Captain Jimmy David on the charter boat LH out of Crandon Park Marina reported a hot sailfish bite is taking place offshore of Key Biscayne in 110 to 160 feet of water. Sailfish were feeding on ballyhoo and threadfin herring on a recent day charter on the LH with north winds. The Diaz family released 22 sailfish and landed 25 dolphins, one wahoo, grouper and kingfish.
Captain Rick Brady of Marlin My Darlin charters out of Fort Lauderdale reported finding lots of Spanish mackerel in Port Everglades and dirty water along the reef that seems to be fishless. But just outside of the reef clean water can be found along with plenty of dolphins, a few sailfish and some skip jack tunas. Sam Kresch, 8, from New Jersey and Katie Axelrod and David Goldberg from Philadelphia teamed up to catch more than two dozen jacks, bluerunners, bluefish and Spanish mackerel using live pilchards fished under a Cajun Thunder float during a four-hour charter in North Biscayne Bay with captain Alan Sherman of Get Em Sportfishing Charters.
Fishing in high seas off of Islamorada, Rick Berry of Key Largo Rods, captain Andy Newman and his wife, Maria, and Katy Barjak, all from Islamorada, fished on the Catch 22 with captain Richard Stanczyk out of Bud N Mary’s Marina in Islamorada in 400 feet of water. The group released sailfish and landed 25 dolphins from four to 15 pounds plus cero mackerel and mangrove snappers. Captain Bruce Andersen of Captain Easy Fishing Charters out of Islamorada reported catching dolphins along the blue water edge and grouper, mutton, mangrove and yellowtail snappers, cero mackerel and bar jacks fishing the patch reefs. Captain Bob Brown of Sundance Sportfishing Charters out of Marathon reported finding sailfish and dolphins in 20 feet of water on the reef. They chased down schools of ballyhoo west of Sombrero Light and bottom fishing on the patch reefs for large yellowtail and mutton snappers, mackerel and grouper has been excellent.
Freddie Caimotto from the Snook Nook Bait and Tackle in Jensen Beach reported offshore anglers are catching a fair amount of sailfish inside the bluewater edge. Dolphins from large lifters to 20-pounders have been thick, and huge amounts of Spanish mackerel have moved into the kingfish hole. Along the beaches only a few pompano and lots of bluefish are being caught. Captain Charlie Conner of Fish Tales Charters out of Jensen Beach reported large sea trout for catch and release, and a good amount of redfish are being caught under docks and along the deeper mangrove shorelines in the River.
Captain Pete Silot of Saltwater Junkie Fishing Charters reported anchoring and chumming and catching plenty Spanish mackerel, bluefish, jacks, ladyfish and a few small cobias on live pilchards outside the Gulf shorelines. Charles Foschini of Miami fished the shallow flats of Florida Bay with captain Eric Herstedt of Miami using spin and fly tackle and completed two Backcountry Slams by catching redfish, snook to 30 inches and tarpon.
Captain Scot Hughes of Blackwater Charters out of Punta Gorda said because of a batch of red tide off Charlotte Harbor he has been targeting the backwaters of Pine Island Sound and catching plenty of sea trout for catch and release and averaging six flounder. He also caught a few pompano and mackerel each trip while fishing for redfish using soft plastics and live shrimp.
Jessica Baker from Slims Fishing Camp out of Belle Glade reported that anglers have been catching a good amount of Speckled Perch using minnows and jigs in the Dynamite Holes and at Boy Scout Cut. Bass anglers preparing for an upcoming bass tournament were having no trouble catching bass using any soft plastic that had gold flakes in it in areas that had grass and reeds. Captain Alan Zaremba and Carl Hochrein of Pembroke Pines fished in the L-30 canal and released 38 largemouth bass to three pounds and five peacock bass using Pop R’s, Chug Bugs and Flappin Shads.
Capt. Alan Sherman