Enjoy fishing on the 256 Bouncers Dusky, a fish-around cubby cabin cruiser with two 175 hp Evinrudes. Captain Bouncer Smith will take you out fishing on Biscayne Bay or on the Atlantic Ocean. Fly, spinning, plug casting and conventional tackle are all onboard the boat. Charters include tarpon, sailfish, snapper/grouper/cobia, tuna and shark. Evening trips and trips to the Keys or Bahamas are also available. Capt. Bouncer Smith, 3741 NE 163rd St., North Miami. Phone: 305-945-5114.
Captain Redford conducts fishing trips in Biscayne Bay, the Everglades and Key Largo, including fishing on the shallow flats, back in the mangrove country, freshwater areas and in the channels around Miami and the Keys. He offers a basic flats skiff fishing trips in the Bay for either half-day or full-day outings, including instruction and information about the beautiful Bay environment. All types of fishing techniques are availablelive baiting, spin fishing, trolling and flyfishing. His boats can carry three passengers (plus the captain), but two are preferred. Try catching bonefish, permit, shark, barracuda and jack in the Bay. Night fishing trips (primarily for tarpon) are also offered in Biscayne Bay, around Miami or in the Card Sound area. Trips departs at nightfall. Phone: 1-800-632-0394
Captain Parker can take up to two anglers fishing on his 16 Maverick. He specializes in flats fishing, usually catching bonefish, tarpon and permit out of southern Biscayne Bay. The boat usually leaves from the Ocean Reef Club in northern Key Largo. Phone: 305-669-8477 or 305-498-4811 (cell)
Capt. Jim Weber specializes in light tackle and fly fishing for Tarpon, Bonefish and Permit on the waters of Biscayne Bay and Biscayne National Park. Full, half day and evening charters are available. Primary launching points are Crandon Marina on Key Biscayne and Homestead Bayfront Park. Departures may also be arranged from Matheson Hammock and Black Point Marina. Capt. Weber trailers his Hell's Bay 17.8 Professional flats skiff and can accommodate two anglers comfortably. All ages and experience levels welcome. Fishing and casting instruction available onboard. Phone: 305-502-7506 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Captain Jim Hobales, born and raised in South Florida, takes people out on the flats of Biscayne Bay to catch bonefish and permit. All fishing tackle is included in the charter. Specialties include light tackle sight casting, spin, plug, and fly tackle, and night-time trips for tarpon. The boat can hold up to three anglers. Trips run year round. Phone: 305-362-6460 or 305-333-8149 (cell)
Chasin Tail operates an 18-foot Action Craft Flats Master. Captain Mike Patterson is a licensed Everglades National Park guide. He operates light tackle fishing excursions in the Everglades, Fort Lauderdale and Biscayne Bay. Both day and night trips are available in the Bay youll catch trout, tarpon and snook. Phone: 954-536-8127
Operating out of Haulover Marina in Bal Harbour, Corsair has 45 to 50 boats, available for deep sea ocean fishing, as well as inshore Biscayne Bay fishing. Four-hour and full-day charters are available, seven days a week. Phone: 305-773-1772.
