
High water in the morning in Florida Bay will allow some of the fish easy access to the flats. But with lower water temperatures look for the majority of the snook, redfish, and sheepshead to be feeding in the channels. A live shrimp hooked to a ¼-ounce Hookup Lure jig is deadly this time of year. Fish the bait still on the bottom or slow retrieve it. Make sure the fish has eaten the hook before you set up. When it’s cold, many large fish will bite very light. So, don’t rush them! Get a tight line and a slight bend in your rod tip before setting up. The areas of Snake Bight, Tin Can Channel, Conchie Channel, Rocky Channel, East and Middle Cape Canals and the channel in Lake Ingram will all hold fish. Snook, redfish and seatrout are being caught along the creeks and shorelines south and north of Shark River. Cobia, tripletail, Spanish mackerel, bluefish, pompano, and goliath groupers are being caught outside the Parks boundary markers. This area maybe unfishable due to the strong winds. The inside waters of Oyster and Whitewater Bays and Tarpon Bay are holding snook, redfish and tarpon. Low tide at Flamingo in Florida Bay on Saturday will be at 11:36 AM and at the mouth of Shark River low tide is at 8:35 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