Fishing Report April 6, 2014

yo zuri

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

Warm conditions continue to frustrate South Florida fishermen. Mackerel, bluefish and pompano come and go with no warning along the beaches. Offshore a few kingfish and sailfish are being caught. Dolphins have been caught in good numbers and sizes along weedlines and under frigate birds. One day the dolphins are easy to find and the next not so much. Blackfin tuna mostly small have been caught out past 400 feet of water. Some large schools of fast moving giant bluefish are passing South Florida almost daily. If you offshore and see a large dark cloud moving by your and a frigate bird following the cloud there is a good chance that is bluefish. Get in front of them but don’t dangle your fingers or toes in the water because these fish will literally eat anything. Large amberjacks are spawning over many of the deeper artificial reefs and eating vertical jigs. There are some tarpon along the beaches from Haulover Inlet to Government Cut.

North Biscayne Bay Inshore

Fishing in North Bay has been a challenge to say the least. A few schools of baitfish are moving around the Bay but only the pelicans seem to be bothering them. The few sea trout we caught this past week were long spawned out and skinny fish. These fish should be loaded with roe but may have already spawned due to the warm conditions we have had. A few snook and tarpon are around but have not been easy to find. The best fishing I have had recently in the Bay has been for spinner sharks in the 30 to 150 pound range that have kept my clients excited and with bent fishing rods and sore arms. Nighttime tarpon fishing around the bridges has been good especially during the wee hours of the night.

Flamingo in Everglades National Park

Redfish, snook and tarpon have been holding on top of the shallowest flats in Florida Bay. Sight fishing with weed less baits has been good but it takes a very shallow drafting vessel to get to these fish. Large sea trout, jack crevalles, ladyfish and mangrove snapper fishing has been very good over the grass flats in Florida bay. Casting Yo Zuri 3DB Minnows and Hookup lures tipped with a Gulp bait has been killing these fish. Snook and a few redfish can be found along the mangrove and beach shorelines. Tripletail has been holding next to many of the crab trap buoys. Some of the guides last week fished ay up into the freshwater areas of the park and caught snook, redfish, tarpon and largemouth bass.

 

Fishing Report Feb. 25, 2014

hogfish face

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

There have been some shrimp runs reported in South Bay and around Government Cut. During the runs that take place at night the tarpon action has been good. Fishing along the beaches during the day hours has slowed mostly due to warmer conditions and very clear water. Offshore fishermen report daily catches of dolphins along weedlines and current rips, kingfish just outside the outer reef and a few sailfish. You have to work hard to catchy the fish these days. Daytime bottom fishermen have had some action from mutton snappers, groupers for catch and release and an assortment of jacks. Deepwater bottom fishermen have been catching a few golden and gray tilefish. Swordfishing both day and night has been fair. Low tide at Government Cut Friday afternoon will be at 6:39.

North Biscayne Bay Inshore

There has been a large school of pilchards in North Bay holding ion some of the channels that are 15 to 20 feet deep. A few jacks, ladyfish and bluefish are feeding on these pilchards’ schools but not much else. Sea trout fishing slowed with warmer conditions but those that are putting some time into it are catching fish. A few snook and tarpon are being caught day and night.

South Biscayne Bay

Bonefishing has been good along the western shorelines of South Bay. Best action has been on an incoming tide; most bonefish anglers are encountering tailing bonefish each day. Along with the bonefish have been a few small tarpon, lots of sharks and a few barracudas. The Finger Channels of South Bay has been mostly hit and miss with one day being outstanding and the next not so good. On Tuesday my anglers had eight groupers, one porgy and a bunch of grunts in fours of fishing the Finger Channels. We had a four pound black grouper, a small Nassau grouper and six small red groupers. Pretty slow compared to last week! Maybe because of the warmer water!

Flamingo in Everglades National Park

The reports I have had is that when the water temperatures raise the tarpon fishing from East Cape Sable to Shark River and into Whitewater Bay has been very good. Snook and redfish are being caught up on the shallow flats of Florida Bay, in the channels of Florida Bay and along the mangrove shorelines in Whitewater Bay. There has been a decent sea trout bite in Whitewater and Oyster Bays. Spanish mackerel and bluefish continue to be caught outside the parks boundary markers.

