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  • Aug 31

    September and October Fishing Forecast

    Published August 31st, 2019

    Great late season dolphin fishing The dolphin fishing went through a serious lull in July. We were definitely catching a few dolphin on average but it wasn't red hot by any means. Fortunately the dolphin season seems to be finishing stronger than it started. We have had quite a few limits toward the end of August and caught plenty of fish in the 20-40lb range. This was a great summer for "slammer" dolphin for us. We have been putting a decent number of bigger fish on the docks. Blue Marlin off Miami! Blue marlin are a rare occurrence while fishing off Miami. We usually see a few each summer and we had one customer lucky enough to catch a 200lb class blue during the last week of August. You really never know what you're going to catch out there and this fish was a welcomed surprise. The fish came up on a hookless daisy chain teaser before switching over to a ballyhoo. Kris nailed the ...

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  • Jun 13

    Dolphin Fishing Miami

    Published June 13th, 2019

    Dolphin Fishing Charters Miami Summertime means mahi-mayhem in Miami. Dolphin go by a number of names just to make sure people are adequately confused. Dolphin are actually dolphin-fish. These fish grow quickly and congregate in large schools offshore especially during the summer. To be clear, we are not out there trying to kill Flipper. Dolphin-fish are fish, not porpoises. We do not kill mammals. The scientific name for dolphin is Coryphaena hippurus. The Hawaiian name for dolphin is mahi-mahi which means "very strong." In Latin America, these fish are often referred to as Dorado. In the southeast United States, we usually call them dolphin or mahi. Dolphin Fishing off Miami is a year round affair but summer is definitely the best time. Below you'll see a picture of a fine specimen.  Difference between Bull and Cow Dolphin Mahi-mahi are one one of the few species of fish that have distinct characteristics based on gender. Male dolphin have square heads like the one pictured above. Cows on ...

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  • May 1

    May Fishing on Fire

    Published May 1st, 2019

    April Fishing Recap April was a stellar month for sailfish. We spent most of the month live baiting with the kites which yielded an average of 3 sailfish per trip. We had 8 days where we caught more than 10 sailfish per trip. Our best day yielded 24 sailfish out of 30 bites which is red hot. The sails were a bit late this year but we'll take it! The sailfish bite should continue to be decent all the way until June. Wreck Fishing during May Wreck fishing has been pretty solid. May is probably the best time of year to wreck fish overall. Amberjack frequent most of the deeper shipwrecks accompanied by a few grouper for which the season just opened. In addition, the permit spawn continues on the shallower wrecks until about mid May. Permit fishing is only really possible on a full day but these fish are definitely worth the chase! Permit are a catch and release fishery. These fish are picky and only really like to eat live crabs. Pound ...

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  • Jan 22

    Kite Fishing Charters Miami

    Published January 22nd, 2019

    Kite Fishing on the Edge January and February are a great time of year off Miami. South Florida is unique because it is one of the few sections of coastline in the continental United States where we have a short run to the fishing grounds. Just 5 miles off Miami's coast is an area we call "the edge." During winter most of the fish are concentrated on this drop off in 100-300 feet of water. Unlike summertime where we often run 10-20 miles offshore, we have the luxury of catching bigger fish closer to shore during the winter. With this being said, half and 3/4 day trips are more than adequate this time of year. A good day of kite fishing starts with having a livewell full of frisky live baits. Here at Double Threat Charters, we take our bait fish very seriously! We have 8 bait pens around the boat which we try to keep stocked with the best bait time or money can buy. In our slip we ...

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  • Nov 30

    November Fishing Report

    Published November 30th, 2018

    November Fishing Report: Looking to get out on the water this weekend?  Check out what we’ve been catching off Miami to maximize your success.  The fall fishing has gotten off to a slow start, with the usual migrations of blackfin tuna, mackerel, and sailfish a little behind schedule.  Don’t fear, there is still plenty of action to be found offshore if you’re willing to switch up tactics.  The live bait kite fishing has been slower than to be expected, even when the optimal conditions of blue water and north current are present over the reef.  Trolling has been more productive than live baiting, especially in the shallower depths. The migrations of baitfish such as ballyhoo, sardines and herring are finally starting to arrive.  Predatory fish know this and are moving in shallow to capitalize on the abundance of bait.  Keep an eye out for showers of ballyhoo on the oceanside flats and patch reefs.  It’s not uncommon to ...

