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Top Fishing Charters in Miami Beach

Fishing in Miami Beach

Miami Beach fishing charters are incredibly lucky. The stretch of mangroves, reefs and warm currents attracts numerous pelagics and bottom fish year round. From sight fishing around the flats to spearfishing 30 miles offshore, Miami Beach is where different fisheries come together. At times, these waters resemble the Caribbean. Then a quick boat ride and you’re surrounded with the finest inshore species. One fishing trip, and you’ll likely be hooked.

Known for

Miami Beach attracts scores of visitors each year. This vibrant port is a major fishery and has seen many records shattered. Miami Beach overlooks the Biscayne Bay and gazes into the Atlantic, which means the fishing hardly gets better than this. The iconic Ocean Drive has been printed over and over again on posters and postcards, but game fishing in Miami Beach is equally legendary. Impressive fish sometimes swim only two miles offshore. Trips to the nearby fisheries are measured in minutes. Add to that stunning scenery, cityscape, and dreamlike beaches, and you’ll understand why it can be hard to find a free spot on Miami Beach fishing charters.

Miami Beach Charter Fishing Options

Inshore

Miami Beach inshore fishing can yield fierce opponents. From Tarpon to Shark, anglers of all levels can find a worthy adversary. The Biscayne Bay is home to Jacks, Barracuda, Snook, Cobia, Permit, Ladyfish, and many more. The fishing is consistent year round. If you want plenty of fish in a short period of time, this is the option to consider. If you still haven’t grown your ‘sea legs’, worry not - these waters are mostly calm. This means that less experienced anglers will have a good fight with the local species and won’t have to  get seasick in order to brag about it.

It won’t take long from the dock to reach the fisheries. A half day trip will see you fishing three hours and more on average. On a full day trip, you’ll have plenty of time to explore various fishing spots. Sightseeing is also popular, if you ever get tired of fishing (as if!). Dolphins, sea turtles, and manatees are a common sight. You can also get a nice shot of pelicans, ospreys, and eagles. Speaking of sights, do not miss sight fishing for Bonefish.

The local guides know where to take you and these trips don’t always get crowded. There are many nooks and crannies around the mangroves of Biscayne Bay. The fisheries are sheltered and fishing can oftentimes get a bit of a ‘hide and seek’ vibe. The kids are gonna love it!

If you’re fishing inshore, the start of the year is great for sight fishing. Bonefish, Tarpon, and Spotted Sea Trout are ready and biting, and are joined later in summer by Permit.

Half day trips start at around $400, while full day trips cost anywhere from $600. Most local charters are private and are made for groups of three or four travelers.

Offshore

There’s a funny thing about Miami Beach offshore fishing. It’s nowhere near as far away from the coast as in some other places. These fisheries never cease to amaze us. The water can get super deep, with over 1000 ft in depth less than four miles away from the coast. So it makes all of us anglers wonder - ‘What then can I catch when I get to the real offshore?’

Anything from Swordfish to a Marlin. And some Tuna and Wahoo in the between. Also, Kingfish, Snapper, Grouper, and Blue Marlin, Mahi Mahi, and more. The rule of a thumb is that you don’t always need to go far to get massive fish. But, the further you go, the bigger the catch. Captains regularly travel the distance between 15 and 25 miles offshore. For this type of a quest, don’t settle for anything less than a full day trip. These trips are meant for more experienced anglers.

On average, offshore trips cost around $850 and go up, depending on the size of the boat and whether meals are included. Most charters include lunch on full day trips, but you might need to add more buck if you want a luxury fishing experience. Miami Beach is one of the rare places where a half day trip offshore is worth your time. At about $500, these charters as a rule are not much more expensive than inshore half day trips.

Fishing offshore in Miami Beach is primarily about Sailfish. Trolling is the default method most of the time, though you can also try jigging, drift fishing, and kite fishing.

Offshore action is hot already at the turn of the year, when Sailfish step up their game, only to be followed by Mahi Mahi, Tuna, and Wahoo by March.

Fishing techniques

Just as Miami Beach fisheries are diverse, so is the number of techniques to try. We’re confident that kite fishing is more popular here than elsewhere in Florida (or so it seems), that Bonefish can get more massive, and that spearfishing is a real deal. Let’s have a look at some of the common methods to get your prize.

