Target Species

Target Species

Miami Species List- Types of Fish in Miami

Learn about the target species during Miami Fishing Charters

With such a wide variety of species off the east and west coasts of  South Florida, you never know what you're going to catch.  Below is a  detailed species list of the many game fish you may encounter during an  outing with Double Threat Fishing Charters.  Click the links below to  learn more about how to catch fish in Miami and surrounding areas.

African Pompano

Alongside Amberjack on the reefs and wrecks are African pompano. Not to be confused with their smaller inshore cousins, these African Pompano can reach weights of over 30 pounds, and put up incredible fights on even heavy tackle considering their size and weight. African Pompano are round, silvery fish that are attracted to flashy objects and movement. Read more about African Pompano

Atlantic Sailfish

The Atlantic Sailfish is one of the smallest individuals in the billfish family, and is extremely prevalent off Florida’s coast. The sailfish prowls the drop-off between 90 and 200 feet, though they know no boundaries and can be found anywhere offshore. Armed with light tackle and live bait, boats can expect consistent action from packs of migratory fish during the winter months. Read more about Atlantic Sailfish

Black Grouper

Black grouper are significantly larger than reds, capable of surpassing 70lbs. Blacks are not dumb, and require more time and effort to hook and land. They are incredibly powerful fish who will snatch up a bait and run for cover without giving you an opportunity to react. Read more about Black Grouper

Blackbelly Rosefish

Blackbelly Rosefish or "rosies" are tasty but strange looking deep drop fish. They have big yellow eyes and look like they would be poisonous but they're actually harmless. Rosies inhabit rocky bottom from 750-1200 feet of water. "Deep dropping" with chicken rigs is the primary technique for getting down to these fish. Read more about Rosefish

Blackfin Tuna

In the spring, schools of large Blackfin Tuna migrate along Miami's coast. Tuna fishing in Miami is typically a live bait fishery, where the friskiest of livies are used to fool the sharp-eyed fish into biting. Deploying live baits off of kites and in varying depths in the water column with 30lb fluorocarbon leaders and 4/0 light-wire circle hooks can result in surefire action. Read more about Blackfin Tuna

Bluefin Tuna

With improved conservation efforts, we have been seeing a steady increase in the number of bluefin migrating along our coast each spring. Many boats have spotted fish while kite fishing along the edge and many have even hooked these beasts as they head south to the Gulf of Mexico. Read more about Bluefin Tuna


Many fisherman in South Florida put down the humble bonito, regarding it as a trash fish. We beg to differ. Many slow days deep-sea fishing offshore have been saved by the lowly bonito. Bonito are schooling fish and can create chaos in the cockpit in short order. Read more about Bonito

Cero Mackerel

Cero Mackerel are quite common along the inshore patch reefs where they chase down shoals of ballyhoo. The showering baitfish are clear signs of these aggressive game fish. Cero's are often brought in by chumming up the schools of ballyhoo. Read more about Cero Mackerel


Cobia may be one of the oddest looking fish you can run into while fishing offshore of Miami. Cobia can be found both inshore and offshore, in deep water and shallow. In spring, pods of Cobia migrate along the shallow reefs, their dark coloration setting them apart from the sandy bottoms. Read more about Cobia

Cubera Snapper

Cubera Snapper are the kings of the snapper family. These brutish fish can grow to over 100lbs and prowl their domains at night searching for unsuspecting prey. Cubera Snapper dwell on the deeper reefs and wrecks (from 120'-250ft) and require heavy tackle to boat. Read more about Cubera Snapper


This voracious pelagic species is one of the most impressively colored game fish swimming off Miami. Running into schools of dolphin is a common occurrence while offshore fishing in Miami. Dolphin follow current rips and Sargasso weed lines where they prey on virtually anything that fits into their mouths. Read more about Dolphin

Goliath Grouper

Goliath Grouper have made a major comeback over recent years after being completely decimated by commercial pressure in the 70s and 80s. Now it seems as though many wrecks are occupied by these fish. Goliaths can reach weights over 600lbs and love to engulf anything they can fit in their mouths, whether that is a jack, snapper, snook or permit, they couldn't care less. Read more about Goliath Grouper

Greater Amberjack

Pound for pound, Amberjacks are one of the hardest fighting game fish offshore Miami. Amberjack roam deep reefs and wrecks at about mid depth, feasting voraciously on fish swimming by in the current. These brutal fighters are commonly targetted while vertical jigging and will nearly rip arms off when they discover they're hooked. Read more about Amberjack


These speedsters prowl the reefs from 60'- 150' looking for their next meal. Kingfish range in size from 5lb snakes to 50lb smokers, and are tons of fun on light tackle. Though they can be shy on the troll, they make themselves known when kite fishing in Miami by rocketing out of the water at high speeds. Read more about Kingfish

Mangrove Snapper

Mangrove's fight harder and have better eye site than yellowtail, but are just as delicious. The same tactics used for yellowtail work for Mangrove's. Mangroves are hard pressed to turn down a well presented live shrimp or pilchard, and will usually out compete yellowtail in the chum slick in shallower water (20'-60'). Read more about Mangrove Snapper


While deep sea fishing in Miami, you can never rule out an encounter with a marlin. Blue and White Marlin swim the tropical Atlantic constantly searching for food. Offshore trolling for dolphin and kite fishing for sailfish are the best ways to run into a marlin. In the spring, a small window of opportunity opens when White Marlin can be caught on the edge while kite fishing for sailfish. Read more about Marlin

