Includes Pompano Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, Miami, and Homestead.
April 9 – 11
Deerfield Beach to Key Largo & Flamingo to Cape Sable
NOAA Weather is forecasting winds to be out of the southeast to south at 10 to 15 knots and gusts at times to 20 knots.
Pompano Beach, Port Everglades, Haulover, Government Cut to Ocean Reef
Tarpon fishermen have been doing well at night, on the outgoing tides in the ocean inlets and along the beaches. Just after daybreak for an hour or two and just before sunset the tarpon have been feeding. Live silver mullet, large shrimp, medium size blue crabs, and soft plastics are getting the tarpon bites. Large jack crevalle, sharks, barracudas, ladyfish, snook, permits, and snappers are taking baits intended for the tarpon. Along the beaches and off the jetties and piers, fishermen are catching pompano and snook in the surf, Spanish mackerel, bluefish, snapper, and an occasional cobia. The offshore fleet has had some decent catches this past week, but the fishing has not been red hot. Live baits fished from under a kite has out fished the guys trolling baits or fishing live baits free lined. The offshore catches has included kingfish, bonito, backfin tuna, wahoos, cobia’s, sharks, barracudas, and sailfish. Fish your baits near the surface and deep near the bottom fore best results. The wrecks outside of 100 feet of water are producing the most fish. There has been some nice mutton snappers biting on some of the shallower wrecks and when hooked must be reeled in quickly or a big shark is likely to take a chunk of your catch. Dolphin fish have been scattered from the inside of the blue waters edge out to over 1000 feet of water. Floating debris has had wahoo and dolphins under them. Swordfishing during the day in 1800 to 2000 feet of water has been good. Nighttime reef fishing has been good for snappers, kingfish, cobia, and grunts. High tide at Government Cut Friday night will be at 8:15.
North Biscayne Bay Inshore
Sea trout fishing in North Bay has been very good. The main reason for this is due to the sea trout’s spawning season. The fish are bunched up and hungry. This past week my clients caught trout to 21 inches but also had lots in the 12-to-14-inch range. The best action came when casting a search bait like a Hookup lure jig head tipped with a soft plastic baitfish tail or Gulp shrimp. Once the trout are located a live shrimp or pilchard fished from under a Cajun Thunder float got plenty of trout strikes. A few ladyfish, jacks and snook were caught while fishing for sea trout. Go hit your favorite trout flat and if nothing happens make a long drift. Eventually you will bump into them. Keep in mind the bigger trout are females with roe. If we kill them before they spawn out, then we will weaken the stock for the future. Each angler is allowed three trout 15-to-19 inches long and only one fish over 20 inches is allowed onboard the boat. On a recent bay trip our catch included 14 trout to 20 inches. 15 snook to 11,5 pounds, jack crevalle and ladyfish. All the fish were released. High tide at Indian Creek Golf Club Saturday morning is at 9:45 AM
South Biscayne Bay
Tarpon fishing has been very good early in the mornings before the boat traffic increases. The waters from the Rickenbacker Causeway to the Seaquarium are producing many early morning strikes. Live silver mullet, medium size blue crabs, and large shrimp have been the top natural baits for the tarpon. Soft plastics have been responsible for some of the tarpon strikes. The open water in the Key Biscayne Yacht Channel is producing tarpon action and large jack crevalle. Snook continue to be targeted and caught along the western shorelines of South Bay. Bonefishing has been good over the South Biscayne Bay flats south of Soldiers Key. High tide at Soldier Key on Saturday will be at 9:02 in the morning.
Expect snook, tarpon, redfish, and sea trout to be working the sides of the flats of Florida Bay as they look for crabs, shrimp and baitfish to slide off the flat and into the channels. Cobias have been holding along the boundary markers and can be caught using live pinfish and large shrimp. Large tarpon are feeding along the shorelines near East Cape. Middle Ground and Northwest Cape. Look for tarpon to be rolling and feeding from Little Sable north to Lostman’s River. Snook, redfish, sea trout and tarpon can be targeted along the inside island shorelines, points and creek and river mouths of Oyster Bay and Whitewater Bay. Low tide at Flamingo in Florida Bay on Saturday will be at 10:51 AM and at the mouth of Shark River low tide is at 8 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