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  1. I traded a friend my Daiwa Grandwave 5500BR for his Team Ala rod. The reel was cool, but im a Shimano Groupie! LOL Anyway I had this rod for a couple weeks but didn't have a reel to put on it. So like any Tackle Whore would do I used that as an excuse to get me a reel.. So after some research I decided on the Shimano Power Aero Prosurf. The reel arrived, and was promptly filled with 250yrds of 15lb Suffix braid (with mono backing). So anyway I decided to go fishing today, and today I would test out the rod.. Well today the fishing sucked, but it gave me time to put the rod thru a couple test cast. Let me first start off by saying the rod is not built for the uni-tech, overhead thump or any other cast that requires a stiffish tip. However with a fishing OTG cast it excels. Once I figured out the correct drop, it seemed to launch my baited rig (homemade single drop rig w\ 4oz) pretty far i would say 130-150yards (maybe more).. I can't be positive but I'll take it to the field tomorrow afternoon, and hopefully get video\pics. Anyway first impression are positive, but it's way to early to say for sure. My intended purpose for the rod is for the Bay\DE Surf spring run. It seems to be perfect for 4-5oz and a worm, but Im not postive about larger baits.. Time will tell..[/img]"][/img]"][/img]"]
  2. By Captain Alan Sherman Seagrasses can be found all over the world in shallow bays, lagoons, estuaries and along coastal waters. Where there is water there are boaters navigating these waters successfully and often times not so successfully. In most areas the water is deep enough for their propellers to cut through the water without causing any damage to the bottom below them but the unsuccessful boaters that stray away from their appropriate depth of water can cause significant damage to the beds of seagrasses often unaware of how much damage they have created. As the propellers of these vessels make contact with the fragile seagrasses the propellers cut into the soft sand or mud bottoms creating a trench that is deeper than the waters adjacent to the freshly cut trench. Besides the propeller cutting the trench the propeller also cuts the fragile seagrasses leaving this deeper trench void of all seagrasses. The damage created is called a propeller scar or prop trail. A propeller scar may be just a few feet in length but can also be hundreds of yards or more in length. Almost immediately erosion of these propeller scars starts to take place making the trails wider and deeper and creating cloudy water from tidal flow and wave action. Seagrass meadows made up of one or many seagrasses such as turtle grass, shoal grass, manatee grass, star grass, widgeon grass, paddle grass and Johnson’s sea grass are very important to the shallow bays, lagoons and coastal waters all over the world because these seagrasses help provide protective nurseries and food sources for many marine species. These seagrasses also increase water qualities in the areas of the seagrass meadows and reduce wave energy along the coastlines. Columbia Sportswear, Bass Pro Shops and The Ocean Foundation have joined hands in an effort to restore seagrass meadows through education and habitat restoration. Recently I was invited take part in a two day event sponsored by Columbia Sportswear, The Ocean Foundation, Seagrass Recovery, Andy Newman, Bass Pro Shops and George Poveromo. The event was put together to bring awareness to how serious these propeller scars can be to our fragile bays, lagoons, shallow coastal waters and estuaries. During the event I had the opportunity to see firsthand propeller scars that had been accidently cut into fragile seagrass flats in Florida Bay off of Islamorada and then I got to take part in the actual repair of one of these propeller scars. With the guidance of the Seagrass Recovery project representatives, Kenny Wright and Beau Williams I was able to take part in repairing a propeller scar. Once at the sight of a propeller scar located just a few minutes from Wide World Sportsman in Islamorada it was quite obvious how bad a propeller scar actually is. I looked out on the beautiful green grass meadow only to see this horrific looking white stripe that had been cut into the meadow by a boater who thought there was more water under the propeller than there actually was. We anchored our boat and I donned a mask and snorkel and jumped into the crystal clear water that was just two feet deep. As I snorkeled the barren propeller scar it was obvious that the scar was deeper then the water surrounding it and that the seagrasses on the edge of that scar couldn’t grow into the trench. This scar was fairly new and had not grown much since the propeller scar had been created. Others joined me and then we started the repair of the propeller scar. First four foot biodegradable sediment tubes were place one at a time into the propeller scar. Once the propeller scar had been filled with these biodegradable sediment tubes long pieces of PVC tubing with wooden stands attached to the tops of the tube were driven into the ground and spaced out along the biodegradable sediment tubes. These biodegradable sediment tubes over the course of time will break down and completely fill the propeller scar bringing the depth of that scar back to its original level. The PVC tubes and stands are there to attract birds that will come and sit on the stands and eventually fertilize the area around the propeller scar with their guano. Three months after the biodegradable sediment tubes have been placed in the propeller scar, a crew from Seagrass Recovery will visit the site and plant seagrass plugs that were retrieved off the sea surface into the restored propeller scar. Twelve to eighteen months later the propeller scar will have been totally restored. If you are interested in becoming involved in the Seagrass Grow Project or would like more information on the Seagrass Grow Project than please visit these internet sites. Columbia Sportswear (Columbia Sportswear | Seagrass Recovery Seagrass Recovery (Seagrass Recovery) The Ocean Foundation (The Ocean Foundation) Sponsors of this Event were: Columbia Sportswear (Columbia Sportswear | Seagrass Recovery Seagrass Recovery (Seagrass Recovery) The Ocean Foundation (The Ocean Foundation) BassPro Shops/World Wide Sportsman (Bass Pro Shops Outdoors Online: Offering the best in Fishing, Hunting and Outdoor Products) Andy Newman, NewmanPR, the Florida Keys (NewmanPR) George Poveromo, Columbia Athlete, (George Poveromo's World Of Saltwater Fishing)
