Fishing Report Sept. 10, 2013

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

Snook season is now open on the Atlantic Coast and snook can be found feeding along the beaches and Ocean inlets. The best action has been early and late in the day and then again at night. Fish the outgoing tides when the water is dirtier for the best results. A large live threadfin herring fished deep near the bottom has been getting the most strikes. Snook fishermen are allowed one snook per person and must measure out 28 to 32 inches and you must possess a saltwater fishing license and a snook stamp. Offshore large schools of bonitos continue to thrill anglers with their long screaming runs. These fish are eating live baits, dead baits and artificial lures. A few kingfish and blackfin tuna are mixed in with the bonitos. Offshore from two miles to teen miles schools of small dolphins have been available. Most of the action is taking place under birds and next to large mats of floating debris or under large pieces of flotsam. Under the bigger pieces of debris you might find wahoo and these fish will quickly grab a vertical jig dropped 30 feet below the surface and jigged up quickly. Nighttime bottom fishing has been producing bigger catches of yellowtail snapper and a few mangrove and mutton snappers plus an assortment of grunts and jacks.

 Biscayne Bay Inshore

Large schools of baitfish have been moving in and out of the bay all week. Schools of early arriving large ladyfish, bluefish, and Spanish mackerel can be seen crashing into these baitfish schools. Look for the diving birds to help you locate the fish and then cast Rapala X Raps in the area. On a recent trip in the bay with son Zach we caught and released over 13 sea trout to 26 inches and 5.5 pounds plus jacks to eight pounds, big ladyfish and a small snook. We also had bluefish and Spanish mackerel. Nighttime snook, tarpon and snapper action has been fair under the bay bridges and dock lights.

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