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Top Fishing Charters in Miami

Fishing in Miami

Over 23 million people visit Miami each year, but only a lucky few experience the city’s fishing. If you’re one of them, you’re in for a treat. Miami fishing charters offer unforgettable days out for both complete beginners and seasoned anglers. The trick is choosing the right trip for you. Here are some of the most popular options, and what to expect from them.

Top Fishing Trips in Miami

Inshore Fishing Charters

These are perfect entry-level trips for families and beginners. You’ll be in calm, sheltered waters, making you much less likely to get seasick. You’ll also be close to town, so even half day trips can mean lots of fish.
First-timers will love reeling in Redfish and Seatrout. Miami’s inshore charters aren’t just for newbies, though. Pros can take on Snook, Tarpon, Bonefish, and Permit – the who’s who of inshore game fish.

Offshore Drift Fishing Charters

Drift fishing is all about loading up on delicious fish. These trips can be for beginners or pros, depending on how far out you go. You can also join a shared “party boat” if you don’t mind fishing with strangers.
Close to shore, you’ll find Hogfish, Grouper, Snapper, and more. Head out for longer, and you can catch huge Grouper, Amberjack, and even Tilefish. Wherever you go, you’ll head home with your cooler full of tasty fillets.

Deep Sea Fishing Charters

Looking for serious sportfishing? You’ve come to the right place. Miami sits on the infamous “Sailfish Alley,” where the Gulf Stream funnels big game monsters right past town. You’d better come prepared.
Depending on when you visit, you can hook into Sailfish, Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, and Tuna. You don’t need to travel far, but you should go for a full day to really get the most out of your trip.

Speciality Trips

Some captains offer speciality trips targeting Miami’s most iconic species. Battle Swordfish by day or by night offshore. Take on Peacock Bass in downtown canals. Chase Tarpon and Bonefish on the flats of Biscayne Bay. For seasoned anglers, this is what dreams are made of.

What to Expect from Your Trip

Miami Fishing Charter Prices

Charter rates mainly depend on the size of the boat and how much fuel it takes to get to the fishing grounds. Because of this, full days are much cheaper hour-by-hour than half days. A half day inshore will cost roughly $500, while full days are only around $700. Offshore and deep sea rates vary depending on how far you're going. 
Tarpon or Swordfish charters cost more because they use special equipment and take you to more remote fishing spots. On the other end of the scale, shared drift fishing trips are a great way to catch fish on the cheap if there’s only one or two of you.

How to Prepare

Charters in Miami generally include everything you need for the fishing itself. You should bring sun protection (sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, long-sleeved shirt) and comfortable clothing. You should also pack food (maybe beer), and a cooler to put your fish in after the trip. Finally, bring bug repellant if you’re fishing inshore.
Miami fishing charters have something for everyone. Whether you want to catch your first fish or battle big game monsters, you won’t be disappointed. They call Miami the Magic City, but those in the know will find the real magic out on the water.
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Miami Fishing Seasons

Inshore, January sees very clear waters in Miami's Biscayne Bay. This makes for excellent sight fishing for species such as big Seatrout, Tarpon, and Bonefish. Nearshore, conditions can be windy. Sailfish are biting well.

February is the beginning of high Bonefish season in Miami, which continues through June. Offshore, the Sailfish bite continues. Enter Miami's famous Sailfish Challenge Tournament and test your skills!

Large schools of Bonefish and Tarpon are caught in the bay. Head just a couple of miles offshore, and you will be in for a treat - everything is biting. Go for Kingfish, Tuna, and Mahi Mahi.

Some Tarpon start to leave the Bay to start their northwards migration, but they will still be caught in large numbers through June. Miami wreck fishing gets better and better and Mahi are caught offshore.

As the weather transitions towards summer, everyone wants to be on the water. Look out for the famous Miami Sportfish Tournament early in the month and the Bob Lewis Kids Fishing Classic on Memorial Day Weekend.

Tarpon begin to be replaced by large schools of Permit in Biscayne Bay, making for some excellent shallow water fishing. Offshore, head to the reefs for Kingfish, Bonitos, and Blackfin Tuna.

Permit continue to hold in the bay, although the larger Tarpon have moved on. Offshore, there is excellent fishing over the reefs and wrecks for Snapper and Grouper, with Kingfish and Bonito biting well.

Surface water temperatures are very hot, so the best fishing is early in the morning and later in the evening. Head offshore to deep drop for a real sea monster!

Bonefish are back on top form, as water temperatures are perfect for them. Troll slowly over the reefs for Kingfish and bottom fish for Snappers. Look for Sailfish as the weather cools towards the end of the month.

Fall arrives with easterly winds blowing. This brings Mahi Mahi closer to the shore. Sailfish appear on the trail of schools of mullet that congregate over nearshore reefs.

Fishing continues to be very good, with the Sailfish bite picking up in earnest near shore. Blackfin Tuna and Wahoo can also be caught over the reefs, while inshore action remains as good as ever.

Tarpon begin to reappear in Biscayne Bay as they return from their migration in the north. Temperatures remain in the high 70s, making fishing very pleasant. Sailfish and Wahoo are biting well offshore.

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What People Are Saying About Miami

"Half day trip with Captain Sam"

Ruby D. fished with Sam Can Fish – Miami on November 26, 2019

Book a trip with an experienced fishing guide.

"Fishing with Wayne"

Bernard Van De Boogaard fished with Reward Fishing Fleet - Party Boat on October 11, 2019

On this particular day it was very windy and not good for shing. But after all it is mother nature. would do it again though

"Great memories "

Jamie A. fished with Frick and Frack Fishing Charters on August 16, 2019

Be prepared to work your arms the water is deep

"July fishing trip"

Kevin C. fished with Reward Fishing Fleet - Party Boat on July 26, 2019

Everything was great except for the lack of fish caught.

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Top Types of Fishing in Miami

  1. Offshore Fishing
  2. Inshore Fishing

Top Targeted Species in Miami

Barracuda (Great)

Barracuda (Great)

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)



King Mackerel (Kingfish)

King Mackerel (Kingfish)









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