February 21-23

Deerfield Beach to Key Largo and Flamingo to Cape Sable

NOAA Weather is forecasting winds to be out of the north to northwest at 15 to 25 knots and with gusts to 30 knots late Friday and Friday night. Saturday winds will move more to the northeast but still strong at 15 to 20 knots and gusts to 30 knots. Sunday winds will be out of the east northeast at 15 to 20 knots and gusts to 30 knots.

Pompano Beach, Port Everglades, Haulover, Government Cut to Ocean Reef

With seas predicted to be as high as 10 feet offshore this weekend you might want to fish off the Oceanside piers for bluefish and anything else that might be hungry in that rough water. If you do venture offshore be careful. A few nice kingfish, quite a few small blackfin tuna, only a few sailfish and some Spanish mackerel have been eating live baits and slow drifted fresh ballyhoo outside the outer reef line. Concentrate your efforts in 80 to 300 feet of water. When the winds move more easterly, we might see some dolphin fish on our side of the Gulf Stream. When the seas were calm the bottom bite was very good for vermillion, yelloweye and mutton snappers. These fish were biting over the artificial reefs on squid and live baits. With the high winds and a new moon, it wouldn’t surprise me if we saw a decent shrimp run this weekend. If that happens look for tarpon and snook to be popping the shrimp on the nighttime outgoing tide. High tide at Government Cut Friday night will be at 7:27.

North Biscayne Bay

Nice conditions this past week resulted in some sea trout, bluefish, mackerel, jacks and ladyfish being caught over the shallow water flats between Haulover Inlet and Government Cut. A live shrimp fished under a Cajun Thunder float is deadly on these fish. You can troll Rapala #8 or #10 X Raps in areas that are holding baitfish schools. If it gets too rough in the bay this weekend then go up into Maule Lake or Dumbfoundling Bay and try your luck at some snook, jack crevalle and tarpon that often can be enticed with a frisky live pilchard. Hit the sea walls and bridges. A nighttime snook and tarpon bite might be good if the shrimp run in the bay. Look for the fish to be under the dock lights and around the bridge shadow lines. High tide at Indian Creek Golf Club Saturday morning is at 9:12 AM

South Biscayne Bay

Spanish mackerel, small kingfish and bluefish can be chummed up in the open waters of South Bay. Anchor and chum and fish a live shrimp or pilchard under a Cajun Thunder float. The channels are loaded with yellowjacks, jack crevalles and small mutton snappers. The rough conditions will put a stop to the good bonefish and permit action that took place on the mid-week calmer days this past week. High tide at Soldier Key on Saturday will be at 8:29 in the morning.


Expect Florida Bay to be a mess this weekend. Your best bet would be to hit the backcountry of Coot Bay, Whitewater Bay, Oyster Bay and the creeks and rivers near Shark River. Hit the points and lee areas for snook, redfish and sea trout. Low tide at Flamingo in Florida Bay on Saturday will be at 10:37 AM and at the mouth of Shark River low tide is at 7:30 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

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