Cruzan offers flats fishing in Biscayne Bay, fishing for bonefish, snook and tarpon, with boats leaving from Coconut Grove. Cruzan also offers a wide range of yacht charters, sail and power, available bareboat or crewed. Phone: 305-858-2822
This private charter companys 46 foot boat can accommodate up to six people. The Cutting Edge mostly cruises into the ocean but is available for Bay fishing as well, especially during the winter when the mackerel are in season. Half-day and full-day charters are available. The company also operates a 24 foot vessel for sightseeing and light fishing by groups of four people or fewer. The Cutting Edge operates daily from Sundays by the Bay on Key Biscayne. Phone: 305-361-9740
Captain Joe Gonzalez fishes Biscayne Bay in his flats skiff Hughes Bonefisher. He mainly targets bonefish, tarpon, and permit but sometimes catches shark as well. Half-day fishing trips are available from August to December. Full-day trips are available year round. Night fishing trips can be arranged. Captain Gonzalez trailers his boat and usually leaves from Key Biscayne, but can arrange to sail from Matheson Hammock, Homestead Bayfront Park or Black Point Marina. Phone: 305-642-6727
Captain Alan Sherman can take up to three adult anglers on his 21 Hughes Redfisher. He offers trips in north and south Biscayne Bay, Flamingo and the Everglades. Depending on location, youll have opportunities to catch snook, sea trout, Spanish mackerel, snapper, grouper, bonefish, permit, barracuda, tarpon and shark. Half-day and full-day trips are offered, and include fishing license, bait, tackle, rods, reel, coolers and ice. Phone: 305-757-5503
Captain Stanger has a 17 flatsboat, which he trailers in Homestead, cruising out of Homestead Bayfront Park. Enjoy flyfishing with Capt. Stanger or flatsfishing for bonefish, tarpon and permit. Trips include all tackle, bait, rods, reels and polarized sunglasses, which are needed for sight fishing. Phone: 305-258-0408 or 786-863-3381 (cell)
Captain Bill Curtis can take up to two people out fishing on Biscayne Bay aboard his 17.5 Mako flatsboat. He fishes for bonefish, tarpon and permit, with occasional opportunities to catch jackfish, ladyfish, snapper and grouper in the channels. Captain Curtis trailers his boat and usually departs from either Crandon Marina on Key Biscayne or Homestead Bayfront Park. Half-day and full-day tours are offered, and include cooler and all tackle. Phone: 305-279-6699
Captain Kenneth Collette specializes in shallow water site fishing. He also takes people on general bottom fishing trips. He owns two boats, a 20 Key Hopper and an 18 Action Craft, aboard which anglers usually catch tarpon, bonefish, permit, barracuda or shark. Half-day or full-day tours for up to two people. Coolers and tackle are included. Captain Collette trailers his boat in Fort Lauderdale. Phone: 954-463-0512
Mark the Shark takes passengers out aboard his 50 Hatteras, Striker-1, for half-day or full-day charters on Biscayne Bay or in the Atlantic. He specializes in light tackle big-game Atlantic sportfishing. Guests often catch tarpon and snook on his Bay charters. Trips can be booked for any day of the week and usually leave around 7:30 a.m. The boat is docked at the Biscayne Bay Marriott. Phone: 305-759-5297
The Old Hat is a custom 41 Hatteras sportfishing yacht, tournament rigged and ready for deep sea fishing off the coast of South Florida. Old Hat leaves from the Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa in Hollywood. The company also offers smaller vessels for groups up to four. Or, charter the boat to come down to Miami for lunch and sightseeing on the water. Phone: 305-773-0700
Captain Dave takes anglers out in a Maverick Mirage HPX-V 17 foot shallow water skiff. He and his anglers fish the Bay for bonefish, permit, tarpon and snook. He specializes in light spinning tackle and fly fishing. Half-day, full-day or evening tours are available, and include tackle, bait and coolers. The boat is trailed out of Homestead Bayfront Park and also offers fishing tours in Everglades National Park. Phone: 305-248-6126.
Reel Times 40 sport fishing boat can hold up to six people for deep sea or Bay fishing, or swimming, snorkeling or sightseeing cruises. Docked at Montys in Coconut Grove, the boat offers half-day or full-day trips. A second, smaller boat (14) can be towed behind the fishing boat for use by one or two people. Phone: 305-856-5605
Reward offers daily fishing trips and private charters. Daily trips provide rod, reel, bait and tackle. The boat goes two to three miles offshore from the Miami Beach Marina. Anglers have a chance to catch kingfish, dolphin and sailfish. Three trips daily are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., from 1:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., and from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. The night trip usually targets snapper and grouper. You may bring your own cooler or enjoy food from their full-service galley. Private charters and full catering services are also available. Also, Reward Fishing will arrange six-passenger charter boat trips, light tackle wreck fishing, and tarpon and bonefish trips. Phone: 305-372-9470.
Biscayne Bay fishing charters are available aboard either a 2002 SeaHunter 18 or a 2002 16 Maverick HPX. Typical catches include permit, bonefish, tarpon and barracuda. Half-day or full-day trips are available. Phone: 305-246-0051 or 305-331-5142.