Deerfield Beach to Key Largo and Flamingo to Cape Sable
NOAA Weather is forecasting winds to be out of the southeast at 10 to 15 knots on Friday before dropping down to five to 10-knots Saturday and Sunday. There has been a very good peacock bass bite in the canals and lakes in South Dade.
Pompano Beach, Port Everglades, Haulover, Government Cut to Ocean Reef
The catch and release snook fishing in the ocean inlets, in the trough between the Oceanside beaches and the sandbars and off the Oceanside piers has been very good. Some of the snook have weighed over 20 pounds. The snook are eating live baits like a large shrimp, threadfin herring, pinfish, pilchards, large mojarra, mullet and even lizardfish fished near the bottom. Artificial fishermen are using Flare Hawk jigs, Rapala X Raps and Rapala Magnum lures. Please remember these snook are still spawning and need to be landed and released quickly without harming the fish. The offshore fleet had a tougher time this week with the full moon conditions, Bonitos were around in good numbers and a few kingfish, blackfin tuna and wahoo also made up parts of their catches. A few sailfish and scattered dolphins were caught as well. The swordfish fleet had decent action both day and night out in 1600 to 2000 feet of water. During the day hours the baits were fished near the bottom and at night the baits were staggered from 200 feet down to the surface. Over the wrecks and ledges in depths from 80 feet out to 300 feet of water vermillion, yelloweye, blackfin and mutton snappers were biting when the current wasn’t too strong. A few groupers, jacks, barracudas and sharks were also being caught. At night the bottom fishing boats had good action from mangrove, yellowtail and mutton snappers. A good number of toros, grunts and bluerunners made up a part of the night catch. The action was in 25 to 80 feet of water. High tide at Government Cut Friday night will be at 11:28.
North Biscayne Bay
A few schools of baitfish have moved into North Bay. Feeding around these baitfish have been barracudas, jacks, bluerunners, sea trout, mangrove snappers, a few lost Spanish mackerel and tarpon and snook. If you can catch some of these baitfish with a cast net and keep them alive, they make great baits for all of the mentioned fish. Hook these baitfish to a Mustad Ultra Point #4 short shank hook or a #1 longshank hook and fish it under a Cajun Thunder float. You can also cast Rapala X Raps and Hookup lure jig heads tipped with a soft plastic along the edges of the baitfish schools. The nighttime snook and tarpon action has been good along many of the bay bridges and under the docks that are well lit and have a good tidal flow. Low tide at Indian Creek Golf Club Saturday morning is at 7:04 AM
South Biscayne Bay
An early morning and late afternoon incoming tide will be your best time to target bonefish and permits along the Oceanside flats south of Key Biscayne. These fish will be the happiest first thing in the morning with the cooler ocean waters pushing into the bay. Look for tailing bonefish right up near the shorelines and shallowest parts of the flats. As the tide starts to rise expect the fish to keep pushing in on the flats as they look for crabs, worms, small minnows and shrimp. Permits will be working the rocky bars on Oceanside and the edges of the channels between the Oceanside flats. Look for their larger tails to be waving in the sun. Cast a silver dollar blue crab at the permits and a small crab or large shrimp at the bonefish. In the channels expect yellowjacks, jack crevalles, a few mutton snappers, mangrove snappers and sharks and barracudas. Tarpon continue to feed late in the afternoon and at night in the area around the Key Biscayne Yacht Club. Live crabs and live mullet have been best for the tarpon. Low tide at Soldier Key on Saturday will be at 6:45 in the morning.
A falling tide in Florida Bay in the morning will have redfish, snook, sea trout, jack crevalles, tarpon and sharks feeding along the sides of the channels and in the runoffs. Soft plastics on a jig head and soft plastics rigged weedless has been getting a lot of the better strikes. Quite a few free-floating tripletails are being caught and a few are 18 inches or better. These fish have been in the open water and along tidal rips that have accumulated floating grass. A live shrimp placed where the fish can see it is rarely refused. Plenty of mangrove snappers and sea trout are feeding along the edges of the channels at Conchie Channel, Tin Can Channel, Palm Channel and the banks around Sandy Key. A chunk of pinfish fished under a Cajun Thunder float will get you plenty of action from these fish. Artificial fishermen can cast a Hookup lure jig head tipped with a soft plastic and enjoy the action as well. A late morning incoming tide along the coast will have some hungry snook, redfish and tarpon stalking the corners of the creeks and river mouths and hiding next to downed trees as the wait for unsuspecting baitfish to pass by. Bucktail jigs, Hookup lure jig heads tipped with a soft plastic baitfish tail and Rapala Skitter V’s will attract plenty of attention from these fish. High tide at Flamingo in Florida Bay on Saturday will be at 6:37 AM and at the mouth of Shark River low tide is at 10:49 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