Fishing Report April 6, 2014

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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.