Gulf and Bay:
Florida Bay is still a good bet for consistent rod bending. Trout in the grass and Snapper in the potholes. Also, there are plenty of Tarpon and Sharks for those that want a big pull. Look for "out of season" Snook activity in the channels and runoffs early in the day on a falling tide. As for the Gulf....An exited Capt. Lou Brubaker reports two trips on Gulf wrecks last week as phenomenal! Lou's anglers caught: Several small Cobia, Several Gag Grouper, Large Jack Crevalle, Goliath Grouper from 30 to 70 pounds. Caught one Tarpon 80 lb.(Estimated) (yes in open water, miles from land in the Gulf) Lou says while on the wrecks they saw loads of Permit, but only caught one.
Flats, Backcountry and Flamingo:**
Backcountry flats around Flamingo are fishy early in the morning on the higher tides. Water temperatures are climbing in the PM, so look for Snook and Reds before the sun gets too high. There are Tarpon galore from Flamingo beyond Cape Sable. It seems there are very few Islamorada guides running to fish Flamingo, but some folks are launching in Flamingo to fish out west. The Tarpon bite is on at local bridges also. Live baiting with Crabs or chunking with mullet are the two prescribed methods for Tarpon success.