 

Fishing Report Jan. 12, 2014

FIN_1138Pompano Beach, Port Everglades, Haulover, Government Cut to Ocean Reef Along the beaches and on the ocean piers and jetties Spanish mackerel, bluefish and jack should be available for anglers casting or trolling spoons, Yo Zuri Crystal Minnow and live baits. Further offshore kingfish to 50 pounds have been around and at times seen skyrocketing into the air on unsuspecting live baitfish. The kingfish can be caught on live pilchards, threadfin herring, small bluerunners and goggle eye jacks. Outside the outer reefs look for kingfish, blackfin tuna, wahoo and sailfish. Along the blue water edge dolphins will be cruising south as they look for things to eat. Bottom fishermen both day and night will see an assortment of snappers, small groupers for catch and release and jacks feeding on the bottom. North Biscayne Bay Inshore Baitfish schools in North Bay have thinned out since the water temperatures rose. With colder temperatures we can only hope that these baitfish schools return in bigger numbers. If you see birds diving then there is a great chance that there are baitfish nearby and Spanish mackerel, bluefish, jacks and ladyfish feeding on this baitfish. Troll a Yo zuri 3DS Minnow in the area and once you get own the fish cast the same lures in that area. Over the grass flats look for scattered sea trout action mixed with bluefish, jacks, ladyfish, groupers for catch and release and a few mackerel. South Biscayne Bay With colder temperatures this past week and another front on its way things in the Finger Channels could pick up. Look for snapper, grouper for catch and release, porgies, jacks, grunts and a few other species to be feeding on live shrimp and pilchards fished free lined or on the bottom. A high early morning tide will have the water flowing out to the ocean most of the day. That high early morning tide will mean lots of water on the shallow flats of South Bay. For those in the shallow drafted skiffs working your way up on top of the flats early in the day may mean some good shots at permits and bonefish. Otherwise check out the western shoreline flats late in the morning for possible tailing bonefish. Flamingo in Everglades National Park The colder water temperatures should have most redfish, black drum, sheepshead and snook holding in any of the deeper channels and potholes in Florida Bay. Find the right one and fish live shrimp or jigs slowly near the bottom and you should find yourself in a bonanza. This should hold true in the river and creek mouths from East Cape canal north to Lostman’s River and into Whitewater and Oyster Bays.

Fishing Report Dec. 21, 2013

fishing report

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

Spanish mackerel and bluefish have been biting from just offshore of the swim buoys out to 40 feet of water. On the reef there have been some kingfish in the 15 to 40-pound range. Just outside the reef sailfish are being hooked and released daily. Along the blue water edge and along weedlines dolphins are being caught in decent numbers. Find a large piece of floating debris and there is a real good chance a few wahoo and plenty of dolphins willow be waiting for you. Out in 1800 to 2000 feet of water swordfish are eating butterflied bonitos and pre-rigged squid during the daytime. On the deeper ledges and wrecks large mutton snappers, gag and black grouper and an assortment of jacks can be caught. Nighttime bottom fishing has produced an assortment of snappers, red groupers, bluefish, Spanish and king mackerel plus plenty of grunts and blue runners. Pier fishermen have had hit and miss action from mackerel and bluefish.

North Biscayne Bay Inshore

Schools of baitfish continue to move around in Biscayne Bay. Once again small mackerels, jacks and blue runners are chasing these baitfish schools. Troll a Rapala #8 X Rap in these areas for best results. Find the right grass flat like we did today and there is a great chance you will catch Spanish mackerel, bluefish, ladyfish, jacks, large blue runners and seatrout to 18 inches all in one spot. My clients were fishing with live pilchards under a float, live pilchards free lined and ¼-ounce red jighead tipped with a Gulp! shrimp. The live baits were hooked to a 1/0 Mustad long shank hook.

