Offshore if you find a good edge and north current the fishing has been outstanding with sailfish, kingfish, a few dolphin (mahi-mahi), and mutton snapper. In the areas where there is no north current, it’s been a struggle to put together a decent catch. Heavy chumming with live pilchards and chunking the dead ones with vastly improve your chances for success.
Moving in closer to shore and over the reef area, the Spanish and cero mackerel will please many anglers. This area as well as close to shore is teaming with ballyhoo.
Move in to the Inlets and along the beach and tarpon is king. The fish have been very cooperative and are in the 30 – 50 pound class. Live shrimp is doing the trick along with artificial shrimp baits.
Tim Moore fished a half day in the afternoon with wind from the SSW/SW @ 9 – 17 knots. Before heading offshore, with 4 throws of the castnet, we loaded the livewell with pilchards. Next we added herring to complete our bait catch. We found a good current edge in 150 feet off Bear Cut. The downrigger drew the first hit in the form of a nice 12 pound kingfish. As we drifted north with the aid of the current and wind, the edge kept pushing out deeper. We marked fish on the recorder between 100 – 110 feet down. The downrigger was lowered to 110 feet and as we crossed the edge in 205 feet, we got our reward in the form of another nice kingfish. This one weighed in at 15 pounds. We had no further action until we moved back south again to start another drift. By this time, the edge had pushed in to 130 feet. The downrigger scored again as we hit the 160’ depth mark and a third kingfish of 14 pounds joined the others in the fish box. We had one bait get knocked off the long kite by an unknown species. A heavy squall line was pushing our way with the approach of a strong cold front and we decided to call it a day.
Josh Perkins, Chris Klein, and Jason Orrock took some time off from their business schedule to get in an evening of tarpon fishing. The wind was howling out of the NNW @ 22 – 27 knots. Being on the lee side of Miami Beach, we had a 2 foot ground swell which in combination with the NNW wind gave us a perfect drift down the beach. The action started with the first drift. We had something on the line and the hook pulled before we could identify it. The next drift we hooked and released our first tarpon. The next drift we hooked and released another tarpon. The next drift we hooked a tarpon, however, it threw the hook on its first jump. Then the action stopped for two drifts. We set up to cover a different area of water and the spinning rod with an artificial shrimp got hit. The fish ran off a good amount of line, jumped and gave us back our bait. We quickly put the bait back out and in about 20 seconds we were hooked up again, this time solidly, to another tarpon that ate the artificial shrimp. We released that tarpon after another good fight. Two more drifts with no hits and it was time to head back to TNT Marine Center. Final total for the evening was 2 for 3 on live shrimp and 1 for 2 on the artificial shrimp. The fish were in the 45 – 50 pound class and every got to land and release a fish.
That brings me up to date once again. The offshore fish is getting better and better. Tarpon fishing is in its full time winter mode. Time to book your sailfish or tarpon trip. Better yet, book what I call the best of both world’s trip. Fish offshore in the afternoon and finish off the trip with tarpon fishing during the evening. It’s hard to beat.
Send me an email or give me a call to book your trip.
Captain Dave Kostyo
Knot Nancy Fishing Charters, Inc
Capt Alan Sherman – Biscayne Bay
The first real cold front of the season has just moved in and dropped our air temperatures in South Florida a good 20 + degrees and our water temperatures five to 10 degrees. These drops in air and water temperatures are what everyone has been looking for to spark the beginning of our late fall and early winter fishing season.
Just this morning with winds blowing from the northwest at 15 to 25 miles per hour I had an opportunity to drive along the bay where I could easily see a school of baitfish that was so large it made the water black! What attracted my attention to the area that the baitfish was holding was the abundance of birds diving into the water. There were at least 50 pelicans either diving into the baitfish or sitting on the water probably full from earlier feedings. There were a bunch of gulls diving on the baitfish as well. The baitfishes were most likely pilchards because they had been in that area for the last few weeks. I suppose there were jack crevalles, ladyfish, bluefish, Spanish mackerel, sharks, barracudas, sea trout and sharks feeding on the baitfish but I won’t know for sure until I get back on the water. My drive took me to the ocean where my wife and I went on a nice walk along the beach that led us to the inlet at Haulover Cut. Once we were on the jetty I spotted a large brown area along the rocks that caught my attention. The brown area was caused by a large school of over sized mullet that were being attacked by a group of tarpon that had a ring leader that was way over 150 pounds. A huge barracudas was also feeding on the mullet. Even though the wind is blowing North Biscayne Bay has plenty of areas that have protected waters.
