Miami Fishing Forecast
This past weekend was an absolute blowout as Hurricane Sandy nailed the Bahamas as it scooted north. Winds off Miami were tropical storm force with frequent gusty bands from the storm just off our coast. Winds from 35-50 knots out of the northwest have kicked up the sea into the 15-20 foot range and rendered offshore fishing too dangerous for the time being. Inshore has been a blowout as well. In addition, runoff from the storm has caused for murky, confused conditions. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, our first genuine cold front is pushing through the region and furthering out transition into winter. Winds will be blowing 25+knows out of the northwest and easing by midweek. Seas are still 10-15 feet as of today with a large north swell in the water but this will fade. Light north winds are currently in the forecast for Wednesday but expect winds and seas to have fully returned to normal by Thursday and look forward to some fishing this weekend. Low temperatures will be in the mid 50s Monday and Tuesday but they will be warming this weekend. Weather should be more stable during the next Miami fishing forecast.
Offshore Fishing has been a blowout as stated above and few souls have been brave enough to test the conditions. Regardless, this weather will definitely help the winter transition, especially with the passing front. Sailfish were already showing up in numbers last weekend albeit experiencing warm weather and being early in the season. This is great news for prospects for this years sailfish migration and this front will push the fish further south. Assuming the edge is reasonably close and there is current this weekend, expect the sailfish to be around. Get the kites up and reasonably expect 2-5 shots at fish if you put in the time. Kingfish will likely be chewing on the edge especially after this weeks inclement weather. Kings have been in the middle of the water column but they should be blasting kite baits now that the temperature has dropped. 3-8 pound blackfin tuna have been all over the edge. They can be targeted with smaller baits on the kite and by trolling feathers. Mahi have been scattered offshore but some decent fish have been caught on debris and even taken kite baits on the edge. Bottom fish will be stirred up and probably hungry as well. Light fishing pressure from this weeks conditions will also help the bite offshore. The only variable that could work against our favor is whether or not there is current and blue water on the edge as strong west winds will plague us until Wednesday. Our fishing reports this weekend will definitely address these variables and let you know exactly where the bite is.
Inshore has been a blowout with ample runoff from the storm this weekend. Strong west winds will have Flamingo and the Everglades stirred up and borderline unfishable until things settle down. Regardless, the bite should turn on when conditions return to normal. Wednesday onward should be a solid bet in both Flamingo and Biscayne Bay with fish returning to their normal feeding patterns in the wake of the storm. They will certainly be hungry and light pressure from this week will contribute to success as well. Late this week and this weekend should be great in Biscayne Bay as the finger mullet which were already pushing into the area should be pushed further south into Biscayne Bay. Following these fish will be tarpon, snook, jack crevalle, and more. Work artificial lures around these schools and you'll almost be guaranteed action. In Flamingo, once things settle down after these winds, the bite should be excellent. We have put up serious numbers during our past few trips and should continue catch many snook, redfish, trout, and more as fall is a great time of year in the backcountry. When waters cool down too much things get a bit dicey but the fall transition still holds reasonable water temperatures and the first cold fronts typically turn on the bite.
Offshore, schools of threadfin herring were hit or miss on the outgoing tide on the markers at the mouth of Biscayne Channel and Government Cut. Cigar minnows have been big around offshore buoys and smaller around bug light but abundant nonetheless. Spanish Sardines were thick! These are one of the best baits in the ocean and they were abundant near patch reefs, bug light, and offshore buoys on the reef. Big pilchards have been somewhat scarce but smaller ones (great live chummers and pitch baits) have been around bridges and grass beds in north Biscayne Bay. Kite baits have been kind of hard to find but with added weight, these baits have been very adequate. Ballyhoo have been all over the patch reefs and in the inlets. Finger mullet were here last week but expect even more numbers this coming weekend. Overall, bait situation has been good offshore and inshore and should improve this weekend.