  3. Late March is upon us and weather conditions have finally started to return to a more normal pattern for South Florida. Air temperatures have raised as high as 80 degrees and water temperatures have come up to the high 60’s on a cool day and low 70’s on a warmer day. The inshore fishing in North and South Biscayne Bay is returning to what I would expect it should be like this time of year and offshore fishing has been red hot. Fishing in Flamingo is coming back slowly for the near shore species like the snook, redfish, tarpon and other fish that make Flamingo fishing so interesting and out along the boundaries markers of Florida Bay the Spanish mackerel, bluefish, jacks, ladyfish and a few cobias and tripletail are either starting to return to the Florida Bay or are in good numbers making me believe that we should see Spanish mackerel, pompano, bluefish and other migratory species passing the Miami area all the way into late June. Look for large jack crevalles, lots of large sea trout, ladyfish, bluefish, mackerel, barracudas, snook, tarpon, snappers and groupers to make a good showing in North and South Biscayne Bay And Flamingo and these fish will be eating anything that resembles a shrimp or small baitfish. My clients will be casting live pilchards, free lined, suspended from a Cajun Thunder float or on the bottom plus ¼ ounce Hookup lures tipped with live and dead baits plus Gulp three and four inch shrimp along with an assortment of Rapala plugs like the Twitchin Raps, X Raps, Skitter Walks and Clackin Raps. All of this fishing will be with light tackle reels like the Daiwa Tierra’s and Advantage spinning reels that I will have loaded with six to 20 pound lines. These reels will be attached to seven foot Key Largo graphite fishing rods in light to medium heavy classes. All of my hooks are made by O. Mustad & Son and some will be J hooks and others will be circle hooks. Offshore when the weather allows my clients will have shots at giant tarpon, large snook, big jack crevalles and possibly a permit along the beach and in the Inlets and then further off we will be looking for large king mackerel, bonitos, blackfin tuna, sailfish and dolphins. Recent catches: My son Zach who works for Great Lake Dock & Dredge has just returned from Ocean City after doing his two week on rotation and now will have his one week off before his rotation starts again. One day after being back we are on the water fishing off of Haulover Inlet. The recent West winds have made offshore fishing easy and we are in on a great kingfish bite. After fishing a few hours we have caught and released many kings to eight pounds plus released a countless number of 10 pound bonitos and a dolphin. All of these fish were taken on live pilchards hooked to a Mustad long shank hook. Back on the water today with George and his son Rivers and they are eager to catch some fish after thawing out from freezing temperatures from the northeast coast. The wind again is out of the west giving us an opportunity to fish offshore. After trying unsuccessfully to catch some pilchards in the Bay Lester of Lester’s Live bait offers us a few net full’s of pilchards and we are off to the offshore waters. Once outside the reef we put the baits out and are into kingfish. The bite lasts for a few hours and the guys have caught their fill of kingfish to 14 pounds plus a bunch of big bonitos and Rivers catches and releases his first dolphin. We lost one very large fish but we won’t say just how that happened. (Angler Error!) Now we start looking for some tarpon but at this time they are nowhere to be found. We move into the bay and start chumming with the pilchards and in no time we have large jacks crashing on the surface. We get two quick hookups but loose both to nearby structure and the fish disappear. Now we head for a grass flat nearby and spend the remaining time we have catching sea trout and bluefish. Today I am in Flamingo with the GM of O. Mustad & Sons USA. Ed, Ed’s dad Ed Sr. and Ed’s brother Kevin. The weather is nice and the game plan is to take advantage of what is biting best and that would be sea trout, jacks, ladyfish, mackerel and bluefish. We start out fishing a grass flat near Rocky Channel and the guys have Hookup lures tipped with four inch Gulp shrimp and Cajun Thunder floats with live shrimp hooked to a 1/0 Mustad long shank hook. The guys are not having much luck at first and ask me to toss out a line to see what if I might have more luck. Hookup lures tipped with a Gulp shrimp will catch fish no matter how you work the bait but if you get the retrieve downright you will always catch more fish and get more strikes. The guys have been retrieving their baits in a bunch of different ways but once I start hopping the bait off the bottom I get strike after strike after strike and am catching ladyfish, sea trout, jacks and bluefish. Now the guys know the bait works and that there is fish in the spot and they change their retrieves just enough and they are getting strike after strike just like me. In no time they have caught and released countless numbers of trout, jacks and ladyfish and we move on to see if we can find some mackerel. In the next spot after the chum had had a chance to work we are catching Spanish mackerel on almost every cast. The best rig is a Cajun Thunder with a shrimp. The guys have been catching mackerel, ladyfish, jacks and catfish for a couple of hours and had a shot at a nice cobia but the cobia moved on before taking one of our baits and we headed to our last spot in hopes of catching snook more redfish. This spot produced only catfish and we called it a day. After a day off I am back on the water with my wife Dana and son Zach. We are heading offshore of Haulover again but are having trouble catching live bait when Lester comes to our rescue again. He fills our live well with frisky pilchards and we head offshore to see what we can get. As we start dropping our baits into the water the kingfish are hitting so fast that we don’t have time to close the bails on our reels. By day’s end we have caught over a dozen kings to eight pounds, two bonitos, a nice blackfin tuna and a shark that went over 100 pounds. All on live pilchards and on light tackle. We watched a guy hook and loose a big dolphin just a few hundred yards from us before we headed in. Last up is Rick Berry of Key Largo Rods and his Buddy Al Taddia. We are in Flamingo again just looking for action and boy did we find it. After a breakfast at the Cracker Barrel and a late launch at 8 AM we head out to Snake Bight. After a short drift through the channel we release jack crevalles on every cast but nothing else and we are on the move. Our next spot is one that we fished a few days earlier and once again it produces jacks, ladyfish, sea trout and a bluefish and a missed mackerel but we move on. After anchoring and getting the chum out we are into a great Spanish mackerel bite. We catch our fill and move on. The rest of the day was more mackerel, many more jacks, ladyfish and bluefish and then we spot something black on the surface and check it out. The object turns out to be a dead cormorant. Under the cormorant is a half dozen tripletail. Casting Cajun Thunders with live shrimp we hook three and land three tripletails. All are undersized and release and we head back to the boat ramp after catching way over a hundred fish. YOUR UP NEXT! Just give me call and let’s see what we can catch! - Light Tackle Sport Fishing with Captain Alan Sherman 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 Welcome to - Search Results for ""), my monthly Action Spotter Fishing Report for the South Region in the Florida Sportsman Magazine each month. I have recently been wearing a lot of Columbia Sports Wear on my fishing charters and the new Blood & Guts shirts are amazing. I have had mackerel, cobia and snook just splatter me with blood and one good washing and the shirts are as good as new. 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 cfgcooler 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 and into WINTER FISHING SEASON. Target Species: Snook, Redfish, Tarpon, Sea Trout, Snapper, Grouper, Mackerel, Cobia, Pompano, Kingfish, Sailfish, Dolphins
