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The Winter Fishing Season is Heating Up

Winter Fishing Miami is heating up as the cool weather finally rolls in from the north. As this seasons cold fronts plunge south they push the schools of bait fish south along the coasts. Just behind the bait are the predator sport game fish. Sailfish, Sharks, Tuna, Kingfish, Mahi, Wahoo and Barracuda migrate into the Miami and Miami Beach offshore and nearshore waters.

Winter Fishing with Spellbound

Winter Fishing in Miami and Miami Beach also brings great action to our local wrecks and reefs. We see Great Golden Amberjacks, Almaco Jacks, Lesser Jacks, Grouper, all sorts of Snapper (Mutton, Vermillion, Yellow Eye, Lane, and Blackfin Snappers) on a multitude of reefs and shipwrecks. We will typically use a combination of live baits and cut bait when fishing the wrecks. The bait choice depends on the targeted species.

Fishing Techniques Used During the Winter Months in Miami

This time of year trolling and live bait fishing gets us into the best action. When trolling we use a combination of natural baits and artificial lures. Baits like Ballyhoo and bonita strips work great.Winter Fishing Miami Barracuda Live bait fishing we use techniques such as Kite Fishing, Slow Trolling in the “riggers” or with a downrigger. The baits of choice are small “bullet” Bonito, Thread Herring, Blue Runners, Pilchards, Pinfish, Mullet and many others. We typically catch all of our live baits either before our charters or during the course of fishing. We will also buy live bait to save time and effort whenever available.

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).