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  • Jul 14

    Catching Dolphin in Miami

    Published July 14th, 2014

    Summertime Fishing Report Offshore Fishing- Dolphin (mahi/dorado) are caught year round off Miami. During winter and spring however, these fish are typically bycatch. Summertime in Miami involves a completely different type of fishing. Calm winds and warm weather leads to changes in migrations and behavior of fish locally. From mid June-September we typically stow the kites and switch gears into mahi mode. We typically take advantage of the calm seas while covering ground and looking for schools of fish under birds as well as floating debris. Catching dolphin in Miami is a ton of fun for anglers of all skill levels.   As expected, the mahi fishing has been steady since June offshore. The fish have been traveling in big schools. While many of the fish have been shorts (under the legal 20'' minimum), there have still been plenty of keepers around. In addition, the wreck fishing has been good with almaco jacks and amberjack to 50 pounds. Most of our bites have been on deep wrecks with big baits. We ...

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  • May 27

    Kite Fishing for Tuna in Miami

    Published May 27th, 2014

    Spring Fishing Report 5/27 It’s been quite a while since the last report but here it is. As usual spring never fails to impress. April and May are two of my favorite times of year to fish off Miami as we catch a variety of species and sometimes put up impressive numbers. We kite fished the last few months and had some memorable charters. Kite fishing for tuna in Miami is a springtime phenomena that never fails to disappoint. Catching blackfin tuna from 20-30lbs on light tackle and enjoying tuna steaks and fresh sushi after the charter never gets old. The tuna fishing stayed productive all throughout May with sailfish and more mixed in. We also caught cobia, mutton snapper, mahi, kings, and more. On the flats we crushed the seatrout with the novice anglers and had shots at permit, mutton snapper, and bonefish during a few sight fishing trips. A quick recap: On April 4th we caught 3 Spotted Seatrout to 21’’ on ultralight tackle and fly ...

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  • Mar 27

    Kite Fishing in Miami

    Published March 27th, 2014

    Springtime Fishing Report Hands down the most effective way to present multiple live baits for offshore big game fish in South Florida is by using a fishing kite. Kite Fishing in Miami is a surefire method of attracting the attention of virtually every predatory species down here. Sailfish, Blackfin Tuna, Dolphin (mahi mahi), Kingfish, Wahoo, Cobia, Grouper, Snapper, and many more all go bananas for the distressed vibrations of bait fish presented right on the surface. By using two properly weighted and tuned kites, fisherman are capable of presenting 6 frisky live baits on the surface, with 8 not out of the question (if you're brave enough). Deep Sea Fishing Aboard the Blue Yonder Kite Fishing Tackle When presented properly very little terminal tackle is visible in the water, meaning anglers can use whatever tackle they desire. Our approach (as is standard in the industry) is to use 6 high speed conventional reels backed with 500 yards of Bullbuster Braid, and then filled to the brim with 20lb Kitevis monofilament. These reels are ...

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  • Feb 6

    Miami's Winter Fishing Adventures

    Published February 6th, 2014

    Warm Winter Fishing Report in Miami Well, while low temperatures and ice storms have been plaguing the rest of the country, Miami has remained pretty sunny and warm over the course of the winter. Overall, Miami's winter fishing adventures have experienced a mish mosh of different species and we are still waiting for that big push of sailfish to head down south, with the migrating tarpon not too far away either. Even though we are anxiously awaiting the action that spring brings to South Florida, we are already beginning to see a variety of species showing up in both the shallow flats and the deeper waters in the ocean. Deep Sea Action With the extremely variable conditions we see in the Winter, its difficult to count on targetting one species with one technique day in and day out. While keeping this in mind, all of our deep sea fishing trips have seen some sort of action in one form or another. Catches include different species of snapper, grouper, mackerel, ...

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  • Nov 13

    Winter Fishing in Miami, 'Tis the Season

    Published November 13th, 2013

    Winter Fishing in Miami It's been quite some time since our last report. We experienced steady mahi fishing all summer and fall, caught plenty of fish inshore, and we are now gearing up for winter. The seasons are changing and things only get better inshore and offshore from now all the way through spring. Winter fishing in Miami has diverse opportunities for anglers of all skill level. Sailfish Charters in Miami Offshore, sailfish, mahi, kingfish, swordfish, and more will keep people busy throughout the winter. On calm days, swordfish are accessible and typically biting about 15 miles out. Nearshore, the sailfish bite will keep improving throughout winter and spring. November-January we typically average 2-4 sails per trip but when the conditions line up double digit days are not uncommon. These fish are easily accessible for half day charters and serve as a great introductory billfish. Unlike marlin, sailfish can be caught in numbers on light tackle with consistency. Using 20lb line and kite fishing equipment allows us to put anglers ...

