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South Florida Forecast

South Florida Forecast
South Florida Forecast

Capt. Alan Sherman covers Deerfield Beach to Key Largo & Flamingo to Cape Sable, including Pompano Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, Miami and Homestead.

August 5 - 7

Deerfield Beach to Key Largo & Flamingo to Cape Sable

NOAA Weather is forecasting winds to be out of the east at 15 to 20 knots throughout the weekend.

Pompano Beach, Port Everglades, Haulover, Government Cut to Ocean Reef

The ocean inlets have been producing a mixed bag of medium size resident tarpon, spawning snook, large jack crevalles mangrove snappers, and sharks. Large live shrimp are producing most of the inlet strikes. On the offshore scene, things have slowed down a lot. Early mornings are producing the best action due to the cooler surface water temperatures. A few kingfish, quite a few bonitos, sharks, barracudas, and an occasional wahoo is what you can expect to eat your live and dead bait near the surface. Once the day heats up the action has been closer to the bottom. Trolling Sea Witches and feathers with bonito strips deep with the help of a downrigger or planner is your best bet at staying on the action. Work straight out of the inlets in 80 to 260 feet of water and around the artificial reefs in these depths. Dolphin fishing has slowed. Plenty of weeds but only scattered fish. On the bottom in depths from 100 to 240 feet of water, mutton and yellowtail snappers, amberjacks, and a few groupers are biting. Big chunks of fresh bonito, live pinfish, ballyhoo, Spanish sardines, threadfin herrings, and pilchards are getting the bites.  Low tide at Government Cut Friday night will be at 8:56.

North Biscayne Bay Inshore

A few schools of large jacks are roaming the bay. Look for waking fish and big splashes against the sea walls and shorelines. When you see either one, grab a fishing rod rigged with a noisy surface lure and cast it at the fish. It shouldn’t take long for one of the jacks to eat your bait, bend your rod, and make your reels drag scream. Once you get that fish to the boat, take a picture, remove the lure, and send the fish on its way. Honor that fish's hard battle with a healthy release. The grass flats in the bay are producing steady catches of seatrout in the eight-to-18-inch range. A lot of small mangrove snappers and barracudas are feeding alongside the seatrout. Casting artificial and live shrimp fished under a Cajun Thunder float is getting the strikes. Tarpon, snook, and snappers are biting on the mid-outgoing tides at night. The action is happening around lighted dock lights and bay bridge shadow lines. Low tide at Indian Creek Golf Club Saturday morning is at 11:12 AM

South Biscayne Bay

Look for tailing and waking bonefish from sunup through the first two hours of the morning incoming tide. Chances are good that the late afternoon tide will be good to. Give the Oceanside flats from Elliott Key south to Ocean Reef a shot. The mainland flats will be another good area to target, especially in the morning. Keep an eye out for that dark tail of a permit or a pink tail of a mutton snappers while you scout for that bonefish. The bonefish and mutton snappers will eat a well-placed cast of a large shrimp and the permits often won’t bypass a silver dollar size blue crab. If the muttons refuse the shrimp, throw a crab at him. The Finger Channels continue to produce catches of small snappers, groupers, jacks, barracudas, and sharks. Anchoring and chumming while you fish fresh dead and live baits near the bottom is a good way to target the Finger Channels. Low tide at Soldier Key on Saturday will be at 10:42 in the morning. 


High water in Florida Bay in the morning will have the small tarpon, snook, and redfish hiding under the mangroves. The flats will have enough water for you to target the potholes and runoffs. Throw soft plastics and surface lures over the potholes and in the runoffs for the snook, redfish and seatrout. Along the shorelines from west of the marina all the way to Lostmans River, cast live pinfish hooked to a Hookup lure jig head for snook, redfish, tarpon, and goliath groupers. The inside waters of Oyster and Whitewater Bays have been producing decent action from small tarpon, snook, redfish and seatrout. Hit the island points that have a good current with live shrimp under a Cajun Thunder float. You can also cast a Savage Gear 3D shrimp at the same locations. High tide at Flamingo in Florida Bay on Saturday will be at 9:50 AM and at the mouth of Shark River low tide is at 7:38 AM.

Capt. Alan Sherman


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