More and more bass have been moving into their traditional spawning areas in the grass. You can catch lots of fish 1-3 pounds on soft-plastic jerkbaits, swimbaits and stick worms. Bigger bass have been caught pitching creature baits around clumps of reeds.
Bass fishing in Everglades canals has been slow because of high water levels. The best bet is to fish isolated canals that have no access to the marshy interior of the 'Glades. Peacock bass were biting floating and suspending jerkbaits in urban canals and lakes.
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The recent cold front slowed fishing in Everglades National Park, but redfish and snook should be biting this weekend as the water temperature warms. Live shrimp suspended under a popping cork around islands and along mangrove shorelines will catch a variety of species.
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Capt. Mario Cote´ of No Vacansea in Hollywood said anglers don't have to run far to find fish. "We caught some mahi and kingfish on live goggle-eyes between 60 and 90 feet south of Port Everglades this morning," said Cote´ of his charter Thursday. "The dolphin are chasing small flying fish and you'll see lots of bird activity."
Fishing the reefs has been the best bet, with anglers catching a fair number of yellowtail snappers, some mutton snappers and the occasional grouper. A few kingfish and sailfish also were biting.