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Miami Wreck Fishing

Wreck Fishing off Miami and Miami Beach started heating up this week. The strong Gulf Stream currents have finally slowed down enough to get a few baits down to the bottom. All summer the edge of the Gulf Stream and the hard North currents keep us from Wreck Fishing on the deeper wrecks. The wrecks that we have been fishing this past week are in water as shallow as 200 feet of water on out to over 400 feet of water. All of the deep wrecks we fish are less than three (3) miles from our dock. We have been catching a few nice Snowy Grouper, Vermillion Snapper & Almaco Jacks.

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Wreck Fishing is best accomplished with a few different techniques. We fish a small lighter up and down “chicken” rig for the medium snappers. We use a larger heavier up and down rig for the larger snappers and groupers. Fast “whip” jigging with white buck tail jigs in two to three ounce wights with a small Bonita Strip has been real effective on the Almaco Jacks and a grouper here and there. We are also fishing Vertical Jigs, both are fished on spinning rods with 50 pound braid line. The last method is a long leader fished with a live bait and a one to three pound lead. We catch the larger Groupers and Amberjacks on this rig. The best baits are a small live bonito or pinfish. We wreck fishing by power drifting over the deep Wrecks and holding the bait close to the bottom. Or working the bait up and down in the water column.

Capt. Jay Cohen

Capt. Jay owns and operates the Miami fishing charter Capt. Jay’s Deep Sea Fishing. Capt. Jay has fished Miami for more than 40 years and holds several I.G.F.A world records and has won multiple tournaments, including the METT tournament and the fun fish boat in the Miami Billfish tournament. Capt. Jay discovered a new species of tilefish and had the honor of naming the fish (Bahama Tiger Tilefish).