January 18-20

Deerfield Beach to Key Largo & Flamingo to Cape Sable

NOAA Weather is forecasting our winds to be out of the east-northeast late Friday before moving into a east southeast direction on Saturday and then south to southwest on Sunday as the next front approaches. Winds will be blowing 10 to 15 Friday night into Saturday before picking up to 15 to 20 on Sunday.

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

Schools of 40 to 60-pound tarpon have moved into the Government Cut area. During the day you can see them rolling but not eating. At night using large live shrimp is your best bet at hooking up with these silver kings. The pier fishermen are catching a few Spanish mackerel, bluefish and lots of bluerunners. The offshore fleet struggled with the strong west and northwest winds this past week that built the swells up. Those that ventured out had a few kingfish, lots of bonitos and some hammerhead sharks. On the bottom over structure a few nice black groupers were caught and released and quite a few mutton snappers were landed. The nighttime bottom fishing boats had a nice mixed bag of bluefish, snappers catch and release red groupers and lots of grunts and bluerunners. Low tide at Government Cut Friday will be at midnight.

North Biscayne Bay

A few baitfish schools continue to move around in the bay attracting a few jacks, bluerunners, sea trout, bluefish, Spanish mackerel, barracudas and snappers. Nighttime tarpon action has been fair due to the strong winds from the north and northwest this past week. High tide at Indian Creek Golf Club Saturday morning is at 8:10 AM

South Biscayne Bay

The strong winds made it tough to fish the shallow flats of South Bay. A few bonefish were found on the protected shorelines on the west side of the bay and along the protected island shorelines. The Finger Channels had a bunch of undersize mutton snappers, small mangrove snappers, gag and black groupers and an assortment of jack crevalles, bluefish, yellowjacks and bluerunners. High tide at Soldier Key on Saturday will be at 7:27 in the morning.


The guys that fished the Florida Bay side of Flamingo while it was cold had a blast catching snook, black drum, sheepshead, redfish and sea trout. The fish were eating live shrimps attached to a Hookup Lure jig head. The best action was in Snake Bight Channel, East Cape Canal, Lake Ingram, Middle Cape and the shorelines in that area. When the weather warms up you can expect the tarpon action in Oyster and Whitewater Bays to turn on again. Low tide at Flamingo in Florida Bay on Saturday will be at 9:32 AM and at the mouth of Shark River low tide is at 6:37 AM.










  • Field Editor of the Florida Sportsman Magazines Action Spotter Report South Region
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