South Florida fishing report


Captain Jeff Legutki of Anglers Addiction Guide Service out of Naples reported anglers are experiencing some of the best redfish action in the past 20 years in the Ten Thousand Island area. Anglers are sight fishing and landing up to 13 redfish on fly a day, and other anglers are scoring big numbers of redfish on soft plastics. Bait and snook are still available as well as a few late-season tarpon along the beaches off of Naples. A lot of Spanish mackerel and false albacore are also biting.


Tony Mesa of Miami fished South Biscayne Bay with captain Jorge Valverde of Low Places Guide Service and went 1 for 3 on bonefish and released bonnet head sharks and lemon sharks and had shots at permits. Captain Dennis Forgione of Free Spool Charters at Haulover Marina reported great dolphin fishing in depths from 200 feet out to 1,000 feet and a good amount of sailfish, small blackfin tuna and kingfish were being caught as well. Clive Taylor from England fished off of Miami with captain Dean Panos of Double D Charters out of Keystone Marina and landed an estimated 531-pound swordfish that ate a bonito strip in 1,800 feet of water.


Captain Richard Burson of R U Fishing Yet Charters out of Key Largo reported having great action on Spanish mackerel, snapper and sea trout fishing the Gulf of Mexico, and in Florida Bay there has been steady action on redfish. reported along the blue water color change that has been in 240 feet of water. Lots of dolphin to 20 pounds and some sailfish have been biting. On the reef fishermen were releasing up to eight sailfish a trip plus good numbers of kingfish. And on the bottom, yellowtail snapper fishing has been good.


Captain Tom Van Horn of Mosquito Coast Fishing Charters reported skipping pompano had been in Port Saint John and Carbide flats earlier in the week but seemed to have moved on. Redfish have been eating chunks of ladyfish fished tight to the deeper mangrove shorelines, and sea trout are in good numbers over the grass flats for catch and release. Captain Michael Savedow of Edgewater River Guide reported redfish are schooling as water temperatures drop in the Mosquito Lagoon, and sea trout to 25 inches are being caught on mullet.


Captain Steven Tejara of Knot Tight Fishing Charters reported sight fishing for tarpon, snook and redfish on the shallow flats of Florida Bay has been good, and fishing the creeks and rivers has been producing steady catches of snapper, sea trout, black drum and sheepshead. And fishing the open waters of Florida Bay out to the parks boundaries has been producing mackerel, bluefish and tripletail. Captain Darren Williams and his wife Jennifer, both from Long Key, fished with captain Bob LeMay in the backcountry of Whitewater Bay, and both had many shots at sawfish on fly but never were able to get a solid hookup.


Captain Pete Rapps of Captain Rapp’s Fishing Charters out of Chokoloskee reported fishing the lee of the islands. Windy days with popping corks and live shrimp is producing some unbelievable numbers of quality-size redfish and lots of sea trout for catch and release, along with quite a few mangrove snapper.


NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rookie of the Year Joey Coulter and his teammates Tim Nichols, Steve Marcus and Haithan Mustafa took top honors during the Hot Rods Reels Charity Fishing Tournament held out of Homestead-Miami Speedway with a total weight of 6 pounds 10 ounces of bass. Captain Michael Shellen of Shellen Guide Service out of Buck Head Ridge on Lake Okeechobee reported the speckled perch fishing has taken off in the local canals as well as the Lake, where specks are eating jigs and live minnows around heavy cover and largemouth bass fishing continues to be great with lots of fish eating live wild shiners, soft plastics and Skinny Dippers fished next to the edges of the weed lines. Frank Uturriago from Chicago fished two days with captain Alan Zaremba in the C-* and L-30 canals using floating Rapalas and Baby Torpedos and released 30 peacock bass to 4.5 pounds and 64 largemouth bass to 4 pounds.

Capt. Alan Sherman