Guide John Pate said live shiners were catching bass 3-5 pounds in the canals connected to Lake Ida and around the docks. Finesse worms were catching decent numbers of small bass.
SOUTH FLORIDA INSHORE
Capt. Brian Sanders said herring, pilchards and finger mullet are abundant and redfishing is excellent in the river mouths and around the islands south of Chokoloskee Island. A few big snook, sea trout, pompano and tripletails also were biting.
SOUTH FLORIDA OFFSHORE
Capt. Skip Dana said anglers on the Helen S and Fish City Pride drift boats at Hillsboro Inlet Marina had kingfish in the mornings, a few yellowtail and mutton snappers, blue runners and small cobias. Charter boats at Hillsboro had dolphin, wahoo and tunas Thursday along an edge in 350-400 feet.
Capt. Randy Towe, of Tavernier, said the best bet is to fish the reefs for mutton and yellowtail snappers using live ballyhoo. Dolphin fishing was tough because of a lack of debris. And Towe said he’s been catching more tunas on his way to the humps than at the humps.