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  • Oct 11

    October and November Fishing Report

    Published October 11th, 2018

    October is a bit of a transition month off Miami with conditions changing by the day. With the tail end of dolphin season upon us, the answer to a successful trip doesn't necessarily involve punching it way offshore. In fact, some of the best fishing during October usually takes place from the edge in 100 feet of water out to 1,000 feet.A variety of factors influence where and how we fish during fall. With the summer doldrums coming to an end, we are often met with moderate east and northeast winds during the fall. In addition to an onshore flow of wind, there is usually an influx of bait on the reef in the form during this time of year. Ballyhoo, mullet, and spanish sardines, begin to amass in serious numbers and there are no shortage of predators in hot pursuit. Fishing Bait Showers Nearshore With more wind and moe bait, dolphin, tuna, kingfish, and more can all be caught shallower than 500 feet during fall. On many days, we even see ...

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  • Aug 31

    September Fishing in Miami

    Published August 31st, 2018

    The kids are back in school but summer is by no means over. This summer has produced consistent fishing and we expect that September will be no different. Fall is definitely around the corner, but now is still a great time for dolphin fishing. In addition to mahi-mahi, kingfish, wahoo, blackfin tuna, and more are on the edge.  Half Day Fishing Charters During Summer Fishing during the summer is usually productive if you are in the right place at the right time. On half day trips, we are usually limited to about a 10 mile range offshore. On some half days, we bolt offshore and look for dolphin. The decision to whether or not we run offshore is usually dependent on the weather as well as the fishing during the days prior. Dolphin fishing can be time consuming as you cover ground trying to find concentrations of fish. During half days we have a limited window so it's go big or go home if we target dolphin.  If ...

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  • Jul 10

    Fishing During July in Miami

    Published July 10th, 2018

    July Fishing Miami July is the middle of summer for us in South Florida. As far as the weather is concerned, we can usually expect calm seas during most of our trips. During the "summer doldrums," we are often graced with high pressure, calm winds, and warm weather. Usually the seas are two feet or less. There is almost always rain in the forecast but this weather is usually isolated. Thunderstorms usually flare up in the afternoons during summer. These systems usually form over the Everglades and on most days we don't even see any rain offshore. We get questions about the rain during summer on a regular basis but it is rarely an issue. Overall, summertime is a great time of year to get out with the family. With calm seas and great fishing, summertime fishing in Miami is hard to beat. A Typical Summer Fishing Trip Wreck Fishing On an average trip during the summertime we usually run straight offshore. We sometimes make a quick ...

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  • May 23

    Fish Species During June in Miami

    Published May 23rd, 2018

    Fish Species During June in Miami Summer fishing is upon us! We have had a great assortment of fish offshore. Depending on the conditions we have had shots at sailfish, mahi-mahi, kingfish, grouper, blackfin tuna, amberjack, and more. I'll do a quick breakdown of some of the different species we can expect this time of year. I'm going to talk about blackfin tuna, mahi-mahi, and amberjack. Feel free to check out the links for other fish we expect this time of year such as sailfish and kingfish, on our target species page. Blackfin Tuna Fishing Miami  One of our favorite fish to target this time of year are blackfin tuna. This time of year, blackfin averaging 20-30lbs migrate along our coast. These fish are most easily targetted in the early morning and afternoon during low light conditions. They prefer feeding on live bait fished off the kite or with light leader on a flat line. We usually catch our tuna while kite fishing in 120-200 feet ...

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  • Apr 9

    Spring Fishing 2018

    Published April 9th, 2018

    April and May Fishing Miami I'll be honest, this winter wasn't the best we've had. We averaged a few sailfish per trip and had plenty of good days but it wasn't the season we hoped for. Fortunately, spring is here and the bite has picked up tremendously. Historically, springtime fishing off Miami has always produced. We have had 3 double digit sailfish days during the last month. We caught 12 one day, 10 the other, and 14 on the most recent trip. In addition, we have had nice kingfish around, amberjack, permit, and more. With a nice mixed bag and plenty of sailfish around, we can definitely say that spring is here and it won't disappoint.  Sailfishing During 2018 The kite fishing has been very steady since March. We have caught 155 sailfish so far this year out of 75 charters. We have averaged about 2 per trip but have had some stellar days as well. Sailfish are a lot of fun and make a great introductory billfish. They are very photogenic ...

