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Fishing in Miami Beach
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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What People Are Saying About Miami Beach
"December fishing trip"
Yes. Easy to get to the boat. Benny picked me and dropped me to the hotel. Pleasant experience.
"Great half day with Captain Mike"
Use Captain Jack. He worked with us on the locations of where we would fish, and made sure I didn't get seasick (I am prone to it, but had no problem on his trip).
"Fishing with Paul"
Don't get discouraged if you don't get any fish at the first spot, they move a lot until hit a hot spot. Crew was great and super helpful... definitely would go again.
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