Deerfield Beach to Key Largo & Flamingo to Cape Sable
NOAA Weather is forecasting winds to be out of the east southeast at 5 to 10 knots throughout this upcoming weekend. Expect high tides to be exceedingly high this weekend. The Fall migration of baitfish is happening right now!
Pompano Beach, Port Everglades, Haulover, Government Cut to Ocean Reef
Schools of baitfish like finger, silver, and black mullet plus schools of Spanish sardines, pilchards and threadfin herring are migrating south for the winter. These baitfish schools are not happy! Hungry sharks, tarpon, snook, and jack crevalles are following the baitfish schools and attacking when they get the urge. This is a great time for surf fishermen and pier fishermen. Grab you Humpback cast net and a few Mustad Ultra Point 4/0 to 6/0 Big Gun short shank hooks and some 40 to 60-pound monofilament or fluro carbon leader material and attach it all to your 20-pound outfits. Cast net a mullet and hook the bait and cast it back into thew baitfish school. Chances are good a hungry predator will be on it in a flash. If the fish are feeding and you are not getting any strikes than add an egg sinker to your leader to get the bait under the baitfish school. That will help isolate your bait and increase your odds at a strike. Big Rapala X Raps and Flare Hawk jigs work for the artificial enthusiast. If the surf is cloudy and a big school of mullet comes by then there could be pompano with the mullet. A Hookup lure pompano jig bounced off the bottom catches plenty of pompano. It is still a bit early for bluefish, Spanish mackerel, and kingfish to be close to the surf but that will happen soon. The offshore guys will have action from some kingfish, blackfin tuna, bonitos, wahoo, sailfish, sharks, and barracudas. The best depths for these fish will be from 80 feet of water out to 300 feet of water. Dolphin fish were scattered before the windy and wet weather hit last week but with baitfish schools migrating south there is a good chance that the dolphins will return. Look for frigate birds to help you locate the fish. Bottom fishermen may be surprised to find the reefs, dredge holes, and shallow wrecks loaded with under size mutton snappers. Schools of mutton snappers often show up after a big blow this time of year. The legal limit for a mutton snapper is 18 inches and each angler is allowed only 5 mutton snappers in their 10-snapper bag limit. In Biscayne National Park a mutton snapper must measure 19 inches. The nighttime reef bottom fishing should be excellent this weekend with lots of hungry mangrove, yellowtail, and mutton snappers biting. Low tide at Government Cut Friday night will be at 10:36.
North Biscayne Bay
Lots of baitfish have moved into the bay. That is the good thing. However there has not been much feeding on them. A few barracudas, sharks, snook and jacks have been targeting these baitfish. High tides have kept most of the snook and small tarpon out of reach where mangrove shorelines are. The fish can get so far up and under the trees that it is almost impossible to reach them. Low tide at Indian Creek Golf Club Saturday morning is at 12:50 PM
South Biscayne Bay
High water in the morning will have the bonefish schools feeding on the middle of the flats of South Bay. With an extra two feet of water on the flats you may be able to reach them. The channels are providing action from barracudas, yellow jacks, bluerunners, jack crevalles, and small groupers and mutton snappers. Keep an eye out for surface activity. As the baitfish schools move south the predators are always nearby. High tide at Soldier Key on Saturday will be at 5:36 in the morning.
An early morning low tide in Florida Bay will have many of the snook, redfish, tarpon, sharks, and sea trout feeding along the drop offs of the flats. Bounce a Hookup lure jig head tipped with a soft plastic shrimp off the bottom. It should not take long before you get hooked up. As the tide rises hit the flats with soft plastics rigged weedless. Make long casts and target areas where mullet schools are present. The shorelines from East Cape north to Shark River will have plenty of fish for you to target. Hit the points, downed trees and canal and creek mouths with finger mullet and jig heads tipped with a soft plastic. The pilings and rock pilings will be holding snook, redfish, permits, Goliath groupers and a few cobias. Have some crabs and pinfish ready for these fish. The inside waters of Oyster and Whitewater Bays are holding small to medium size tarpon. Look for rolling fish and target them with live mullet, pinfish and artificial lures. Low tide at Flamingo in Florida Bay on Saturday will be at 6:32 AM and at the mouth of Shark River high tide is at 9:57 AM.
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