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Florida Fishing Report – July 22, 2022

EAST

WEST PALM BEACH

Lots of king fish (8-10 pounders) around.  We have been getting them on the drop-off in 105’ of water mostly on live baits off of the kite.  Getting the occasional bigger ones (18-25 pounds) out in the deeper water 150-200’, usually on the deeper lines.  Lots of bonitas and sharks around still. Dolphin fishing has slowed down but right on schedule for this time of year out in 600-800’ of water trolling dead ballyhoo. Most fish are in the 6-8 pound range with some bigger dolphin in the mid teen range and the occasional slammer in the 25 pound range.  Daytime swordfish trips are a little slower than normal right now but should pick up near the next full moon out in 1600’ water.  The average sized fish has been between 100-150 pounds.

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BISCAYNE BAY

Offshore sailfish are being caught in decent numbers at around 200 feet deep along with a teady tarpon bite inshore as they migrate southward over the summer. Plenty of tuna both yellow and blackfin being caught on the outer edge of the Gulfstream. Bonefish sight casting opportunities remain high this week as winds lay down for the remainder of July.

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JENSEN BEACH

Mahi bite is going strong drifting live baits along grass lines with the occasional sailfish mixed in. Bonito can be found in numbers along the beaches crashing bait. These powerful fighting fish make for a great fish to catch when winds are too high to run offshore. Snook fishing remains steady throughout July. Tarpon migration is in full swing with big numbers of fish ranging from 50 to 100 pounds showing up throughout the backcountry.

Captain Ed Zyak captedzyak@gmail.com  772-485-3474

MOSQUITO LAGOON

Giant trophy redfish continue to be the best thing to fish for in Mosquito Lagoon. Catching usually gets insane as we get into August and September. Some years we catch them all the way into November. Smaller redfish under 30 inches are around in pretty decent numbers in the shallow water of Mosquito Lagoon. Most recently we’ve done well sight casting with live bait and fly tackle as we have some good water clarity for picking off fish cruising shorelines. In the backwaters there’s been good fishing for speckled trout using live bait. Many of the trout we catch right now are in the 18-24 inch range. Bite should stay consistent for another month or two. For speckled trout, we are fishing live bait exclusively.

Captain Nathaniel Lemmon https://www.floridasightfishing.com/report.htm

NORTH INDIAN RIVER LAGOON

Snook fishing is really picking up. Most of the time we are finding them schooled up with redfish and big trout which means you have excellent above odds chance at catching a grand slam every day (redfish, snook and trout). There are some trophy size snook around the usual bridges and structure areas in deep water. We routinely catch the biggest snook of the year in August and September. Snook season is catch and release until September 1. Tarpon are also here in the deeper waters around New Smyrna Beach and down into Mosquito Lagoon. Variety of sizes from 20-100+ pounds. Can target them on a variety of live baits and lures.

Captain Nathaniel Lemmon https://www.floridasightfishing.com/report.htm

WEST

CEDAR KEY

The cobia are still showing up in good numbers. Target wrecks, channel markers, and manta rays. Triple tail have been steady around crab pots, floating grass, and any other floating structure. Tarpon are moving across some of the sand bars and deeper troughs between the flats. Watch for them rolling where bait pods are present. Live mullet, pin fish, and fat backs rigged on a circle hook under a cork are the preferred bait.

Captain Jimbo Keith www.FishCedarkey.com

MADEIRA BEACH

Lane and mutton snapper with a few mangrove snapper are still biting steadily in the near shore waters out around 100ft of water. Red snapper season is coming to a close but still strong bite in 150-200ft of water using whole squid and live thread fins. Grouper and kingfish action remains steady with tuna and wahoo sporadic.

Hubbard’s Marina (727) 393-1947

TAMPA/ST. PETE

Tarpon are still running in good numbers inside Egmont Key and Fort Desoto Park. Cut ladyfish chunks are the go to bait. Good numbers of grouper still being caught trolling deep diving Mirrolure plugs in 30 foot of water off the wrecks and reefs. Shark fishing is still strong with bulls, blacktips and spinners being caught around the tarpon schools near Egmont key, the ship channel and off the beach.

Captain Lynn Zirkle   https://tampabayanglerfishingcharters.com/Capt_Lynn_Zirkle.html

FLAMINGO

Redfish bite has slowed down some with most anglers catching fish tailing in schools of three and four in the early morning when conditions are calm and cooler. Some larger snook being caught on the outgoing tide using live pilchards. Tarpon have been hit or miss depending on what tide your fishing with a few up to fifty pounds or more caught fishing dead baits around the deeper channels.

