Target Species

Target Species

Miami Species List- Types of Fish in Miami

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.

Learn about the target species during Miami Fishing Charters

African Pompano

African Pompano are a rare but highly sought after gamefish. These are coastal fish that largely inhabit wrecks and reefs out to 300 feet of water. They are tremendously hard fighting, delicious gamefish. Unlike their smaller cousins, African Pompano can reach weights of 30+ lbs. Read more about African Pompano

Atlantic Sailfish

Sailfish are the bread and butter of the South Florida fishery. These exciting billfish inhabit our waters year round but are most common from November through June along the edge in 70-300 feet of water. We mostly catch sailfish while kite fishing which is an exciting technique with a fascinating background stemming from tournament culture. Read more about Atlantic Sailfish

Black Grouper

Black grouper are one of the largest in the grouper family capable of surpassing 70lbs in South Florida. Blacks are not dumb, especailly the big ones.. They are very powerful, structure oriented bottom dwellers. The should only be targeted using heavier tackle and are most frequently harvested while wreck fishing or trolling the reef. Read more about Black Grouper

Blackbelly Rosefish

These tasty gamefish aren't the most sporty fish we catch but the are awesome for filling the cooler. Rosies are deepwater benthic creatures that we catch while deep dropping. They look like they're poisonous but aren't surprisingly. Read more about Rosefish

Blackfin Tuna

We catch blackfin tuna year round off Miami but the largest frequent our waters during spring. These tuna don't get as large as some of their cousins with a 30 pounder being a very nice specimen. Either way, they are a blast on light tackle and absolutely delicious tablefare. Read more about Blackfin Tuna

Bluefin Tuna

Thanks to improved conservation efforts, we have been seeing a steady increase of bluefin tuna off our coasts, especially during the spring months. A bluefin sighting alone is a rare encounter off Miami with a catch being that much more difficult. Bluefin that pass our coastline are size large often weighing 500-800+ lbs. Read more about Bluefin Tuna


Bonito are a hard fighting, schooling fish from the tuna family. We catch them year round off Miami and while they can sometimes be a nuisance due to their poor table fare, we appreciate these gamefish for their hard fights, blistering runs, and crucial contributions to our bait box as they make great strips, chunks, sword baits, and shark baits.  Read more about Bonito

Cero Mackerel

Cero Mackerel are common along nearshore reefs off South Florida and the Bahamas. They fight very hard and their table fare is up there as one of the best in the mackerel family. They are sometimes confused with spanish mackerel but have less oily meat and make for a great fight on light tackle and even better tablefare. Read more about Cero Mackerel

Clown Knifefish

Clown Knifefish are one of Miami's most absurd exotic gamefish. Originating from southeast Asia, these strange gamefish have made it to our freshwater waterways. Read more about Clown Knifefish


Cobia, ling, lemonfish, mud sharks, or whatever you want to call them are an awesome gamefish. Their habitats range from 20 feet of water to deep in the Gulf Stream and they are often seen following larger creatures such as whale sharks, southern rays, bull sharks, and more. When cobia aren't trailing large species they can be found near wrecks and other structure. Read more about Cobia

Cubera Snapper

These are by far the largest and most difficult species to catch and harvest in the snapper family. These brutal fish can grow to over 100lbs and are most easily targeted in the evening or at night. They are structure oriented and landing them requires heavy tackle. We can target these gamefish during August around the fool moon while they spawn off various deep water wrecks in Miami. Read more about Cubera Snapper


Dolphin otherwise known as Mahi-Mahi are a crowd favorite off Miami. These hungry pelagics are one of the fastest growing fish in the ocean and often travel in large schools. They have everything you could want in a gamefish as they are acrobatic, colorful, and delicious. Read more about Dolphin

Goliath Grouper

Goliath Grouper are the largest grouper species and were harvested almost to extinction. They have since made a rebound, largely in Central Florida on the east and west coast holding on wrecks, bridges, and more. Goliaths are large, aggressive, and sure to put your tackle to the test. Read more about Goliath Grouper

Greater Amberjack

Otherwise known as reef donkeys, amberjack are extremely hard fighting wreck fish. They often travel in large schools and spawn on wrecks during the spring in Miami. Amberjack off Miami average 30-40lbs and make for a great fight and meal. Read more about Amberjack


Kingfish are a year round commodity off Miami that are constantly ready to add some spice to a day on the water. They are known for blistering runs and aggressive strikes that often leave them airborne going for a kite bait. Kingfish make for decent table-fare and are always a welcome gamefish during our charters. Read more about Kingfish

Largemouth Bass

Largemouth bass are the most popular fish in the United States and for good reason. They inhabit just about every freshwater waterway in the lower 48 and Florida is no exception. Read more about Largemouth Bass

Mangrove Snapper

Mangrove snapper are typically found in docks, canals, and along mangroves in and around South Florida's bay areas. Larger specimen can be found roaming the reefs and spawn around the full moon during summer. Mangrove snapper make for delicious table-fare and are hard fighting fish with a surprisingly diverse niche. Read more about Mangrove Snapper


Marlin are one of the most rare but welcome surprises while sportfishing off Miami. They can be found anywhere from 100-3,000 feet of water and our most frequent encounters occur while trolling or kite fishing. White marlin are rare but more common during spring while kite fishing with blue marlin showing up with some frequency during summer months. Read more about Marlin

Mutton Snapper

Muttons are one of the most sought after gamefish throughout South Florida and the Caribbean. These delicious and beautiful fish can range from 3-20lbs and frequent depths from the flats all the way to 300 feet of water. They are very finicky fish with phenomenal eyesight and situational awareness. In addition, they are extremely hard fighting fish and one of the best species you can eat. Read more about Mutton Snapper

