There Biting in South Florida!

Report Date: October 11, 2015

Capt. Alan Sherman

Miami - Saltwater Fishing Report

South Florida Fishing is at its best as we speak. Schools of baitfish continue to migrate along our coast and lots of this bait has ventured into the bays creating some incredible action. Two weeks ago we had the bait but not the predators but now the predators are here as well.

In North Bay baitfish schools are attracting snook, small tarpon, big and small jacks, ladyfish, snapper, barracudas, sharks and at time Spanish mackerel, bluefish, pompano and juvenile kingfish.

In South Bay there have been reports of sea trout, grouper and large and small mutton snappers.

Offshore the action has been very good. Some days the fish are jumping on the hooks and then the next day the fish gods are not working in your favor. During a recent half day charter with both live wells full of bait we passed up large jack crevalles that were roaming the bay and headed offshore. On our way out with calm conditions we came upon three Frigate birds trying to steal ballyhoo away from very hungry large fish. These fish were leaving giant holes in the water as they crushed these ballyhoo. I chummed hard with our pilchards but couldn't get whatever these fish were to eat our baits or our lures that resembled ballyhoo. We moved further out and anchored on an artificial reef with my Minn Kota I Pilot trolling motor. I chummed hard with live baits and fished baits on the bottom and on the top. We hooked and lost two big bottom fish to the sharp bottom and missed a few other bottom strikes. One of our tops baits got cut off by a toothy critter and another ended up with a solid hook up with a fish that we fought for over 30 minutes only to have the line part. We had small bonitos and tunas crashing on our chum baits and two sailfish doing the same but never hooked another fish in that spot. Time to head in! On the way in a school of ballyhoo scattered off the side of the boat. I threw a few dozen chum baits into the water and in no time had large Spanish mackerel and small kingfish sky rocketing on the chum. For the next 30 minutes every bait that hit the water resulted in a missed strike or cut off. The fish moved on and so did we. There are dolphins offshore but our short trip did not allow for us to target them. The pictures below was from an offshore trip late last week.

Flamingo in Everglades National Park continues to be the hot spot right now. Just a few days ago my father and son duo caught and released 16 of the 24 snook that hit their lines. The fish measured between 25 and 30 inches with the biggest fish just over nine pounds. The guys also caught tripletail and sea trout and lost two giant sharks and a sawfish.
All of the action that I mentioned came while using live pilchards, mullet, ladyfish and pinfish. We were using Mustad Ultra Point hooks, Cajun Thunder floats and Hookup lures.

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So what are you waiting for? The action is happening now! Best of all I have open dates. Just give me call and let's see what we can do.

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Miami Fishing Forecast:

South Florida Fishing Forecast:

Fall is here and the fishing in South Florida is about to explode. With water temperatures rising sea trout and snook will start their spawning seasons. Bigger fish and bigger numbers of fish! Spanish mackerel, bluefish and kingfish are heading north for the summer. As they pass the Miami area they always provide a months' worth of action. Big jack crevalles will be chasing baitfish schools in North Bay and big tarpon will be stealing baits intended for other fish. Offshore we will see kingfish and Spanish mackerel, bonitos, sailfish, dolphins and blackfin tuna feeding right alongside each other. In Flamingo in Everglades National Park we will see the return of all of the migratory birds as they fill the park and make unbelievable sunrise pictures. Fishing for snook, redfish, sheepshead, blackdrum, snapper, sea trout, jacks ladyfish, sharks, tripletail, cobia and more will be as e exciting light tackle fishing as one could wish for.

Target Species:

Mackerel, Snook, Sea Trout, Redfish, Cobia, Dolphins, Sailfish more!

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