Captain James Chappell (305-803-1321)

BIG BEND/PANHANDLE

DESTIN

Strong outgoing tides are still getting the big bull reds fired up as they patrol the surface around bridges, looking for crabs. If the tide is not falling hard, then use your electronics to spot the redfish down deep and drop either a heavy jig or Carolina-rigged live bait down to them. These big fish are catch-and-release only, so be sure to handle them with care and return them to the water healthy.  Just off the flats and in open water throughout the bay, you can still find decent numbers of Spanish mackerel.

Captain Pat Dineen http://www.flyliner.com/

PANAMA CITY BEACH

Along the beaches, it seems everyone is catching tarpon. Since they are only migrating through our area, you might have to cover significant distances to locate schools. Take your time, try to get in line with their movement, and don’t pressure them too much. Tarpon will scrutinize most offerings; however, they will eat artificial, live and dead baits. If you catch a silver king, don’t remove it from the water. If you want a photo, take it boat side or jump in the water with the fish.

Captain Nathan Chennaux (850) 258-7235 or CaptainNate@BayCountyOutdoors.com

STEINHATCHEE

Inshore on the flats, good numbers of trout and redfish can be found patrolling the shallows in the early hours of the morning when the temperature is relatively cool and the low light offers these predators a stealthy advantage. This is your best opportunity to experience the thrill of an explosive surface strike when throwing topwater lures. Mangrove snappers still abound and offer plenty of action. Other bottom fish to target inshore this month are red snapper, gag groupers and black sea bass – all excellent table fare

SEA HAG MARINA (352) 498-3008

FLORIDA KEYS

ISLAMORADA

Permit are steady on the wrecks with several catches resulting in sight casting the deeper banks around Oceanside and bayside flats. Yellowtail snapper fishing has been on fire.  Lots of boats targeting these fish on the shallow reefs using chum bags that also are attracting a lot of shark fishing action as well.  Offshore mahi and kingfish are steady with plenty of chicken sized mahi schooled up. Mangrove snapper are still spawning in big numbers on many of the reefs.

Bud N’ Mary’s Marina 305-664-2461

MIDDLE KEYS

On the Gulf side big goliath grouper and sharks are all over the wrecks. Good catches of Mahi being caught on weed lines and around the humps in Marathon. Tarpon fishing is steady around the middle keys around Bahia Honda, 7 mile and Long Key bridges. Grouper and yellowtail snapper with groups of mangrove snapper mixed in still in good numbers on the reefs. Few sailfish being caught offshore.

Two Conchs Charter Fishing https://www.twoconchs.com/charter-fishing/

KEY WEST

Still a good tarpon and Jack crevalle bite ongoing early in the mornings while fishing the bridges. Live baits have been getting most of the action. Tarpon continue to be available around the local bridges and channels. The daytime action has been best while fishing live or dead baits. Large amount of scattered grass producing lots of undersized mahi. Legal fish must be over 20″ to the fork. As a bonus there was also a sailfish and white marlin landed last week. An unusual (for this time of the year) color change was just off the reef producing some good fish.

Fish Key West Guide Service    Fish Key Whttps://www.fishkeywest.com/fishing/report/

FRESHWATER

LAKE OKEECHOBEE

Great catches of schooling size fish still strong as the summer as the shad spawn continues this month. Limits of schooler sized bass still being caught on the outer grass lines mostly along both the northern and eastern edge of the lake on topwater at first light.  Several big fish caught in the Monkeybox in the last week using soft plastic swimbaits like the Gambler EZ Swimmer.

Captain John Leech – https://floridabassfishing.com

STICK MARSH/HEADWATERS

Water levels have risen with the downpour of afternoon thunderstorms over the last week producing some water clarity issues. Big fish are also slowing down as they transition into a steady summer pattern. Best bet is still using live shiners at first light before the heat of the day shuts down the bite.

Captain Byron Hennecy  https://osceolaoutback.com/

CENTRAL FLORIDA/KISSIMMEE CHAIN OF LAKES

Limits of bluegill and shellcracker are being caught on Lake Toho using crickets fished under a cork along the shoreline. Bass bite is slow with a few numbers of decent fish still holding in the deeper grass lines with hydrilla. Topwater bite at first light is still strong for the first hour before sunrise. Anglers reporting catching good numbers using a Whopper Plopper and soft plastic swimbaits fished over areas of topped out hydrilla. Big numbers of schooling bass still working the shad pods within Lake Butler south to Lake Tibet on the Windermere Chain. Schools are still holding in deep open water feeding at first light and in the late evening just before dark.

Captain John Leech – https://floridabassfishing.com

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