“Snook will close to all harvest in Gulf state, federal and inland waters, including all of Monroe County and Everglades National Park, starting May 1. Seasonal harvest closures conserve Florida’s valuable snook populations and help sustain and improve the fishery for the future.
Snook is open to harvest in Atlantic state, federal and inland waters, including Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River, through May 31, closing June 1.
Both the Atlantic and Gulf will reopen for recreational snook harvest Sept. 1.
Snook are one of the many reasons Florida is the Fishing Capital of the World. Snook may be caught and released during the closed season. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) encourages anglers to handle their catch carefully to help the fish survive upon release. Proper handling methods can help ensure the species’ abundance for anglers today and generations to come. To learn more about fish handling, visit MyFWC.com/Fishing and click on “Saltwater,” “Recreational Regulations” and “Fish Handling.”
Florida Fish & Wildlife Red Tide Status: Friday, April 29, 2016
FWC released the Red Tide Status Report as of this afternoon.
Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission bulletin at 2:37 PM 04/29/2016.
Red Tide Status (April 29, 2016)
“A bloom of the Florida red tide organism, Karenia brevis, persists along Pinellas, Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte and northern Lee counties in Southwest Florida.
Over the past week, K. brevis was observed at background to very low concentrations in 4 samples collected from Pinellas County; background to low concentrations in 6 samples collected from Manatee County; background to low concentrations in 32 samples collected from Sarasota County; background to low concentrations in 9 samples collected from Charlotte County; and very low concentrations in 2 samples collected from northern Lee County.
In addition, one sample collected from Okaloosa County (Northwest Florida) contained background concentrations of K. brevis.
No fish kills were reported in Southwest Florida over the past week. Forecasts for Southwest Florida by the USF-FWC Collaboration for Prediction of Red Tides show net southern movement of surface waters and southern onshore movement of bottom waters between Pinellas and Lee counties over the next 3 days.”
Miami Fishing Report, Wednesday, April 27, 2016 / Florida Fishing Report – Miami: Redfish on cut bait on the oyster bars, inshore; we report on Miami inshore and offshore fishing. We’re mostly focused on fishing Miami’s channels, grass flats, passes, oyster bars, mangroves and near shore fishing, but we’ll also give you an update on deep sea fishing if a Captain sends us a report!
We’re big advocates of catch and release, particularly for snook, but pretty much for most species. Only take what you are going to eat, and a lot of fish are better off as sport fish, even if they are in season. Our motto is let ‘em get bigger and catch ‘em again!
Consistent with the near shore fishing theme, we post on fishing for redfish, snook, sea trout, pompano, snapper, grouper, ladyfish, Spanish mackerel, hogfish and other game fish!
We also report on going after bigger fish, including bull sharks, hammerhead sharks, lemon sharks, sandbar sharks, spinner sharks and black tip and black nose sharks. We’re very strong proponents of catching and releasing sharks unharmed.
Again, unless you are going to eat a fish that is in season and of the appropriate size, we say let ‘em go to get bigger, have some fun and catch ‘em again another day!
At the right time of the year, we also post on tarpon, cobia and king mackerel when they are running!
Miami is increasingly one of the capitals of the Caribbean and Latin America, and the culture and fishing is some of the best in the world! Whether you’re a serious fisherman or woman or a family looking for a great adventure, you are going to like Miami fishing!
Miami Fishing Report, Wednesday, April 27, 2016 / Florida Fishing Report – Miami: redfish, inshore; daily Miami Fishing Report & Info On Miami Fishing Charters; Fishing Trips For Families & Children, As Well As Serious Sport Fishermen and Fisherwomen!
We’re just getting started in Miami, but we’re looking forward to reporting on Miami fishing!