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By: Shayne Benowitz

What You Need to Know About Fishing in Miami

From the shallow flats of Biscayne Bay and expansive Florida Bay in Everglades National Park to the depths of the Gulf Stream in the Atlantic Ocean, Miami is a true mecca for fishermen. With such diverse ecosystems supported by mangroves, coral reefs and a warm, fast-moving current, Miami’s waters teem with inshore and deepwater species that make for a delicious dinner or a great mount. Whether you’re a newcomer to fishing or your vacation revolves around the sport, you’ll find ample opportunities to reel in a big one in Miami.

Deep Sea or Flats Fishing

Depending on the type of fishing experience you want to have, the choice in Miami is largely between deep-sea and flats fishing. A deep-sea trip typically involves heading into the blue of the Atlantic Ocean in search of the big fish that skirt the Gulf Stream, while flats fishing is done in the shallow waters of Biscayne Bay or Florida Bay. Deep-sea fishing involves trolling your line at great depths, whereas flats fishing usually involves fly-fishing techniques.

Fishing Seasons

While fishing conditions are typically best from late fall through late spring, fishing is a year-round sport in Miami. Some individual species are limited to specific seasons for sustainability purposes, and certain fish have size and daily bag limits. A knowledgeable guide will have all of this information and will steer you to the right spot at the right time to maximize your chances of getting a great catch.

Fishing Charter
Local fishing captains can take you to the best fishing spots near Miami.

Fishing Charters

For the serious fisherman or someone who’s simply looking for a personalized fishing experience, a half- or full-day private charter with an experienced guide is your best bet. Though they’re pricey, the memories you’ll create make it well worth the expense. Night trips through Biscayne Bay’s flats are also popular since certain species, like swordfish or tarpon, are more active then. These private charters typically accommodate up to six anglers.

For those who simply want to give fishing a whirl, “party” boats are larger vessels that can accommodate up to 100 anglers. On those boats, you’ll get less personalized attention from an individual guide, but you will be assisted by a team of crew members ensuring everyone is having a good time and getting their bait on the hook. So-called party boats are a great, budget-friendly introduction to fishing. For both private charters and party boats, bait, tackle and equipment are typically provided.

Miami has more fishing guides and charters than you can count. A few to consider include Top Gun Fishing Charters, Miss Britt Charters, Outcast Charter Fishing and Bouncer’s Dusky 33. For party boat charters, seek out the Reward Fleet or the Kelley Fleet. You can also simply head to one of Miami’s many marinas to inquire about charter boat availability.

Pier at Sunny Isles Beach
The pier at Sunny Isles Beach is a fun stop for the family.

Where to Fish From Land

Who says you need a boat to go fishing? You can take your rod and reel, bait and tackle box to any of a number of spots in Miami to fish from land. Here are a few favorites.

South Pointe Park Pier: Located at the tip of South Beach at Government Cut, South Pointe Park Pier not only makes for a picturesque stroll, but it’s also a prime fishing spot for snapper and Spanish mackerel.

Haulover Inlet Jetty: Similarly, Haulover Inlet, which separates Bal Harbour from Haulover Beach, offers a great spot to cast your line for jack crevalle, Spanish mackerel, bluefish and red snapper.

Newport Fishing Pier: Located in Sunny Isles Beach, the Newport Fishing Pier extends a half mile into the Atlantic Ocean, opening up the possibilities for a wide variety of fish species. 

Pelican Harbor Marina: The Pelican Harbor Marina, located at the 79thStreet Causeway, allows fishing off the backside of the boat ramp.

Oleta River State Park: A lovely park just west of Sunny Isles Beach, Oleta River State Park has a fishing pier where you can drop a line for snook, pompano and redfish.

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