Includes Pompano Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, Miami, and Homestead.
January 22 – 24
Deerfield Beach to Key Largo & Flamingo to Cape Sable
NOAA Weather is forecasting winds to be out of the west northwest at 5 to 10 knots late Friday before switching to north at 5 to 10 knots Saturday. Sunday winds will be east northeast at 10 knots early and then 15 to 20 late Sunday afternoon.
Pompano Beach, Port Everglades, Haulover, Government Cut to Ocean Reef
Shrimp have been moving around in the bays and that is starting to attract some bigger tarpon at night to the ocean inlets and bay bridges. Some of the best tarpon action has been on the outgoing tides. Along the beaches with calm winds and offshore breezes the waters along the beaches has been almost crystal clear. The clear water has turned off the bite from mackerel, bluefish, and pompano. Offshore from 40 feet of water out to about 120 feet of water Spanish and cero mackerel have been biting. Live pilchards, ballyhoo, and Spanish sardines are getting the strikes. Sailfish have been biting in depths from 100 to 300 feet of water. When the skies were overcast early in the week, blackfin tuna were biting live baits, trolled feathers, and vertical jigs. The tunas were being caught over some of the artificial reefs. Dolphins have been in short supply; however, a 44-pound dolphin was caught last week by an angler fishing for swordfish. Swordfishing has been very good during the daytime. The best action has been during the daytime in 1600 to 2000 feet of water. Wreck fishing continues to produce limit catches of vermillion and yelloweye snappers, groupers for catch and release, mutton snappers, and quite a few almoco jacks, amberjacks, and yellowjacks. Squid and live pinfish have been getting a lot of the bottom strikes. Nighttime bottom fishing over the reef s is producing a mixed bag of snappers, toros, grunts, and Spanish and king mackerel. Low tide at Government Cut Friday night will be at 7:45.
North Biscayne Bay Inshore
North Bay continues to be a challenge to fish. Several baitfish schools continue to move around in the bay but there has not been much feeding on them. You can troll a lipped plug around the baitfish schools and if you are lucky you might get a mackerel, bluefish, small kingfish, bluerunner, or jack. A few sea trout and barracudas are being caught over the flats. Nighttime tarpon and snook action has picked up around the bridges and dock lights. The best bite has been late at night and on the outgoing tide when the shrimp are moving with the tide. Low tide at Indian Creek Golf Club Saturday morning is at 12:02 PM.
South Biscayne Bay
A late morning incoming tide is perfect for the bonefish fishermen. Hit your favorite oceanside flat before the tide turns and then start looking for tailing and mudding fish. A live shrimp or a Hookup lure bonefish jig is what you need when targeting these silver speedsters. The Finger Channels are producing small snappers, groupers for catch and release, porgies, yellow jacks, bluerunners, jack crevalles, and Spanish and cero mackerel. Low tide at Soldier Key on Saturday will be at 11:32 in the morning.
Low water early on Saturday should have the snook, redfish, and sea trout in the channels and run off mouths. Take a live shrimp and attach it to a Hookup lure jig head through the head. Cast it along the drop off of the channel and retrieve slowly. When you get a strike let the fish eat it a bit before you set the hook. The cold water makes these fish a bit sluggish. Cajun Thunder floats and live shrimp make a terrific combo for these fish. Hit the markers for snook, redfish, black drum, cobia, goliath groupers, and permits. Tripletail have been holding next to the crab trap floats late in the morning on the sunny days. Sea trout, redfish and snook continue to feed along the coast from East Cape north to Lostman’s River and into Oyster and Whitewater Bays. Hit the downed trees, points and creek and canal mouths. Low tide at Flamingo in Florida Bay on Saturday will be at 7:24 AM and at the mouth of Shark River high tide is at 11:12 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