  4. Fish Report 2/25/10 After The Rally Uncertainty Write! Toggin' Try to sneak a few more days of fishing in; Opening tog trips for - Feb 28 - March 1st & 2cnd - 2010 - Sun, Mon, Tues - West winds forecasted - Boat sells out at 12 - Green crabs provided - Cabin heated - Leave at 7:00 for these trips (or a tad earlier) - Return no later than 3 - 3:30 (usually) - $100.00 buys a spot - Reservation a must, that phone number in signature - Email does not work for reservations - call - leave a good phone number, cell, in case of cancellation. Hi All, That was a sight to behold. Lot of fishers in DC yesterday. Thousands! Googles easy.. Message: Management is messing up real bad, destroying livelihoods & coastal economies when fish are in abundance. Senators/Congressmen-Women there from NY, MA, NC, Florida. They spoke well to our plight: As though they understood.. Honestly understood. We have politicians in Maryland too.. But they weren't there. My parents hosted a fund raiser for a young politician seeking his first term in Delaware - long time ago though. I was a kid. Guy's name was Joe Biden. There are fishers in his state deeply affected by Magnuson's present interpretation too. Crowd was yelling fairly loud at times, maybe they heard up inside the Capitol. I hope so. We've been telling Senator Mikulski, Senator Cardin & Congressman Kratovil.. Maybe their offices faced the Rally.. Maybe they heard. If they did, I'm not at all sure they understand. Our fisheries are being stolen. We need help. I think Fisheries Regulators and many of our Political Representatives are now trapped within a culture that accepts basic fallacies as truth; That since we are fishers nothing we say or write is to be trusted; That since we fishers have, historically, created this need of governance through our overfishing actions then we are as Prisoners and deserve, at best, only bread and water; That any Science laid freely upon the table is unworthy if it came from the Prisoners, yet is welcomed with open arms if it came from outside--unrequested. And, if paid for by the prison system--by NOAA or NMFS--then that science lays beyond any refute. That is how the data's claim that Maryland shore anglers targeting flounder caught in two months what the state's party/charter fleet will catch in 15 years came to be accepted; That's how that data remains unquestioned by fisheries regulators/managers. Here, where any acceptance of any proof from the prisoners--from the fishers--would be enough to overturn this terrible catch estimate; Here we see bias writ plain -- Since Fishers in the past tried to exterminate all the fish in the sea & Fisheries Regulators are now tasked with preventing that from ever happening again, Then Fishers can never be trusted by Regulators--not even for the simplest of catch data. Even law suffers: "The Best Scientific Information Available" shall guide management. I don't think the drafters of this legislation had any grasp of what rubbish might come to be called science. They could never have imagined that regulators would call science, would believe, that MA's private boats caught more black sea bass in two months last year than all the data--all together--for that state's party boat history combined. No, management is messing-up real bad believing some of this data; It's destroying livelihoods & coastal economies while fish are in abundance. "Precautionary" fish quotas.. "Uncertainty" in the fisheries.. The Uncertainty Principle came from physics. The numbers a physicist might work with -- such as 'ten to the minus twenty sixth power'-- are as to hitting a target on the moon with a .22 caliber bullet with one miss in a trillion tries: That's uncertainty to them, a shot might miss eventually.. Fisheries uncertainty falls a little shorter, perhaps precisely opposite. It's very-much tainted by the bias against fishers.. If fishers profess that no .22 bullet will ever hit the moon, let alone a specific target -- but there's a 'scientific' data set that demonstrates it might.. Managers are going to shoot the moon. We're toast. Speaking of physics, which I really shouldn't be.. Von Jolly did great work in his time; However, he is best remembered for telling a student to shift the focus of his studies away from physics because the science was virtually all discovered, there could be nothing new to contribute: The year was 1878, the student Max Planck. He went on to become known as the father of quantum physics. Albert Einstein spoke at his funeral. (The Discoveries - Alan Lightman) Certain of his assessment, von Jolly spoke with firm belief. The student, Planck, must have thought the advice shallow and turned away from it.. Now we have nuclear bombs and cell phones. I saw a press release statement by the new National Marine Fisheries Service--NMFS--Administrator, Eric Schwaab, concerning the DC Rally. It developed into the familiar refrain about rebuilt fisheries being a great economic driver if we could just clear these hurdles; But it began with..."Today, however, more than 20 percent of the nation's fish stocks are overfished and need to be rebuilt to larger, healthier populations so that they can produce their full economic potential for fishermen, coastal communities and the nation." Our Point Exactly - We were there about the other 80%.. The ones that are rebuilt. Brand new to the job--been there a week--our new head of NMFS is hardly new to fisheries.. We are at a real crossroads, Mr. Schwaab, a turning point. I offer the Rally offered as evidence. NMFS & NOAA must recognize that we have been on the same team; That together we have rebuilt many species; That we are not the enemy: That management must not follow bad data to where no legislator could have ever foreseen; That regulating economic collapse of fisheries where species are known to be in great abundance was never anyone's intent. As von Jolly 'knew' it had all been discovered; We are now ready to divide our resources permanently through catch shares, We are now ready to close almost a thousand miles of coast so that red snapper might 'rebuild'-- And We are now ready to choke the recreational sea bass industry to death with data worse than von Jolly's advice.. We have yet to use habitat fidelity in the management of species where it has been well demonstrated: We still manage sea bass on a Coastwide basis. We have yet to begin restoration--even recognition--of important seafloor habitat, coral reef, in the mid-Atlantic. We have yet to look for ways to maximize the spawning potential of these regional sub-stocks.. Taken together I assert these preceding sentences place our fishery management of sea bass where physics was in 1878. We must now decide whether we know it all.. Or will new leaders toss these several decades of mistrust aside, allow the 'precautionary' & 'uncertainty' to fall the other way.. Where since it is known that fish species DID rebuild from an incredibly overfished state with X & Y restrictions, then stricter restrictions are only to be used with the greatest of bioeconomic care. That would be different. Might even come to trust that government. Pressure eased; There's a bunch of new fisheries theories that could be tried small-scale and ramped up. Meanwhile, we've come a long way already. We can demonstrate that what worked previously will prevent fishers from ever catching their way into catastrophic overfishing again. I wonder what von Jolly would give to be the Professor that brought us Max Planck instead. History is occurring in the fisheries, of that I'm sure. I just don't know how it will get written. I am fairly sure that Fisheries Restoration is among the youngest of sciences; that the good Professor von Jolly has much company in those who believe this is as far as the science will come. And I am positive that fisher's influence in all this will be found in many of us writing, emailing, faxing, calling and meeting our Representatives. We need the Flexibility Act. We need--desperately need--a simple test for fisheries data. Fishers need the regulatory community to apply their uncertainty tests to our businesses, to our communities, to our families & homes.. Things are getting pretty rough out here in this great recession; We don't want government handouts, We don't want the species still in trouble--if they are in trouble; We just want our rebuilt fisheries back: Let us go back to work. Regards, Monty Capt. Monty Hawkins Party Boat "Morning Star" Reservation Line 410 520 2076
