Fishing Report Dec, 14, 2013

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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