Fishing Report Oct. 3, 2013

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

The big word is lots of baitfish north of us and a good amount of baitfish already has moved into our area. Following these baitfish schools are Spanish mackerel, bluefish, lots of bluerunners, jack crevalles of all sizes, large ladyfish, some large kingfish, smaller kingfish, bonitos, snook, tarpon and sharks. Look for these baitfish schools to be holding along all of the Oceanside piers and jetties and just outside the swim buoys. Once you find some diving birds and fish actively feeding on the baitfish cast silver spoons,Yo Zuri 3DS MinnowJAU_2012-Recovered and soft plastic swim baits in the area. Bring along some fresh mullet and cut the mullet into two pieces. On a heavy outfit hook a chunk of the mullet and cast it just in front of the baitfish schools. Let the bait sink to the bottom and wait for that strong thump that will let you know that a large snook, jack, tarpon or shark has just made a meal of your bait. Set up hard and hang on. In some of these baitfish schools large kingfish have been feeding on medium size bluerunners, bluefish and small mackerel. Place one of these fish on a large hook with a foot of wire and slow troll the bait in the area. When you get hit you can expect the fish to way over 20 pounds. Further offshore small kingfish and bonitos are being caught just outside the outer reef on fresh ballyhoo, Spanish sardines and live pilchards. On the overcast days blackfin tuna have been feeding on the surface in depths from 120 out to 400 feet of water. These tunas are hitting vertical jigs, live pilchards, Yo Zuri Crystal Minnow and small feathers. If you can find the blue water color change some decent dolphins have been available. On some of the calmer days daytime swordfishing has been good ion depths from 1700 to 2200 feet of water. The preferred bait has been a rigged squid. Bottom fishing the deeper ledges and wrecks is producing some nice mutton snappers, almaco jacks and a few small cubera snappers. Nighttime bottom fishing has been good for yellowtail and mutton snappers.

North Biscayne Bay Inshore

Baitfish schools have settled into North Bay. Most of these baitfish schools have very small baits in them but some have had baits big enough to take offshore. As always look the birds to help you locate the baitfish schools. Trolling #10 Rapala X Raps in the areas that these baitfish are holding is producing plenty of small jacks, a few mackerel, bluefish and barracudas. Seatrout can be found up on most of the grass flats in the bay and will eagerly eat a live pilchard fished under a float. For those that like to throw artificial lures this is great time to get out the Yo Zuri Crystal Minnow or 3DS Minnow and pretty much anything that resembles a fleeing minnow to a medium size mullet. With all of the baitfish in the bay and much more heading south for the winter you can expect snook, tarpon, sharks, big and small sharks, seatrout, ladyfish, barracudas, mackerel, bluefish and snappers to be in a feeding mood almost all day long. On a recent pleasure trip in the bay we caught lots of jacks, lost an estimated 60 pound tarpon after three jumps and released a 12 pound snook and seatrout. In just three hours!

South Biscayne Bay

Captain Mo Estevez reported to me that during early mornings especially when the bay was calm lots of hungry bonefish have tailing on the western shoreline flats of South Bay. You can be sure that this silver speedster is also on the Oceanside flats all the way past ocean Reef and on the shallow flats in the middle of the bay. The bonefish are eating live shrimp, small crabs and skimmer jigs. Estevez also said his clients have done extremely well on sea trout using a Gulp! shrimp fished under a float. The trout have been on the western shoreline flats in three to six feet of water. Low tide in the morning at Soldier Key on Saturday will be at 11:07.