SOUTH FLORIDA INSHORE OFFSHORE FLAMINGO & FRESHW
Capt. Alan Sherman
April 6, 2011
Miami - Saltwater Fishing Report
Spring is here in South Florida and with it comes the Spring Break for kids in school and college, lots of business and plenty of baitfish and predators to keep the kids families' busy with bent fishing rods, big smiles, lots of great fish pictures and of course some sore arms. And this Spring is no different!
The fishing in Biscayne Bay has been great with a wide variety of fish being caught that included Spanish mackerel, bluefish, small and large jack crevalles, slot and over slot sea trout, barracuda, sharks and tarpon. Large schools of baitfish continue to hold in North Biscayne Bay and loading up the Get Em's two huge live wells has been fairly easy on most charters. During many charters nearby fellow captains have offered their over flow of baitfish to me and I have to them allowing all of us more time to get into the hot action. Casting live pilchards free lined and hooked to a Mustad 1/0 long shank hook, ¼ ounce red Hookup lures tipped with a Gulp three or four inch shrimp or Rapala X Raps, Flat Raps and Twitchin Raps has kept us in the action almost all day. The Bay fishing will continue to be great right through May and into July.
On the days when the weather has been decent I have found myself venturing offshore where my anglers have scored with Spanish mackerel, kingfish to 12 pounds, large bonitos to 15 pounds, dolphins a few blackfin tunas, cobia, arctic bonitos, mutton snappers and a few shots at sailfish. The fishing for the kingfish, blackfin tuna and sailfish will only get better as the days go by.
Fishing in Flamingo has been getting better now that the weathers is starting to warm up and lots of sea trout, jacks and ladyfish can be found in Florida Bay and in Whitewater Bay. Snook and redfish are available but require a lot more time to locate. Cobias, tarpon, sharks and tripletail have been bending rods and putting big smiles on my client's faces.
Fishing in the freshwater Conservation Areas has really taken off and will continue to get better every day due to the lack of rain we get in South Florida this time of year. The lack of rain lowers the water levels and there by pushing the fish into the canals where they become easy targets with soft plastics, shiners and Rapala floating minnows.
Fishing in the Everglades Conservation Area Tom K released 20 largemouth bass, pickerel, mud fish and Florida Gar using live shiners and Rapala floating minnows.
Rob E and Tray fished Biscayne Bay and caught sea trout, jack crevalles and barracudas using live pilchards.
Jerry C and Jeff fished the Patch Reefs and caught mangrove and yellowtail snappers, black, gag and red groupers to six pounds and lots of porgies.
Gene, Bill and Frank fished offshore of Miami with live pilchards and caught Spanish mackerel, mutton snapper, blackfin tuna and arctic bonitos using live pilchards.
Greg H fished Biscayne Bay and caught lots of mackerel, gag grouper, barracudas and sea trout using live [pilchards and Hookup lures tipped with a Gulp shrimp.
Steve, Joel and Dana teamed up to catch jack crevalles to 11 pounds, Spanish mackerel and kingfish to eight pounds fishing Biscayne Bay and offshore with live pilchards.
Sam R and his grandson fished for tarpon off o\f Government Cut and caught Spanish mackerel and bluerunners but never got a solid hook up from a tarpon even though dozens of them could be seen through the clear water right next to the boat.
David K and his son Corbin fished Flamingo and caught dozens of sea trout and ladyfish using Cajun Thunder floats and live shrimp and Corbin fought an estimated 80 pound tarpon to boat side that ate a ballyhoo hooked to a Hookup lure, released a 30 inch cobia, released a bunch of sharks and landed three tripletail to 9.5 pounds.
Rick K and his grandsons Justin and Brandon fished Biscayne Bay and hooked and lost an estimated 100 pound tarpon that ate a live pilchard fished under a Cajun Thunder float as well as Spanish mackerel, barracudas, sea trout and jack crevalles to 10 pounds.
Robert D and his son Daniel and friend Len caught fished Biscayne Bay and caught Spanish mackerel, and jack crevalles to 11 pounds using live pilchards.
Paul B and his son Logan caught over 20 Spanish mackerel, lots of sea trout and dozens of jack crevalles in Biscayne Bay using live pilchards.
Steve Dana and Joel fished offshore and caught and released over a dozen bonitos to 15 pounds plus a 12 pound kingfish before heading inshore where they released dozens of sea trout and jack crevalles using live pilchards.
Arnie and Mitch and Zach fished Biscayne Bay and caught and released two dozen sea trout in the 15 to 20 inch range using live pilchards free lined and under a Cajun Thunder float plus a dozen two pound bluefish and jack crevalles to 10 pounds.
That's it for now! Another group of charters in the next two weeks and more great catches and reports to come!
I do have scattered openings for the next three weeks so don't hesitate to give me a call so you too can have sore arms, big smiles and pictures of what you caught on the Get Em with Captain Alan Sherman!
Give me a call at 786-436-2064 or e-mail me at [email protected]
Let's go catch some Fish!
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Check out my report in the Miami Herald's Sports section under Fishing Updates each Thursday, the Florida Sportsman Magazines South Florida Internet Fishing Report (www.floridaspotsman.com), my monthly Action Spotter Fishing Report for the South Region in the Florida Sportsman Magazine each month.
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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
Miami Fishing Forecast:
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 Winter and into the Spring.
TARPON, SNOOK, REDFISH, COBIA, SHARK, SEA TROUT, DOLPHINS
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