Fishing re­port

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - - OUTDOORS - — Steve Wa­ters

SOUTH FLORIDA OFF­SHORE

Capt. Skip Dana said fishing was “sur­pris­ingly slow live-bait­ing” this week, but an­glers on the He­len S drift boat at Hills­boro In­let Ma­rina were “do­ing well” on yel­low­tail and mut­ton snap­pers, and they also caught a few co­bias us­ing dead bait. Capt. Chris Lemieux of Boyn­ton Beach said black­fin tu­nas were bit­ing good along with a few nice dol­phin in 130-240 feet. He also caught a cou­ple of co­bias on the reef. Lemieux said seas have been too choppy for him for bot­tom fishing.

THE KEYS

“Tough week. The wind is killing us,” said Richard Stanczyk of Bud N’ Mary’s Ma­rina in Is­lam­orada, re­fer­ring to east­erly winds around 20 mph. “No­body is go­ing way off­shore.” Stanczyk said his brother Scott, the cap­tain of Catch 22, caught dol­phin, a few king­fish and a few sail­fish on his past few trips. His son Nick caught some nice am­ber­jacks on shal­low wrecks. The yel­low­tail snap­per bite has been steady.

SOUTH FLORIDA IN­SHORE

Sea trout and man­grove snap­pers were bit­ing in Ever­glades Na­tional Park. Tar­pon fishing has been hit or miss.

EVER­GLADES/FRESH­WA­TER

Bass were bit­ing top­wa­ter plugs in the L-67A Canal at Ever­glades Hol­i­day Park, with the big­ger fish com­ing at the south­ern end. Os­cars have been abun­dant and there’s no bag limit. Bass also were bit­ing at Saw­grass Re­cre­ation Park and in the canals along Al­li­ga­tor Al­ley and the Broward-Palm Beach county line.

LAKE OKEECHOBEE

Wa­ter lev­els are low, so the best way to avoid dam­ag­ing a lower unit is to fish in the rim canal, where bass were bit­ing crankbaits, spin­ner­baits, swim jigs and big plas­tic worms.

OUT­DOORS NOTE­BOOK

Div­ing expo: The 10th an­nual Blue Wild Ocean Ad­ven­ture Expo is Sat­ur­day and Sun­day at the Broward County Con­ven­tion Cen­ter with 160 ex­hibitors and sem­i­nars on ev­ery­thing from free­d­iv­ing, scuba div­ing and spearfish­ing to fishing, un­der­wa­ter pho­tog­ra­phy and videog­ra­phy, stand up pad­dle­board­ing and ad­ven­ture travel. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sat­ur­day and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sun­day. Ad­mis­sion is $20 per day and free for kids 12 and un­der. Visit TheBlueWild.com

Fishing sem­i­nar: Women, men and teens can learn about fishing Sat­ur­day and Sun­day at the “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!” sem­i­nar at the I.T. Parker Com­mu­nity Cen­ter in Da­nia Beach. The event be­gins with a net­work­ing so­cial and ap­pe­tizer con­test from 6-8 p.m. Fri­day. Sat­ur­day pre­sen­ta­tions in­clude off­shore fishing by Capt. Dennis For­gione, in­shore fishing by Capt.

Brian Lei­bowitz and fishing ba­sics by Capt. Lee Lav­ery. They are fol­lowed by hands-on skills ses­sions on ty­ing knots, un­hook­ing fish, bait rig­ging, cast­ing, gaffing and back­ing up a trailer. Sun­day of­fers op­tional char­ter fishing trips fol­lowed by a fil­let­ing demon­stra­tion. Women can reg­is­ter a male guest or teens. Call 954-475-9068 or visit ladieslets­gofish­ing.com.

Bass tour­na­ment: The Bass-N-Fools club has its 38th an­nual Spring Fling team bass tour­na­ment April 30 out of Ever­glades Hol­i­day Park. Call 954-475-0248 or reg­is­ter early at BJ’s Bait and Tackle in Plan­ta­tion.

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