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Freshwater Peacock Bass & More

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26 ft 1 - 4 People From $600
Fishing in Weston

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Cat Fish Hunter

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22 ft 1 - 6 People From $400
Fishing in Delray Beach

Lake Fishing Trip near Miami

Fishing Frenzy!

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19 ft 1 - 3 People From $350
Fishing in Delray Beach

Lake Fishing Trip near Miami

Lake Ida Freshwater Slam

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20 ft 1 - 3 People From $225
Fishing in Fort Lauderdale

Flats, Inshore Fishing Charter near Miami

Everglades Trip - 21’ Storm

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21 ft 1 - 2 People From $400
Fishing in Delray Beach

Lake Fishing Trip near Miami

Canal Fishing For Peacock Bass

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23 ft 1 - 4 People From $450

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Fishing in Florida City
Fishing in Florida City
Fishing in Florida City
trip description for Key Largo Peacock Bass in Florida City

Experience the excitement of freshwater fishing with Captain Charles on this fishing charter in Key Largo! Captain Charles is an expert guide with years of experience in fishing for Peacock Bass, Mayan Cichlids, Tilapia, Oscars, and other invasive species in the region's freshwater canals and lakes. There may also be opportunities for Tarpon and Snook, which like to hang out in warm, brackish water. As you embark on your fishing adventure, you'll be surrounded by the lush tropical landscape of South Florida. The clear freshwater canals and lakes offer some of the best fishing opportunities in the area, and Captain Charles knows just where to take you to maximize your chances of catching these hard-fighting and sought-after species. The fishing charter is equipped with top-of-the-line gear, including high-quality rods and reels, live bait, and lures. Captain Charles will provide you with all the necessary equipment and techniques to reel in these invasive species. You'll have the chance to catch a variety of fish species, including Peacock Bass, Mayan Cichlids, Tilapia, Oscars, and other invasive species. These fish are renowned for their size, strength, and fighting spirit, making for an exciting fishing adventure! Captain Charles will cater to your needs and preferences, ensuring that you have an enjoyable and successful fishing trip. Whether you're a seasoned angler or a first-time fisherman, Captain Charles will provide you with the guidance and expertise to make the most of your time on the water. So what are you waiting for? Book your fishing charter with Captain Charles today and experience the thrill of freshwater fishing in South Florida. Whether you're looking for a fun family outing or a challenging fishing adventure with friends, Captain Charles has everything you need for an unforgettable experience on the water! Read More

Lake Fishing Trip near Miami

Key Largo Peacock Bass

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26 ft 1 - 4 People From $650
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Fishing in Lantana
Fishing in Lantana
Fishing in Lantana
trip description for Unreal Peacock & Clown Knife Action in Lantana

Captain Carlos' freshwater charters allow you to catch a variety of species, you don't just target one. Some common catches include peacock bass, largemouth bass and clown knife fish. These trips are extremely consistent and can produce all day action. All too often, he puts his client on so many fish that trips are called early by his clients because their arms are too tired to continue! Check out the carousel above to see some of the species you can expect to catch. Every private charter you book is run solely by Captain Carlos. Charters take place aboard a 19' polar bay boat. This boat is powered by a 2021 Suzuki 150hp engine. The boat is equipped with Garmin Electronics and a Minn Kota trolling motor. This fishing charter service is very family-oriented and welcomes all ages and groups. Meet up location can occasionally change depending on the day and where the best fishing is in the area, but Carlos will commonly pick up his guests from The Hive Waterfront Restaurant & Tiki in Lantana, FL. The hive is located at 2412 Floral Rd, Lantana, FL 33462. It is a great place to grab some delicious food and drinks after your charter! You will need to buy your fresh water fishing license before the trip, but otherwise, Captain Carlos will have everything else you need for a succesful day out on the water. This charter will give you the experiences and moments that you will never forget! Read More

Lake Fishing Trip near Miami

Unreal Peacock & Clown Knife Action

100% (1)
19 ft 1 - 4 People From $225
Fishing in Delray Beach
Fishing in Delray Beach
Fishing in Delray Beach
trip description for 4 hr AM Exotics in Delray Beach

On this trip, we'll use live bait and artificial lures to target the exotic species that call South Florida home . Pecock Bass , Clown Knife fish , and Bullseye Snakehead are the main targets, but don't be surprised to catch a variety of other species. The lakes and canals here are truly fishermen's paradise . Read More