  5. Lady Pamela II Sportfishing Charters Fort Lauderdale, Florida Fort Lauderdale Fishing - Deep Sea Fishing Charters Ft Lauderdale - Lady Pamela 2 954-761-8045 Fort Lauderdale Fishing Report February 2010 The New Year surprised Fort Lauderdale with freezing temperatures and great fishing. February crept up on us with chilly afternoons most northerners would consider “warm fronts.” These mild South Florida cold fronts have been consistent and so have the Sailfish, Kingfish, Blackfin Tuna and Game Sharks offshore. Fort Lauderdale, Florida is known as one of the top Sailfish fishing destinations in the world. Spindle beaks are caught year round in Fort Lauderdale but November through February accounts for 75% of all the Sailfish we catch. South Florida’s “cold weather” really gets these fish feeding, especially when it’s blowing and rippin’ offshore. Kite fishing with live goggle eyes does it every time. On February 11, we headed offshore with John and his buddies from Ontario. Swordfishing wasn’t an option but kite fishing on the reef was. We positioned ourselves on the edge in 150 – 180 ft of water and got the bite immediately. Watching your angler fight his first Sailfish is unbelievable. Now imagine, fighting a Sailfish suspended over the water, within feet of its airborne cartwheels. Talk about excitement. Sailfish aren’t the only talk of the town; The Game Shark’s have arrived to Fort Lauderdale! Year after year, the Game Sharks make their way south to our backyard and they guarantee a fight. The Lady Pamela II fleet has begun to catch Hammerhead Sharks and even Bull Sharks just a mile from the beach. Fighting these fish is not an easy task. When you think they’ve signed off after a 30 minute fight, they haven’t, you better be ready for another run! Believe me; it’s all worth it in the end when your 7 ft Hammerhead is behind the boat and your up close and personal with a set of man eating teeth. It is totally rewarding. On the weekend of February 4, the Lady Pamela II shot over to Bimini for a 4 day fishing weekend with a group of guys from Michigan and South Carolina. Fishing was just what we expected, only better. Our goal for day one was to catch dinner. After we cleared customs and got the OK to head offshore, a giant Tiger Shark ate and took us for a run, but only for a minute, literally. Our first bite of the day was a tease but we got a taste and wanted more. Round two produced a nice size Bimini Bull Shark and a fight Alan will never forget. At the end of the day, dinner was MIA but we had a good dock story. Day 2 was a grand slam. More Barracuda than you could shake a stick at, a handful of Amberjacks, a Hound fish and Game Shark #2. By day three, we were beat and the seas weren’t giving in. A White Marlin swam in our spread and ate. What cures sea sickness from 7 footers? A bite from a white. After a 30 minute battle, the Lady Pamela II landed it’s first White Marlin ever. Fishing in the Bahamas never seems to amaze me. The best time to travel to the Bahamas for a deep sea fishing trip is during the summer months when the seas and weather agree with us. Call now to book a summer vacation you’ll never forget, the fish are waiting. February has been filled with fish of all species, from schools of Mahi Mahi to Amberjacks on the shipwrecks. Check out our updated Captain’s Log at Fort Lauderdale Fishing - Deep Sea Fishing Charters Ft Lauderdale - Lady Pamela 2 for daily fishing reports and pictures. Tight Lines! Captain David Ide Fort Lauderdale Fishing - Deep Sea Fishing Charters Ft Lauderdale - Lady Pamela 2 954-761-8045
  6. Mosquito Creek Outdoor's Indian River Lagoon Fishing Forecast, February 2010 By Captain Tom Van Horn As winters go here in Central Florida, the 10 day freeze we experienced last month was the coldest weather we’ve seen since 1977. The prolonged period of cold dropped lagoon water temperatures into the 40’s. These extreme cold conditions killed a large number of fish both in saltwater and freshwater, but all is not lost. As the water temperatures warmed up surviving species began to return to the flats, and it appears redfish and black drum were not lost to the arctic chill. Additionally, despite notable loses, a good number of sea trout and some snook managed to find warm enough water to survive. On the freshwater side, only exotic species like tilapia and armored catfish subsided to the freeze, which doesn’t hurt my feelings too much. Inshore on the saltwater flats of the Mosquito Lagoon, good numbers of redfish and black drum have been easy to locate when conditions are calm and sunny, but getting them to eat has been challenging. On the sunny mornings, it is not uncommon to find redfish and trout holding in the sandy potholes within the shallow flats where water temperatures raise faster. Additionally, warming water temperatures combined with sunny spring days and crystal clear water make February one of the best months to site fish for redfish, sea trout, and black drum on the lagoon flats. Also, now is the time to target tailing black drum in the Banana River Lagoon "No Motor Zone". As we move further away from the extreme cold event, the redfish and drum should begin to feed more readily. Offshore, kingfish are still available along the inshore reefs and wrecks, and they will remain there as long as the water temperatures are favorable. When targeting kingfish this month focus your efforts on the areas of 8A Reef, Pelican Flats and Bethel Shoals to the south for best results. Also, look for cobia and amberjack to be present on the inshore wrecks like the Carol Lee, Dutch, and Sub Wreck out of Port Canaveral. Additionally, live bait is tough to find this time of year, so always carry a box of frozen Spanish sardines with you as backup. Near-shore, tripletail concentrations should improve along the Port Canaveral buoy line and under floating weeds and structures, and cobia will move in shadowing manta rays if the surface water temperatures reach the upper sixties. Now is also the time for beach anglers to target pompano, bluefish, weakfish, small black drum, sheepshead, Spanish mackerel and whiting in the surf. On those windy days in February it is a great time to check out those freshwater fishing holes on the St Johns River. Currently, the American shad run has yet to materialize with only sporadic catches being reported. The shad run has yet to kick off this year, but my best fishing last year was on the 15th of February, so it’s too soon to judge the magnitude of the run this year. This past week, the best reports of shad came from the Marina Isles to Mullet Lake section of the St. Johns River, as well as a good number shad being taken north of Lake Harney. As the run progresses the shad should be moving into the shallows flats south of Hwy 46, so if you haven’t signed up for the Shad Derby yet, there is still plenty of time left. Also, be sure to check out the new Coastal Angler Magazine Orlando in print and online for free at Coastal Angler Magazine The Largest Florida Fishing Magazine for Anglers. As always, if you have questions or need information, please contact me. Good luck and good fishing, Captain Tom Van Horn Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Guide-Redfish Guides-Indian River Fishing Charter-Flats Fishing Central Florida-Captain Tom Van Horn 407-366-8085 office 407-416-1187 on the water For all you outdoor shopping needs, visit Mosquito Creek Outdoors at Mosquito Creek Outdoors.
