Deerfield Beach to Key Largo and Flamingo to Cape Sable
NOAA Weather is forecasting winds to be out of south to southeast at five to 10-knots throughout the weekend.
Pompano Beach, Port Everglades, Haulover, Government Cut to Ocean Reef
Snook fishing in and around the ocean inlets has been quite good. There are some nice size tarpon and a few large permits and jack crevalles still hanging around the inlets. It’s all catch and release on the snook and tarpon. Live pinfish, large shrimp, crabs and mullet are getting the snook and tarpon bites. The offshore fleet was handcuffed much of the week with the stormy conditions so there weren’t many reports to be gathered. Before the weather set in the kingfish bit was on fire all day long. Trolling drone spoons and Sea Witches with a strip on bonito deep using a planer resulted in quick two fish kingfish limits. Drifted fresh ballyhoo and Spanish sardines and jigging vertical jigs also worked for the kings. The best action was between 80 and 120 feet of water. Mixed in with the kings were bonitos, sailfish and blackfin tuna. Live baits when available also got the job done. If you were looking for dolphin fish, then you needed to work hard for them. The fish have been scattered outside the blue water current edge to over 15 miles offshore. The most consistent action has taken place east of 10 miles out. Small dolphins were encountered on some of the numerous mats of floating grass. Until you get past 800 feet of water it’s been hard to troll for the dolphins due to the tremendous amounts of grass on the surface. It seems the further out you go the less grass you have to contend with and the bigger fish you encounter. A few small wahoo and tripletails are under the bigger mats of grass. The daytime swordfish has been fair. Mutton snappers and black groupers continue to be caught over the deeper ledges and wrecks. Live pinfish and threadfin herring have been the top bottom baits. The nighttime reef fishing is starting to pick up as more mangrove snappers enter the picture. Low tide at Government Cut Friday night will be at 6:01.
North Biscayne Bay
Bay fishing has been fair with action from schools of large jack crevalles that are roaming the bay as they look for something to eat. Some of these fish are over 15 pounds. AS you move around in the bay have a Rapala Skitter V rigged to a few rods so you can cast to the schools as they pass by. Lots of mangrove snappers are holding in areas that have structure. Anchor and chum and the fish will come right to the chum bag. Keep in mind each angler is allowed 5 mangrove snappers that measure at least 10 inches from tip of nose to tip of a pinched tail. The snappers will quickly eat a Hookup lure jig head tipped with a soft plastic tail. Large bull and lemon sharks are also roaming the bay. Some are way over 100 pounds. The nighttime snook, tarpon and snapper action has been fair around the dock lights and bridge shadow lines. Low tide at Indian Creek Golf Club Saturday morning is at 8:20 AM
South Biscayne Bay
Bonefish and permits are available for the shallow water skiff anglers. An early morning incoming tide will have plenty of fish tailing first thing in the morning. Work the shallowest you can from Soldiers Key south to Ocean Reef, around Totten Key, Cutter Bank, the Arsenicker Islands and along mainland flats from Dinner Key south to Card Sound. A few permits will show up and small tarpon too. And of course, there will be lemon and bonnethead sharks up on the flats with large barracudas nearby. Large shrimp will work on the bonefish, silver dollar size blue crabs for the permits and surface plugs for the sharks and barracudas. Medium size tarpon are eating live blue crabs fished under a Cajun Thunder float along the shorelines of Key Biscayne. Low tide at Soldier Key on Saturday will be at 7:50 in the morning.
The fishing has been outstanding in Florida Bay. Over the flats large snook, sea trout, redfish, sharks, small tarpon and loads of ladyfish, jacks and snapper can be targeted with a Hookup Lure jig head tipped with a soft plastic bait. The channels around Snake Bight, Tin Can, Conchie and First National Bank are all producing fish. As you run from spot to spot keep your eyes out for free floating tripletail. The best fishing is taking place along the coast where schools of small baitfish are attracting snook of all sizes, redfish, sea trout, jacks, ladyfish, tarpon and sharks. Anything that resembles a baitfish is producing plenty of action. Most of the fishermen this week by passed the interior waters of the Park to get to the coast. High tide at Flamingo in Florida Bay on Saturday will be at 7:57 AM and at the mouth of Shark River high tide is at 6:06 AM.
- Field Editor of the Florida Sportsman Magazines Action Spotter Report South Region
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