Miami Blue Marlin Fishing Charters

Miami Blue Marlin Fishing Charters

Best Blue Marlin Fishing Charters in Miami

Miami: 30 fishing charters available
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Miami Beach
Trips from US $2,595
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(62 reviews)
Miami Beach
Trips from US $850
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(6 reviews)
Miami Beach
Trips from US $3,000
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(1 review)
Miami Beach
Trips from US $2,795
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(240 reviews)
Miami Beach
Trips from US $750
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(207 reviews)
Miami Beach
Trips from US $800

Blue Marlin Fishing in Miami

Blue Marlin
  • Size 200 to 400lbs
  • Food Value Good
  • Game Qualities Excellent
  • Habitats Offshore

(Makaira nigricans)

Miami Marlin fishing is one of the most exciting angling adventures in Florida, with high stakes and even higher rewards. Fishermen from all over the country come to Miami to get a taste of premier fishing opportunities and go home with a trophy catch (or with photos of one).
 
This is the place to be if you’re looking to hook your first-ever Marlin, but be ready, these gorgeous beasts are the ultimate fishing challenge. Marlin are one of the most sought-after sport fish, and as soon as you have one on the line, you’ll understand exactly why that’s the case.
 

What to Catch

Blue and White Marlin are among the most prestigious catches here because of their fighting prowess and size. White Marlin are much smaller than Blue Marlin, and they’re in the range of 80–100 pounds, though the record catch in these waters weighed 161 pounds.
 
Blue Marlin are the swift and agile predators of the deep and battling one of them will be the workout of a lifetime. Blues can grow to be truly gigantic, up to 1,000 pounds and even more, if you’re lucky. Still, their average size is 200–400 pounds, but their acrobatics and jumps make it very challenging to get them to the boat quickly.
 
Because Marlin have been overfished in the past and they’re at the top of the marine ecosystem, they must always be released. You shouldn’t take the fish out of the water, but you can always snap a couple of quick photos with it alongside the boat.
 

When to Go

Summer is the time when Marlin reign supreme in the Miami offshore waters, specifically from May to late July. These Billfish like to move around a lot, so it’s not always easy staying on their trail. If you’ve never fished in the area before, your safest bet is organizing a fishing trip with a knowledgeable local guide.
 
It’s wise to book a full day trip (8–9 hours) that cost around $1,100–$1,300. These trips give you the time to get to the best spots and fish for the rest of the day. If you’d like more time on the water, 12-hour trips are also a possibility and they’re in the $1,500–$2,500 ballpark. For true fishing enthusiasts, there are multi-day trips that will take you fishing in the Bahamas for $1,500 a day for the whole group.
 

What to Expect

The most productive Marlin grounds are further offshore, at the outer edge of the continental shelf known as “The Wall.” This means you’ll travel at least 20 miles (possibly more) to find that hot bite. Thankfully, deep sea fishing charters are very popular in Miami, so there are plenty of local guides to choose from.
 
The longer runs to the Gulf will put you on the bite of both Blue and White Marlin, and here, trolling is the name of the game. Because Marlin are basically torpedos with fins and bills, the boat has to be moving at a speed of up to 15 mph with a sizeable live bait on the hook (small Mahi Mahi, Tuna, or Bonito) to attract their attention. They love deep waters and they religiously follow their food.
 
Go after Blue Marlin a couple of days before and after the full moon, that’s when the action is the best. White Marlin often travel with Sailfish and are very active during the spring and fall. Kite fishing for Marlin is another technique you can try on Miami fishing trips, if you’d like to try out something new.
 

How to Prepare

All you’ll really need for an unforgettable Marlin fishing experience is a skillful captain, a bit of luck, and patience. Your guide will provide the licenses and fishing gear, your only concern are food and drinks, as well as plenty of sun protection. Miami Marlin fishing will open new fishing horizons for you, all you have to do is reel, reel, reel, as if your life depended on it!

Miami Blue Marlin Fishing Seasons

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Seasonality

Blue Marlin fishing in Miami varies moderately throughout the year. High season is May to July. Low season is November. There is no closed season.
Miami
Excellent
4.5 / 5
Based on 29,146 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Blue Marlin Fishing in Miami