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  • Jul 12

    Miami Shark Fishing

    Published July 12th, 2013

    Miami Shark Fishing Charters During any Double Threat Charter you can come into contact with sharks. Lemons, nurses, and blacktips prowl Biscayne Bay flats and bulls, hammers, lemons, and countless other species hunt the ocean side channels and deeper waters surrounding Miami's coast. For those who are interested in targetting sharks specifically, a Miami shark fishing trip during the summer really can't be beat. These fish are anywhere between 4 and 9 feet long, but our typical average is around 6.5'. There are two style of shark fishing that Miami is well known for -- land based shark fishing and sharkfishing from a boat. While both target the same species, they are two completely different styles of fishing and demand entirely different tackle and tactics. Our trips are solely from boats, so our report reflects those tactics that work best for us. Shark Fishing Tackle Our Miami shark fishing trips use very straightforward rigs that evolved from some of our offshore trolling and swordfishing tactics. We like to use wind on ...

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  • May 25

    Miami Fishing Charters During Spring

    Published May 25th, 2013

    Its been a while since our last report because the fishing off Miami has been wide open! Miami fishing charters during spring are our favorite trips because of the variety of different species you can run into at any given moment. Every day has been a little bit different, but there's a reason why our captains love springtime compared to the other times of the year. The fishing always seems to be incredible. On any given day offshore action can mean sailfish, dolphin, tuna, wahoo, marlin, amberjack and many more species. But don't think that this action is limited to the offshore arena. Inshore action has been red hot as well. Earlier in the month the seatrout bite was red hot and we marked over 100 releases in one day. The tarpon are still present on the beaches and inlets, and the snook bite is picking up as the water warms up. The bonefish and permit bite has been fantastic too, and sharks are ever present in water just ...

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  • Mar 25

    Miami Offshore Fishing in March

    Published March 25th, 2013

    Miami Offshore Fishing in March Springtime is our favorite time of year to catch a variety of trophy fish in Miami. Miami's offshore fishing in march really heats up, and every day is different. Sometimes the tuna are voracious, while at other times we almost can't get away from the dolphin and sailfish. Kingfish, wahoo, and a number of other species are just as likely to eat your baits, one of the main reasons why we love Miami's offshore fishing in march; there's no telling what's on the other end of the line. Afternoon Sailfishing in Miami -- 3/8/2013 Today we had the opportunity to fish an afternoon half day. With hundreds of baits penned up we spent little time looking for the schools of pilchards that have been moving through the area. Nick marked some bait off bug light, and Brent threw the net twice filling up the remaining space in the livewell with chummer sized pilchards. Conditions looked great right out front, and for ...

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  • Feb 26

    February Fishing Reports in Miami

    Published February 26th, 2013

    February Fishing Reports in Miami-Epic Sailfishing- February 20th We left the dock at 8 am. We already had some goggle eye, thread fin herring, and pilchards but we stopped for extra bait. We loaded up on big pilchards and officially had a beautiful live well. We then headed straight out front and popped the kites up in about 150. There were about 1.5 knots of north current and conditions looked pretty good. It didn't take long before we had a triple header of dolphin. We landed 2 of the 3 and reset our spread. We slid in shallower to about 115' and a sailfish came up on our short. He swiped at it but we couldn't connect. After a little longer, we had a second shot at another sailfish. This time we capitalized. We continued to fish shallow and between 100-120', we had nonstop action for the rest of the morning. We ended up having a double header on sails and a few more singles. We also caught a bunch more dolphin, several kingfish, ...

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  • Jan 24

    January Fishing Reports in Miami

    Published January 24th, 2013

    January Fishing Reports in Miami Good Tarpon Bite January 8th On the evening of the 8th, we launched at the ramp and headed toward government cut for what we expected to be a decent tarpon bite. The last few trips resulted in several shots at tarpon along with some decent bycatch. This trip was no different. Drifting live bait resulted in some decent action. We finished the night catching 3 tarpon to 70 pounds. Final Catch- 3 for 3 on tarpon to 70 pounds Sailfishing off Miami during January 12th The day started off with much difficulty catching bait. We ended up rounding up a few spanish sardines, some cigar minnows, some hard tails, and some pinfish. This was more than most boats had in their wells and we made the call to hit the edge. We popped up the kites and put out a mid and bottom rod. There were about 2 knots of north current and blue water in tight. This was better conditions we'd seen some time. The first hit was a ...

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