This week’s best bet: Dolphin fishing offshore of Haulover Inlet …


Captain Ralph Mayans from Sea Cross Charters out of Haulover Marina reported dolphins in the 8- to 12-pound range plus a few more than 30 pounds are being caught almost daily offshore of Haulover Inlet. The dolphins are being caught next to floating debris and along current rips in blue water. Large wahoo are feeding in the same areas and are being caught on chrome and blue spoons.


Captain Dean Panos of Double D Charters out of Keystone Marina reported his clients have been releasing sailfish on almost every charter. Mixed in with the sailfish have been dolphins, kingfish, blackfin tuna and bonitos. Gene and Frank Clasby of Miami and Bill Berrio of Port St. Lucie fished Biscayne Bay with captain Alan Sherman of Get Em Sportfishing Charters and caught six snook to 32 inches. They also had jack crevalles to 8 pounds and sea trout to 16 inches. The fish ate live pilchards hooked to a Mustad Ultra Point hook. Captain Bouncer Smith of Bouncers Dusky Charters out of Miami Beach Marina reported his recent charters are producing a few sailfish, kingfish, dolphins and big amberjacks offshore of Government Cut. In Government Cut his clients are catching tarpon and snook.


Brett Hogan out of the Holiday Inn in Key Largo reported the charter fleet in his area has been making daily catches of sailfish, wahoo and a few dolphins on the surface and then catch-and-release groupers, amberjacks, mutton and yellowtail snappers on the bottom. Captain Jack Carlson from Two Conchs Charters out of Marathon reported the cobia fishing on both sides of the Keys has turned on. Sailfish are showing up in decent numbers in 90 to 120 feet of water on the Atlantic side, and on the bottom, large yellowtail snappers are being chummed to the surface in 80 feet of water and then caught using a Mustad 3407 No. 4 hook tipped with a peeled shrimp.


Captain Charlie Conner of FishTales Charters out of Port St. Lucie reported his clients at the fishing docks and channel edges are doing well on sheepshead, snook, black drum, snappers and croakers. The grass flats are producing steady catches of sea trout, pompano and ladyfish. The DOA Deadly Combo has been working on the grass flats. The ocean inlets are producing steady catches of Spanish mackerel, jacks and ladyfish.


Captain Bob LeMay reported when the weather heats up, big tarpon have showed up on the shallow flats of Whitewater Bay. The tarpon are responding to live ladyfish, soft plastics, hard plastics and flies. Fishing the rivers and creeks has produced nice catches of sea trout, redfish and snook to 36 inches. Local anglers Gus Torres and Gus Jr. and Mike Prado fished Florida Bay out of Flamingo and caught four tripletail, five redfish and four snook to  27 1/2 inches. The fish were caught on Cajun Thunder floats and live shrimp hooked to a Mustad No. 4 Ultra Point hook.


Captain Gary Mounce of Fishin Finatic Charters out of Everglades City reported redfish and snook are biting cut ladyfish and live shrimp fished under a popping cork along the outer edges and points on the incoming tides. Sea trout are plentiful over the grass flats. The trout are going for jig heads tipped with soft plastic baits. Large snook are being caught on hard plastic lures in the backcountry, and over the hard bottom offshore, sheepshead are biting small pieces of shrimp. Captain Todd Geroy of Captain Todd G. Geroy Charters out of Naples reported large snook are being caught and released with live pilchards. Live chumming with the pilchards around points, creek mouths and oyster bars has helped him locate the fish and then almost every bait fish that is cast in the direction of a feeding fish has resulted in a hook-up. Mixed in with the snook are some very large jack crevalles.


Alan Zaremba of World Wide Sport Fishing Inc. reported peacock bass have started to spawn so having a good pair of polarized sunglasses has helped his clients spot the fish on their beds. Casting AZ Jungle jigs in the half-ounce and quarter-ounce size has been getting the peacock bass strikes. Zaremba has found good numbers of peacock bass in the C-1, C-2, C-4, C-0 and C-100 canals.