Deerfield Beach to Key Largo and Flamingo to Cape Sable
NOAA Weather is predicting winds to be out of the east to northeast at 10 to 15 knots late Friday through Sunday. There will be a full moon starting Saturday.
Pompano Beach, Port Everglades, Haulover, Government Cut to Ocean Reef
Tarpon are still being caught around the ocean inlets. The top bait for the tarpon has been a medium size blue crab. Snook are in the inlets as well and are still in season through the end of this month. The snook are eating live pinfish, pilchards, threadfin herring and mullet fished near the bottom. The outgoing tides have been the best times to target the snook. Along the beaches and off the oceanside piers snook are being caught in the trough just outside of the shorelines. You can target the snook with large live shrimp, pilchards and large mojarras. Further out on the piers a few Spanish mackerel, lots of bluerunners, jacks and barracudas are being caught on live shrimp, jigs and pilchards. Mangrove snappers are being caught next to the pilings. Offshore the fleet has been doing very well on large kingfish and blackfin tuna. The action has been in depths from 80 feet out to 200 feet of water. The kings have been feeding half to the bottom. Live baitfish and slow drifted fresh dead ballyhoo and Spanish sardines are getting the job done. The guys working the vertical jigs are getting plenty of action. The tunas have been most active on the cloudy days and late in the afternoons. A few sailfish, wahoo and lots of bonitos are being caught with the kings and tunas. Dolphin fish are being caught but not in any numbers. If this is your targeted species then head offshore till you hit a good dark blue edge and then either troll your way out till you get into some action or continue out as you look for birds, baitfish, floating debris and frigate birds. On the bottom over wrecks and ledges deeper than 100 feet of water, large mutton snappers, gag, red and black groupers plus large amberjacks and a few cobias are being caught. The best baits are live pinfish, pilchards and threadfin herring. At night the party boats continue to have success on a wide variety of snappers, grunts and jacks. High tide at Government Cut Friday night will be at 8:46.
North Biscayne Bay
Lots of rain has been pumped into North Bay over the past week through the local flood gates. Because of this the waters on the western shorelines are quite fresh. When this happens many of the inshore fish species look for a saltier condition and that is normally around the ocean inlets and the eastern side of the bay. Look for snapper, snook, tarpon, ladyfish, jack crevalles, barracudas and sea trout to be in these areas. At night the snook, tarpon and snapper action has been de cent around the bay bridge pilings and under the docks that have a light with a moving current. Anything that looks like a shrimp or pilchard will get you into the action. Low tide at Indian Creek Golf Club Saturday morning is at 10:09 AM
South Biscayne Bay
The Finger Channels are producing a few mutton snappers, large jacks and lots of grunts. Bonefishing has been very good especially along the Oceanside island flats south of Soldiers Key. Permits are feeding along the deeper edges of many of the flats that have a channel leading to the ocean. Lemon and bonnethead sharks are providing some decent action for those looking to bend a fishing rod. Large tarpon are migrating south along the oceanside flats. The mainland flats are producing action from sharks, barracudas, snook and tarpon. High tide at Soldier Key on Saturday will be at 9:26 in the morning.
A week of south and west winds has muddied up the Florida Bay waters once again. Lots of rain has also pushed a lot of fish out of the backcountry and toward the mainland shorelines. Some of the best action has been in the areas of Big and Little Sable creeks, Little Shark and Big Shark rivers as well as the rivers all the way to Lostman’s River. Look for snook, redfish, sea trout, tarpon, jacks crevalles and ladyfish to be holding at the points of the river mouths and creeks as they wait to ambush a finger mullet or pilchard. Tarpon are being hooked and released in many of the rivers along the coast. Low tide at Flamingo in Florida Bay on Saturday will be at 8:42 AM and at the mouth of Shark River low tide is at 10:41 AM.
- Field Editor of the Florida Sportsman Magazines Action Spotter Report South Region
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