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Captain Alan Sherman

Alan Sherman, a U.S. Coast Guard-Licensed Captain, has been fishing the waters of South Florida for over 30 years.

Today he specializes in no pressure, easy, light tackle fishing for children, novice and experienced anglers, searching for Snook, Tarpon, Redfish, Speckled Sea Trout, Bonefish, Permit, Pompano, Barracuda, Shark, Jack Crevalles, Ladyfish, Spanish Mackerel, Snapper, Grouper, Cobia, Sheepshead and Black Drum in North & South Biscayne Bay and Flamingo in Everglades National Park and on calm days in my new 2008 - 22' Pathfinder XL Tournament Bay Boat powered by a 2008 Yamaha 225 Four Stroke outboard engine we can target King & Spanish Mackerel, Bluefish, all kinds of Jacks, Cobia, Snapper & Grouper, Dolphin, Sailfish, Wahoo and Tuna.


Hot Temperatures But Great South Florida Fishing!
by Capt. Alan Sherman

Summer time heat has been affecting anglers about as much as it affects the fish but still with heat indexes hitting the upper 90s the fishing remains very good!

I have had the opportunity to fish three areas that are within my range and all of the areas have had worthy fishing despite the temperatures. Getting out early has made the difference in a good day or a mediocre day on the water. The sun raises around seven and if you hit the water at that time catching baitfish with a cast net has been easy.

Once the bait has been acquired my anglers and family members have had plenty of action from sea trout, jacks, snapper, barracudas and a few tarpon in North Biscayne Bay on a variety of artificial lures and live baits. We have been able to stay in the action right up till about noon.

Fishing in the late afternoon and then right up to sunset in North Biscayne Bay brings similar action. Off shore the fishing has been good as long as you have the live bait to get the fish in a feeding mood. Bonitos that have been over 10 pounds have invaded the boat and required 15 minute battles before we can release the fish on light tackle. Every time a bonito eats a bait all you see are wide smiles and bent fishing rods.

Kingfish over 15 pounds are the intended species that we are looking for and they have been feeding in the same areas that the bonitos are feeding in as well. On Thursday after spending half a day diving for lobsters we headed offshore and had action by three in the afternoon that lasted till we headed in. We released many bonitos plus landed a nice kingfish and lost a number of others.

While drifting along a school of dolphin fish came to the boat and ate two of our larger baits but did not get hooked and eventually lost interest in us and swam away. Sailfish and some blackfin tunas are feeding in the same areas. Flamingo in Everglades National Park has been good as well.

Be in the right place with the right baits at the right tidal stage and redfish, snook, tarpon, sea trout, big sharks, permit, cobia, tripletail and Spanish mackerel are available and with winds lighter than they were a few weeks ago fishing in all of the locations that I specialize in becomes a much easier task.

All of the fish that we have been catching recently have come while using live baits suspended from a Cajun Thunder float or with a ounce Hookup lure tipped with a Gulp shrimp. We are using the Hookup lure tipped with a Gulp shrimp or jerk bait by itself plus free lined live baits hooked to Mustad hooks and while using Rapala X Raps, Twitchin Raps, Skitter Walks and Sub Surface Walks.

This action will continue right through September and then the Fall Migration will start to move our way and fishing from mid September through November will be great!

I have recently changed outboard engines on my 22 Pathfinder XL Tournament Edition Bay Boat. I had an opportunity to put one of the first Yamaha SHO 250 Four Stroke outboards on my boat and the difference has been just amazing. This engine has 25 more horsepower but carries 77 less pounds allowing me better hole shot while giving great cruising fuel efficiency. What more can a boater ask for?

Snook, Tarpon, Sea Trout, Redfish, Snapper, Grouper Mackerel, Bluefish, Pompano, Cobia, Shark, Barracuda, Dolphins, Kingfish, Sailfish, Tuna, jacks, ladyfish and more

Give me a call at 786-436-2064 or e-mail me at
Let's go catch some Fish!

Check out my new web site and to read about the weekly catches and to see your pictures.

Check out my report in the Miami Herald's Sports section under Fishing Updates each Thursday, the Florida Sportsman Magazines South Florida Internet Fishing Report, my monthly Action Spotter Fishing Report for the South Region in the Florida Sportsman Magazine each month.

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