South Florida fishing report: Expect a good sailfish bite – Sun Sentinel – Sun Sentinel
SOUTH FLORIDA OFFSHORE: Capt. Skip Dana said the fishing out of Hillsboro Inlet has been “OK, not red-hot.” Anglers on the Helen S and Fish City Pride drift boats have been catching a few yellowtail and mutton snappers, some kingfish and lots of rainbow runners. Dana’s charters on Pop A Top had sailfish, kings and a few wahoos and tunas using live bait. He expects the sailfish bite to be good through the weekend with east-northeast winds of 10-15 knots.
THE KEYS: The good news is that Spanish mackerel fishing has been getting better around the shallow banks and wrecks in the Gulf of Mexico. As temperatures cool, the bite should be more consistent using live shrimp, pilchards, jigs and flies.
SOUTH FLORIDA INSHORE: Capt. Brian Sanders of Davie guided three anglers to four snook up to 32 inches, 20 sea trout and 45 redfish up to 27 inches Thursday fishing in the Ten Thousand Islands. Capt. Willie Howard of West Palm Beach said schools of jack crevalles are showing up in the Lake Worth Lagoon. Jacks are also along the beaches outside Lake Worth Inlet. He expects Spanish mackerel to show up in good numbers with cooler temperatures.
EVERGLADES/FRESHWATER: Good numbers of largemouth and peacock bass were biting live shad in the Lake Ida chain of lakes. Both species, but not as many, were biting hard jerkbaits in the L67-A Canal out of Everglades Holiday Park.
LAKE OKEECHOBEE: Bass fishing has been OK using swim jigs, topwater lures and flipping creature baits well back in the grass. Weekend anglers should be aware that duck season opens Saturday.