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Top Fishing Charters in Miami

Fishing in Miami

Miami's sportfishing potential is often overshadowed by a myriad of other famous attractions and activities. It shouldn't be. This is one of those sublime fisheries you probably didn’t know you’ve been missing in your angling portfolio.

The moment everyone’s favorite migratory pelagics make these waters their own early in the spring, Miami fishing charters can easily rival any of the hottest Caribbean big game counterparts. Come fall, and all an angler needs to do is slightly adjust their tackle, as the city transitions into one of the best reef and bottom fishing destinations in all of Florida. Oh, and there’s also some spectacular fly fishing to be done during the spring and summer months. You know, if you’re into that sort of thing.

Known For

Fishing in the Magic City is all about opportunity. With some of the best flats fishing in the country just a couple of miles from downtown and the Gulf Stream being accessible a short boat ride from the Government Cut, there are a host of opportunities on the doorstep.

The eastern side of Biscayne Bay is undoubtedly one of the most famous fishing spots in Miami. Here, what looks like never ending flats spans the horizon just three to five miles from the shopping malls, condos and restaurants of Miami. Home to Permit, Bonefish, and Tarpon most of the year round, this is a haven for light tackle and fly anglers. Sample the rod-bending Tarpon fishing Florida is famous for, or try sight fishing for the elusive Bonefish. You won’t be disappointed.

But Biscayne Bay fishing is far being from the whole story. Just a couple of miles beyond the Government Cut inlet you are in the midst of the nutrient-rich waters coming from the Gulf Stream. Over the winter months, the reefs and ledges that are in sight of land play host to huge numbers of Sailfish. Billfishing has never been so accessible! What with Blackfin Tuna, Mahi Mahi, Kingfish, Wahoo, and a whole variety of other big game favorites also being caught on Miami fishing trips, there is very little more you could wish for. Just step aboard a charter boat. Miami will do the rest.

If your fishing trip wasn’t enough, you can have a good time fishing from the local piers, with South Pointe Park Pier being not only picturesque, but also a great place to catch Spanish Mackerel and Snapper. Oleta River State Park has great opportunities for Redfish and Snook from its designate fishing pier, and Newport Fishing Pier has access to a wide range of species.

Rules & Regulations

You do not need a license if you are fishing from a for-hire vessel (guided charter, party boat) that has a valid charter boat license or charter captain license.

Types of Fishing

The best Miami deep sea fishing charters will give you the chance to try a variety of techniques, all of which will be adapted to the season that you are fishing. In the winter, one of the most popular techniques kite fishing with live bait. The Sailfish just won’t be able to resist! Otherwise, you might be fast trolling offshore for Wahoo, trolling slower nearshore for Kingfish, bottom fishing over the area’s numerous reefs and wrecks for Snappers and Groupers, or even going after Swordfish.

Inshore, Miami’s highlight has got to be sight fishing the breathtaking flats for Bonefish, Tarpon, and Permit. Whether you are fishing with light tackle or on the fly, this is going to be an experience you will never forget.

Want to try something different? Miami's proximity to local reefs and the Gulf Stream makes spearfishing fun for passionate spearos as well as adventurous anglers wanting to perfect a new skill. 

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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 is 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 migation, but they will still be caught in large numbers through June. Miami wreck fishing gets better and better and Mahi is caught offshore.

As the weather transitions towards Summertime, 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 reside in the bay, with the larger Tarpon having moved on. Offshore, there is excellent fishing over the reefs and wrecks for Snapper and Grouper, with Kingfish and Bonito biting well.

With surface water temperatures being very hot, some of the best fishing can be 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. As the weather cools towards the end of the month look for Sailfish.

Fall arrives with easterly winds blowing. This brings Mahi Mahi closer to the shore, with Sailfish also appearing 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.

Miami Fishing Calendar

What People Are Saying About Miami

"Half day with Capt Brian"

David Hartmann fished with Captain Brian Charters on July 15, 2018

Super hot in Biscayne bay in mid July -- had to cut the day short because of the heat.

"3/4 Days Fishing with Captain Nick and (Krisjan)"

Sébastien Ah Chong fished with Double Threat Charters on July 4, 2018

Go with highly experienced charters as they'll know the ins and outs of fishing in the area, local knowledge is much more important than it'd might suggest.

"So this is a thing you can do...who knew?"

Guy Feist fished with Arrow Assault Bowfishing—Miami on June 28, 2018

Go during the week. Not the weekends. Way too many people on the weekends.

"You know it's good when there are more locals than tourists"

Robert Migliore fished with Reward Fishing Fleet - Party Boat on May 31, 2018

It's going to cost more than they tell you when you book the trip. If you don't have your own rods It was only an extra $13 But if we didn't have the extra on us it would have been a problem. We paid a $33 deposit and we expected the rest would cost us 77 but that's not what happened when we got there

Top Types of Fishing in Miami

  1. Inshore Fishing

Top Fishing Techniques in Miami

  1. Deep Sea Fishing
  2. Spearfishing

Top Targeted Species in Miami

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Sailfish

Barracuda (Great)

King Mackerel (Kingfish)

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