Welcome 2017! South Florida Fishing Style!
Capt. Alan Sherman
January 13, 2017
Miami - Saltwater Fishing Report
The fishing in South Florida for me, my clients and Get Em Sportfishing Charters during 2016 was great! The Get Em for those of you that didn't know is the name of my 22' 2014 Pathfinder Tournament Edition Bay Boat. During 2016 the Get Em logged more and bigger catches of snook locally and in Flamingo then I have had in recent memory. Catching a snook in North Bay during the day can be a challenge but this past year at times the fish were thick, hungry and large. Hopefully 2017 will be just as good if not better.
I want to take a moment to Thank every single fishermen that stepped aboard the Get Em for giving me a chance to put them on that special fish of a lifetime. I hope you enjoyed your day with me, my boat and the areas that we fished.
I also want to thank all of my special sponsors that help keep me in the fish, my clients hooked up to the fish and for getting me to the boat ramps that I use, to the spots that the fish are holding and back to the boat ramp in one piece. None of this would be possible without your great products.
Yamaha, Bob Hewes Boats, Maverick, Minn Kota Ulterra, Talon. Humminbird, Daiwa, General Motors & Chevrolet, Rapala, Suffix, , Mustad, Pure Fishing, Gulp, Berkley, Precision Tackle, Cajun Thunders, Hookup Lures, Hydro Glow Lights, Saltwater Assassins, Key Largo Rods, Lee Fisher Cast Nets, Smartshield, Master Repair in Stuart Florida, Salt Life Sunglasses, Stow Master Nets, Columbia Sports Wear, Tempress Seating, Aluminum Fabricating Inc. Woody Wax, SoftScience shoes. Aquatic Nutrition Inc.
Fishing in sunny South Florida has been good despite the windy weather conditions 2017 has provided us with so far. North Bay my number 1 location to fish has lots of wind protected areas to fish and has had a lot of sea trout, some Spanish mackerel, juvenile kingfish, bluefish, ladyfish, small barracudas, snook, small tarpon and jack crevalles that have provided us with lots of action. In North Bay we have been targeting the fish with live baits free lined or fished from under a Cajun Thunder float and with Rapala X Raps and Hookup lure jig heads tipped with a Gulp bait.
South Bay has been great for snapper, grouper, jack crevalles, ladyfish, Spanish mackerel, bluefish, yellowjacks and a few snook. In South bay we have targeted the fish the same way we do in North Bay but in South Bay we do spend a bit of time anchoring and chumming while we fish baits on the bottom.
Offshore fishing has been decent when the wind hasn't been blowing. Unfortunately since the beginning of the year I have only made it offshore once due to the winds. While offshore of Miami we have and will be catching kingfish, Spanish mackerel, bluefish, jack crevalles, dolphins, sailfish, wahoo, blackfin and skip jack tuna, barracudas, bonitos all near the surface and on the bottom mutton and yellowtail snappers, grouper, cobia and jacks. If you're interested in this type of fishing and it's too windy for me to take you out there I can easily refer you to quite a few talented offshore captains.
Flamingo in Everglades National Park has and will continue to provide steady action this time of year from snook, redfish, black drum, sheepshead, snapper, sea trout, tarpon, sharks, Spanish mackerel, cobia, ladyfish, permits, pompano, tripletail and a few other species. In the spring the snook, tarpon and redfish action gets red hot.
This time of year I also provide fishing trips for largemouth bass and other freshwater species.
The pictures I have included in this report came from charters and fishing trips within the past three or four weeks.
If you're interested in any of these species and looking to get out on the water for 4, 6 or 8 hours then give me a call and let's see what we can do!
If you read the Miami Herald in print or on the web you may have noticed that the Miami Herald has not had a Fishing Report for the past few weeks. I was asked by the Herald to stop writing that report. I was informed that the Sports Department had to release all of their free-lance writers due to a lack of funds. I am not sure if they will have a fulltimer pick up that article or not. Having grown up in South Florida I had the pleasure of reading Vic Dunaway, Jim Martinoff, Marty Klinkenberger, Jim Hardy and Sue Cocking's articles and fishing reports over my lifetime. I always looked forward to seeing those reports every Friday and Sunday and then Thursday and Sunday. It's sad that a fishing community like ours can't support a Fishing Report once a week. If I was asked to do it again I would not hesitate to do just that. I'm not sure if a letter to the editor or a call to Herald will make a difference but it may! If you contributed to that article while I was writing it I Thank You!
Thanks #WoodyWax for getting and keeping my boat shiny and looking new again!
All of these catches were made possible with the use of #Daiwa spinning reels, #KeyLargo spinning rods, #Mustad hooks, #CajunThunder floats, #Rapala artificial lures, #Hookup lures, #Gulp #PureFishing #Mirrolures, #StowMaster Nets, #SaltLife sunglasses, #SoftScience shoes, #ColumbiaSportswear, #ContinentalTrailers, #YamahaOutboards, #BobHewesBoats, #MinnKotaUlterra trolling motors, #Humminbird, #Talon, #AirTight bearings, #Woodywax, Lee Fisher Nets, Ohero, Just4Fishing.com, #AquaticNutritionInc chum and more!
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.
Let's set it up today!
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Winter 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.
SNOOK, TARPON, SEA TROUT, REDFISH, TRIPLETAIL, COBIA, SNAPPER, GROUPER, MACKEREl
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