Fishing Report April 4, 2013

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

Tarpon continue to please the silver king enthusiast in and around all of the Oceanside inlets. Best action has been at night with large live shrimp being the top bait. Spanish mackerel are making their Spring migration run back to the north and can be found in depths from 10 feet out to 40 feet of water. These fish are not holding for any length of time in any area. Trolling feathers, silver spoons and Rapala X Raps continues to be the best way to locate the fish. Large spawning kingfish have moved into the south Florida area and can be found in depths from 40 feet out to 120 feet of water. Large live baits like threadfin herring and horse pilchards have been the top kingfish baits. A few sailfish are available just outside the outer reef and are eating large live baits fished under a kite. Dolphins are scattered with some large gaffer size fish being caught outside of 200 feet of water. Best action has been when the current is running north. Wreck bottom fishermen have had groupers for catch and release, mutton snappers to 15 pounds, amberjacks, almaco jacks and cobia. Nighttime bottom fishing is producing steady catches of snapper, jacks, bluefish and a few large kingfish.

North Biscayne Bay Inshore

Plenty of bluefish, a few Spanish mackerel, small kingfish and lots of sea trout have been biting in the Bay. Best action has come by blind casting ¼ ounce red jigheads tipped with a Gulp! Shrimp, Rapala X Raps and fishing live shrimp and pilchards under a float. Look for the birds and concentrate your efforts in areas that birds are hovering and diving. On recent charters and trips we have had some nice gag groupers eat our artificial lures and live baits. Groupers are protected until May 1st. Nighttime tarpon action has been good around the bridges especially on the late outgoing tides when shrimp are running.

South Biscayne Bay

Fishing the Finger Channels recently my clients had action from mackerel, mutton and yellowtail snappers, porgies and plenty of grunts. Live shrimp and pilchards fished on the bottom and on the surface was how we got our action. Bonefish, permits, small sharks and barracudas can be found on the mainland flats south of Black Point, on both sides of the Oceanside islands and in the areas of Cutter Bank, the Arsenicker Keys and Totten Key. Use live shrimp for the bonefish and sharks, silver dollar size blue crabs for the permits and silver flashy plugs for the barracudas.

Flamingo in Everglades National Park

During windy cold days the best fishing in Flamingo has come late in the day in the creeks and channels on an incoming tide. On the nice days redfish and seatrout have been active on the shallow flats, run offs and in the channels in Florida Bay as well as up close to the shorelines and islands on the high tides. Live shrimp fished on a jig or under a float or a ¼ ounce jighead tipped with scented bait have been the fish catchers recently. Tripletails have been free floating in open water on the warm calm days and there is still some Spanish mackerel to be caught ion the outer fringes of Florida Bay.