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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 other signs of life or structure. The open ocean is comparable to a desert. You can go miles with no signs of life. If you find structure, small bait fish will usually be holding in the area. Dolphin aren't usually far behind. Every piece of floating debris or sargassum has it's own microcosm of life. For this reason we usually concentrate our efforts in areas with with structure while casting live baits to fish we spot. This approach can be very productive and provides a highly visual style of fishing. Stumbling upon a school of over 100 fish or watching a bull (male) dolphin inhale a live bait can be quite the spectacle. This haul of mahi was good enough for 1st place in the SFVMA Fishing Tournament on July 12th This haul of mahi mahi was good enough for 1st place in the SFVMA Fishing Tournament on July 12th.

Big Bull Dolphin caught during July. This is one of many we caught this size during the last few months.

This haul of mahi was good enough for 1st place in the SFVMA Fishing Tournament on July 12th 

This July and August saw some of the best summer fishing in years. Before leaving the dock we could pretty much count on solid fishing every day. We averaged 15-30 fish per trip and had a few days with over 40 fish. In addition we caught wahoo, blackfin tuna, skipjack tuna, sailfish, amberjack, tripletail, rainbow runners, almaco jacks and more. One one of the trips we even caught a blue marlin which is a great reminder of the fact that there are no fences out there. You never know when a trophy fish will crash the spread. Below are some pictures which should do the rest of the talking. All of these were separate trips where we caught quality fish. The dolphin fishing should stay strong during the next few months. Get out on the water and take advantage of it.

Blue Marlin off Miami

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This July and August saw some of the best summer fishing in years. Before leaving the dock we could pretty much count on solid fishing every day. We averaged 15-30 fish per trip and had a few days with over 40 fish. In addition we caught wahoo, blackfin tuna, skipjack tuna, sailfish, amberjack, tripletail, rainbow runners, almaco jacks and more. One one of the trips we even caught a blue marlin which is a great reminder of the fact that there are no fences out there. You never know when a trophy fish will crash the spread. Below are some pictures which should do the rest of the talking. All of these were separate trips where we caught quality fish. The dolphin fishing should stay strong during the next few months. Get out on the water and take advantage of it.


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