Lake Fishing Trip near Miami

4 Hr AM Exotics

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18 ft 1 - 3 People From $350
Fishing in Delray Beach
Fishing in Delray Beach
Fishing in Delray Beach
trip description for Canal Fishing for Peacock Bass in Delray Beach

If you’ve never been to Delray Beach before, you’re missing out. These productive waters are home to some spectacular Peacock bass, Largemouth Bass, Peacock Bass, Clown Knifefish, and Hybrid Striped Bass. No matter if it’s your first time on the water or if you’re an experienced angler, Johnny will lead the way! You’ll be fishing aboard Johnny’s 22-foot bay boat equipped with a 250 HP Yamaha engine, a GPS, fishfinder, live bait well, wireless trolling motor, and an ice box. This boat can accommodate 4 anglers. Johnny likes to use a variety of techniques, including light tackle and spinning. If you would like to fly fish, let Johnny know before the trip. Make sure you bring a valid Florida freshwater fishing license, some food and drinks for the day, sunscreen, and a hat. Johnny will take care of all rods, reels, tackle, lures, and live bait if it’s available in season. If you want to fly fish, Johnny will provide the equipment, but feel free to bring your own. Bring your kids or your angling buddies and head out to a fishing adventure to remember! Read More

Lake Fishing Trip near Miami

Canal Fishing For Peacock Bass

100% (1)
23 ft 1 - 4 People From $450
Fishing in Fort Lauderdale
Fishing in Fort Lauderdale
Fishing in Fort Lauderdale
trip description for Everglades Trip - 21’ Storm in Fort Lauderdale

Head out with a veteran guide in Captain JP and he'll put you on some of South Florida’s most revered freshwater fish species. Whether you’re looking to catch the Florida staple: Largemouth Bass or something more exotic like Peacock bass or Clown Knifefish your guide JP knows how to do it all! When fishing the Everglades with JP you will be exploring the maze of canals and waterways that hold tons of fish. These waterways are dam regulated and the water level can change which can be a major advantage for JP and you of course. When the water levels are high the fish bask in the sun and mill around on the flats allowing you to stalk fish and target bigger fish. When the water levels go down, the fish are forced off the flats and into deeper pockets of water where they're all consolidated in the same place. Though the specimens are often smaller when the water is low, you can easily catch fish until your arms are too tired to catch anymore! The Everglades areas are one of the most popular fishing spots for JP's clients. On these private bass fishing charter, enjoy a tailor-made experience for you and your group. Cruise around the scenic waterways, learn the basics, or hone your fishing skills with tips from JP who has over 30 years of experience wearing out the Bass in these waters. All other lures, tackle, rods, reels, and other gear is included, and JP's 21ft Storm Bass Boat comes stocked with bottled water and ice, however, you are more than welcome to bring any beverage or food that you would like onboard. All you need to bring is your Florida freshwater fishing license and you'll be all set! Whether your trip is about the chance to catch a giant Florida largemouth, or just the opportunity to make memories with family and friends, rest assured JP will provide a fun, professional, and fantastic experience​! Read More

Flats, Inshore Fishing Charter near Miami

Everglades Trip - 21’ Storm

100% (1)
21 ft 1 - 2 People From $400
Fishing in Delray Beach
Fishing in Delray Beach
Fishing in Delray Beach
trip description for Lake Ida Freshwater Slam in Delray Beach

Head out with Skip and prepare for an action-packed day of Florida freshwater fishing! Lake Ida is a perfect sanctuary for freshwater fishing near the beautiful Florida coast. This trip is perfect for families, and kids are welcome! On this trip, Skip will motor you out into Lake Ida where you can expect to target exciting species such as Peacock Bass, Clown Knifefish, and Largemouth Bass. The only method you'll need to catch these distinctive, colorful fish is classic light tackle. Just let Skip know what fish you want to catch and he'll get you set up with whatever's biting that time of year! You'll be fishing aboard a 20’ G3 Deluxe bay boat that can comfortably fit 3 anglers. This do-it-all vessel will have no problem getting you to where the fish are biting! Skip will provide all rods, reels, tackle, and live bait. All you need to bring is sunglasses, sunscreen, any snacks or drinks you might need and a Florida fishing license. He also includes a cooler stocked with ice and water. Book your trip today and get ready for an exciting freshwater trip! Read More

Lake Fishing Trip near Miami

Lake Ida Freshwater Slam

100% (7)
20 ft 1 - 3 People From $225
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Other Trips in Miami