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  • Dec 1

    Winter Fishing for Sailfish, Dolphin, and more

    Published December 1st, 2017

     Temperatures have been much more mild ranging from 65-80 degrees. With this cooler weather, many of the fish have moved closer to shore as they migrate to the south. We have been catching sailfish, mahi mahi, kingfish, tuna, grouper, and morel The great thing about fishing during late fall and winter is that we don't travel far to find the fish. We usually end up successful even on shorter half days. most off our fishing is done within 5 miles of shore which isn't a bad commute for a boat that cruises at 20 mph. Kite fishing is the go to method for fishing this time of year. This technique involves live bait, light tackle, and is very hands on. The great thing about kite fishing is you never know what will be your next bite. The sailfish have really shown up but there are also mahi, kings, and more around. This keeps things interesting while live baiting. Winter is always an exciting time of year off Miami. When ...

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  • Jul 24
  • Sep 22

    Fall Fishing in Miami

    Published September 22nd, 2016

    Stellar Fishing with the Onset of fall September has a reputation for being a slow month of fishing off Miami but I strongly disagree. It can be a great month for mahi mahi offshore. In addition the swordfishing begins to pick up, blackfin tuna begin cruising in 300-1000 feet of water, and kingfish swarm the reefs. The sailfish bite really starts to pick up around September and we also have shots at wahoo, amberjack, snapper, and more. We saw great fishing this past August and September. The mahi fishing wasn't the best we've seen but we did have plenty of good days. We also caught countless blackfin tuna, kingfish, vermillion and yelloweye snapper, some wahoo, swordfish, and more. Epic Week of Early Fall Fishing in Miami This last week in particular was one of the best weeks of fishing I've experienced off Miami and it happened in September of all months. Over the course of 4 trips, we caught 5 swordfish to 150 pounds, an estimated 300 pound blue marlin, a sailfish, over 40 dolphin ...

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  • May 10

    May and June Miami Fishing

    Published May 10th, 2016

    May Fishing off Miami Spring of 2016 has been another great season as anticipated and the fishing has continued to stay strong. During April we caught countless sailfish and had quite a few days with big kingfish, mahi, amberjack, cobia, swordfish, wahoo and more. The quantity and quality of fish per trip was definitely pleasing to our customers. We had a lot of multiple hookups, sailfish almost every trip, and packed plenty of meat for our customers to take home on most of the trips. May and June Miami Fishing should be just as good.     Spring Fishing during May Although April is behind us, we still have the end of spring and early summer to look forward to. The blackfin tuna showed up in numbers during mid April and we have been catching them almost every trip. The fish have been averaging about 20 pounds but we have caught plenty in the 25-30 pound range and even boated a few over 30 pounds including this 34 pounder below. Blackfin tuna are hard ...

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  • Jan 6

    Miami Winter Fishing

    Published January 6th, 2016

    Sailfish Are Here- Miami Winter Fishing We live in a special place. Winter in Miami is not like the same as the rest of the country. "Cold fronts" merely drop the temperatures into the 60s and give way to sunny skies and great fishing. With the Gulf Stream keeping water temperatures well above 70 degrees during even the coldest months, our fishing stays consistent year round. With each passing cold front, more and more fish are pushed south along our coast giving way to excellent fishing and a great opportunity for our northern neighbors to escape the cold should they take a trip down here. This season has been great so far and winter of 2016 should continue to produce like all the years prior. December Fishing is definitely a consistent time of year.   Kite Fishing During Winter During summer and fall we typically find ourselves using a variety of techniques to adapt to changing conditions. During a single charter we might troll, bottom fish, sight fish, and ...

