Deerfield Beach to Key Largo & Flamingo to Cape Sable
NOAA Weather is forecasting winds to be northeast at 15 to 20 knots throughout the weekend.
Pompano Beach, Port Everglades, Haulover, Government Cut to Ocean Reef
Snook fishermen continue to put a hurting on the Atlantic snook population. The snook are stacked up at the ocean inlets and along the Oceanside beaches from Deerfield Beach south to Government Cut. The best action has occurred just before sunrise, at sun set and throughout the night. The best snook action has happened on the last of the outgoing tides. Live pinfish, threadfin herring, mullet and large pilchards are getting most of the strikes, but trolling Rapala Magnum plugs or casting Sea Hawk jigs is also responsible for a lot of the snook catches. Mixed in with the snook has been a few permits, pompano, large jack crevalles, ladyfish, bonefish, bluefish, barracudas and sharks. The offshore fleet has had some action from wahoo, kingfish, bonitos, blackfin tuna and a few sailfish. The action has taken place along the outside of the outer reef in depths from 100 to 300 feet of water. Dolphin fish continue to be targeted in the blue water in depths from 600 to 1000 feet of water. The fish are a bit more scattered at this time. The nighttime snapper fishing continues to be very good over the reefs in depths from 40 feet out to 90 feet of water. Low tide at Government Cut Friday night will be at 7:09.
North Biscayne Bay
Schools of pilchards and mullet are scattered around in North Bay. Feeding on these baitfish schools have been jack crevalles, ladyfish, snook, tarpon, barracudas, bluefish, snappers, sea trout and sharks. You can get in on the action with Rapala Skitter V’s, Hookup ;lure jig heads tipped with a Soft plastic baitfish tail and with live baitfish hooked to a Mustad Ultra Point short shank hook and fished from under a Cajun Thunder float. The nighttime snook, tarpon, jack crevalle and snapper fishing is good around the bridge pilings, shadow lines and lighted docks. Low tide at Indian Creek Golf Club Saturday morning is at 9:20 AM
South Biscayne Bay
Bonefish and permits have been around in good numbers. The fish have been most active on the incoming tides. Look for these fish along the outside islands of South Bay. A live shrimp hooked to a Mustad circle hook will work on the bonefish and a silver dollar size blue crab should get a permits attention. Lots of barracudas, yellowjacks, lemon sharks, yellowjacks and mutton snappers are in the area as well. Snook and tarpon have been tearing up the mullet schools along the mainland flats in South Bay. Work a Rapala Twitchin Minnow, SkitterWalk or Skitter V in the areas that the mullet are in and you should get a solid hookup. Low tide at Soldier Key on Saturday will be at 8:50 in the morning.
An early morning high tide in Florida Bay will have snook, redfish and tarpon feeding on mullet schools high up on the flats. Work your way up on the flats and cast a Rapala Skitter V where the mullet schools are being chased or throw a soft plastic hooked to a Mustad weedless hook for a quick way to get a solid hook up. Sea trout and snappers continue to be caught in good numbers over the banks south of Sandy Key. Most of the action is over the deeper grass flats and along the channel edges. A Hookup lure jig head tipped with a soft plastic and bounced over the bottom will locate the fish for you. You can also hook a strip of ladyfish or pinfish to a Mustad Ultra Point #2 short shank hook and fish that bait under a Cajun Thunder float. Snook, redfish and tarpon continue to be targeted and caught along the outside shorelines and into Whitewater and Oyster Bays. Hit the points, river mouths and downed trees for best results. High tide at Flamingo in Florida Bay on Saturday will be at 7:54 AM and at the mouth of Shark River high tide is at 5:08 AM.
- Field Editor of the Florida Sportsman Magazines Action Spotter Report South Region
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