Deerfield Beach to Key Largo and Flamingo to Cape Sable
NOAA Weather is forecasting winds to be out of the southeast to east at five to 10-knots throughout the weekend. Keep an eye out for dangerous thunderstorms. South Florida will still be under the influence of the full moon.
Pompano Beach, Port Everglades, Haulover, Government Cut to Ocean Reef
The snook fishing ion the ocean inlets continues to be excellent. The snook are biting best on the outgoing tides at night. Snook are also being caught off the Oceanside piers near the surf. This is strictly a catch and release fishery till September 1st. The offshore fleet have been catching a ton of bonitos of all sizes. Feeding on the small bonitos have been wahoo, barracudas and sharks. A few kingfish and an occasional sailfish are also being caught. The best action is coming in depths from 100 to 300 feet of water. Dolphin fish are being caught out in the Gulf Stream. The best action is coming in depths of water from 850 to 1200 feet of water. Look for the big weed patches that have bait under then. Blackfin tuna and skipjack tuna are in the same areas and can be caught on small feathers trolled around the diving birds and feeding fish. Daytime bottom fishing has been slow however the nighttime yellowtail snapper fishing has been excellent over the reefs. Cuberra snapper are feeding on live lobsters fished over many of the offshore wrecks in depths from 100 to 200 feet of water at night. High tide at Government Cut Friday night will be at 10:21.
North Biscayne Bay
Baitfish schools have become more numerous in North Bay the past few weeks. The baitfish are mostly small threadfin herring and pilchards. Feeding on this baitfish has been ladyfish, jack crevalles, snappers, a few Spanish mackerel, barracudas, sharks, tarpon and snook. On Wednesday while dodging rain storms my clients released lots of ladyfish, lots of jacks, lots of shark, lots of snappers and a Spanish mackerel. The catch consisted of 13 different species of fish. Four different sharks, four different snappers, three different jacks, ladyfish and mackerel. The fish were caught using live baits hooked to a Mustad Ultra Point #4 short shank hook, Rapala Skitter V’s and baitfish fished from under a Cajun Thunder float. The nighttime tarpon, snook, ladyfish and snapper fishing has been good around the dock lights, bridge shadow lines and next to the bridge pilings. Low tide at Indian Creek Golf Club Saturday morning is at 5:53 AM
South Biscayne Bay
Bonefish continue to be active along the Oceanside flats south of Soldiers Key. The best action has occurred on an early morning incoming tide, but the fish have been there on the early morning outgoing tides as well. Permits have been staging around the Oceanside cuts. Live shrimp are getting the job done on the bonefish and silver dollar size blue crabs are working on the permits. Barracudas, mutton, mangrove, lane and yellowtail snappers plus yellow jacks, bluerunners and yellow jacks and a few groupers are being caught along the edges of the finger channels. High tide at Soldier Key on Saturday will be at 11:05 in the morning.
The outside flats and moats around the islands of Florida Bay are producing steady catches of redfish, snook, sea trout and tarpon. The fish are eating live pinfish, soft plastics rigged weedless, Rapala Skitter Walks and Hookup lure jig heads tipped with a soft plastic. Along the coast redfish, snook, tarpon and sharks are patrolling the downed trees and points next to the creeks and river mouths. Out over the grass flats sea trout, lots of mangrove snappers, ladyfish and jacks can be targeted with a jig head and soft plastic. Cut pinfish strips fished from under a Cajun Thunder float is also getting a lot of strikes. Snook, redfish and tarpon are scattered throughout Oyster and Whitewater Bays. High tide at Flamingo in Florida Bay on Saturday will be at 5:23 AM and at the mouth of Shark River low tide is at 9:50 AM.
- Field Editor of the Florida Sportsman Magazines Action Spotter Report South Region
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