Deerfield Beach to Key Largo & Flamingo to Cape Sable
With an approaching cold front NOAA Weather is forecasting winds to be out of the south-southwest late Friday at 10 to 25 knots before turning to the west and northwest at 15 to 25 knots on Saturday and Sunday. There will be a full moon this weekend.
Pompano Beach, Port Everglades, Haulover, Government Cut to Ocean Reef
The tarpon bite at Government Cut has been very good all week. Live crabs fished in the inlet on Hookup lure jig heads half way to the bottom or near the bottom and live crabs slow drifted on the surface has been getting most of the tarpon bites. Lots of migrating mullet have been moving through the inlets and when the mullet are there so are the tarpon joined with large sharks, jack crevalles, barracudas and snook. You can cast net a mullet, then hook that mullet through the upper lip using a Mustad Ultra Point 7/0 circle hook with a 50lb. fluro carbon leader to finish out your rig. Offshore there has been a red-hot sailfish bite in 100 to 140 feet of water. The sailfish are migrating south, so it doesn’t matter where you anchor your boat or start your drift if you’re in the right depth of water. What makes things more interesting is that there are quite a few kingfish, bonitos and blackfin tuna in the same depths. Load a live well with frisky pilchards and threadfin herring. Fish the threadfins on the surface while you live bait chum with the pilchards. The fish will come to you. On the bottom a few nice mutton snappers and large black groupers were being caught on live baits fished on or near the bottom. Dolphin fish to 30 pounds are roaming the area and have been caught in depths from 100 feet of water out to 600 feet of water. The nighttime bottom fishing will be a bit more challenging this weekend with the wind. High tide at Government Cut Friday night will be at 9:52.
North Biscayne Bay
Windy weather once again will have most of North Bay rough, choppy and dirty. Sea trout, jack crevalles, ladyfish, snook and snappers can be targeted over the flats and around the bridges in the bay. A large live shrimp fished under a Cajun Thunder float or a Hookup lure jig head tipped with a soft plastic baitfish tail cast around these flats will eventually find you some fish. The nighttime tarpon action around the bay bridges has been good. High tide at Indian Creek Golf Club Saturday morning is at 11:18 AM
South Biscayne Bay
Windy conditions and high water in the morning will make targeting bonefish and permits a bit difficult this weekend. There has been quite a few small tarpons on the western shorelines of South Bay and along many of the southern islands. With the winds coming out of the west some of this weekend you might be able to spot these 10 to 30-pound silver kings from a poling platform and then shoot a soft plastic in front of them. The Finger Channels will have barracudas patrolling the edges of the flats and a variety of snappers, groupers and jacks in the channels. High tide at Soldier Key on Saturday will be at 10:35 in the morning.
Windy conditions continue to make most of Florida Bays waters rough and milky white. The catfish love these conditions but the snook, redfish, sea trout and tarpon don’t. If you can find some green water, then that is a good area to target all of these predators. Live shrimp under a Cajun Thunder float or attached to a Hookup lure jig head is still the preferred way target these fish. Moving inshore into the creeks and channels is your next best bet. This is where you will find some of the cleanest water. Lake Ingram, the Sable creeks, Shark River, the Harney and all the protected bays and shorelines of Oyster and Whitewater Bay is where you will find calmer and cleaner waters. High tide at Flamingo in Florida Bay on Saturday will be at 4:56 AM and at the mouth of Shark River low tide is at 9:24 AM.
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