  7. South Florida recently experienced a major cold spell that adversely affected the snook, small tarpon and bonefish populations. Small jack crevalles, ladyfish, mangrove snapper, catfish and a number of other species that moved to deeper warmer water along with the snook and tarpon found themselves with nowhere to run when water temperatures continued to drop causing them to go into shock and eventually die. To make things worse fish that were only stunned by the cold were in many cases snagged, cast netted and dip netted illegally by people that have no concern for the welfare of our fisheries. Law enforcement agencies that are under staffed and underfunded were unable to respond to the large numbers of calls by people like me that are offended by the acts of some people. In the freshwater canals largemouth bass survived the cold but the peacock bass and many of the non native species did not. This is what has happened to our fisheries here in South Florida from Melbourne south and into the Florida Keys and up along the West Coast of Florida. South Florida fisheries have endured these conditions many times over the past 100 hundred years but have always found a way to replenish its self. We can only hope that this is the case this time as well. Because of the recent fish kills snook, tarpon and bonefish can only be targeted for catch and release and that is fine by me. These fish will need some time to recover but for now snook are protected till at least September. During my charters any snook, tarpon or bonefish that we encounter will be carefully released so as not to harm the fish in anyway. Fortunately these three fish make up only a small part of what I like to target during all of my charters. My guiding business is set up to target a wide variety of fish species that include many fish that were able to survive this past cold spell. Fish like the sea trout, snappers, groupers, jacks, ladyfish, mackerels, bluefish, pompano, permit, cobia, sharks, tripletail, barracudas, redfish, black drum, sheepshead, porgies and grunts are all fish that I will continue to target no matter where we are fishing. And almost all of these fish are inshore species. On days when the weather allows sailfish, king mackerel, dolphins, bonitos, blackfin tunas, a wide variety of jacks and snappers can be targeted from my sea worthy 2008 22’ Pathfinder Bay Boat powered by my Yamaha 2008 225 Sport Model Four Stroke outboard engine. I will continue to fish my charters with the same approach as I always have. Fish for the fish that is available each day I am on the water therefore giving my clients their best shot at having their fishing rods bent and their reels drags screaming throughout the day. Don’t let these recent setbacks deter you from having a fishing adventure of your lifetime! Recent Catches: A day after the cold fronts came in I fished with a local freshwater captain in the canals in South Miami. It was a scouting trip to see if any peacock bass had survived. What we found were many dead Midas Cichlids plus many that had survived. We saw a school of peacock bass that seemed fine and at least a dozen dead or dying peacocks on the bottom. We caught three peacock bass and saw dead iguanas on the bottom of the canal plus a few dead birds. The next day with cold temperatures still lingering I fished Ted and his client Steve in South Biscayne Bay. Water temperatures were in the low 60’s and the bay fishing was dead. The only fish we caught during that short half day charter came from a patch reef off of Cape Florida where water temperatures were 72 degrees. We caught red grouper, jacks, yellowtail and mutton snappers and grunts all small. My next charter again was in South Biscayne Bay. We started at 9 AM and fished a few deeper grass flats where we released a dozen sea trout to three pounds caught on Cajun Thunders and live shrimp and on Hookup lures tipped with a Gulp shrimp. The remainder of the day was spent fishing the Finger Channels and the guys had action from mutton snappers, red groupers, bluefish, sharks and a 2.5 pound flounder that had a follower that we did not catch. The best bait was a live pilchard hooked to a Mustad Ultra Point 1/0 short shank hook fished on the bottom. Last trip of the week was in Flamingo. Again we started late to give the water a chance to warm up. I had John, David and Frank onboard. It is to be a half day charter and we start in Snake Bight. There are dead and dying fish pretty much everywhere we go but most are snook, small tarpon and catfish. I had a report of good fishing in Snake Bight Channel from black drum, sheepshead and redfish but we have no bites so we move up coast to try our luck in East Cape Canal. The weather is dreary with overcast skies and wind. A giant crocodile gives everyone onboard a treat as it slides off the bank and into the water of East Cape Canal. Up in the East Cape area we get our first bites fishing live shrimp hooked to a ¼ ounce red Hookup lure fished close to the bottom. For the next hour or so the guys manage to catch three black drum and three redfish to six pounds before the rain from the approaching cold front sends us home. As water temperatures continue to climb I expect our fishing to get better and better with the exclusion of the snook. I just received a report that large tarpon are feeding during the late afternoon and into the evening off the beaches of Miami. Give me a call at 786-436-2064 or e-mail me at Let’s go catch some Fish! Check out my new web site and to read about the weekly catches and to see your pictures. - Light Tackle Sport Fishing with Captain Alan Sherman 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 (Search Results for ""), my monthly Action Spotter Fishing Report for the South Region in the Florida Sportsman Magazine each month. I have recently been wearing a lot of Columbia Sports Wear on my fishing charters and the new Blood & Guts shirts are amazing. I have had mackerel, cobia and snook just splatter me with blood and one good washing and the shirts are as good as new. Check out their web site at Columbia Sportswear | Shop Direct for Jackets, Pants, Shirts & Shoes Sponsors: Yamaha, Bob Hewes Boats, Maverick, Minn Kota, Lowrance Electronics, Daiwa, General Motors & Chevrolet, Rapala, Mustad, Ande Lines, Pure Fishing, Gulp, Berkley, Precision Tackle, Cajun Thunders, Capt. 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Alan Sherman "Get Em" Sportfishing Charters 786-436-2064 w 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 our FALL and into WINTER FISHING SEASON. Target Species: Snook, Redfish, Tarpon, Sea Trout, Snapper, Grouper, Mackerel, Cobia, Pompano, Kingfish, Sailfish, Dolphins