I fished South Biscayne Bay last week and was pleased to see mutton snappers to 15 inches, small black groupers, large jacks and bluerunners, Spanish mackerel and red groupers to 21 inches eagerly eating our live pilchards. I have been waiting for the cooler weather to drive the fish into this area for some time. The channels of South Biscayne Bay fill up with an abundance of fish that on light tackle can reward you with nonstop action all day.
Offshore Spanish mackerel continue to be scattered almost everywhere along the coast, bluefish are in the surf, offshore kingfish to 18.5 pounds ate our baits along with bonitos, small blackfin tuna, kingfish and snappers. Dolphins and sailfish are available but we did not catch any on my last ocean trip.
Flamingo it has been reported has a huge amount of Spanish mackerel available outside the parks boundaries. This is easy fishing with nonstop action until your arms are tired of reeling in fish. It’s a matter of buying 10 dozen shrimp; cast netting a few dozen pilchards and pinfish and then anchoring the boat in 10 to 12 feet of water and chumming. Once the fish get a scent of the chum the action starts and the species we catch are Spanish mackerel to six pounds, bluefish to five pounds, cobia to 50 pounds, pompano, snapper, jacks, bluerunners, ladyfish and sharks. When you are tired of these fish redfish, snook, tripletail, blackdrum, sheepshead and a host of other species can be caught on the shallow flats.
That’s what’s up with South Florida Fishing!
Give me a call; I have plenty of openings for the next few months.
Capt. Alan Sherman
“Get Em” Sportfishing Charters
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Capt. Orlando Muniz – Miami
November is finally here and that means one thing –cold fronts. Even though we’ve already seen a couple of weak front come through the area the best is yet to come. Over the last couple of weeks the fishing has definitely ramped up. Unfortunately, I’ve been of the water for the last couple of weeks while I attend to some family health matters. During this time I have been able to keep up with the bite and conditions thanks to all of my fellow captains and friends.
First, let me say that if the numbers of sailfish we are seeing are any indication of things to come than we are in for an excellent season. I have spoken with several captains that reported getting as many as ten shots this past weekend. Most of the fish were caught on live baits fished under kites. Some of the fish were caught on flat lines as well.
Mixed in with the spindle beaks there has been a fair amount of mahi and kingfish being caught. Although these fish haven’t been around in large numbers, they have made up for it in size. Most the dolphin and kings caught as of late have been in the gaffer category making anglers very happy.
Closer to shore the Spanish mackerel action has been good to excellent especially if you’re in the right place at the right time. Tides can play an important part in this fishery and it is always a good idea to do your homework before you go. I always look forward to the mackerel fishing because it provides great action especially of kids as well as beginners. On days when the mackerel bite is going off they are an excellent target for artificial lures as well as fly tackle.
Well, there you have it. Now is the time to book a fishing charter in Miami for the upcoming season. Later on this month and into December tarpon will also begin to show up along our beaches and inlets. If you’d like more information about these or any other types of fishing opportunities give us a call or check us out on the web.
Capt. Orlando Muniz
Nomad Fishing Charters
SeaSquared Charters – Middle Keys
Marathon Florida Keys Fishing Report – Captain Chris Johnson, SeaSquared Charters – October 2, 2010 – Fishing unites honeymooners and a Jersey guy!
Jay Angrick, from Highland Lakes NJ, came to town to help his mom following surgery. Dana and Steven Kuharske, from Groveland FL, came to Marathon for their honeymoon.
The trio didn’t know each other at all until they boarded the SeaSquared. But, they were pretty good pals by the end of the trip!
I took the group to the patch reefs off Marathon. Jay is an experienced bass fisherman back in New Jersey. All three are excellent anglers and they proved it by catching 25 yellowtail snapper ranging from 13 to 17 inches along with a good size mangrove snapper. I cleaned their fish back at the dock and they divvied it up to enjoy cook-your-catch.
Thanks, guys! Hope to see you all again soon!
Call 305.743.5305 to book your charter today!
Capt. Chris & Christy Johnson, SeaSquared Charters, Marathon Florida Keys, 305.743.5305. Please visit FishingReportsFloridaKeys.com MarathonFamilyFishing.com FloridaKeysSharkAdventures.com FloridaKeysSunsetCruise.com HookedOnMarathon.com