Fishing in Miami
Fishing in Miami
Fishing in Miami
trip description for Freshwater Peacock Bass & More in Miami

Experience the excitement of freshwater fishing with Captain Charles on this fishing charter in South Florida! Captain Charles is an expert guide with years of experience in fishing for Peacock Bass, Mayan Cichlids, Tilapia, Oscars, and other invasive species in the region's freshwater canals and lakes. There may also be opportunities for Tarpon and Snook, which like to hang out in warm, brackish water. As you embark on your fishing adventure, you'll be surrounded by the lush tropical landscape of South Florida. The clear freshwater canals and lakes offer some of the best fishing opportunities in the area, and Captain Charles knows just where to take you to maximize your chances of catching these hard-fighting and sought-after species. The fishing charter is equipped with top-of-the-line gear, including high-quality rods and reels, live bait, and lures. Captain Charles will provide you with all the necessary equipment and techniques to reel in these invasive species. You'll have the chance to catch a variety of fish species, including Peacock Bass, Mayan Cichlids, Tilapia, Oscars, and other invasive species. These fish are renowned for their size, strength, and fighting spirit, making for an exciting fishing adventure! Captain Charles will cater to your needs and preferences, ensuring that you have an enjoyable and successful fishing trip. Whether you're a seasoned angler or a first-time fisherman, Captain Charles will provide you with the guidance and expertise to make the most of your time on the water. So what are you waiting for? Book your fishing charter with Captain Charles today and experience the thrill of freshwater fishing in South Florida. Whether you're looking for a fun family outing or a challenging fishing adventure with friends, Captain Charles has everything you need for an unforgettable experience on the water! Read More

Lake Fishing Trip in Miami

Freshwater Peacock Bass & More

100% (4)
26 ft 1 - 4 People From $600
Fishing, Hunting in Miami
Fishing, Hunting in Miami
Fishing, Hunting in Miami

Invasive Species, Lake Fishing, Hunting Trip in Miami

Peacock Bass + Iguana Cast & Blast

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18 ft 1 - 4 People From $700
Fishing in Miami
Fishing in Miami
Fishing in Miami
trip description for Peacock Bass, Snook & Tarpon Charter in Miami

We are local South Florida licensed and Insured USCG Captains. Passionate fisherman With 30+ years of experience, we love providing a great thrill and adventure to all our clients. We truly enjoy seeing our clients catch world class fish, while creating memories that will last a lifetime. ​ Our knowledge and experience puts us ahead of the competition. Each charter adventure covers different areas of water including lakes, canals & other urban habitats that are each unique in their own ways. Every bite in each one of our adventures has the possibility of being an IGFA world record. Read More

Inshore, Lake, Nearshore, River Fishing Charter in Miami

Peacock Bass, Snook & Tarpon Charter

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19 ft 1 - 2 People From $449
Fishing in Miami
Fishing in Miami
Fishing in Miami
trip description for Miami Beach Deep Sea in Miami

On this epic offshore fishing charter, you'll get out on the beautiful blue water of South Florida aboard Captain Ramon's 37' SeaVee center console and take down some big fish! This trip is all about big-game fishing, and you'll be chasing a full roster of pelagic sportfish, including Amberjack, Blackfin Tuna, Sailfish, Wahoo, Mahi, and more! Captain Ramon is a seasoned fisherman and his spent his whole life fishing the South Florida Gulf and Atlantic sides. He knows all of the best spots and techniques to help you reel in the big one. Whether you're an experienced angler or just starting out, Captain Ramon will provide you with expert instruction and guidance to make sure you have a great time on the water. During your fishing charter, you'll have the opportunity to target a variety of pelagic sportfish, including Blackfin Tuna, Kingfish, Wahoo, Mahi and more. These powerful and exciting fish are sure to provide you with a thrilling fight and a memorable experience. Captain Ramon's 37' SeaVee is equipped with state-of-the-art fishing equipment and technology, including outriggers, iceboxes, and a livewell to keep your bait fresh. We also have a comfortable cabin with air conditioning and a bathroom for your convenience. Book your fishing charter with Captain Ramon today and experience the thrill of fishing in the beautiful waters of the South Florida. Whether you're a seasoned angler or just looking to try something new, we guarantee that you'll have a great time and create some lasting memories! Read More

