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Fishing in Key Biscayne

When anglers talk about fishing in Miami, it’s quite likely they’re actually referring to Key Biscayne fishing. This small island town is the crown jewel of the local fishing scene, just one of the reasons for its deserved nickname – Island Paradise. There’s hardly much else to do here other than fishing, but what more could you want with a fishery like this?

Known For

Prolonged fishing seasons, immense diversity of species, and record-size catches could very well be known as the Key Biscayne Trifecta. A quick look at the IGFA record books, and you’ll soon realize just how prolific the flats of Biscayne Bay can be, harboring monster Bonefish, giant Tarpon, Barracuda, Mackerel, Sharks, and many, many others. In addition to superb light tackle and fly fishing opportunities, Biscayne’s offshore waters are also a renowned hotspot for all kinds of trophy pelagics, including Sailfish, Marlin, Mahi Mahi, and lots more!

Inshore Fishing

A Key Biscayne journey usually starts in the eastern parts of Biscayne Bay. This is where you’ll find the hottest flats in the area. With Bonefish, Tarpon, and Permit being targeted for most of the year, it’s understandable why fly anglers in particular are so drawn to it. Dancing with the Silver King is a challenge regardless of the gear you’ll be using, but is something on every angler’s bucket list.

Other parts of Biscayne Bay are home to the likes of Snook, Cobia, Ladyfish, Jack Crevalle, and many other species. Not only that, but the waters are mostly calm and will provide a satisfying experience for anglers of all skill levels and preferences. Variety is the name of the game here, and it goes double for Key Biscayne fishing spots close to shore.

For those more interested in staying on land, the Key Biscayne fishing pier at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park might be just what you’re looking for. While you’re there, be sure to check out the Cape Florida Lighthouse, recognized as the oldest structure in South Florida.

Offshore Fishing

Anyone under the impression that Key Biscayne is all about inshore fishing couldn’t be farther away from the truth. In fact, with the Gulf Stream being not much more than four miles away, even shorter trips can result in awesome deep sea fishing. This includes targeting species such as Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, King Mackerel, Sharks, and more besides. Charters on the northern end of the island can also do quick trips for Blackfin Tuna for anyone who’s interested.

Bottom fishing enthusiasts will be happy to hear that there are numerous reefs and wrecks around, absolutely teeming with fish. The most popular targets for this kind of fishing are Grouper and Snapper, especially when Red Snapper season hits in the summer.

Those looking to tread off the beaten path have some more options open to them. One of them is kite fishing for Tuna, and you’ll find quite a few charter captains who specialize in that type of fishing. Another thing you can try is spearfishing. Going after pelagics with a speargun is the definition of blood-pumping action. Your charter captain will let you know what you’re allowed to shoot, and you’ll be ready to go.

Need to Know

Regulations

Adults over the age of 16 will not need a fishing license if you plan on hiring a charter or party boat with a charter license. Otherwise you’ll have to buy a license issued by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, either online or in person. There’s also a special permit you’ll need to buy if you want to keep Snook in season, but most anglers around here practice catch and release.

Budget

The standard price of an inshore fishing trip is around $100 per hour, with discounts coming into play for longer trips. Shorter offshore trips are twice that, but it’s also not hard to find a full day trip for $1,000 with the gear and licenses included.

Getting There

Getting to Key Biscayne is pretty simple because there’s only a single way to reach it on land, and that’s the Rickenbacker Causeway connecting it  to Virginia Key and Miami proper.  State Road 913 goes through Key Biscayne and is accessible from either I-95 or US 1, depending where you’re coming from.

No matter where that is, though, a good time is guaranteed. Whether you’re looking to take your first steps into the wonderful world of fishing, or break a new personal record, Key Biscayne is where you can make your angling dreams come true!

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Key Biscayne Fishing Seasons

Biscayne Bay is very clear in January, making it a perfect place for some sight fishing. If you’ve got plans for offshore fishing, it’s a great time to go after Sailfish.

The offshore bite is still hot, but you’ll also find anglers going after Bonefish in the clear waters. That can be a load of fun, especially if you’re packing flies.

March is when you can expect some good Blackfin fishing, so go ahead and book a Tuna trip if you’re up for it. Also expect Tarpon numbers to increase near month’s end.

April is when you can expect huge numbers of Bonefish to be waiting for you inshore. Not only that, but you can also tackle the Silver King if you’re feeling bold.

Blue and White Marlin will be making an appearance around this time, so get ready for some exciting Billfishing in the Gulf Stream.

Fishing in Biscayne Bay is as good as it gets, with Tarpon and Permit dominating the waters. June is probably the final call for Tuna trips before October.

Bigger Tarpon will have moved out of the Bay by now, but the Permit are still here, along with Bonefish and Jacks. Any place is a good place to be fishing now!

Most anglers will be fishing either in the morning or in the evening, owing to the hot surface temperatures present at this time of year. Take heed!

September usually provides perfect conditions for Bonefish to spread all around. Other worthy targets this time of year include Kingfish and Snapper.

Blackfin Tuna are back in town, and you’re more than welcome to go after them! Mahi Mahi are likely to swim closer to the shore this time of year as well.

November is when you can count on a good presence of Sailfish in the deep blue, along with the likes of Wahoo and Blackfin Tuna.

The year drawing to a close is no reason to stop fishing! Whether it’s Cobia, Kingfish, Sailfish, or Tuna, a good time on the water is a given.

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What People Are Saying About Key Biscayne

"Great Fathers Day trip!"

Cristine Gonzalez fished with All Three Sides Charters on June 17, 2018

Take a hat to block the sun when it gets hot and heavy.

"Fishing with Alex"

Phuong Huu Nguyen fished with Miami Inshore Fishing Charters on May 10, 2018

Little bit disappoint cause the capt didn't clean the fish and we didn't have a pickup/drop off service included as it said in the ads

Top Targeted Species in Key Biscayne

Barracuda (Great)

Cobia

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Amberjack

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