I recently bought a new 2005 24 foot Shearwater Bayboat. This boat is totally set up for light tackle fishing. It has every option needed for making your day of fishing a success. Starting with a 225 H.P Yamaha 4 stroke outboard. This is the quietest, most reliable motor on the market. The boat has 3 live wells and can keep, upwards of 700 baitfish alive. When bait is plentiful, it’s not uncommon for me to catch that much. What I like to do is, take the bait somewhere it’s not so plentiful, and live chum. This can really cause a feeding frenzy. The boat has an awesome low range color depth finder/ GPS combo. This helps in locating schools of baitfish and marking structure on the bottom such as artificial reefs and wrecks. I also tow my boat with a new 2005 F150 crew cab. One of the biggest reasons for the equipment being important, there’s nothing worse than canceling a trip last minute, because a truck or boat won’t start. The majority of the people I fish, look forward to these trips months in advance. Equipment is critical in this business, and I believe I have the best possible for my clients. When it comes to fishing Miami or fishing Fort Lauderdale. This boat is set up for both inshore and offshore.
For those looking for big game and a serious challenge. This area also offers excellent night fishing for Tarpon and Snook. In the winter time some monster Tarpon will exceed the 100-pound mark. These locations are easily accesses from anywhere in Miami or Fort Lauderdale.
In the winter and spring we fish the canals of the Everglades. As the lack of rain lowers the water levels fish begin to congregate in the canals. When this happens banner days are in the forecast. Large Mouth Bass are targeted with soft-plastics and top water lures. In the summer and fall Peacock Bass get the call. These brilliantly colored, aggressive game fish can really put on a show. Even on windy days this area is very comfortable and easily accessed from Miami or Fort Lauderdale.
What To Bring
I will provide all the fishing rods and bait, tackle and fishing license. I will also have a cooler with ice on board. What you will need to bring is any food, beverages, polarized sunglasses, hat, sun block and a camera. Feel free to bring your favorite fishing rod or lure.
The great thing about fishing the Upper Keys is you can start sight-fishing the Gin clear waters of the keys while en-route to Flamingo via water through Florida Bay back country. This is truly back country fishing at it’s finest. In my boat it’s about 45 minutes from Islamorada in the keys to Flamingo. With lots of opportunities on the way, it makes for a great day of fishing. Keep in mind Tarpon season is best from April through June, with fish over 100-pounds both day and night is not uncommon.
Flamingo-Everglades National Park
For a fisherman or just anyone who enjoys nature “This is God’s Country”. This place is completely alive with wildlife. From giant American Alligators at the boat ramp to salt water Crocodiles in the creeks. Hundreds of species of birds frequent this location. The fishing here is second to none. Shallow water site fishing, wreck fishing, and fishing mangrove shoreline are just a few of the fun things to do. All kinds of game fish are available year round. Tarpon, Snook, Redfish, and Trout are some of the most sought after. With all these positives there is a slight drawback, accessibility is generally about an hour and a half to two hours drive from Miami or Fort Lauderdale. A very minor sacrifice to fish a place so beautiful.
North and South Biscayne Bay
Fish calm, protected, and clear waters of Biscayne Bay and Biscayne National Park. From stalking elusive Bonefish, to non-stop rod-bending action with the ever-present Sea Trout and Barracuda hide. This location has it all for the most experienced of anglers or novice. North Biscayne Bay is an excellent place for children and novice anglers to learn new techniques while enjoying lots of action.