South Florida fishing report: Sailfish biting off Miami and in the Keys … – Sun Sentinel
SOUTH FLORIDA OFFSHORE: Capt. Bouncer Smith of Miami Beach took out three disabled veterans Thursday and they caught four sailfish, four kingfish and a bonito. Capt. Chris Lemieux said the sailfish bite has slowed off Boynton Beach, but some blackfin and skipjack tunas were biting in 200-300 feet and a few dolphin have been caught. “The snapper bite is consistent,” said Lemieux, who added that boaters need to be careful negotiating the big swell at local inlets.
THE KEYS: “It should be really good the next few days,” said Richard Stanczyk of Bud N’ Mary’s Marina in Islamorada. Kalex caught six sailfish on a half-day trip Thursday. Small kingfish and a few blackfin tunas were on the edge. Hogfish, mutton snappers and porgies were biting on the reef, along with some yellowtail snappers. Dolphin were scarce, but swordfishing was good way offshore. Capt. Nick Stanczyk was 3-for-4 on big swords Thursday.
SOUTH FLORIDA INSHORE: Richard Stanczyk said bonefish were biting on the flats close to Islamorada. Fishing for snook and redfish has been fair in Florida Bay and Everglades National Park and big Spanish mackerel are starting to show up on the outskirts of the park.
EVERGLADES/FRESHWATER: The Lake Ida system has been great for largemouth and peacock bass, especially for anglers using live shad for bait. Peacocks in urban canals were also biting flies and hard jerkbaits.
LAKE OKEECHOBEE: Some speckled perch were starting to be caught using jigs and minnows. Bass were biting well back in the grass using plastic swimbaits and stick worms.