  8. :glasses2: The cold temperatures of last weekend persisted into this week, but Alene Haug, her daughter, Emma, and family member, John, were brave enough to fish Estero Bay with me on a very cold, windy late morning trip on Tuesday. We used live shrimp to catch and release one snook and two redfish, along with a couple dozen sheepshead. We caught a few keeper -sized mangrove snapper also. My remaining scheduled trips for this week have rescheduled for hopefully warmer days. That being said, we are still lucky here in southwest Florida, compared with the weather reports from everywhere else in the country right now. Unfortunately the cold extremes caused a hefty fish-kill, which has now prompted stricter regulations in order to protect our local fisheries. As a result, snook and tarpon season will remained closed through September. After cancelling a week's worth of fishing trips during the windy, cold weather we have had, I finally made it offshore Wednesday morning, 1/13/10, with John & Karla Bolan, John's daughter, Alanna, and Caleb and Greg Robertson. It wasn't at all warm when we headed out but, compared with the deep freeze of the previous days, it almost seemed warm! We headed out nineteen miles from New Pass to fish with live shrimp in 43 feet, and had a productive morning. We caught eleven nice mangrove snapper to 17 inches, a 13-inch keeper lane snapper and a mess of grunts. The big prize went to Caleb, who caught a 22-inch keeper gag grouper (Caleb gave this prize to Karla to hold for the picture shown.). We released lots of smaller grouper and snapper. Weather went downhill once again and I cancelled a few more trips for the rest of that week. This week is super-busy on the books but we’ll have to see how many trips weather will allow.
  9. It’s always nice to report back with a thrilling story of a stellar catch after a long day on the water. This afternoon, Alan & his buddy Stan joined Captain Paul and me aboard the Lady Pamela II in search of the daytime Broadbill Swordfish. Alan, nor Stan, had ever caught a Swordfish and left the dock lookin’ for a fight. Lately, Daytime and Nighttime Swordfishing has been hit or miss and I explained to our anxious anglers that we have to be patient out there and wait for the bite. When we reached our destination of 1,800 ft we dropped ‘er down and watched the rod. Our first bite of the day was a big one. It pulled some serious line and offered a ten minute tease before it released itself into the big blue. After that, Alan and Stan got a taste and wanted more. It wasn’t long before our second bite. Within 10 minutes of our fresh squid sitting on the bottom we had a monster gnawing on the other end of the line. A long and exciting hour and forty five minutes passed before we even saw a silhouette of the 500 lb’er. Alan and Stan got more than they could’ve imagined while Daytime Swordfishing in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. We ended the day with one last bite that got away. The Lady Pamela II crew has developed techniques that make daytime swordfishing a very successful sport as we’ve been able to catch them with great regularity. Tight Lines until next time Guys!
  10. My brother is making a trip down to clearwater for thanksgiving and he was wondering what exactly were biting down there right now. Also what type of bait should he use. He plans on renting a boat with my brother in law and going out on their own. Any information on where they should go and type of bait would be greatly appreciated. We fishing up North in Maryland so were not used to fishing down south. Thanks
  11. Fished in British Virgin Islands Past Week! Capt. Alan Sherman September 1, 2009 Miami - Saltwater Fishing Report I was out of town acting as a fishing consultant in the British Virgin Islands most of last week on a clients 65' Hatteras. We caught quite a few deep water bottom fish plus some nice yellowtails and mutton snappers. I had a great time and look forward to making another trip to this area in the future. Back in Miami now and look forward to fishing for snook now that the season has reopened. I have heard from others that the snook fishing is excellent in Flamingo and look forward to getting my regular clients on some quality fish real soon. Locally large schools of baitfish have been in North Biscayne Bay and I'm sure snook and tarpon plus some large jacks and sea trout are gorging themselves on this baitfish as we speak. Offshore kingfish to 20 pounds plus lots of bonitos and a few sailfish have been active during early morning trips. 7 to 11AM has been the best. Flat calm mornings have made finding baitfish easy and then off to the offshore grounds before the fish shut down for the day. Dolphin fishing remains spotty but reports are that some fish are heading our way so these fish should start to take up the slack for the hotter parts of the day. Mutton and yellowtail snappers have been feeding on the reefs. South Biscayne Bay has had some great permit fishing plus bonefish during early mornings and late afternoons. Large bull and lemon sharks have been cruising along the shallow flats and large yellowjacks have been following these sharks giving anglers opportunities of hooking a large jack on an artificial lure and on light tackle. Target Species: Snook, Tarpon, Redfish, Cobia, Kingfish, Dolphins, Permit, Sharks Miami Fishing Forecast: Cooler temperatures are not far away and the fall migration of baitfish and predators has already started north of us. Snook season is now open on both coasts and fishing should get better everyday right up to the end of December.
