Bass were biting topwater lures, soft-plastic jerkbaits and swimbaits in and around holes in the grass. Flipping creature baits and jigs around reeds and mats has caught some nice fish.
Some largemouth and peacock bass were biting topwater plugs and hard jerkbaits in the Lake Ida chain of lakes. High water in the Everglades has made for tough bass fishing, with a few fish biting topwater lures, plastic worms and live shiners in the canals along Alligator Alley and in the canals along the Palm Beach-Broward county line.
SOUTH FLORIDA INSHORE
Redfish and snook were biting live pilchards and shrimp around the islands and in the backcountry of Everglades National Park. Sharks have been plentiful.
SOUTH FLORIDA OFFSHORE
Capt. Mario Cote´ of No Vacansea in Hollywood said his charter Thursday morning caught six nice dolphin, an amberjack, an African pompano, small tunas and big blue runners using live pilchards and goggle-eyes in 136 feet off the steeple. Capt. Chris Lemieux of Le-Mieux Charters in Boynton Beach reported a "pretty decent dolphin bite" in 100-250 feet. A few sailfish and small tunas also were biting. Local drift boats had good snapper catches on morning trips.
Yellowtail snappers and some hogfish have been caught on patch reefs. A few sailfish and blackfin tunas were biting on the outside edges of the reefs.