Deep Sea Fishing Charter in Miami

Miami Beach Deep Sea

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37 ft 1 - 6 People From $1,500
Fishing in Miami
Fishing in Miami
Fishing in Miami
trip description for "Bahamas or Bust" Trip - 37’ SeaVee in Miami

On this epic offshore fishing charter, you'll get out on the beautiful blue water of the Bahamas aboard Captain Ramon's 37' SeaVee center console and take down some big fish! This trip is all about big-game fishing, and you'll be chasing a full roster of pelagic sportfish, including Amberjack, Blackfin Tuna, Sailfish, Wahoo, Mahi, and more! Captain Ramon is a seasoned fisherman with years of experience fishing in the Bahamas. He knows all of the best spots and techniques to help you reel in the big one. Whether you're an experienced angler or just starting out, Captain Ramon will provide you with expert instruction and guidance to make sure you have a great time on the water. During your fishing charter, you'll have the opportunity to target a variety of pelagic sportfish, including Blackfin Tuna, Kingfish, Wahoo, Mahi and more. These powerful and exciting fish are sure to provide you with a thrilling fight and a memorable experience. Captain Ramon's 37' SeaVee is equipped with state-of-the-art fishing equipment and technology, including outriggers, iceboxes, and a livewell to keep your bait fresh. We also have a comfortable cabin with air conditioning and a bathroom for your convenience. Book your fishing charter with Captain Ramon today and experience the thrill of fishing in the beautiful waters of the Bahamas. Whether you're a seasoned angler or just looking to try something new, we guarantee that you'll have a great time and create some lasting memories! Read More

Deep Sea Fishing Charter in Miami

"Bahamas Or Bust" Trip - 37’ SeaVee

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37 ft 1 - 6 People From $3,750
Fishing in Miami
Fishing in Miami
Fishing in Miami

Deep Sea, Inshore, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Miami

Reef Wreck Drift

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30 ft 1 - 5 People From $975
Fishing in Miami
Fishing in Miami
Fishing in Miami
trip description for Deep Sea Trip in Miami

Our trips include water,ice, plenty of ice and cooler space. You keep your catch we will cut and bag fish for you to take. questions please call Capt Sig Read More

Deep Sea, Inshore, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Miami

Deep Sea Trip

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43 ft 1 - 6 People From $1,000
Fishing in Miami
Fishing in Miami
Fishing in Miami
trip description for Marvelous Miami Fishing Experience in Miami

Enjoy a great day of fishing with Captain Sig. Anglers at any level that want to fish in Miami can seek the thrill of kite-fishing, off-shore deep sea-fishing and trolling. Captain and Crew are eager to engage at your desired skill level. Clients book with Sig because they know they get real deep sea action with the expertise, equipment and speed enjoyed by the pros. Here in Miami, the Atlantic features tropical waters and the Gulf Stream. Both are key to consistently productive fisheries, calmer waters and happy clients. Our highly experienced Captain and crew will take you to the action for one of the most professional, action-packed and enjoyable fishing adventures around. Read More

Deep Sea Fishing Charter in Miami

Marvelous Miami Fishing Experience

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43 ft 1 - 6 People From $1,000
Fishing in Miami
Fishing in Miami
Fishing in Miami

Flats, Inshore, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Miami

Inshore Fishing

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28 ft 1 - 6 People From $750
Fishing in Miami
Fishing in Miami
Fishing in Miami
trip description for Expert Level Spearfishing Trip in Miami

If you need an introduction to what spearfishing is all about, this trip is not for you! Damien is a skilled and experienced spearfisherman who knows the waters of Biscayne Bay like the back of his hand and offers these trips to clientele that have destination reefs in mind that other charters might not offer. On a typical spearfishing charter with Damien, you'll start your day at the marina, where you'll board his spacious and well-equipped 28' Bertram sportfisher. Once you've reached the first spot, Damien will anchor the boat and guide you as you enter the water. The clear waters of Biscayne Bay offer excellent visibility, allowing you to see the fish below. Damien will lead you to the best spots for catching a variety of fish, including Snappers, Hogfish, Barracuda, Lobsters, and many more! As you dive, Damien will provide expert guidance and assistance, helping you best conserve your breath, "hide" from the fish underwater, and take accurate shots. He'll also be on the lookout for any potential hazards, such as underwater currents or sharks, and will provide instruction on how to safely navigate these obstacles. After a few hours of spearfishing, you'll re-board the boat and head back to the marina with your catch! At the end of the day, Damien will help you clean and fillet your fish, so you can take them home to enjoy a fresh, delicious meal. Whether you're an experienced spearfisherman or just looking for a unique outdoor adventure, a spearfishing charter in Biscayne Bay with Damien is an unforgettable experience. Read More

