FISHING REPORT JULY 21, 2013

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

The snook fishing at the ocean inlets was outstanding before the windy and rainy weather settled in this past week. Live threadfin herring fished near the bottom was the quickest way to hook up with the snook. Bouncing jigs off the bottom was also producing snook strikes. Snook can be targeted for catch and release only. Offshores fishing reports were thin this past week due to the bad weather. Those that did manage to get offshore were treated to sloppy conditions and a few kingfish, bonitos and dolphins. Bottom fishermen were catching a few gag groupers, mutton snappers and almaco jacks. Nighttime bottom fishing for mangrove and yellowtail snappers should rebound this weekend. H

North Biscayne Bay Inshore

Plenty of sea trout continue to reward inshore bay fishermen. Many of the trout are undersize but enough slot size fish with a few being over 22 inches can be caught by fishing small live baitfish under a Cajun Thunder float and by casting Rapala X Raps and Hookup lures tipped with a Gulp! or Trigger X shrimp. On recent charters in North Bay before the weather got terrible my clients caught over 30 trout to 24 inches, ladyfish, snapper, bluefish, barracudas, snook and jumped small tarpon. All of this action took place over grass flats that were three to six feet deep. Nighttime snook and small tarpon action has been fair around bridge shadow lines and under dock lights.

South Biscayne Bay

Captain Jorge Valverde reported to me that last week before the heavy weather settled in he had hot action from bonefish to eight pounds, shots at permits and small tarpon and lots of action from lemon and bonnet head sharks. Almost all of the action was on large live shrimp and the best areas were the shallow flats in the bay between Oceanside islands to the western shorelines south of Black Point Marina. Bottom fishing in the Finger Channels is producing small snappers and jacks.

Flamingo in Everglades National Park

Captain Neil Baron told me the other day that he was alerted by another Flamingo boater about a Burmese python that was swimming to Murray Key. The two boats worked together to subdue the creature and captain Baron brought the snake back to the Marina where it was given to a Park representative. Mangrove snappers and sea trout seem to be easy to catch if you fish soft plastics, shrimp and cut pinfish in almost any of the channels in Florida Bay. Most of the snappers are small but many of the snappers will be over 12 inches. Working the deeper grass flats from Conchie Channel south to the Banks is also a good area to get your legal limits of snapper and sea trout. Plenty of sharks can be targeted with big chunks of ladyfish fished on the bottom in these channels. Snook and redfish have been active on the nicer days. Best action has come up on the shallow flats of Florida Bay. Soft plastics rigged weedless is your best bait when targeting these fish on the grass flats. In the backcountry small tarpon, snappers, sea trout, redfish and a few snook are biting along the mangrove tree shoreline

 

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