3.20.15 FISHING REPORT in SOUTH FLORIDA
March has brought beautiful weather to South Florida with a bit of breezy winds as the cool weather tapers off. The windy weather may cause anglers to battle with choppy conditions offshore but most say it is well worth it for some fun in the sun!
As the warmer weather and water temperatures rise, snook fishing has been stellar along the seawalls, docks, and flats. Glow and gold have been the best colors for the snook this season and top water bite with a slow presentation is great during all hours of the day for strikes. The sea walls have been holding good amounts of Jack Crevelle, drums, trout and sheephead. On the flats, there has been a variety of pompano, jacks, ladyfish, sea trout and redfish hanging out on the sandy bottoms. Work baits slow and drift with the tide along the 2 to 8 feet of water, when the sun is at its highest peak.
The Mahi Mahi bite has been great by trolling ballyhoo, bonita strips and squid. Fluctuate your depth when fishing for dolphin has they have been reported to be in 100 feet of water to 500 feet. “A few nice blackfin tuna have been caught in 150-250’ out of both Jupiter and Palm Beach Inlets, as have some nice wahoo. Keep at least one bait down deep while trolling for dolphin and blackfin tuna this time of year to pick up a wahoo in the same areas.” Be prepared to catch a few bonitas as they are showing up again. Cobia fishing is still hooking up on the bottom and near wrecks. On the bottom, snappers such as mangrove, yellowtail and mutton are all improving the fishing!
Bass fishing has been getting better as the warmer weather heats through, grass mats and shorelines are holding plenty of fish. Seek residential canals, which are holding 4 to 5 pound bass! Try DOA Cal Jerk baits, frog popper and small deceivers to entice them to strike.
Enjoy the beautiful South Florida weather this weekend!