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Warm and calm days in between the cold and nasty days have made for some real good fishing, when we get them! Low water temps in the 60s on the flats in Biscayne Bay made bone fishing difficult at times, however, on the warm days ocean side flats are teaming with schools of the slimy bones.

Paige Wells fishing with her boyfriend David had many shots at bonefish on the outside of Elliot Key when she got her first fish @10 lbs. That day we had numerous shots at permit, but had no takers willing to play! We also were chasing large schools of tarpon out in a little deeper water on the ocean side, most of these fish are cruising south were also not interested in going for a ride. On the other side of the bay I have had some luck with smaller permit around 10 to 15 lbers but they will only show up when we have temperatures in the 80s for several days and the flats warm up!

On the other hand mutton snapper fishing has been red hot out on the patch reefs with good snapper catches in the 10 and 12 lb class along with red grouper and a nice gag grouper thrown in the mix. Late afternoon or early morning, are the best time. All you need is a little patience, good chum slick and some of the right bait! If one reef doesn't produce after 45 minutes move to the next one.

In Florida Bay this time of year yields some of the best mackerel fishing anywhere! We have had numerous trips and too many fish to count, fishing with good friend Capt. Brain Helms we caught an estimated 550 lbs of mackerel and could have had another 200 lbs If we would of stayed and fished more, the average fish weighed in at 7 lbs most of these fish were released unharmed except for a couple for the smoker! The flats in Florida Bay have been real good when the water is low just after morning, large snook and plenty of redfish have been caught, some of the snook we have seen and caught are at least 20 lbs I have been catching most of the snook and reds on jerk baits, the spike-it halo graphic has been the best. Some of these days are good to bring out and dust off the fly rods. Find clear water and you should find fish. I recommend fishing this area right now if you can find the right day and conditions, they really aren't that hard to find. We have had days when the fishing has been nonstop!

Good luck!

Tight lines and Gin Clear waters!
Capt. Jim Hale
www.canepolincharters.com
786-255-1788
800-950-FINS, Ext. 1
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