Fishing Report Dec. 1, 2013


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.