Florida Fishing Report – Kingfish Action in South Florida

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BEST BETS

Captain Alex Adler on the Kalex out of Islamorada reports excellent action on kingfish to 20 pounds, blackfin tuna to 25 pounds, sailfish, dolphins, bonitos, wahoo and snappers, with the action taking place from 100 feet to 25 miles.

MIAMI-DADE/BROWARD

Aaron Dolle of Miami caught and released an estimated 180-pound blue marlin in 800 feet of water off Haulover Inlet. A 40-pound wahoo also was landed. The catch was made with captain Ernie Swint and mates Joe Bonifacio and Billy Peoples on the vessel ESP V out of Keystone.

KEYS

Debra Ascherfeld of Gainesville caught 16 dolphin, 25 skip jack and blackfin tuna up to 25 pounds, four large tripletail and a 70-pound swordfish on live pilchards while fishing 20 to 25 miles off Islamorada with captain Nicholas Stanczyk on the charter boat B n M out of Bud and Mary’s Marina. Captain Laine Goodwin of Dirty Water Charters out of Key Largo has had good action on sea trout in the Florida Bay while casting Berkley Gulp baits.

TREASURE COAST

Freddy Caimotto of the Snook Nook in Jensen Beach reports good action on sailfish, bonitos and kingfish along the outside reef line in depths from 50 to 160 feet. Dolphins have been caught in 260 feet along the weedlines.

FLORIDA BAY

Captain Jim Hobales of Caught Lookin Charters reports great fishing on the flats of Florida Bay, open waters of the Gulf of Mexico, shorelines from Cape Sable to Shark River and inside of Whitewater Bays, where his clients have been scoring on double-digit catches of slot sized snook, bluefish, large sharks, jacks to 10 pounds, ladyfish, snapper, grouper and small tarpon. Most of the action came on Rapala Twitchin Raps.

SOUTHWEST COAST

Captain Roan zumFelde of RZ’s Fishing Extremes out of Naples reports excellent late-afternoon and nighttime action from Wiggins Pass to Caxsambas Pass on the late afternoon outgoing tides. Double digit catches on snook and most on fly plus sea trout and large snapper.Most tarpon sightings are on the deep sides of the Gulf beaches.

FRESHWATER

Lake Okeechobee stands at 9.53 feet — four feet below its normal level — making freshwater fishing tough. Best action has been in the rim canal for largemouth bass, catfish and panfish. Captain Alan Zaremba’s clients have caught peacock bass, snook, red Midas and grass carp for catch and release.

Sourced from Captain Alan Sherman’s weekly report in the Miami Herald dated 09-06-2007.