South Biscayne Bay

Look for tailing bonefish on the Oceanside flats south of Soldiers Key at first light. Large live shrimp and soft casts is what you will need to get these fish to eat. As the early morning tide raises look for fish pushing wakes and small muds. On the western shoreline grass flats slot size sea trout have been biting in good numbers. Cast ¼-ounce red Hookup lures tipped with a Gulp! shrimp for best results. Pass on the live shrimp because of the large numbers of pinfish that are still on the grass flats. Bottom fishing in the Finger Channels slowed a bit but should pick up again with the cooler water temperatures.

Flamingo in Everglades National Park

Redfish continue to be caught high up on the shallow grass flats of Florida Bay. If you start early in the morning you should have a few good hours of higher water to sight fish the reds. Seatrout have been holding over most grass flats that are three to six feet deep. Outside of the Parks boundary markers Spanish mackerel bluefish, cobia, snapper, sharks, ladyfish and jacks are being caught on live shrimp. Along the coast and in the creeks snook, redfish, black drum and sheepshead can be caught on live shrimp fished on jigheads near the bottom. Redfish, gag and goliath groupers and snappers are being caught in the rivers from Shark River north to the Lostman’s River. Snook, redfish and small tarpon can be caught in the backcountry of Oyster and Whitewater Bays.

 

Fishing Report Dec, 14, 2013

2

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

Look for some slot size snook at all of the ocean inlets to be feeding on large live shrimp, pinfish and mullet on the last of the outgoing tides. Schools of Spanish mackerel have been feeding along most of our coastline for the past few weeks. Pier fishermen have occasionally had fast mackerel action. Many of these Spanish mackerel are small and a few small kingfish are mixed in with the Spanish mackerel. At times some very large kingfish have moved in on the mackerel making a quick meal of your catch. The easiest way to find and then catch these fish is to troll Yo Zuri Crystal Minnow along the beach out to 30 feet of water and once you hook up continue casting these lures. You are allowed 15 Spanish mackerel per person and the Spanish must measure12 inches to the fork. Look closely at that Spanish mackerel before you put it in your cooler. Juvenile king mackerel must measure out to be 24 inches to the fork of the tail and you are allowed only two king mackerel per person. These small kingfish look a lot like a Spanish mackerel and the fine for keeping undersize king mackerel can be steep. Spanish mackerel have a dark black dorsal fin and king mackerel have a much lighter gray dorsal fin. Further offshore more and more sailfish are showing up in depths from 80 to 200 feet of water. The sailfish will eat a live large threadfin herrings, goggle eye jacks, small bluerunners or large pilchards. Dolphins and blackfin tuna continue to be available offshore with the best action taking place along the blue water color change. Trolling small feathers has been taking a good amount of the small blackfin tunas and the dolphins. Some nice swordfish can be found in 2000 feet of water offshore of Haulover during the daytime. Fishing large pre rigged squid and bonito strips near the bottom is getting a lot of the swordfish strikes. Wreck fishing continues to produce steady catches of jacks, a few large mutton snappers and groupers. Nighttime bottom fishing has been good for an assortment of snappers, groupers grunts, jacks and bluefish.

North Biscayne Bay Inshore

Schools of pilchards continue to attract bluerunners, small jacks, snappers, ladyfish, Spanish mackerel and small bluefish. Trolling Yo Zuri Crystal Minnow around the baitfish schools should keep your rods bending. Sea trout, jacks and ladyfish are feeding on Hookup lure jig heads tipped with a Gulp shrimp or baitfish and on live baits fished under a Cajun Thunder float. Nighttime small tarpon, snook and ladyfish action has been fair around the dock lights and bridges.

South Biscayne Bay

Look for the best bonefish action to take place late in the morning and into the afternoon on the last of the outgoing and first few hours of the incoming tides. Snapper and grouper action has been fair to great if you can find that hungry group of fish in a Finger Channel. Large live shrimp and pilchards have been getting the bottom bites. Hungry sea trout over 18 inches have been biting over the deeper grass flats in South Biscayne Bay. Casting jig heads tipped with a soft plastic and fishing live shrimp or pilchards under a Cajun Thunder float has been getting the trout bites.

