South Florida fishing report


Captain Jason Long of Best Bet Sportfishing charters out of Marathon reported high speed trolling has produced a lot of wahoo to 50 pounds. Best wahoo action has been in 200 to 250 feet of water. Sailfish have been biting outside the outer reef line. Flag yellowtail snappers are being caught in 60 to 90 feet of water. On the patches in 20 to 40 feet of water mangrove snappers and cero mackerel are in good numbers and eating live pilchards. In the Gulf plenty of cobias are being caught along with big kingfish, snapper, grouper and mackerel.


Captain Mo Estevez of Miami reported finding tailing bonefish and a few permits along the western shorelines in South Biscayne Bay. Mate Adam Goldstein from the charter boat New Moon docked at Haulover Marina reported daily catches of sailfish, blackfin tuna, king mackerel, bonito and a few dolphins that are being caught on live pilchards fished in depths from 100 feet out to 200 feet of water between Haulover Inlet and Government Cut. Captain Alan Sherman of Get Em Sportfishing Charters reported fishing the grass flats, open water and island shorelines in Biscayne Bay has produced catches of small kingfish, bluefish, Spanish mackerel and jack crevalles to 11 pounds and cobia to 33 inches, snook to eight pounds and large sea trout.


Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout fished the Gulf waters with captain Bill Wallace of Key West Light Tackle Fishing. Using a butterflied mackerel for bait attached to a 50-pound outfit and dropped to the bottom in 60 feet of water, Trout hooked something really large. After a 30 minute battle, a 500- to 600-pound goliath grouper was photographed and released. Captain Richard Stanczyk out of Bud N’ Mary’s Marina in Islamorada has had consistent catches of tripletail, cobias, goliath grouper and sharks in Florida Bay.


Captain Kevin Drennan of Slammer Guide Service out of Stuart reported he expects sailfish to be passing offshore of Stuart any day. With warmer than normal conditions, the pompano and mackerel bite continues to be north of Stuart. Inside the ocean inlets, plenty of jacks, ladyfish and sheepshead are being caught. Cobias are being caught outside the beaches.


Captain Pier Milito from Fishing Adventure Charters suggested anglers in the backcountry of Whitewater and Oyster Bays on the cooler days to look for laid-up tarpon, redfish and snook in three to eight feet of water over dark bottom flats. Look for Spanish mackerel and gag and goliath groupers in the rivers leading to the open Gulf.


Captain Butch Rickey of BarrHopp’ R Kayak Fishing charters out of the Castaways on Sanibel reported he has been targeting the sandy pot holes out over the flats with soft plastics and swimming plugs because of the windy and overcast days, and he has been catching a lot of sea trout, redfish and a few flounder and bluefish.


Charlie Corbin from Slim’s Fishing Camp in Belle Glade reported largemouth bass to nine pounds are being caught on live wild shiners in the Pelican Bay area, the east side of Ritta Island, in the Airport Hole and in the second Dynamite Hole.

Capt. Alan Sherman

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