Peacock Bass

Peacock bass have made their way into the freshwater waterways throughout South Florida sparking a sprawling urban fishery in their wake. These exotic gamefish can be easily targeted during a freshwater charter. Read more about Peacock Bass


Permit are some of the most sought after gamefish in Miami. They have phenomenal eyesight and are known as one of the hardest fighting fish pound per pound. They are commonly targeted inshore on the flats and finger channels using crabs, shrimp, jigs, and even flies. During spring, permit move offshore and are one of our favorite fish to target on the wrecks.  Read more about Permit


Not a lot is known about pomfret since these fish inhabit the deepest darkest waters along the continental shelf. What we do know is that the world record is about 22 pounds and that they taste pretty good. Pomfret look a lot like a permit with darker features and are definitely one of the more unique fish we catch off Miami.  Read more about Pomfret


Redfish are an inshore gamefish that frequent grass flats throughout the southeast US. In South Florida they are most commonly found in Florida Bay and Flamingo but we have a few small bodies of water in Biscayne Bay that hold these fish as well. Read more about Redfish

Red Grouper

This copper colored grouper range from patch reefs to a few hundred feed of water throughout South Florida. Red grouper are smaller than many of their cousins on average but they are hard fighters and delicious fish. Read more about Red Grouper

Red Snapper

American Red Snapper are a larger snapper species that hold really well in Key West, Central Florida, and the Gulf. We definitely get our shots at genuine reds fishing structure in 200+ feet of water but these fish are few and far between off Miami.  Learn More about Red Snapper


Florida has a  great shark fishery that ranges from the bays and finger channels to the deepest depths of the Gulf Stream. We have tremendous diversity of shark species including blacktips, bull sharks, lemon sharks, sandbar sharks, silky sharks, thresher sharks, mako sharks, and more! Read more about Sharks

Skipjack Tuna

Skipjack are an underrated gamefish that are often confused for their cousins (false albacore or little tunny aka bonito). We catch skipjack while trolling small feathers around birds offshore when we find schools of fish feeding. Few fish take off on more aggressive runs than skipjack tuna and they are also excellent as sashimi or poke. Read more about Skipjack Tuna


Snook are an all time favorite gamefish in South Florida. These are basically largemouth bass on steroids that are known for aggressive strikes, blistering runs, and impressive acrobatics. We catch snook from the mangroves and flats all the way to the inlets depending on the time of year. The best time for large fish is during the summer while they are spawning in the inlets. Read more about Snook

Snowy Grouper

Snowy grouper are a tasty deep drop fish that inhabit waters in the 300-600+ foot range. Their white spots set them apart from their cousins and they are definitely targeted in much deeper water on average. Snowy grouper have been harvested heavily by commercial fisherman but when the time and conditions are right we definitely catch our share. Read more about Snowy Grouper

Spotted Seatrout

Spotted seatrout are a crowd favorite for inshore enthusiasts. They don't fight very hard but they are extremely aggressive and absolutely crush artificial baits. They make for a decent meal and are relatively abundant on most grass flats that hold bait and have decent tidal flow. These are a great fish for beginner anglers, especially when using a Cajun Thunder. Read more about Spotted Seatrout


Swords have made a tremendous rebound since their near extermination in the 70s. We can target these fish day or night but don't take them for granted. Swords are still an elusive apex predator and definitely a bucket-list fish. Daytime swordfishing is an excellent way to boat a broadbill with newer techniques and equipment that have emerged in the last decade. Read more about Swordfish


Tarpon are one of the most notorious inshore gamefish and are often referred to as the "silver king" for good reason. Tarpon are a brutally strong nearshore species that travel in large schools frequenting inlets and coastal waterways. Tarpon range from 20lbs to 200+lbs and are a blast on spinning tackle. They are more aggressive at night but tarpon also feed in the early mornings and evenings with the outgoing tide generally most productive.   Read more about Tarpon


Miami isn't exactly the wahoo capital of the world but we do catch our share of fish. Wahoo are impressive gamefish with remarkable camouflage, speed, and razor sharp teeth. We typically catch wahoo while planer fishing which involves working the middle of the water column on the troll but we occasionally catch them off the kite as well. Read more about Wahoo

Yellow-eye Snapper

Yellow-eye snapper are a delicious deep drop fish that often school with vermillion snapper on deeper reef and rock structure in the 250-450 foot range off Miami. In the Bahamas, these snapper AKA silky's are sometimes found deeper. They are typically caught while deep dropping and can't seem to resist squid or bonito chunks. Read more about Yelloweye Snapper

Yellowfin Tuna

Yellowfin tuna are rarely caught off Miami but they are definitely a possibility. We usually get a few bites per year but the yellowfin that cruise along the edge are usually 100+ lbs which makes for a difficult fight on 20lb kite fishing gear. Yellowfin tuna fishing off Miami is likely to result in more heartbreak than success but they are definitely a possibility, especially during spring. Read more about Yellowfin Tuna

Yellowtail Snapper

Yellowtail snapper are a delicious and popular snapper that frequent nearshore reefs in Miami and the Keys. They are picky eaters and the key to success while targeting yellowtail is using a ton of chum. Yellowtail generally school in 30-70 feet of water and with the right conditions you can quickly fill a bucket with meat. Read more about Yellowtail Snapper

Vermillion Snapper

Vermillion snapper are another deep drop snapper that we target off Miami when other species won't cooperate. We catch vermillions while deep dropping in the 250- 400 ft range and seem to do best during the late summer and fall. Vermillions are aggressive fish, hard fighters, and make for a delicious meal. Read more about Vermillion Snapper