Good Fishing in Miami
<p>Fishing in Miami has been pretty good despite the warm temperatures and stormy conditions. It seems like on most trips we've had improvise and fish around the weather. Catches have ranged from snapper and some grouper on night trips to bonito, barracudas, muttons, and sailfish during the day. We have also been catching some tarpon around the bridges and in canals.
Shun and his friends Gary and Cory wanted to catch tarpon and we had good action with three shots. Unfortunately, the fish all came unglued after short fights and a few jumps. The highlight of the evening came towards the end of the trip when we landed a nice permit that ate one of our crabs. After a couple of quick pictures the fish was release to be caught again another day.
Freddy, Jim, and Carter love bottom fishing and that's exactly what we did. I was a bit disappointed when we arrived at the fishing grounds and we had a very week south current. At first, we picked through some yellowtails and also caught a nice Nassau grouper (released) and cero mackerel. Later in the evening the current finally started flowing north and the mangrove snapper turned on. In a little more than an hour we caught our limit of snapper with fish approaching five pounds. The guys were happy and ready to enjoy some nice fish dinners.
Spencer, Tyler, Zack, and Jane (mom) wanted to check out what Miami fishing was all about. We started the day dodging stormy weather and trying to make the best of it. The action got started with a big barracuda. Later we caught a few hard fighting bonitos. After the bonitos we caught a real nice mutton snapper and followed by releasing a hammerhead shark estimated at around 200 pounds. After a few more bonitos we capped off the trip with their first sailfish. The fish ate two flat lines and was quickly caught, photographed, and released. We enjoyed good action in just over 5 hours of fishing.
Matthew and Kevin wanted to fish inshore and so we concentrated our efforts in one of the area canals. The duo enjoyed good action with some small mangroves, jacks, and a small tarpon.
Last night I fished with Frank whom I met while conducting a seminar at West Marine a while back. Frank wanted to fish late and wanted to catch snook and/or tarpon. We fished around the inlet for snook using pilchards and pinfish but the snook decided to stay clear of us. After a few casts some really strong thunder storms moved in and we had to head to a nearby bridge for cover. While battling the elements, I set out a bait and it was quickly engulfed by healthy tarpon. After several jumps and runs the fish was brought to the boat and released. Shortly after the release we decided to cut the trip short and head back to the dock. On the run back to the dock the storms started to clear out and we decided to try another bridge that had been holding lots of tarpon. We presented the baits perfectly in three different areas and each time the results were the same (no bites). Apparently, something with the weather caused the fish to shut down.
Well, that is pretty much it for now. I will be fishing again later this week and have many dates still available in July and August. Mangroves and yellowtail snapper fishing is still good at night and there are still quite a few tarpon hanging around the bay. Offshore the bonito are hungry and cooperative and mixed in with them you'll catch muttons, grouper, and an occasional sailfish. If you're ready to book your Miami fishing charter you can call, email, or send a text for more information. You can also keep up with what's going on by following us on Facebook. Don't forget to LIKE us.
Capt. Orlando Muniz
Nomad Fishing Charters
About The Author: Captain Orlando Muniz
Company: Nomad Fishing Charters
Area Reporting: Miami/Key Biscayne
Bio: Capt. Orlando Muniz has been fishing the waters off Miami, South Florida and the Keys for more than twenty years. During the last couple of years, he has been featured several popular angling magazines and web sites. Orlando has a degree and background in education that better equips him to share his knowledge with customers. Fishing has always been a passion of his - one which he truly enjoys passing on to others.