The weather we’ve had over the past couple of months continues to make fishing in the area a challenge. So, if you’re looking to do some good work with fish that can be targeted in ever-changing fishing conditions, give this one a try.
The shrimp at night was off the charts. Normally, I would expect the shrimp to move with the incoming tide at night, but recently they have been running with the incoming tide. There are plenty of shrimp to catch near Rickenbacker Bridge, the main channel south of Key Biscayne. Bear Cut, Norris Cut, Government Cut, and Turning Basin on either side of Bayside.
Hungry tarpon were going crazy over the running shrimp. Any light that shines into the water, creating a glow on the water, will likely have tarpon, some swallows, moonfish, jacks, jacks and snappers feeding on shrimp. Cast live shrimp or artificial shrimp into these areas and hold on to them.
Fishing at sea was difficult. One day, there’s a good school of sailfish cruising north, and then the next, you’re wondering where they went. Kingfish and a few Spanish mackerel are continuing to be caught off the outer reef in depths of 80 to 200 feet of water. Kings eat live balleye and pilchard.
A few decent sized dolphin fish emerged from the reef and were caught. Blackfin tuna are the most consistent fish to target offshore. Tunas have been found on many offshore artificial reefs in depths ranging from 160 to 500 feet of water. When the sun is high, the tuna are deep, so using vertical jigs over these wrecks is the easiest way to get to them. When the sun is behind the clouds, or later in the day, tuna can stick to the surface. Some of these tuna have gone 25 pounds. Live pilchards loosely lined on light leaders work well on tuna. Over the wrecks and rock piles, a few lamb and amberjack snappers have been caught. Pole jigs got the jacks, and the live pilchard or ballyhoo got the mutton.
Night reef fishing has been good for yellowtail snapper, mangrove and mutton. Snapper have been mixed in with bluefish, kingfish, jacks and more. Reefs in 80 feet of water have been the best for yellowtail. Cut balleyes and Spanish sardines are a good bet for these fish.
Tight lines and steamed shrimp on the menus!
Captain Alan Sherman, who runs “Get Em” sport fishing charters, has been leading fishing charters in South Florida for over 30 years. He can be reached here or by calling (786) 436-2064.
For last week’s fishing report, click here.