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In Miami for a few days...

I'm going to be working in Miami for a few days and I plan to take my boat with me. 18' hydra sports. I'm curious about Biscayne Bay. I've never been there. I'd love to get into some mutton snapper if there's any to be had. What might be a good bet for the area? I'm only going to be fishing one full day.


  • FS JeffFS Jeff Posts: 376 Moderator
    edited March 2018 #2
    I lived in Miami for a few years and had a 17 HydraSports. You're a brave man--be prepared to handle yourself and your boat in an urban environment where traffic is crazy, parking is expensive and unpredictable, and people may try to steal your stuff. Hate to say that, but that's what it's become. 

    If I had my old boat down there in the next few weeks, I'd poke outside Government Cut, catch some thread herring on the range markers outside the cut  (No. 6 green sabiki), and then drift in 100 feet of water. Sailfish, dolphin, tuna, etc.. Bring a box of sardines and some 1 -2 ounce bucktail jigs in case you blank on the live bait--you can drift the sardines and catch all kinds of fish. Freeline, too.  Put one on bottom and maybe a mutton, too.  That's if the wind is 10-15 knots, no more.

    If windy, get a load of live shrimp and a few blocks of chum and anchor in one of the channels you'll see on your chart, south of Key Biscayne.  You'll catch small muttons, grunts, possibly mackerel, bonefish, etc.   Still a lotta great tackle shops down that way. Crook&Crook, etc. 

    If it's really windy (as it has been for a while and likely will for the next several weeks), honestly, I wouldn't bother hauling my boat down there. Too risky.   

    PS: You could book a few hours on one of the partyboats (Reward Fleet is good) for less than it would cost in fuel to trailer and run your own boat down there...  

    Jeff Weakley
  • CoastalCatchCoastalCatch Posts: 515 Officer
    Good advice..take it!  :)

    'The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it.' ~ George Orwell

  • mik8881mik8881 Posts: 116 Deckhand
    Go to Lauderdale. 
  • CoastalCatchCoastalCatch Posts: 515 Officer
    mik8881 said:
    Go to Lauderdale. 
    He said he's working in Miami...

    'The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it.' ~ George Orwell

  • Aquaholic IVAquaholic IV Posts: 1,073 Officer
    Just south of Rickenbacker Causeway with live shrimp or DOA shrimp on a popping cork, make noise for trout.  The very West side of channel, drift just south of the causeway until lined up with hospital or Viscaya.  Also Spanish Mackerel in that area.  Also, just south of NW 79 Street, both sides of Bird island.  The entire flat is full of trout.  Good luck.
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