  12. The past two weeks have offered some very good fishing opportunities except for a few days of windy weather caused by a passing tropical front. Nearly every day brings legitimate chances to catch multiple species such as redfish, black drum, seatrout, tarpon, snook, and jack crevalle. Last Monday, Jim and his son-in-law Brian drove up from Melbourne to target large redfish in Mosquito Lagoon. Prior to spotting reds, we encountered a large school of black drum and Brian landed one before we found ourselves surrounded by other boats.For the next six hours, we fished multiple schools of large redfish by ourselves throughout the Lagoon. Unfortunately, they turned out to be easier to find than to catch. The most frustrating part of the day came when Jim made a perfect cast to a school of about 200 giant reds. Just as the fish were approaching his bait, a bird flew over the school. The water erupted as the shadow from the bird spook the entire group. Wednesday, I went tarpon fishing with my friend, Capt. Drew. We did not see as many as I had found several days earlier but they were more willing to bite. Throwing a black and gold DOA Baitbuster, I got five bites, jumped three, and landed one. The following day, I went back to Mosquito Lagoon to explore some areas for Friday's trip. I spent a couple hours looking for tarpon and finally found them in 8-10 feet of water. These fish were from 60-100 pounds but they were spread out over a large area making shots few and far between. After the tarpon quit rolling, I used a holographic DOA shrimp to catch redfish, snook, and trout. Friday's trip was with Rob and Alan from Wales. Once they saw their first 100 pound tarpon rolling, they were intent on hooking one. Again, the fish were spread out and they saw many that were just out of reach. They both had several good shots but did not get a bite. They caught a couple jacks and ladyfish and then we tried for some snook. We saw a few but did not hook up. The flats offered multiple shots at redfish throughout the day and both guys caught trout on CAL jigs along the edge of the flats. At our final stop of the day, we found a hungry school of reds. They landed five all over 30 inches. Saturday was a crab trap cleanup coordinated by the wildlife refuge. Over 75 abandoned crabs traps were recovered by volunteers. Sunday, I traveled to Stuart in advance of the DOA Outdoor Writers Festival. I once again had the honor of being invited to participate as a guide in this annual event. A front had kicked up the winds and I was forced to hide in the backwater bays of the St. Lucie River. I saw none of the hundreds of tarpon that were there a couple weeks ago. I spent the day skipping a holographic DOA shrimp along the mangrove shorelines and caught 16 snook. Monday brought more wind and limited our fishing opportunities. Stephanie, from Sport Fishing Magazine, and John, from Seaguar Fluorocarbon, were my guests for the day. The company was great but the fishing was tough. We Stayed near the shoreline in the Indian River most of the day. We ended up with only a few trout and a snook caught and released. Tuesday, I hosted Blair Wiggins, of the TV show Addictive Fishing, and Will, from Frogg Toggs products. Facing another windy day, we decided to fish for snook and tarpon around the bridges of the St. Lucie River. Using the DOA Baitbuster and Terror Eyz, we all landed some large snook and lost several others. This Thursday, Doug and his 11 year old son Chase hired me to show them how to catch more fish in Mosquito Lagoon. We saw hundreds of redfish and black drum roaming the flats. Chase, who fishes as good as many adults, fired off a cast with a silver mullet DOA CAL and hooked into his biggest redfish to date. Friday's trip, Neal began by throwing a shallow running Baitbuster to some large redfish. He had several fish blow up on his lure as he worked it along the surface and even had a large red hooked up for a few seconds. Before he could land one, several boats drove by spooking the fish. We tried looking for tarpon but saw only a few. The flats, however, we alive with redfish and black drum. Neal had shots at hundreds of both and landed a red on a four inch CAL. Capt. Chris Myers Central Florida Sight Fishing Charters Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Guide-Orlando Fishing Guide-Central Florida Fishing Guide -Light Tackle Charters in the Mosquito Lagoon and Indian River
  13. March definitely charged in like a lion on my first scheduled day of the month. Monday, 3/2, brought extremely rough conditions offshore with seas to fifteen feet. The tide in the backwaters was low, and it was cold and windy. I cancelled my fishing trip. Conditions were somewhat better Tuesday but still not good enough, with seas of three to five feet predicted, so I spent a second consecutive day in port. Wednesday, the tide was a little better in the bay and I fished there on a catch-and-release trip with Chuck Nebes and his son, Steve. We released a dozen sheepshead to 15 inches, a small snook and an 18 inch trout, all on live shrimp. Thursday, seas were predicted to be calm, with the wind shifting and coming from the east. But, it was rough in the morning, with a 20 knot wind blowing when I headed out of <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placename w:st="on">New</st1:placename> <st1:placetype w:st="on">Pass</st1:placetype></st1:place> with Ron Musick and friends, Eddie, Alan and Hank. It calmed down in the afternoon to less than two foot seas. We caught a few keeper mangrove snapper, grunts and eight good-sized porgies. We released bluefish, triggerfish, gag and red grouper shorts, as well as smaller mangrove snapper and porgies. Fishing central <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placename w:st="on">Estero</st1:placename> <st1:placetype w:st="on">Bay</st1:placetype></st1:place> Friday with Ronald Haggin and his fifteen-year-old grandson, Johnny, we did well with sheepshead, catching ten of those to 18 inches and releasing lots of smaller ones, along with a crevalle jack. We also caught a 19½ inch pompano, all on shrimp. Monty Robson, his son, Stu, and six-year-old grandson, Joe, fished <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placename w:st="on">Estero</st1:placename> <st1:placetype w:st="on">Bay</st1:placetype></st1:place> with me Saturday morning. We again caught a lot of sheepshead, kept eight of those to 17 ½ inches and released the rest. We also caught a keeper redfish at 23 inches, on live shrimp. The photo shown is of angler, Garry Jacobson, with a 15 inch hogfish (hog snapper), caught on shrimp on a recent offshore trip.
