Miami Area & Northern Biscayne Bay

Techniques 

I have had great success free-lining very large shrimp on a #1 circle hook and a small split shot along the edges where the flat meets the channel. Nice gag groupers are starting to show along with muttons, mangrove, and yellowtails. Here and there we catch a hog snapper which is a pretty cool fish!

Seven-day forecast 

BISCAYNE BAY-
1009 AM EDT THU APR 17 2014

REST OF TODAY
EAST WINDS 9 TO 14 KNOTS. BAY WATERS A MODERATE
CHOP. SHOWERS LIKELY AND A SLIGHT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS IN THE
MORNING...THEN A CHANCE OF SHOWERS.

TONIGHT
EAST SOUTHEAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. BAY WATERS A
MODERATE CHOP. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND A SLIGHT CHANCE OF
THUNDERSTORMS.

FRIDAY
SOUTHEAST WINDS 8 TO 13 KNOTS. BAY WATERS A MODERATE
CHOP. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND A SLIGHT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS.

FRIDAY NIGHT
SOUTH WINDS 8 TO 13 KNOTS. BAY WATERS A MODERATE
CHOP. A SLIGHT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS LATE IN THE EVENING. A
CHANCE OF SHOWERS THROUGH THE NIGHT. A CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS
AFTER MIDNIGHT.

SATURDAY
WEST SOUTHWEST WINDS 14 TO 19 KNOTS. BAY WATERS
CHOPPY. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND A SLIGHT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS
IN THE MORNING...THEN A SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS.

SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY
NORTHWEST WINDS 14 TO 19 KNOTS. BAY
WATERS CHOPPY.

SUNDAY NIGHT
NORTH NORTHWEST WINDS 12 TO 17 KNOTS. BAY WATERS
A MODERATE CHOP.

MONDAY
NORTH NORTHEAST WINDS 11 TO 16 KNOTS. BAY WATERS A
MODERATE CHOP.

Conditions 

Spring is here. Tarpon are in all their usual spots. Fishing early (first light) will give you much better odds of hooking up. They are feeding on crabs and pinfish quite well. Flies have been another story but that will improve rapidly. Bones have been eating well with lot's of shots at mudding fish. Lot's of permit showed up on Wednesday. Excellent fishing for big yellow jacks and grouper in the channel. Even the surprise hogfish!

Must Have Flies 
Skittal Mantis Shrimp 2 Buy from Orvis.com
Merkin Crab 2 Buy from Orvis.com
Malzone's Black Death Black/Purple 1/0 Buy from Orvis.com
Tarpon Toad Green 2/0 Buy from Orvis.com
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