Don’t be fooled by good marketing. Lots of charters out there who have no idea what they are doing but have a boat and good marketing. Look for a captain that has been fishing for decades and has already made his business.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Don’t be fooled by good marketing. Lots of charters out there who have no idea what they are doing but have a boat and good marketing. Look for a captain that has been fishing for decades and has already made his business.
Nomad Fishing Charters
Nomad Fishing Charters
We booked a morning half day trip thinking the weather is more predictable in the morning versus evening. Our weather was great.seas were average.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We booked a morning half day trip thinking the weather is more predictable in the morning versus evening. Our weather was great.seas were average.
Blue Dream Fishing
Blue Dream Fishing
Give yourself longer than half a day. There are many ways to fish (trolling, drifting, anchoring up, flat lining) not all fish are biting at the same time. So you want time to try out everything and catch as many fish as possible. If you can only do a half day, you may not be fully satisfied.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Give yourself longer than half a day. There are many ways to fish (trolling, drifting, anchoring up, flat lining) not all fish are biting at the same time. So you want time to try out everything and catch as many fish as possible. If you can only do a half day, you may not be fully satisfied.
Bearcut Bandit Charters
Bearcut Bandit Charters
Do not try and plan in advance, make charter reservations when you get to Miami, weather is very hit or miss.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Do not try and plan in advance, make charter reservations when you get to Miami, weather is very hit or miss.
Team DFS Charters
Team DFS Charters
Pack your beer and sunscreen! If you are from out of town and you want to take home your catch, Publix sells dry ice for your cooler. The airlines will let you carryon the cooler with no more than 5 pounds of dry ice.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Pack your beer and sunscreen! If you are from out of town and you want to take home your catch, Publix sells dry ice for your cooler. The airlines will let you carryon the cooler with no more than 5 pounds of dry ice.
Bearcut Bandit Charters
Bearcut Bandit Charters
Go to Islamorada April - June for the big stuff. Miami is good, Islamorada is great. Not that far a drive really.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go to Islamorada April - June for the big stuff. Miami is good, Islamorada is great. Not that far a drive really.
Bearcut Bandit Charters
Bearcut Bandit Charters
Just beware a dang cold front and dual thunder/lightening storms in early morning and afternoon. Guide was great and got us on the fish even in those challenging conditions but dang it was some work!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Just beware a dang cold front and dual thunder/lightening storms in early morning and afternoon. Guide was great and got us on the fish even in those challenging conditions but dang it was some work!
Stay Fishy Inc.
Stay Fishy Inc.
Get with a real Captain like Captain Chris at Domestic Six Pack Charters. Stay away from the River Rats.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Get with a real Captain like Captain Chris at Domestic Six Pack Charters. Stay away from the River Rats.
Domestic Six Pack Charters
Domestic Six Pack Charters Davenport, Florida
I recommend just communicating with the captain and he will accommodate to your requests and will respond promptly to any questions or concerns you may have
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I recommend just communicating with the captain and he will accommodate to your requests and will respond promptly to any questions or concerns you may have
Bearcut Bandit Charters
Bearcut Bandit Charters
Don't expect to catch what you want. It is fishing. But the experiance is so wonderful and if you are coming from cold country in February it's a plus plus. Sunshine and water you can't go wrong.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Don't expect to catch what you want. It is fishing. But the experiance is so wonderful and if you are coming from cold country in February it's a plus plus. Sunshine and water you can't go wrong.
Blue Dream Fishing
Blue Dream Fishing
Be patience on the early morning but experience the surprises you will see.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be patience on the early morning but experience the surprises you will see.
Stay Fishy Inc.
Stay Fishy Inc.
This was our first trip fishing in Miami and Capt Alex made sure we had a great time and caught fish. I highly recommend this trip. I would do it again!
Excellent
4.7 / 5
This was our first trip fishing in Miami and Capt Alex made sure we had a great time and caught fish. I highly recommend this trip. I would do it again!
Bearcut Bandit Charters
Bearcut Bandit Charters
Be aware weather dictates where a person will fish which may limit types of fish available (even though in season).
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be aware weather dictates where a person will fish which may limit types of fish available (even though in season).
Bearcut Bandit Charters
Bearcut Bandit Charters
We went in December with Alek and the weather was great, the wind was high but he found the perfect spot to keep us warm and happy.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We went in December with Alek and the weather was great, the wind was high but he found the perfect spot to keep us warm and happy.
Bearcut Bandit Charters
Bearcut Bandit Charters
It’s a great destination for fishing. There’s a lot of variety to catch and you don’t need to travel far from shore. There’s less time traveling and more time fishing.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It’s a great destination for fishing. There’s a lot of variety to catch and you don’t need to travel far from shore. There’s less time traveling and more time fishing.
Blue Dream Fishing
Blue Dream Fishing
Yea lots of fish Al thought not too many keepers. You will bring dinner home with a little luck
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Yea lots of fish Al thought not too many keepers. You will bring dinner home with a little luck
Bearcut Bandit Charters
Bearcut Bandit Charters
We had booked a 4-Hour trip that worked out good for people that haven't really fished before. The people that love fishing should try the 6-hour
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We had booked a 4-Hour trip that worked out good for people that haven't really fished before. The people that love fishing should try the 6-hour
Bearcut Bandit Charters
Bearcut Bandit Charters
Try and be central located, and recommend night fishing scenery is awesome
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Try and be central located, and recommend night fishing scenery is awesome
Pelagic Pirate Charters
Pelagic Pirate Charters
Yes. Lots of fish. You just have to reel fast before the sharks eat em off your line
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Yes. Lots of fish. You just have to reel fast before the sharks eat em off your line
Bearcut Bandit Charters
Bearcut Bandit Charters Buffalo, New York
Peacock like something fast and aggressive tarpon and peacocks like live bait like shiners with 15 lb leader and a small hook
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Peacock like something fast and aggressive tarpon and peacocks like live bait like shiners with 15 lb leader and a small hook
Stay Fishy Inc.
Stay Fishy Inc. Miami, Florida

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