Fishing Report Jan. 12, 2014

FIN_1138Pompano Beach, Port Everglades, Haulover, Government Cut to Ocean Reef Along the beaches and on the ocean piers and jetties Spanish mackerel, bluefish and jack should be available for anglers casting or trolling spoons, Yo Zuri Crystal Minnow and live baits. Further offshore kingfish to 50 pounds have been around and at times seen skyrocketing into the air on unsuspecting live baitfish. The kingfish can be caught on live pilchards, threadfin herring, small bluerunners and goggle eye jacks. Outside the outer reefs look for kingfish, blackfin tuna, wahoo and sailfish. Along the blue water edge dolphins will be cruising south as they look for things to eat. Bottom fishermen both day and night will see an assortment of snappers, small groupers for catch and release and jacks feeding on the bottom. North Biscayne Bay Inshore Baitfish schools in North Bay have thinned out since the water temperatures rose. With colder temperatures we can only hope that these baitfish schools return in bigger numbers. If you see birds diving then there is a great chance that there are baitfish nearby and Spanish mackerel, bluefish, jacks and ladyfish feeding on this baitfish. Troll a Yo zuri 3DS Minnow in the area and once you get own the fish cast the same lures in that area. Over the grass flats look for scattered sea trout action mixed with bluefish, jacks, ladyfish, groupers for catch and release and a few mackerel. South Biscayne Bay With colder temperatures this past week and another front on its way things in the Finger Channels could pick up. Look for snapper, grouper for catch and release, porgies, jacks, grunts and a few other species to be feeding on live shrimp and pilchards fished free lined or on the bottom. A high early morning tide will have the water flowing out to the ocean most of the day. That high early morning tide will mean lots of water on the shallow flats of South Bay. For those in the shallow drafted skiffs working your way up on top of the flats early in the day may mean some good shots at permits and bonefish. Otherwise check out the western shoreline flats late in the morning for possible tailing bonefish. Flamingo in Everglades National Park The colder water temperatures should have most redfish, black drum, sheepshead and snook holding in any of the deeper channels and potholes in Florida Bay. Find the right one and fish live shrimp or jigs slowly near the bottom and you should find yourself in a bonanza. This should hold true in the river and creek mouths from East Cape canal north to Lostman’s River and into Whitewater and Oyster Bays.