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  • Aug 14

    Summer Fishing in Miami

    Published August 14th, 2015

    Summer Fishing in Miami- Epic Mahi Bite July and August is a great time of year off Miami. Calm weather coupled with great dolphin fishing makes it an awesome time to get out on the water. Dolphin (mahi mahi) are awesome gamefish for all anglers. They are strong, tasty, ravenous, and often plentiful. As far as dolphin fishing is concerned, the last few months have been as good as it gets. Big Bull Dolphin caught during July. This is one of many we caught this size during the last few months. Big Bull Dolphin caught during July. This is one of many we caught this size during the last few months. Dolphin are schooling fish that congregate near structure in the deep, open ocean. On a typical day of dolphin fishing. we usually catch bait before heading offshore into water that is over 1000 feet deep. We usually set a trolling spread of 5 or more baits and begin covering water. We use binoculars to spot birds, floating debris, seaweed, or any ...

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  • Aug 14

    Spring Fishing Recap

    Published August 14th, 2015

    Spring Fishing Recap- April May and June We've run over 100 charters since our last report and it is safe to say that plenty of fish were caught. We were caught up in peak season working almost every day but things are finally settling down. Between fishing and boat maintenance, we definitely had our hands full. It's August while I'm writing this so I'm going to break everything down in 2 reports. This one will be a recap of spring and the following will detail some of the trips from this summer. April, May, and June were great months as usual. We caught plenty of mahi, amberjack, grouper, blackfin, sailfish, cobia, wahoo, swordfish and more. I'll post a few of our more impressive catches so we can catch up.  This 47 pound bull dolphin ate a kite bait on May 4th. After an hour fight on 20 pound line we managed to get him to the boat. This was probably the coolest fish we caught this spring and ...

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  • Mar 13

    April Fishing in Miami

    Published March 13th, 2015

    Spring is Here! If I had to choose 2 months to fish in South Florida it would be March and April. The springtime migrations are in full spring and the weather averages about 80 degrees. In addition, steady east winds push the Gulf Stream in close making for consistent fishing.   A typical day during spring with a nice mixed bag of sailfish, dolphin, and amberjack Fishing in Miami during March March has been great so far with a mixed bag of species and consistent action while kitefishing. We have been averaging 2-4 shots at sailfish per trip and have had multiple days with 5 or more shots. The great thing about targeting sailfish is that we use light tackle and live bait to target these fish. This puts us in a position to catch plenty of other species including dolphin, wahoo, kingfish, blackfin tuna, cobia, and more. We have been averaging 5-10 dolphin fish per trip and have had several trips where we catch over 20 while kitefishing. In addition, we have had ...

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  • Jan 15

    December Fishing Reports Miami

    Published January 15th, 2015

    Winter Fishing Report in Miami With frigid temperatures across much of the US, charters really pick up beginning in December. We have been very busy during the last few months so we haven't had much time to report. The fishing has been good and it has been a pretty mellow winter down here in Miami. Fall was actually chilly by our standards but the cold fronts were few and far between during most of December and now January. Light winds and a high temperature near 80 degrees on most days has made fishing very comfortable. We have been catching countless species from sailfish to golden tile fish offshore and snook and redfish inshore. One of the many sails to be had this winter Great Fishing all Winter Long Offshore- The fishing has been consistent offshore. Grouper season closed at midnight on December 31st but tile fish opened the next day. We don't mind the trade off because tilefish are equally delicious and fun to catch. The picture below is ...

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  • Nov 3

    Miami Daytime Swordfishing Charters

    Published November 3rd, 2014

    Fall Swordfish Action Miami Daytime Swordfishing Charters Daytime Swordfishing Aboard the Blue Yonder Our Miami daytime swordfishing charters offer both electric and manual methods of getting hooked up to big broad bill swordfish. Since September we've experienced a consistent run of calm fishing days coupled with multiple swordfish bites as Fall took full effect. Over the course of four trips we were fortunate enough to have produced 7 bites which were all eventually brought to the boat. The onset of Fall signals many different migrations in South Florida, including a push of larger swordfish. While some individuals are still tried and true night time diehards, we have focused our efforts on capturing the elusive broad-bills where they hunt during the day. Our daytime fishery is easier and more comfortable to access, less wear on our passengers, and offers clearer shots of big fish in great visibility. We usually fish in depths reaching 1500'-1900' and employ a single bait on the bottom. Atleast 12lbs of lead is considered standard, and more ...

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