Fishing Report Feb. 25, 2014

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

There have been some shrimp runs reported in South Bay and around Government Cut. During the runs that take place at night the tarpon action has been good. Fishing along the beaches during the day hours has slowed mostly due to warmer conditions and very clear water. Offshore fishermen report daily catches of dolphins along weedlines and current rips, kingfish just outside the outer reef and a few sailfish. You have to work hard to catchy the fish these days. Daytime bottom fishermen have had some action from mutton snappers, groupers for catch and release and an assortment of jacks. Deepwater bottom fishermen have been catching a few golden and gray tilefish. Swordfishing both day and night has been fair. Low tide at Government Cut Friday afternoon will be at 6:39.

North Biscayne Bay Inshore

There has been a large school of pilchards in North Bay holding ion some of the channels that are 15 to 20 feet deep. A few jacks, ladyfish and bluefish are feeding on these pilchards’ schools but not much else. Sea trout fishing slowed with warmer conditions but those that are putting some time into it are catching fish. A few snook and tarpon are being caught day and night.

South Biscayne Bay

Bonefishing has been good along the western shorelines of South Bay. Best action has been on an incoming tide; most bonefish anglers are encountering tailing bonefish each day. Along with the bonefish have been a few small tarpon, lots of sharks and a few barracudas. The Finger Channels of South Bay has been mostly hit and miss with one day being outstanding and the next not so good. On Tuesday my anglers had eight groupers, one porgy and a bunch of grunts in fours of fishing the Finger Channels. We had a four pound black grouper, a small Nassau grouper and six small red groupers. Pretty slow compared to last week! Maybe because of the warmer water!

Flamingo in Everglades National Park

The reports I have had is that when the water temperatures raise the tarpon fishing from East Cape Sable to Shark River and into Whitewater Bay has been very good. Snook and redfish are being caught up on the shallow flats of Florida Bay, in the channels of Florida Bay and along the mangrove shorelines in Whitewater Bay. There has been a decent sea trout bite in Whitewater and Oyster Bays. Spanish mackerel and bluefish continue to be caught outside the parks boundary markers.