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.