Inshore

When you’re fishing Miami Beach inshore waters, light tackle makes the standard set. Getting Tarpon to the boat is a muscle-popping feat to remember. Fly fishing is common, alongside sight fishing. The shallow flats are great for this. Of course, your weapon of choice will differ based on the fish you catch, but live bait is a common method. Permit likes crabs and Bonefish adore live shrimp.

Offshore

The most common method is trolling. If you want to go for Sailfish, make it fast. If using artificials, go for plastic lures, spoons, or poppers as well. Kite fishing and fly fishing are quite popular as these fish come close to the surface to feed.
Other methods can include spearfishing, and you can find quite a few captains who offer this option. It requires bold spirit and plenty of skill, but it’s as equally as rewarding.

Rules and regulations

You do not need a license if you are fishing from a for-hire vessel - whether it’s a guided charter or a  party boat - that has a valid charter boat license or charter captain license.

Most local charters will provide all the gear you need. You should talk to a captain before the trip to check what to bring, but there is a standard set of things to have in mind. First, the weather - You’ll want to feel comfortable but not overdressed. Wear non-marking footwear. Pack sunblock, and sunglasses. Also, most charter captains prefer not to have any glass onboard. Simple, and to the point, but can make your trip so much easier.

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Miami Beach Fishing Seasons

Another year, another chance to land a monster. Sailfish are ready offshore and are biting well. Tarpon, Trout and Bonefish are found in the Biscayne Bay.

This is the time for Bonefish chase. Sight fishing for the ‘grey ghost’ is a thing to do if you happen to be here. They are elusive and strong. Offshore, Sailfish are still putting up a fight.

Offshore waters are getting hotter and hotter. King Mackerel, Tuna, and Mahi are on the chew. Inshore, you can get Shark, Tarpon, and Bonefish.

Mahi are readily caught offshore. Hire a charter and enjoy a spring fishing trip. Inshore, Bonefish is still found around around inshore waters. Cobia are hiding a bit further out.

As the summer approaches, so do many species. Amberjack, Wahoo, Mahi can all be caught offshore. Tuna are biting fine. You might get an occasional Wahoo.

Permit show up inshore. Don’t forget the crabs to get them to bite. Mahi Mahi are wild and feisty offshore, alongside Tuna, Wahoo, and Marlin.

Fish the bottoms for some fine table fare and get Snapper and Gag Grouper. An offshore trip can reward you with Kingfish and Dolphin, and other game fish may lurk nearby.

Go offshore to reap the still warm waters and get some record fish. From Kingfish to Mahi, Wahoo, Marlin, and Bonito are all up and running.

You can go trolling for King Mackerel or stay inshore and go sight fishing for Bonefish. Either way, it’s action packed. Mahi should also be solid out there, and you might even get a Marlin.

Now Barracuda are back to town. You can also get Permit and Shark inshore. Out there, Mahi are appearing, and Sailfish come closer to the shore.

The fish are on the chew and still put up a really nice fight. You can get Sailfish (no kidding) and Tuna are more prominent as well. Bonefish are still there.

Wahoo are biting offshore, alongside Sailfish. You can also get Tuna there. If you’re fishing nearshore, troll for Kings. Jack Crevalle are also present inshore.

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What People Are Saying About Miami Beach

"Fishing with Jay"

Helle Coles fished with Deep Sea Fishing Miami on July 17, 2018

Bring lots of water and sandwiches. Don’t mix alcohol and fishing and waves.

"Vacation vibes!"

Nick Brussock fished with Sea Cross I - Fishing Miami on June 23, 2018

Much different experience than most of the east coast. 15 minutes off the dock and you are where the fish are. The sun's strong. Bring protection.

"Fishing trip with Captain Dave and Mick"

Patricia Albrecht fished with Blue Fin Charters on April 17, 2018

Go out with Captain Dave on the Blue Fin, he is a lifelong fisherman and knows this area.

"Half Day Trip with Capt Christian "

Troy Davis fished with Imagos Sport Fishing on March 22, 2018

Dress warm!!! It’s windy and cold in the morning. Bring drinks and snacks.

Top Fishing Techniques in Miami Beach

  1. Deep Sea Fishing

Top Targeted Species in Miami Beach

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

King Mackerel (Kingfish)

Sailfish

Wahoo

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