South Florida Weekend Fishing 4Cast

Posted on Thursday, March 2nd, 2017 at 8:00 am
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Deerfield Beach to Key Largo Flamingo to Cape Sable
Includes Pompano Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, Miami and Homestead

March 3-5

Deerfield Beach to Key Largo Flamingo to Cape Sable

A strong cold front will quickly push through South Florida on Friday. NOAA Weather is predicting winds to be out of the north to northeast Friday night at 20 to 30 knots. On Saturday and Sunday winds are predicted to be blowing from the northeast to east at 20 to 25 knots. Looks like a good weekend to work on your fishing tackle! The gulf coast snook season has reopened.

Pompano Beach, Port Everglades, Haulover, Government Cut to Ocean Reef

Due to the very strong winds forecasted for this weekend anyone thinking of heading offshore might want to rethink the idea. Seas are predicted to be over seven feet and even the biggest of vessels will get knocked around in those conditions The only Oceanside area that maybe fishable this weekend is the Oceanside piers. From the piers, there is a chance that a few snook, bluefish, pompano, jacks, bluerunners and Spanish mackerel will be biting. Cut mullet, live shrimp and silver spoons might be your best bets for bait from the piers. Winds are predicted to start dropping late Monday. Before the winds started blowing offshore anglers were catching a few nice kingfish, lots of small to medium size blackfin tuna and sailfish when the current was running hard to the north. The best action had been along the blue water current rips. On the bottom before the winds started blowing large amberjacks and vermillion snappers were biting over many of the offshore artificial wrecks. Nighttime bottom fishing had been excellent for yellowtail and mutton snappers along the outer reef. That fishing should return by Tuesday of next week. High tide at Government Cut Friday late afternoon will be at 6:01.

North Biscayne Bay Inshore

Windy conditions will have most of North Bay’s waters muddy throughout the weekend. If you must fish this weekend then head up into Maule Lake, Eastern Shores, Dumfoundling Bay and up into the Intra Coastal Water Way north of the William Lehman Causeway where the buildings and sea walls should provide some protection from the wind. Look for snook and big jack crevalles to be patrolling the sea walls, the corners of the sea walls and the mangrove island shorelines. Often schools of threadfin herring will migrate up and into these areas and can be caught by cast net or with a Sabiki Rig. If you can catch a good number of this baitfish you can pitch them up against the walls and mangroves. Hook the baits to a Mustad Ultra Point #2 short shank J or circle hook. When you feel, the bait getting nervous get ready for the strike. Plenty of barracudas, mangrove snappers, sheepshead, black drum, tarpon, sharks and ladyfish inhabit these waters year-round. A live shrimp is a great second choice bait. Artificial lure enthusiast can cast Rapala X Raps, Skitter Walks and Slash baits and Hookup lure jig heads tipped with soft plastic baitfish tail and expect good results in this area. Low tide at Indian Creek Golf Club Saturday morning is at 8:18 AM

South Biscayne Bay

The high winds this weekend will probably put a stop to the good bonefish, permits and tarpon fishing that had been taking place in South Bay this past week. That will be the same for the Finger Channel fishing as well. Expect the fishing to return to a more normal level after Monday. Low tide at Soldier Key on Saturday will be at 7:48 in the morning.


Florida Bay will most likely be a mud bath this weekend due to shallow muddy bottoms being churned up by big choppy waves. If you must fish the Flamingo area head into the backcountry and hide behind the lee of the islands or go up into a creek or river where the wind isn’t so bad. Look for a few snook, tarpon, snappers, gag and goliath groupers, jacks, ladyfish, sea trout and redfish to be feeding on live shrimp and small baitfish. High tide at Flamingo in Florida Bay on Saturday will be at 7:44 AM and at the mouth of Shark River high tide is at 5:56 AM.








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