Flamingo in Everglades National Park

Lots of heavy floating grass made fishing most of Florida Bay tough this past week. I fished a half day trip early in the week in Florida Bay and when we could keep our Hookup jig heads and live shrimp clean of grass we managed to catch and release five snook to 26 inches, black drum, lots of snappers a small redfish and a few sea trout. I talked to fellow fishermen that had fished in the backcountry and he said they had cleaned up on the fish

 

Fishing Report Dec. 1, 2013

fishbbbbbbb

Wow! Finally a real cold front in South Florida! We can only hope that there are still plenty of baitfish and predators that haven’t passed by without us knowing. With winds predicted to be out of the northeast at 15 to 25 miles per hour Friday night and into Saturday it won’t be until late Sunday or Monday when winds are predicted to start subsiding that we will know if this front has brought us the fishing we are all waiting for. Winds are predicted to be light by Monday.

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

We could see a run of bluefish, Spanish mackerel and pompano along the beaches by Monday. As of now only a few of these species are being caught. With plenty of dirty water offshore look for a clean blue water edge for some of the better fishing this weekend. Sailfish, dolphins, blackfin tuna and king mackerel have been caught along this edge and should be available throughout the weekend with the best fishing coming late Sunday and into the next week. Mutton snappers, gag, black and red grouper plus an assortment of jacks are being caught on large live baits fished over many of the wrecks in 100 to 400 feet of water. Nighttime bottom fishing has been slow due to the weather.

North Biscayne Bay Inshore

Strong winds and rough water has scattered much of the baitfish that was in the Bay. This past week I found scattered Spanish mackerel, bluefish, jacks, blue runners and a few gag groupers in the Bay. I did not target sea trout and am sure there are plenty to be caught over the grass flats. Once the weather calm downs expect the fishing to pick up in the Bay.

South Biscayne Bay

Windy conditions have made bonefish and permit fishing almost impossible. If these fish are what you want to target this weekend than concentrate your efforts on the backside of the Oceanside islands. Sea trout are being caught on the deeper grass flats on the west side of South Bay. Look for groupers, snappers and jacks to be feeding in the stirred up waters of South Bays Finger Channels.

 

Fishing Report Oct. 3, 2013

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

The big word is lots of baitfish north of us and a good amount of baitfish already has moved into our area. Following these baitfish schools are Spanish mackerel, bluefish, lots of bluerunners, jack crevalles of all sizes, large ladyfish, some large kingfish, smaller kingfish, bonitos, snook, tarpon and sharks. Look for these baitfish schools to be holding along all of the Oceanside piers and jetties and just outside the swim buoys. Once you find some diving birds and fish actively feeding on the baitfish cast silver spoons,Yo Zuri 3DS MinnowJAU_2012-Recovered and soft plastic swim baits in the area. Bring along some fresh mullet and cut the mullet into two pieces. On a heavy outfit hook a chunk of the mullet and cast it just in front of the baitfish schools. Let the bait sink to the bottom and wait for that strong thump that will let you know that a large snook, jack, tarpon or shark has just made a meal of your bait. Set up hard and hang on. In some of these baitfish schools large kingfish have been feeding on medium size bluerunners, bluefish and small mackerel. Place one of these fish on a large hook with a foot of wire and slow troll the bait in the area. When you get hit you can expect the fish to way over 20 pounds. Further offshore small kingfish and bonitos are being caught just outside the outer reef on fresh ballyhoo, Spanish sardines and live pilchards. On the overcast days blackfin tuna have been feeding on the surface in depths from 120 out to 400 feet of water. These tunas are hitting vertical jigs, live pilchards, Yo Zuri Crystal Minnow and small feathers. If you can find the blue water color change some decent dolphins have been available. On some of the calmer days daytime swordfishing has been good ion depths from 1700 to 2200 feet of water. The preferred bait has been a rigged squid. Bottom fishing the deeper ledges and wrecks is producing some nice mutton snappers, almaco jacks and a few small cubera snappers. Nighttime bottom fishing has been good for yellowtail and mutton snappers.

