Deerfield Beach to Key Largo & Flamingo to Cape Sable
NOAA Weather is forecasting winds to be out of the east to southeast at 5 to 10 knots throughout this upcoming weekend. The lobster season opened on August 6th and if the numbers caught during the mini season are an indication of how many lobsters are out, then it should be a good lobster season.
Pompano Beach, Port Everglades, Haulover, Government Cut to Ocean Reef
Hit the ocean inlets and the surf before the tide turns to incoming for what could be a nice catch and release snook bite. The offshore fleet found lots and lots of false albacores (bonitos) for rod bending action. The bonitos were biting just outside the outer reef in depths from 80 to 200 feet of water. Mixed in with the bonitos were a few nice kingfish, barracudas, and an occasional sailfish. Dolphin fish were being caught in decent numbers in depths from 600 to 1000 feet of water. There has been scattered weeds as far offshore as you might go but only a few weedlines. Trolling baits that have exposed hooks has been difficult due to the weeds. Your best bet may be to look for the snotty terns diving to the surface and then troll or cast weedless soft plastics or live baits. Most of the dolphins have been legal. There has been quite a few small blackfin tunas mixed in with the dolphins. Over the wrecks in 120 to 240 feet of water bottom fishermen are catching vermillion, yelloweye and mutton snappers. The nighttime reef fishing has been excellent for mangrove, mutton, and yellowtail snappers. Low tide at Government Cut Friday late afternoon will be at 5:46.
North Biscayne Bay
Jack crevalles and ladyfish have been roaming the bay. Look for waking fish, terns diving and frigate birds hovering in one area. If you see any of these things, then you can troll lipped artificial lures and soft plastics in the area. Once hooked up you can then cast the same lures and get multiple hookups. Mangrove snappers have been thick over the grass flats, in the channels that have a rocky drop off and over any structure in the bay. Live shrimp and pilchards should get you plenty of action. The nighttime small tarpon and snook action has been good along many of the bay bridges and under docks that have lights. Low tide at Indian Creek Golf Club Saturday morning is at 7:56 AM
South Biscayne Bay
An early morning incoming tide will have the bonefish feeding along the Oceanside flats, the mainland flats south of Black Point and in the areas of Cutter Bank, the Arsenicker Keys and Totten Key. Look for tailing fish early during the incoming tide and then mudding fish as the tide rises. Live shrimp is the number one bait for the bonefish. The Finger Channels are producing nice catches of yellowjacks, jack crevalles, bluerunners and a mix of snappers, grunts, porgies, and small groupers. Low tide at Soldier Key on Saturday will be at 7:26 in the morning.
Redfish, snook, sea trout and sharks have been feeding over the shallow flats of Florida Bay. High water in the morning will allow you to get to the fish. Along the shorelines from East Cape north to Lostman’s River snook, redfish and sea trout have been biting well. Fish the dead trees, points and creek mouths with soft plastics and live pinfish. Tripletail continue to be found free floating so keep an eye out for the legal 18-inch fish. Put a soft plastic attached to a Hookup lure jig head in front of one of these fish and chances are good the fish will eat it. On the inside around the points and shorelines that have a decent tidal flow snook, redfish, sea trout, snappers and Goliath groupers are willing to eat a well-placed soft plastic. High tide at Flamingo in Florida Bay on Saturday will be at 7:04 AM and at the mouth of Shark River low tide is at 11:49 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