Miami Fishing

What kind of fish can you catch in Miami?


Miami fishing is what I consider the most exciting thing about being in Miami. With a host of possibilities on the fish species you could catch, it would be a waste not to get on those fishing charters offered by various companies around the area. You only need a good enough budget to let you enjoy a fantastic fishing getaway.

Swordfish derive their name from their bill that looks like a sword. Swordfish kill prey by slashing them with their swordlike bill. Swordfishing can be done in Miami during day and night. Reeling swordfish from depths between 200 and 2000 feet can be exhilarating, as the fish puts up a huge fight.



Available any time of the year, the grouper is characterized by a stout body and a very large mouth. Generally, the grouper eats smaller fish, octopi and crustaceans. The grouper catches prey by ambush, lying in wait for a potential meal to drift by within striking distance. Grouper range in size from 10 and 100 pounds, with the largest being the Goliath grouper, which holds the Florida record of 680 pounds.

Miami Beach offers some of the best shark fishing in Florida, the most common being hammerhead, Mako and bull sharks. The fish reaches Miami through gulf stream current migrations and this occurs yearly. Because sharks are quite challenging to fish owing to their speed and strength, you will have to use proper shark fishing tackle and equipment.

The Dorado, dolphin fish or Mahi Mahi is characterized by a long dorsal fin and a compressed body. The fins have brilliant shades of silver, green, yellow and blue. A favorite catch, the Mahi Mahi is angled usually extensively from April to August but is available the whole year round. Above that, Mahi is delicious!



Commonly caught through dredge fishing and kite fishing using live baits, the sailfish is another type of billfish that has a giant dorsal fin resembling the sail of a sailboat. Large and fast, sailfish have a long bill, long body and giant fin that showcases lovely blue, black and silver hues.

Extremely popular for eating, the snapper can be angled on reefs, around wrecks and in clear water with swift currents. Live shrimp works best here, along with all types of bait. Kingfish or king mackerel is another fun game fish that is also good to be eaten, especially when smoked. Averaging between 5 and 50 pounds, the kingfish offers brilliant hues of blues, greens, silvers and even reds on its long slender body. Growing to as heavy as 250 pounds, the tarpon is a cunning and fierce fighting silvery fish that can execute high acrobatic flips in the air. It can grow to over 8 feet long.


Other Miami beach species include the delicious predator Wahoo, the abundant yet angling-underrated amberjack, the strong and fast snook, and the incredibly fast and rare Marlin.