North Biscayne Bay Inshore

Baitfish schools have settled into North Bay. Most of these baitfish schools have very small baits in them but some have had baits big enough to take offshore. As always look the birds to help you locate the baitfish schools. Trolling #10 Rapala X Raps in the areas that these baitfish are holding is producing plenty of small jacks, a few mackerel, bluefish and barracudas. Seatrout can be found up on most of the grass flats in the bay and will eagerly eat a live pilchard fished under a float. For those that like to throw artificial lures this is great time to get out the Yo Zuri Crystal Minnow or 3DS Minnow and pretty much anything that resembles a fleeing minnow to a medium size mullet. With all of the baitfish in the bay and much more heading south for the winter you can expect snook, tarpon, sharks, big and small sharks, seatrout, ladyfish, barracudas, mackerel, bluefish and snappers to be in a feeding mood almost all day long. On a recent pleasure trip in the bay we caught lots of jacks, lost an estimated 60 pound tarpon after three jumps and released a 12 pound snook and seatrout. In just three hours!

South Biscayne Bay

Captain Mo Estevez reported to me that during early mornings especially when the bay was calm lots of hungry bonefish have tailing on the western shoreline flats of South Bay. You can be sure that this silver speedster is also on the Oceanside flats all the way past ocean Reef and on the shallow flats in the middle of the bay. The bonefish are eating live shrimp, small crabs and skimmer jigs. Estevez also said his clients have done extremely well on sea trout using a Gulp! shrimp fished under a float. The trout have been on the western shoreline flats in three to six feet of water. Low tide in the morning at Soldier Key on Saturday will be at 11:07.

Fishing Report Sept. 10, 2013

snapper

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

Snook season is now open on the Atlantic Coast and snook can be found feeding along the beaches and Ocean inlets. The best action has been early and late in the day and then again at night. Fish the outgoing tides when the water is dirtier for the best results. A large live threadfin herring fished deep near the bottom has been getting the most strikes. Snook fishermen are allowed one snook per person and must measure out 28 to 32 inches and you must possess a saltwater fishing license and a snook stamp. Offshore large schools of bonitos continue to thrill anglers with their long screaming runs. These fish are eating live baits, dead baits and artificial lures. A few kingfish and blackfin tuna are mixed in with the bonitos. Offshore from two miles to teen miles schools of small dolphins have been available. Most of the action is taking place under birds and next to large mats of floating debris or under large pieces of flotsam. Under the bigger pieces of debris you might find wahoo and these fish will quickly grab a vertical jig dropped 30 feet below the surface and jigged up quickly. Nighttime bottom fishing has been producing bigger catches of yellowtail snapper and a few mangrove and mutton snappers plus an assortment of grunts and jacks.

 Biscayne Bay Inshore

Large schools of baitfish have been moving in and out of the bay all week. Schools of early arriving large ladyfish, bluefish, and Spanish mackerel can be seen crashing into these baitfish schools. Look for the diving birds to help you locate the fish and then cast Rapala X Raps in the area. On a recent trip in the bay with son Zach we caught and released over 13 sea trout to 26 inches and 5.5 pounds plus jacks to eight pounds, big ladyfish and a small snook. We also had bluefish and Spanish mackerel. Nighttime snook, tarpon and snapper action has been fair under the bay bridges and dock lights.

FISHING REPORT AUGUST 23, 1013

Mullet 035

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

Offshore fishing continues to be hit or miss for most anglers. Some large kingfish have been caught just outside the outer reef by anglers using large live threadfin herring fished in depths from 80 to 140 feet of water. Fishermen that like to troll are using large drone spoons to catch these kingfish. Best action has taken place early in the day. Loads of bonitos are just outside the outer reef and will eat a Vertical jig, whip jig or a ballyhoo hooked to a three-hook rig. Wahoo have been available just outside the reef. Dolphins are being caught from the inside Gulf Streams edge to 20 miles offshore. Nighttime bottom fishing continues to be good for an assortment of snappers.

