February 22-24

Deerfield Beach to Key Largo & Flamingo to Cape Sable

NOAA Weather is predicting winds to out of the south southeast at 10 to 15-knots throughout the weekend.

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

The tarpon bite in the ocean inlets has been steady when the conditions have allowed safe fishing. The best action has come on the outgoing tides. At night when the shrimp are running, the bite has been very good. Mixed in with the tarpon have been a few big permit. There has been some nice pompano, a few bluefish and Spanish mackerel being caught off the ocean side piers. The offshore fleet had some decent action from sailfish, kingfish, dolphin fish, wahoo, barracudas, sharks and a white marlin this past week. The best action has occurred in 100 to 300 feet of water with baits fished from under a kite or free lined. Over the wrecks there have been some big black groupers for catch and release, quite a few mutton snappers, an assortment of jacks and a few cobias. Live baits have been the top baits for the wreck fishing. The nighttime party boats struggled to get out with the high winds this past week but when they did hit the water they found an assortment of snappers, porgies, grunts and undersize groupers. High tide at Government Cut Friday night will be at 11:10.

North Biscayne Bay

Most of North Bay got hit hard by the strong mid-week winds. Seatrout are feeding along the edges of what once was healthy seagrass flats. Bounce a ¼-ounce red Hookup lure jig head tipped with a soft plastic baitfish tail along the bottom and you will likely find some pre-spawning sea trout. A few pompano, bluefish, Spanish mackerel, barracudas, jack crevalles and ladyfish are mixed in with the trout. At night, tarpon and snook have been feeding next to dock lights on the east side of the bay. Low tide at Indian Creek Golf Club Saturday morning is at 6:44 AM

South Biscayne Bay

The high winds made it tough for most bonefish fishermen to target their most favorite species. With winds coming down and cleaner water forecasted for the weekend, and a low incoming early morning tide, check out the oceanside flats south of Soldiers Key, the flats around Totten Key, Cutter Bank, the Arsenicker Keys and the mainland flats. They should all be holding not only bonefish, but sharks, permit, small tarpon and barracudas. The Finger Channels continue to produce catches of under size snappers, groupers plus jacks and bluerunners. High tide at Soldier Key on Saturday will be at 11:58 in the morning.


Late last week with calm conditions the bite was off the chart in Flamingo. Pretty much everywhere you went you loaded up with fish. In Florida Bay the small snook, redfish, slot-sized seatrout, jacks and ladyfish were eager to eat anything that looked like a shrimp. Out where the crab trap buoys are tripletail were lined up. Almost all were under 18-inches, the minimum size limit, but we had a 19.5-inch tripletail that weighed eight pounds that went home with its angler. In the area of Schooner Bank the Spanish mackerel, bluefish, jacks, ladyfish, sharks, snapper and cobia were more than willing to eat a live shrimp hooked to a Mustad long shanks hook and fished from under a Cajun Thunder float. Along the shorelines from just north of the marina all the way to Lostman’s River, loads of redfish, small snook and black drum were jumping on anything that looked like a shrimp. Our total catch on Friday was over 130 fish with one spot producing over 50 redfish to 19 inches, five snook to 24 inches and three ladyfish. On the inside in Whitewater and Oyster bays the tarpon bite was very good on the warmer days. High tide at Flamingo in Florida Bay on Saturday will be at 5:51 AM and at the mouth of Shark River low tide is at 10:43 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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