Deerfield Beach to Key Largo & Flamingo to Cape Sable
NOAA Weather is forecasting winds to be out of the east southeast at 10 to 15-knots late Friday and then southeast to south at 10 to 15 Saturday and Sunday.
Pompano Beach, Port Everglades, Haulover, Government Cut to Ocean Reef
Mullet schools and pilchard schools continue to migrate south for the winter. The pier and jetty fishermen have been catching a good amount of small bluefish when the winds have been blowing or the water is a bit dirty on the outgoing tides. Spanish mackerel, a few pompano, jack crevalles, ladyfish and bluerunners have been caught as well. Anything flashy like a shiny silver spoon, a red and white jig or a Rapala X Rap will work on most of these fish. A Doc’s Goofy jig will get the pompano. The offshore fleet has had to work hard to make a catch. There has been some kingfish action in 80 to 160 feet of water, a few bonitos and blackfin tuna and a good number of sailfish showed up this past week. Dolphin fish have been scattered all week. The guys fishing live baits from under a kite have had some 10 pounders eat the baits intended for sailfish. With the full moon last week, we would have hoped for some good wahoo fishing but that didn’t happen. Bottom fishing for groupers and mutton snappers was good this past week over the deeper rocky ledges and artificial reefs. Live pinfish and large pilchards worked best on these fish. The nighttime bottom fishing over the reefs in 45 to 80 feet of water has been very good. Plenty of good size yellowtail snappers are being caught. A few mutton and mangrove snappers were mixed in with the yellowtails. Low tide at Government Cut Friday night will be at 5:57.
North Biscayne Bay
Schools of pilchards and threadfin herring are scattered throughout North Bay. Feeding on the baitfish schools have been lots of jack crevalles, ladyfish, bluerunners and a few mackerel and bluefish. Rapala X Raps and live baits are getting plenty of strikes from these fish. A few snook, tarpon, sharks and barracudas are feeding on this baitfish and on schools of mullet that are scattered in the bay. Plenty of small mangrove snappers are holding under docks and over rocky areas in the bay. Nighttime snook, tarpon, snapper and jack crevalle action has been good around the dock ,lights and bridge shadow liners in the bay. The best action has been on the outgoing tides. Low tide at Indian Creek Golf Club Saturday morning is at 8:01 AM
South Biscayne Bay
Plenty of large jack crevalles and yellowjacks are feeding in the Finger Channels of South Bay. These feisty jacks were eating live baitfish, Rapala Skitter V’s and Mustad jig heads tipped with soft plastics. Find an interesting place in a channel and start chumming with live baits and in no time, you should have these fish crashing the chum everywhere around you. There are also lots of small mutton snappers and under size groupers on the bottom in these channels. Permits have been working many of the hard-bottom flats in South Bay on the incoming tides. If you’re out bonefishing for the day make sure you have a few silver dollar size blue crabs in the well for that permits that sticks its tail up at you. Plenty of barracudas will keep you busy on the flats if you have a live well full of pilchards to chum them up. Snook fishing has been good along the mainland shorelines where schools of baitfish are holding. Low tide at Soldier Key on Saturday will be at 7:31 in the morning.
A high tide in the morning will allow most Florida Bay anglers to get up close to the island shorelines or to get up high on the Florida Bay flats where snook, redfish, tarpon and sharks have been feeding on the large schools of mullet. If the floating grass isn’t bad, then throw a Rapala Skitter V at any feeding fish you see or cast a Hookup lure jig head with a soft plastic baitfish tail. The waters south of Sandy Key have been producing decent numbers of snappers and sea trout. Fish the flats that have grass and depths of three feet or more. You can fish a live pinfish or chunk of pinfish under a Cajun Thunder float. Attach that bait to a Mustad Ultra Point #4 short shank hook. Hookup lure jig heads tipped with a soft plastic always get hit in these areas. The shorelines from just north of the Florida Bay boat ramp north to Lostman’s River continue to produce steady catches of snook and redfish. Hit the down trees and mangrove shorelines with live pinfish, finger mullet and pilchards. Fish these baits under a Cajun Thunder float or attached to a jig head. Soft plastics rigged weedless and Rapala Skitter V’s are working in these areas. The inside waters of Shark River, Oyster and Whitewater Bays are producing snook, redfish, sea trout and tarpon. Hit the points that have current for best results and areas that have baitfish. Small Goliath groupers are making a comeback in the backcountry. High tide at Flamingo in Florida Bay on Saturday will be at 6:32 AM and at the mouth of Shark River low tide is at 11:50 PM.
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