North Biscayne Bay Inshore

Very hot water in Biscayne Bay is partially responsible for large amounts of bay grasses releasing themselves from the bay bottom. This happens every year but many of our local grass flats seem to be disappearing at an alarming rate. Especially north of the Julia Tuttle Bridge. These floating grasses have made casting artificial lures with treble hooks tough. If you can find some live pilchards or threadfin herring to fish with then fish them under a Cajun Thunder float and cast them along the deeper edges of the grass flats for action from sea trout, mangrove snapper, barracudas and ladyfish. If you can’t find these baitfish then cast ¼ ounce Hookup lures tipped with a Gulp shrimp or Trigger X shrimp in the same areas.

South Biscayne Bay

Low tide will be first thing in the morning in South Biscayne Bay so expect hungry bonefish and permits to be following the cool rising tide right up to the shoreline flats. Head out to your favorite bonefish flat first thing in the morning and expect to see waving tails coming right at you as these hungry fish work into the tide on their way up onto the flats. As the sun and tide gets up high head on in or start looking for deeper muddy water near the flats to help you locate the bonefish schools. Large live shrimp and small blue crabs will get the job done on the bonefish for bait fishermen and a Clouser minnow or shrimp fly are long time favorites for fly fishermen. Hookup Lure skimmer jigs and bonefish jigs tipped with a piece of shrimp, Gulp bait or Trigger X bait cast close to a hungry bonefish can lead to a quick hookup. Small tarpon, snook, redfish and sharks can be found up along the mangrove shorelines and islands on the morning rising tides. Live pilchards, Rapala X Raps, Skitter Walks and SubWalks can be deadly on these predators

FISHING REPORT JULY 21, 2013

New York Mets v Miami Marlins

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

The snook fishing at the ocean inlets was outstanding before the windy and rainy weather settled in this past week. Live threadfin herring fished near the bottom was the quickest way to hook up with the snook. Bouncing jigs off the bottom was also producing snook strikes. Snook can be targeted for catch and release only. Offshores fishing reports were thin this past week due to the bad weather. Those that did manage to get offshore were treated to sloppy conditions and a few kingfish, bonitos and dolphins. Bottom fishermen were catching a few gag groupers, mutton snappers and almaco jacks. Nighttime bottom fishing for mangrove and yellowtail snappers should rebound this weekend. H

North Biscayne Bay Inshore

Plenty of sea trout continue to reward inshore bay fishermen. Many of the trout are undersize but enough slot size fish with a few being over 22 inches can be caught by fishing small live baitfish under a Cajun Thunder float and by casting Rapala X Raps and Hookup lures tipped with a Gulp! or Trigger X shrimp. On recent charters in North Bay before the weather got terrible my clients caught over 30 trout to 24 inches, ladyfish, snapper, bluefish, barracudas, snook and jumped small tarpon. All of this action took place over grass flats that were three to six feet deep. Nighttime snook and small tarpon action has been fair around bridge shadow lines and under dock lights.

South Biscayne Bay

Captain Jorge Valverde reported to me that last week before the heavy weather settled in he had hot action from bonefish to eight pounds, shots at permits and small tarpon and lots of action from lemon and bonnet head sharks. Almost all of the action was on large live shrimp and the best areas were the shallow flats in the bay between Oceanside islands to the western shorelines south of Black Point Marina. Bottom fishing in the Finger Channels is producing small snappers and jacks.

Flamingo in Everglades National Park

Captain Neil Baron told me the other day that he was alerted by another Flamingo boater about a Burmese python that was swimming to Murray Key. The two boats worked together to subdue the creature and captain Baron brought the snake back to the Marina where it was given to a Park representative. Mangrove snappers and sea trout seem to be easy to catch if you fish soft plastics, shrimp and cut pinfish in almost any of the channels in Florida Bay. Most of the snappers are small but many of the snappers will be over 12 inches. Working the deeper grass flats from Conchie Channel south to the Banks is also a good area to get your legal limits of snapper and sea trout. Plenty of sharks can be targeted with big chunks of ladyfish fished on the bottom in these channels. Snook and redfish have been active on the nicer days. Best action has come up on the shallow flats of Florida Bay. Soft plastics rigged weedless is your best bait when targeting these fish on the grass flats. In the backcountry small tarpon, snappers, sea trout, redfish and a few snook are biting along the mangrove tree shoreline