Author: Double Threat Charters (Alumni)
Kite Fishing Is The Way To Go For Miami Winter Fishing!
"From the bridge we can often see the sailfish come in for the kill and sometimes even lower the bait into their mouths. "
Miami is the place to be during winter. Cold fronts that leave most of the United States covered in snow do nothing but send fish our way and in numbers! North winds behind passing cold fronts can trigger an unreal sailfish bite that is evident at every marina by the sheer number of sailfish flags flying from the outriggers of boats all over South Florida.
"We fish at a tournament style pace as we attempt to catch as many sailfish as possible per trip. "
From November to March, kite fishing is the name of the game in South Florida. To target sailfish, we usually fly at least two kites suspending 6 live baits directly on the surface which is where the sails are feeding. From the bridge we can often see the sailfish come in for the kill and sometimes even lower the bait into their mouths.
"During these months, in addition to sailfish we have shots at mahi, kingfish, cobia, wahoo, tuna and more! "
For our kite rods we use 80Lb bullbuster braid to withstand the wear and tear of the lines going in and out of the clips. We use light tackle for these fish by employing 20lb Bullbuster mono as main line since it is thinner than many other 20Lb class rated lines, and therefore performs better in lighter winds. For leader material we use 50lb bullbuster leader.
"The action can be fast-paced and a mixed bag is almost guaranteed when the conditions line up."
Unlike marlin or swordfish, our fishery isn't about how big the sailfish are, its about numbers! We fish at a tournament style pace as we attempt to catch as many sailfish as possible per trip. When the gulf stream pushes onto the reef and we have north winds, it is not uncommon to catch over 10 sailfish in a trip. These fish are highly acrobatic, fast, and definitely sure to impress even the most seasoned anglers.
During these months, in addition to sailfish we have shots at mahi, kingfish, cobia, wahoo, tuna and more! The good thing about kite fishing is that you almost never know what you will hook next. The action can be fast-paced and a mixed bag is almost guaranteed when the conditions line up. If you have never been kitefishing before, we recommend you put it on your bucket-list. It is one of the most unique types of fishing seen anywhere in the world and it was revolutionized right here in Miami.
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