Mutton Snapper

This bright pink snapper is much bigger than its aforementioned family members, and it is much more difficult to fool. Mutton Snapper prowl the offshore reefs and wrecks South of Fowey Light where fishermen drop live baits, jigs, and dead baits in order to target them. Read more about Mutton Snapper


Similar in appearance to African Pompano, permit frequent deepwater wrecks and shallow flats alike. On our Biscayne Bay flats fishing charters, we target Permit along channel drop-offs near flats with light spinning tackle. Typically the fish are much less spooky when targeted in this manner and will jump on shrimp tipped jigs and crabs bounced in the current. Read more about Permit


Redfish are most commonly found inshore in Flamingo where they feed on anything they can catch. From the flats to the channels, mangroves to oyster bars, Redfish are at home in a variety of environments and can be caught on a multitude of offerings on light tackle. Read more about Redfish

Red Grouper

This coppery colored grouper makes its home in small coral heads or openings in limestone bottom. Red grouper are predominantly small in comparison to their cousins, rarely reaching more than 15 lbs. Reds are eager to eat jigs and baits fished close to or along the bottom. Read more about Red Grouper

Red Snapper

This bright red snapper is much bigger than most of it's relatives other than large mutton snapper and cubera snapper. Red Snapper prowl the offshore reefs and wrecks off Miami, the Florida Keys, and the Gulf of Mexico where they are most prominent. Learn More about Red Snapper


Sharks are an ever present element of South Florida's ecosystems. They can be caught in any Offshore or Inshore Charter. Mako, tiger, thresher, hammerhead, black tip, reef, and bull sharks swim the oceans and can be seen anywhere from the reefs to the middle of the Gulf Stream. Read more about Sharks

Skipjack Tuna

Skipjack roam the open gulfstream in large schools constantly searching for food. During deep sea fishing charters, guests are encouraged to watch for working birds because they are often on skipjack or dolphin. Skipjack Tuna don't grow much larger than 20lbs, but when one eats a bait you'll know immediately. Read more about Skipjack Tuna


Most every structure that can be found in south Florida has at one point held a snook. Mangroves, fallen trees, bridge and dock pilings, rock outcroppings, sandbars, grass flats, reefs, wrecks, bridges, jetties and more all create eddying currents that snook favor. Snook are ambush feeders that wait for fish and crustaceans to pass by before they inhale them. Read more about Snook

Snowy Grouper

As far as anatomy is concerned, snowy grouper are very similar in shape and size as other grouper. Their spots give them their name and set them apart from the other species. Snowy grouper are a deep drop species that inhabit much deeper areas than their other grouper relatives. Read more about Snowy Grouper

Spotted Seatrout

While inshore fishing Biscayne Bay or Flamingo's countless grass flats, seatrout will often crash the party. Seatrout are ambush feeders that conceal themselves efficiently in sea grass beds by lying perfectly still. Countless dots atop a green back break apart their outline, preventing most fish and shrimp from seeing them before it's too late. Read more about Spotted Seatrout


Aptly named the gladiator of the deep, Swordfish populations have rebounded immensely since their near extermination in the 70s. Tightened legislation on long lining helped stocks rebound. Swordfishing Charters in Miami can have very different settings, either day or night. Read more about Swordfish


The silver king is one of the most acrobatic inshore fish likely to be seen in South Florida's waters. Capable of reaching weights of 200lbs, Tarpon migrate down the beaches in fall and winter though pockets of fish remain resident year round. Fish will travel in pods of varying size, preying on anything that gets in their way. Read more about Tarpon


Wahoo in Miami average about 20-50 pounds. Wahoo are always a possibility when fishing offshore Miami Beach. Wahoo fishing charters in Miami usually entail a number of techniques. Slow trolling large live baits in fishy areas or speed trolling dark lures are great ways to cover water and find the fish. Trolling large swimming plugs and swimming ballyhoo also get their attention, though bites are fewer and farther in between. Read more about Wahoo

Yellow-eye Snapper

Schools of yellow-eye snapper (aka silky snapper) can be found roaming deeper reefs and rocky bottom from 250-500 feet. Deep dropping is the technique used to target these elusive snapper. The most important aspect of targeting yellow-eye snapper is pinpointing areas where they congregate. Read more about Yelloweye Snapper

Yellowfin Tuna

Historically, yellowfin tuna have been hard to come by off Miami. Lately however, we have seen a slight resurgence of yellowfin tuna off Miami with this past 2017 being one of the best on record. In the spring, schools of large Blackfin Tuna migrate along Miami's coast and the yellowfin tuna are sometimes mixed in as well.Read more about Yellowfin Tuna

Yellowtail Snapper

Schools of yellowtail snapper roam reefs and wrecks from 16' out to 130' in large schools. After anchoring, yellowtail are brought up from the bottom with an obscene amount of chum. They can be targeted with light tackle by free lining small baits back into the chum slick. Read more about Yellowtail Snapper

Vermillion Snapper

Schools of vermillion snapper are usually found on deeper reefs and rocky bottom from 250-400 feet of water. "Deep dropping" with chicken rigs is the primary technique for boating these snapper. The most important part of vermillion snapper fishing is having a good bottom machine. Read more about Vermillion Snapper

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