Hot Fishing Continues on the Get Em in South Florida
Capt. Alan Sherman
February 3, 2011
Miami - Saltwater Fishing Report
After having a few days to recoup from a long string of fishing charters business has slowed a bit but I still have managed to get out on the water to take advantage of the great weather and good fishing that continues to take place here in Sunny South Florida.
I haven't had a chance to fish offshore due to windier conditions recently that makes offshore fishing a little uncomfortable in my 22' Pathfinder Tournament Edition XL that is powered by a new 2010 Yamaha 250 SHO Four Stroke Outboard engine. If you have ever been on my Bay Boat than you know that it is mostly a dry boat and very sea worthy and can accommodate up to four anglers but is better fished with three or less. The offshore fishing continues to be very good even though water conditions have not been great in the sense that there has been a lot of green water instead of the nice blue water edge most offshore anglers normally looks for. Besides the sailfish, dolphins have shown up along with kingfish to 30 pounds, Spanish mackerel, bonitos a few wahoo and some bottom fish. Water temperatures have been in the high 60's and low 70's making tarpon fishing along the beaches a hit or miss proposition. One afternoon or morning they cooperate the next they don't.
Inshore fishing in North Biscayne Bay has provided my recent anglers with plenty of sea trout action accompanied by bluefish, small barracudas, jacks, bluerunners and a few Spanish mackerel.
Fishing in South Bay had been slow in the Finger Channels but that fishing is showing signs of coming back as water temperatures rise and the area that has produced the best action for me lately has been the Patch Reefs just offshore of Key Biscayne. On the Patches we have had very good action from six different kinds of groupers to ten pounds including, Gag, Black, Red, Scamp, Nassau and Graysby groupers. Along with the groupers have been porgies to six pounds, mangrove snappers to five pounds, yellowtail, lane and mutton snappers to seven pounds. We have had cero and Spanish mackerel come into our chum line on almost every trip to the Patches. All of these fish have been caught on live pilchards fished on the bottom. We are using 10 and 12 pound Daiwa spinning reels with Key Largo rods. Our hooks have been Mustad Ultra Point 1/0 to 3/0 hooks. Hook a five pound bottom fish on one of these outfits and you know you have a fish on the other end.
Although I haven't had a chance to take advantage of the outstanding freshwater largemouth bass fishing that is taking place right now in the Everglades I hope to get out there real soon. That fishery will only get better as water levels continue to drop.
Fishing in Flamingo in Everglades National Park is getting better as water temperatures slowly start to rise. Lots of redfish, although on the small size plus all the sea trout to 20 inches that you might want to catch were available to my clients the other day along with bluefish, sheepshead and snappers. We had a redfish on almost every cast using a live shrimp hooked to a Hookup lure jig head. In less than five hours we went through eight dozen shrimp. For plug fishermen snook have been biting in the backcountry and outside of the Parks boundaries Spanish mackerel, bluefish, pompano and cobia have started to return with some days recently being very good.
The gear my clients have been using during all of their charters on board the "Get Em" are Daiwa Advantage spinning reels, Key Largo Rods, Hookup lures, Mustad Hooks, Fins braided lines, Stren monofilament lines, Rapala artificial lures, Berkley Gulp baits, Cajun Thunder floats and I net my live baits with my Lee Fisher Cast net.
That's it for now!
Let's get out there are see what we can catch.
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I have recently changed outboard engines on my 22' Pathfinder XL Tournament Edition Bay Boat. I had an opportunity to put one of the first Yamaha SHO 250 Four Stroke outboards on my boat and the difference has been just amazing. This engine has 25 more horsepower but carries 77 less pounds allowing me better hole shot while giving great cruising fuel efficiency. What more can a boater ask for?
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Capt. Alan Sherman
"Get Em" Sportfishing Charters
Field Editor of the Florida Sportsman Magazines Action Spotter Report South Region
Field Editor of the Florida Sportsman Magazines Internet Fishing Forecast South Region
Editor of the Miami Heralds South Florida Fishing Report Thursdays Edition
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I expect the fishing to be pretty consistent for the next three or four months with lots of SEA TROUT, JACK CREVALLES, LADYFISH, SPANISH MACKEREL, BLUEFISH, GROUPER, BARRACUDAS, SNOOK, TARPON and some POMPANO in NORTH BISCAYNE BAY and OFFSHORE of MIAMI KINGFISH, MACKEREL, SAILFISH and DOLPHINS available on the calmer days and in SOUTH BISCAYNE BAY lots of action from a wide variety of fish like the SNAPPERS, GROUPERS, JACKS, BLUEFISH, MACKERELS, POMPANO, LADYFISH, PORGIES, GRUNTS, SNOOK and BLUERUNNERS keeping anglers busy catching and releasing fish most of the day. FLAMINGO in EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK will have a huge amount of wildlife like the WHITE PELICANS, ROSEATTE SPOONBILLS, SKIMMER BIRDS,GULLS, OSPREYS, EAGLES, TERNS, EGRETS, HERONS, ALLIGATORS, CROCODILES, BOTTLE NOSED DOLPHINS, MANATTEES, SHARKS and TURTLES and of course the wide variety of fish that migrate into FLORIDA BAY and the GULF waters during the cooler months of the year. SNOOK, TARPON, REDFISH, SEA TROUT, SHEEPSHEAD, TRIIPLETAIL, BLACK DRUM, SNAPPER, GOLIATH AND GAG GROUPER, POMOPANO, COBIA, MACKEREL, BLUEFISH and I'm sure I am leaving a few other fish species out will be available to all anglers at one time or another throughout the rest of our FALL FISHING SEASON.
Snook, Tarpon, Redfish, Grouper, Snapper, mackerel
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