Deerfield Beach to Key Largo & Flamingo to Cape Sable
This is a difficult report to write due to current events throughout the world. With that said this I can say, the only reports from this past week were from shoreline and pier fishermen, homeowners that have boats on the water and fishermen working the freshwater lakes and canal systems of South Florida. I will touch on those reports in each section. Stay healthy and safe! Fishing is only fun if you catch a fish and not a virus! NOAA Weather is forecasting winds to be out of the east south east at 10 to 15 knots with gusts to 20 knots throughout the weekend.
Pompano Beach, Port Everglades, Haulover, Government Cut to Ocean Reef
Fishing in this area has been from anglers fishing the Oceanside fishing piers that are open. Along the beaches a few Spanish mackerel, bluefish, pompano, tarpon and snook were available. In the ocean inlets a few snook and tarpon were biting. The offshore fleet is stuck at their docks since all public boat ramps are closed to everyone except licensed commercial fishermen. This could change at any time. Offshore there has been Spanish mackerel, kingfish, blackfin tuna, sailfish, bonitos, dolphin fish and wahoo. Over the reefs and wrecks groupers, cobia, blackfin tuna, amberjacks and mutton snappers were biting. At night over the reefs it’s been an assortment of snappers, grunts, toros and bluerunners. Freshwater fishing in local lakes, private lakes, canals and the areas of the Everglades has been good for largemouth and peacock bass plus Mayan cichlids, Oscars and bluegills. High tide at Government Cut Friday night will be at 11:47.
North Biscayne Bay
Since all public boat ramps are closed there were few if any reports available from the bay. Low tide at Indian Creek Golf Club Saturday morning is at 7:12 AM.
South Biscayne Bay
A few guides that had access to private boat ramps hit the shallow flats of South Bay and found hungry bonefish, permits and tarpon. Low tide at Soldier Key on Saturday will be at 6:42 in the morning.
All National Parks are closed including Everglades National Park. The only way to fish any of the Parks waters was to fish from the Keys but now that is not possible for most of us because unless you have interests in the Keys you will be turned back by law enforcement on US1. I’m not sure if you made it into the Park what might happen if a Park Ranger caught you! High tide at Flamingo in Florida Bay on Saturday will be at 6:42 AM and at the mouth of Shark River low tide is at 10:43 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