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texascalvintexascalvin Posts: 12 Greenhorn
Hello ladies and gents,

Im gonna be down in Miami in mid may and my hopes are to hire a guide to chase some tarpon and or goliath grouper. Lemay seems to be the forum favorite for tarpon, how about a grouper guide? The other days im there i wanna chase some peacock bass. Can anyone point me in the right direction as fishing for peacock bass on foot or do i just find the nearest body of water and start chunking lures? Or can i tag along with anyone?

What else should attempt out there in Miami? Any must visit destinations? restaurants? fish/wildlife experiences I need to try while there?

Thanks in advance.


  • duckmanJRduckmanJR Posts: 21,265 AG
    What else should attempt out there in Miami?

    Try and not get shot or robbed....

    Go to " Calle de Ocho " and get some Cuban food.
    There are many roads to travel
    Many things to do.
    Knots to be unraveled
    'fore the darkness falls on you
  • RollinRollin Posts: 1,549 Captain
    If you want to bank hop for Bass, a few Peas, maybe a Tarpon or Snook, then head West on the Tamiami Trail. Also known as SW 8th street in Miami or highway 41. Bring bug spray no matter where you go.
  • texascalvintexascalvin Posts: 12 Greenhorn

    any particular type of lures to use? not sure what the difference is in texas fishing vs florida fishing.
  • RollinRollin Posts: 1,549 Captain

    any particular type of lures to use? not sure what the difference is in texas fishing vs florida fishing.

    Currently I'm in a rut with the Zoom Toad, but I also like the Zoom Super Fluke, Senkos and sometimes a small Spinnerbait. If I'm targeting Peas I'll use the little Fluke Junior in bright colors or the equivalent from other suppliers. When you get into the peas you're going to be working the baits a lot faster than what a Bass fisherman would normally be comfortable with.

    I dig the topwater bite and I catch a lot of my fish in dense well structured conditions. Think in terms of Lilly pads, all kinds of grass, down tree limbs, moss and any kind of debris. Weedless is very important.

    I spend a lot of my time walking along the bank with the wind at my back. I'll be casting down the canal on the side I'm standing on. Be prepared for some spectacular explosions.

    Good luck and let us know how it goes.
  • FibberMckeeFibberMckee Posts: 12,826 AG
    Get out of urban Miami & head to Islamorada or Marathon in the Keys, or go across to Flamingo.
  • mickeyd44mickeyd44 Posts: 55 Greenhorn
    Good luck. Main thing is to have fun and enjoy the weather and water here in the Sunshine State. As a recently transplanted Tejas fisherman(Rockport/Fulton/Freeport) you may find that the fishing in our part of the Gulf is heads and tails above anything you might find in South Florida with Texas having fewer fishermen, more generous bag limits, much easier and open access to fishing waters. You might also be challenged by the different variety of fish found in Florida, both fresh and salt species. Lots of pretty country, friendly folks and great weather which should make for a very fun experience.
  • texascalvintexascalvin Posts: 12 Greenhorn
    while im in miami, i may head down to the keys to chase tarpon. any guides yall would recommend for mid may? Ive spoken to capt bob lemay (sounds like an awesome and knowledgable guide), and he suggested I look towards Islamorada. I hope to find a guide that will have an opening for me (may15-17)
  • DogDocDogDoc Posts: 686 Officer
    lower Keys Capt Bill Welder
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