Grouper, Amberjacks, Mahi, and More

May 02, 2015 by Todd Malicoat

Trip Info


Spring is our favorite time to fish in south florida.  The bite is generally fantastic with the list of potentially targeted species very high.  The bait has been a bit difficult in Miami since the bug light was moved.  It was a spring/ summer, go to bait spot for many natives for years.  This makes the likelihood of live-chumming pilchards much lower.  We’ve been using ballyhoo, google eyes, and some pilchards when we can find them for blackfin tunas, kingfish, and mahi-mahi.  Trolling offshore, also produces mahi-mahi, and if you spend enough time, you may even witness a jumping swordfish on the surface like we did last week.

There are still a few sailfish passing through, but the wind and current has to be just right to catch one slipping that will eat a long bait.  Groupers and cobias are being reported on the wrecks, but there has been consistent large amberjacks biting with current and live bait.  There’s nothing quite like the bend a big reef donkey puts in a bottom rod when you try to wrench him away from a shipwreck.

I spent some time down in Key West with Second Nature Charters, and found a few nice big black groupers thanks to Capt. Danny Zier.  If you’re thinking of heading to the southernmost Key - you’ll find him near city marina - he’ll be the one cleaning all the big fish.

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