Monday, November 8, 2010

Fishing Forecast From Florida Sportsman

Deerfield Beach to Key Largo & Flamingo to Cape Sable

Includes Pompano Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, Miami and Homestead.
Nov. 5-7

Deerfield Beach to Key Largo & Flamingo to Cape Sable

South Florida fishermen and boaters should expect a breezy weekend. Low pressure and a strong cold front are predicted to move through South Florida and winds are predicted to be from the north at 15 to 25 most of the weekend.

Pompano Beach, Port Everglades, Haulover, Government Cut to Ocean Reef

Spanish mackerel and bluefish continue to migrate along our South Florida beaches and anglers can get in on the action by trolling silver spoons and blue backed Rapala X Raps until they hook up. After that casting live pilchards hooked to a 2/0 Mustad long shank hook or Rapala X Raps, spoons and red and white jigs will keep your rods bending until the fish move on.

Farther offshore in depths from 40 feet out to 200 feet of water large Spanish mackerel, kingfish to 25 pounds, false albacore (bonitos) and mutton snappers are eating live baits fished freelined or near the bottom. Outside the outer reef in depths from 80 feet to 300 feet of water for the past week or so has been a nice bluewater edge and feeding along that edge has been skipjack tuna to 15 pounds (arctic bonito), kingfish, small blackfin tuna, sailfish and a few schoolie dolphins. Slow trolling pilchards, threadfin herring and medium sized mullet has been working well on these fish or drifting and chumming with pilchards and fishing the same baits freelined or under a kite is working as well.

Fish live bait deep for a few nice mutton snapper, amberjack, almaco jacks and huge blue runners. Way offshore in depths of 1200 feet at night and 2000 feet during the day swordfish are hitting slabs of bonito and pre-rigged large squid. At night fish the baits with light sticks on the surface and during the day fish the baits with light sticks on the bottom. Nighttime bottom fishing is producing catches of snapper, small grouper, blue runners, bluefish, Spanish mackerel and kingfish to 22 pounds. High tide at Government Cut Friday night will be at 8:35.

North Biscayne Bay Inshore

If I could freeze frame what is happening in North Biscayne Bay right now and save it for the entire year we would all be very happy. Schools of mullet of all different sizes, schools of pilchards, threadfin herring and Spanish sardines are stretched out from Haulover Inlet south to Government Cut and maybe farther. All you have to do is look out across the water and you can spot close to a hundred pelicans and gulls diving in almost every direction you look.

Grab a 6 to 12 foot castnet that has a mesh size of ¼ inch to 3/8 inch and as long as the net hits the water there is a good chance you will have all the live bait you need for a week of fishing. Feeding on the baitfish schools are seatrout, snapper, barracudas, bluefish, blue runners, Spanish and cero mackerel, sharks, ladyfish, jacks, snook and tarpon. Cast anything that resembles a baitfish and if the fish aren’t so full from feeding on the smorgasbord of bait you should hook up quickly. Nighttime fishing for small tarpon and snook has been fair.

South Biscayne Bay

Bonefishing has been good in the southern part of South Biscayne Bay. Best action has been on the last of the outgoing tides and the first few hours of the incoming tide. Look for tailing bonefish on the lower stages of the tide and then small muds that the bonefish leave as they root crabs, shrimp and worms out of the bottom when the water level rises.

Plenty of sharks and a few small tarpon have been feeding on the edges of the shallow flats as well. The oceanside flats have had a good number of permit on them so keep an eye out for fish pushing wakes or their large sickle fins sticking out of the water. Fish large live shrimp or skimmer jigs tipped with a piece of shrimp or shrimp or crab imitation bait for the bonefish, small silver plugs for the tarpon, large shrimp for the sharks and silver dollar sized blue crabs for the permits. A few mutton snappers have been caught in the finger channels. High tide at Soldier Key on Saturday will be at 9:46 in the morning.

Flamingo in Everglades National Park

Florida Bay is slowly cooling down and redfish, a few snook, tarpon, jacks, ladyfish, sharks and seatrout have been available in the channels and runoffs near the shallow flats and in the moats that are next to most islands. Out in the open water Spanish mackerel, bluefish and a few cobia are starting to show up. Along the coast north of East Cape large schools of baitfish continue to attract the attention from large tarpon, jacks, ladyfish, seatrout, redfish and snook. Low tide at Flamingo in Florida Bay on Saturday will be at 11:39 AM and in Whitewater Bay low tide is at 11:33 AM.

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