  14. For the last two months I have been informing my clients and readers that this is the time to get out on the water to take advantage of some of the best fishing of the season and the ones that did get out I’m sure had some good fishing tales to tell. Now as I write the weather conditions are changing and temperatures feel more like December or January weather but we are still in October. I think the last time I felt temperatures like these in October it may have been 10 or more years ago. That could be a good sign because 10 years ago the fishing was good maybe better then it has been especially in North Biscayne Bay for the past few years. For what ever reason a lot of the migratory fish like the mackerels, bluefish and pompano never stuck in the bay much past November and hopefully this year they will. In the past these fish have been available throughout the year and I can only hope that this is one of those years because when you add the migratory fish to the local species it always gives you something special to fish for of quality in North Biscayne Bay. So far we have had a few bluefish in the bay but no mackerel or pompano as of yet and I expect that to change maybe as soon as today. Yesterday as I was writing the Miami Heralds Fishing Update I spoke with an employee on Anglins Fishing Pier off of Commercial Boulevard. The guy was so excited I had called because anglers had been catching pompano from sun up all the way into the afternoon and the fish were still biting. He estimated that maybe 1000 pompano had cleared the rail yesterday and before the front anglers were catching a lot of bluefish and Spanish mackerel. Recently the weather has been either very windy or very rainy and now quite chilly. Put all of these conditions together and it can make for a tough day on the water. Recently I have fished three short four hour trips in North Biscayne Bay with similar results and those being tough conditions with slow fishing. All of these trips were during strong winds taking away a lot of the bay that I had hoped to fish. Half day charters can be great if the fish are concentrated and cooperate but that wasn’t the case on these days. We started each trip with a live well full of finger mullet that I was able to catch with my 10’ Lee Fisher cast net at the boat ramp but the water was too dirty from all of the recent winds and rain and pilchards were not available. On each trip we covered a lot of water trying to find some action but only a few jacks, ladyfish, bluefish, barracudas, small groupers, lizard fish, sea trout and lizard fish came to our baits and not on each trip. Just days before the weather changes lots of tarpon were in the bay and actively feeding on large schools of finger mullet. Large jacks, snook, sea trout, barracudas and ladyfish were also feeding on the baitfish and allowing for some hot action. Things are changing now as far as the weather and I can only hope that when things calm down the baitfish schools will regroup and the mackerels, bluefish, pompano, tarpon, snook, jacks, ladyfish, sea trout, snappers and barracudas will be there waiting for my clients. Offshore fishing had been producing hot king mackerel action and some dolphins, lots of small tunas and the first signs of sailfish and now with bluefish, pompano and mackerels cruising the beaches so things are looking good for the offshore fishermen. South Biscayne Bay will start seeing the mackerel, bluefish, pompano, jacks, snapper and groupers moving into the Finger Channels and that can be a lot of fun for the Variety Fishermen. Flamingo has been the place to be if you are looking for that fishing trip for snook, redfish, tarpon, sea trout and sharks and now with cooling temperatures the mackerels, bluefish, pompano, tripletail, cobias and groupers become part of the catch. If your in the market for a new landing net then you need to check out the Stow Master landing net line. I have owned two Stow Master landing nets in the last three years and the only reason I don't have my original net is because I allowed it to catch a mangrove tree in a small creek with a lot of current and it tore the net and broke the handle. The Stow master landing net is a knotless net that is coated with a material that almost makes hooks getting stuck a thing of the past. It has extensions and folds in half taking up half the space of a normal landing net and easily stows in a rod locker or hatch making it impossible to be blown out of you boat while traveling. Stow master nets can be bought in many of your local tackle dealers. Do you live on the water? Do you have a dock or sea wall behind your home? If your answer was yes and you have read my report then you need the Super Fish Light on your dock or sea wall. The Super Fish Light easily attaches to your sea wall or dock and runs off of a 110 volt power cord and once set up to go on at night and turn off at a specific time will have snook, tarpon, snappers, jacks, ladyfish and baitfish like pilchards, shrimp and glass minnows right at your back door. From there you can either name your new pets or catch them for catch and release or dinner. I hope to have some pictures real soon of my Super Fish Light and the fish it has attracted. 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  16. FISHING REPORT By Capt. Alan Sherman BEST BET Captain Alan Zaremba reported some of the best freshwater fishing of the season, with excellent catches of peacock bass in the C-2, C-4, C-8 and C-9 canals, and in L67, L68 and Alligator Alley in the Everglades. . . . The team of Jimmy and Jerad McMillian of Belle Glade won the Bass Busters Super Bucks Team Tournament Trail in Clewiston on Lake Okeechobee with a two-day catch of a 10-fish limit of largemouth bass that weighed 68 pounds, 13 ounces on Rattle Traps. MIAMI-DADE/BROWARD Captain Quinton Dieterle on the Cutting Edge out of Key Biscayne reported good action on dolphin up to 30 pounds in more than 600 feet of water off Miami. . . . Michael Mangham of Miami Shores caught a 190-pound blue marlin in 600 feet of water off Miami on the Lady Blue with guide Ron Marroco. KEYS Captain William Hauck on the Sea King party boat out of Marathon reported excellent action on the 409 Hump for tuna and dolphin, and his charters are starting to see mangrove snapper as part of the catch. . . . Captain Ray Rosher and the crew of the Get Lit were the winners of the World Sailfish Championship in Key West, with a total catch of 14 sailfish. TREASURE COAST Captain Charlie Conner of Fish Tales Charters reported excellent action on sea trout, with large fish coming in inches of water during the morning hours. As the day gets warmer, the fish have moved to four feet of water and are responding well to shrimp under a popping cork. FLORIDA BAY Captain Ariel Cabrerra reported that high wind in Flamingo this past week has forced his clients into the backcountry creeks, river mouths and protected bays to find snook and other species . . . Captain Lain Goodwin of Dirty Water Charters out of Key Largo reported excellent fishing for oversized trout on the shallow flats of Florida Bay. SOUTHWEST COAST Captain Jeff Lugutki of Anglers Addiction Guide Service reported that clients have scored well on lots of snook up to 28 inches in protected bays, plus tarpon of more than 100 pounds. Redfish, tripletale and permit have been available, too. FRESHWATER Turner Burwick, 8 and Carson Burwick, 5, of Miami teamed to catch 10 peacock bass up to 6 pounds in canals and lakes in South Dade. . . . Steve Putman of Myrtle Beach caught and released more than 40 peacock and largemouth bass while fishing lakes in Miami with live shiners. His captain was Jim Anson. . . . Marty Arostegui of Coral Gables caught a 2-pound oscar while fly fishing with 6-pound tippet that should qualify as a record in the C-100 canal. The captain was Alan Zaremba.