Deerfield Beach to Key Largo & Flamingo to Cape Sable
NOAA Weather’s forecast for this Friday night is winds from the northwest at 5 to 15-knots and gusts to 25 as the second cold front of the week moves into South Florida. Saturday and Sunday’s forecast is winds from the north at 10 to 15-knots.
Pompano Beach, Port Everglades, Haulover, Government Cut to Ocean Reef
Look for Spanish mackerel, bluefish and pompano to be feeding around the ocean side piers this weekend. Flashy lures like a Rapala X Rap, silver crocodile spoons and live pilchards hooked to a Mustad long shank hook will work on the bluefish and mackerel. Doc’s Goofy jigs, Hookup Lure pompano jigs and live sandfleas and shrimp will get the attention from the pompano. The offshore fleet had some real nice dolphin catches before the winds went to the west. Groups of heavy lifters and gaffer size dolphins were caught in depths from 200 to 800-feet of water. The fish were under frigate birds and under floating debris. Kingfish, Spanish mackerel, large bonitos, blackfin tuna, wahoo and barracudas were being caught on live pilchards, ballyhoo and threadfin herring fished in depths from 80 to 200 feet of water. A few sailfish were available for the guys fishing live baits under a kite. The sailfish action was happening along current rips in depths from 80 to 300-feet of water. On the bottom black groupers, mutton snappers and the first cobia of the season were being caught over artificial reefs in depths from 100 to 300-feet of water. These fish were favoring live pinfish. Over rocky bottom in depths from 160 to 240 feet of water vermillion, yelloweye and red snappers were eating chunks of squid. The nighttime reef fishing has slowed a bit with the unstable weather conditions. High tide at Government Cut Friday night will be at 10:24PM.
North Biscayne Bay
Schools of baitfish have been moving around in the bay. Look for diving birds to help you locate them and then throw a 10 to 12-foot, ¼-inch or 3/8-inch Humpback cast net at them. Once you have acquired the bait you need you can then fish them under a Cajun Thunder float or free lined for mackerel, bluefish, jacks, bluerunners and sea trout. Try your luck were the baitfish are first before heading to your favorite spots in the bay. Trolling #10 Rapala X Raps in the areas the baitfish schools are holding is a great way to get action from mackerel, bluefish and jacks if you can’t catch the bait. Most of the snook action in North Bay is happening way up in the Intra Coastal Waterway. Give the Oleta River, Maule Lake the canals up in the Aventura area a shot and don’t forget the Miami River where lots of snook head this time of year. Live mullet, pilchards and threadfin herring work well in these areas and if you like to throw artificial then try a 3/8-ounce Hookup lure jig head and a soft plastic or a Rapala SubWalk. The nighttime snook and tarpon action has been fair at night. Low tide at Indian Creek Golf Club Saturday morning is at 5:55 AM
South Biscayne Bay
An early morning incoming tide could have bonefish tailing on the flats south of Soldiers Key or along the mainland from Dinner Key to Card Sound Road if the water temperatures don’t drop to much with this front that is expected to hit this weekend. A large live shrimp put in the right spot normally results in a quick bonefish strike. The Finger Channels continue to produce large amounts of mutton and mangrove snappers. My client last Friday had a 9.5 and an 8-pound mutton snapper plus many that were over 18 inches along with mangrove snappers, a small cobia, sharks, barracudas and yellowjacks. All the fish were caught on live pilchards. Hopefully the cold front won’t send the mutton offshore too soon. High tide at Soldier Key on Saturday will be at 11:38 in the morning.
Florida Bay and the coast from East Cape Canal north to Lostman’s River has been red hot. Lots of snook, mostly small but some that have been in the slot and lots of redfish and sea trout are being caught with artificial lures and live shrimp and pilchards fished under a Cajun Thunder float. My clients on Monday had over 30 snook, a dozen redfish with most of them being in the slot and all the sea trout one wished to catch. The fish ate live shrimp and pilchards under a Cajun Thunder float and Hookup lures tipped with soft plastics. This action is also taking place on the inside waters of Oyster and Whitewater Bays. Low tide at Flamingo in Florida Bay on Saturday will be at 1:23 PM and at the mouth of Shark River low tide is at 10:29 AM.
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