Author: Double Threat Charters
Summer Charter Fishing At Night In Miami
Down here in Miami, the summer doldrums are upon us. A great way to dodge the heat is by taking advantage of nighttime fishing opportunities this time of year. If we are fishing at night this time of year, we are typically targeting snook, snapper, or swordfish.
Calm Weather Means Night Time Swordfishing Is More Comfortable
Summer time is the time of the year in Miami when we are lucky enough to have lake calm days offshore. On nights like this, it is a great time to take advantage of the weather and venture 15+ miles offshore to get to the swordfish grounds. Tangle with the gladiator of the ocean without braving huge swells during summer months between June & Sept.
While snook fishing we like to focus our efforts around the inlets. During July these fish are spawning and will be much more aggressive than normal. Artificial lures work but pilchards, pinfish, or mullet are a great bet.
Snook Start Piling Up In In Government Cut
For snook, we like to use 60lb Bullbuster fluorocarbon leader to help with abrasion resistance. Our main line is usually 30 or 50 lb Bullbuster braid. When fishing at night, high-vis mainline definitely helps. We usually fish live pinfish in the inlets this time of year. The snook are not shy when SLAMMING the pinfish we use. It is not un-common for us to catch 4-5 snook on a calm summer night while fishing in the Government Cut.
Plenty Of Mangrove Snapper In Late Summer Months
On the reefs, mangrove snapper are readily available during the summer months. Anchoring in 30-60 feet of water on the edge of the reef line and chumming heavily is a great way to get them behind the boat. After setting up the slick, we like flat lining dead shrimp or silversides so they drift with the chum. We use either 12lb Bullbuster Monofilament or 20lb Bullbuster Braid on light tackle spinning combos for the snapper. As leader, we like to use 20lb fluorocarbon.
This type can be a blast for the whole family since it is non-stop action. You also will get some good fillets to take home with you.
Capt. Brent Feder (Double Threat Fishing Charters)
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