Species of fish we target
The gladiator of the sea. The Broadbill Swordfish is one of the ocean’s top predators worldwide. Ranging from the coldest temperatures of the deep dark ocean to the warmest of surface currents, this apex predator goes wherever it wants to go on a never ending quest to eat eat eat. Swordfish are a spectacular fighting fish who will fight for hours with the pulling force of an elephant and the power to jump clean out of the water. This is one fish that should be on everyone’s bucket list and will give you an experience you will never forget. Miami is the epicenter of swordfishing and we are dialed in with the knowledge to get you on one of these beasts that can grow to over 500 pounds! Swordfish can be caught day or night.
Mahi Mahi are considered by many to be the strongest game fish pound for pound. These fish are voracious predators who will attack just about anything including bare hooks. Their acrobatic tendencies are an exhilarating experience for all to enjoy. They are a beautiful sight to see, sporting some of the most vibrant colors of any ocean fish and have a table fare that is hard to beat. Mahi are caught year round in Miami although they are most plentiful in the spring and summer.
The lamborghini of the ocean. The wahoo is one of the fastest swimming fish there is reaching speeds in upwards of 50-60 mph. They are mostly caught by trolling baits at speeds of 15-18 kts. They are known for their razor sharp teeth and blistering runs when they hit the baits hence the name they have been given. A wahoo is a true trophy fish that will give you a run for your money. Considered an excellent table faring fish as well, wahoo is one of the most sought after saltwater fish.
The mighty marlin is a first class gamefish known worldwide. The two most common types found in the waters off of Miami are the White and the Blue Marlin. White Marlin are the smaller of the two usually weighing from 40-80 pounds, but don’t let their size fool you, they are a very formidable opponent. Their big cousin, the Blue Marlin, is one of the biggest fish in the ocean growing to a colossal size of over 1000 pounds. We carry all the necessary heavy duty fishing gear that is required to catch these fish. A true trophy fish that few can say they have caught.
Sushi time! There are a few different tuna species that can be caught off the Miami coast. The most common is the Blackfin Tuna. These delicious little tunas are caught here year round and are generally about 5-10 pounds with some bruisers hitting 30 pounds. They are caught trolling or live baiting and are a blast to catch on spinning tackle. The much larger Yellowfin Tuna are much harder to find unless we run to the Bahama side of the gulf stream. Skipjack tuna and Bonito are pretty plentiful and are caught year round.
Sailfish tournaments are among the most competitive in South Florida bringing in boats and fishermen from abroad. These fish are mostly caught close to shore with live baits hooked to kite lines, although they will hit trolled baits as well. During the fall and winter season, it is common to catch multiple sailfish on a trip with occasional double and triple headers. Sailfish love to jump and are a great fight on light tackle but are mostly caught and released due to their poor food quality.
Kingfish or King Mackerel are plentiful off of Miami pretty much year round. They are a tough fighting fish and can be caught consistently by drifting live baits or by trolling ballyhoo and or strip baits on planers. Wire leader is a must to keep their razor sharp teeth from cutting the line. Once a school is located, multiple fish can be caught by staying in that area. The average kingfish weighs about 10-20 pounds but some over 50 pounds are caught occasionally. Kingfish are best eaten cooked in a smoker.
Sharks stand alone at the top of the food chain. There’s no need to tell you why as I’m sure you already know. Fearless, solid muscle predators with a vise grip jaw and flesh shredding teeth, yet they are no match for our experienced fishing crew. We have the big game gear and the know how to find and catch these monsters of the sea. The most common species we catch here in our Miami waters are the Hammerhead, Mako, Thresher, Bull, Blacktip, Reef, and Tiger. If you’re looking for an epic battle, you’ve found it!
If you’re looking to rack up the species list, then reef bottom fishing is where you want to be. This type of fishing is generally done by anchoring up on a reef and chumming the water to attract fish. This can be done in the daytime or night. The deeper reefs and wrecks are usually fished by drifting live baits on the bottom without chumming. The extensive list of fish caught while reef and wreck fishing include amberjacks, barracuda, yellowtail mangrove and mutton snapper, black gag and red grouper, king and spanish mackerel, jack crevalle, african pompano, cobia, sharks, grunt, porgy, triggerfish, and many more.
Deep drop fishing is done mostly between 400 ft to 1000 ft deep. Electric reels are usually the norm due to the extreme depth and the heavy lead weights used to get your baits all the way to the bottom and keep them there. Hand cranking from these depths is not an easy task but if you’re looking for a work out it can be done. The rigs consist of multiple baited hooks, a large lead weight ranging from 5-10 pounds, and a light so the fish can find the baits on the bottom where sunlight doesn’t reach. Many different species can be caught deep dropping, the most common include blackbelly rosefish, barrelfish, gray and golden tilesfish, and snowy mystic and yellowedge groupers.
The Bahamas lie just 60 miles east of our coast making it very easily accessible on our fishing yacht. The Bahamian waters are rich with sea life and combine all the fish mentioned above and more all in one place. Not only are the fish more plentiful but they are bigger. A typical day is spent trolling for mahi, wahoo, and yellowfin tuna followed by deep dropping for a variety of delicious snappers and groupers. You can also bring your snorkel gear if you’d like. A Bahamas trip to the island of Bimini requires a two day minimum to get the most out of the 60 mile run. Of course we can stay longer if you prefer. We leave around noon the day before and get there around 3-4pm. The rich gulf stream waters are the perfect grounds for mahi, wahoo, tuna, and marlin, and we will catch them at will all the way there. This does NOT count as a day of fishing. We like to be there already to start your first day of fishing bright and early in the morning. After a 10 hour day of fishing, we check back in at the dock so you can relax and have dinner/drinks, whatever your preference. The following day, we start fishing again bright and early for another 10 hours and fish all the way back home to Miami. We also frequent other islands in the Bahamas including Walkers Cay, Harbor Island, Chub Cay, Nassau, and Boat Harbor. These islands lie further away and require a 4-5 day trip. The furthest islands we travel to are San Salvador and Cat Island which require a 7-8 day trip. Whether we spend 2 days or 10, a Bahamas fishing getaway riding in style on our fishing yacht is an unforgettable trip for you and your friends or family. Hotel rooms are not included.