Nearshore Fishing Charter in Miami

Expert Level Spearfishing Trip

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28 ft 1 - 4 People From $1,500
Fishing in Miami
Fishing in Miami
Fishing in Miami
trip description for Miami Lobstering Trip - 28' Bertram in Miami

A spearfishing charter in Biscayne Bay is a thrilling and unique way to experience the underwater world! Biscayne Bay is a beautiful, clear-water bay located off the coast of Florida, known for its rich marine life and abundant fish species. Your guide, Damien, is a skilled and experienced spearfisherman who knows the waters of Biscayne Bay like the back of his hand and knows how to reliably put his clients on their preferred targets. On a typical spearfishing charter with Damien, you'll start your day at the marina, where you'll board his spacious and well-equipped 28' Bertram sportfisher. As you head out onto the waters of Biscayne Bay, Damien will provide you with all the necessary spearfishing gear, including a spear gun, mask, snorkel, and wetsuit. He'll also give you a safety briefing and instructions on how to use the equipment properly. On this trip, you'll head out over the reefs to hunt down Spiny Lobsters, which are easy to catch and delicious to eat! As you dive, Damien will provide expert guidance and assistance, helping you best conserve your breath, "hide" from the fish underwater, and take accurate shots. He'll also be on the lookout for any potential hazards, such as underwater currents or sharks, and will provide instruction on how to safely navigate these obstacles. After a few hours of spearfishing, you'll re-board the boat and head back to the marina with your catch! At the end of the day, Damien will help you clean and fillet your fish, so you can take them home to enjoy a fresh, delicious meal. Whether you're an experienced spearfisherman or just looking for a unique outdoor adventure, a spearfishing charter in Biscayne Bay with Damien is an unforgettable experience. Read More

Deep Sea Fishing Charter in Miami

Miami Lobstering Trip - 28' Bertram

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28 ft 1 - 6 People From $1,500
Fishing in Miami
Fishing in Miami
Fishing in Miami
trip description for Offshore fishing in Miami

Launch out of Dinner Key with Captain Christopher for an epic day experiencing everything the Miami waters have to offer! Relax with Captain Chris, everything is always under control. His local knowledge & patience for finding the fish is unparalleled, (recently landing a 400 pound Blue Marlin) made a crew of 3 women memories for a lifetime! To make sure you have the best possible charter experience, Captain Christopher is ready and rearing to do any kind of fishing you'd like to do. Whether that's chasing Swords, kite fishing for Sails, deep dropping for Tilefish, jigging, or bottom fishing! He can even guide spearfishing adventures, though you'll have to bring your own gear for that. Captain Christopher has some secret honey holes where the Snapper bite is on rain or shine. So if all else fails, which is rarely the case, Captain Christopher will make sure you get back to the dock with a cooler full of fish! Captain Christophers' brand new Dusky Center Console is 29 feet from propellor to bow. The whole front of the boat is a padded lounge area, making this charter great for families and avid fishermen alike! Not to mention, she comes loaded with everything you could possibly need for a successful day out on the water from rods, reels, and tackle, to fishing licenses, ice, soft drinks and water! All you need to bring are some snacks and your shades, Captain Christopher will take care of the rest! One note is that you will get bait after meeting at the dock. You and Captain Chris can try and go out and catch the bait yourselves but it is also available for purchase. Captain Chris likes to tell his clients: "If time is of the essence, rather than burn time messing around catching bait, there are plenty of guys selling bait as we leave the dock and the 20-40$ is often well-spent cash head straight out to the bigger fish." But like everything else with Captain Chris, the decision is up to you! Read More

Deep Sea Fishing Charter in Miami

Offshore Fishing

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28 ft 1 - 6 People From $750

Everything to Know About Booking a fishing trip in Miami

What are the best clown knifefish fishing trips in Miami?

Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 11 clown knifefish trip in Miami: Freshwater Peacock Bass & More guided by Charles.

Our guides in Miami are rated a 5 out of 5 based on 2703 verified reviews on Captain Experiences.

All guides on Captain Experiences are licensed, insured, and vetted by our team. You can access their reviews, click through trip photos, read bios to get to know them, and preview trip details like species, techniques, group sizes, boat specs and more.

Other popular cities nearby for booking a Clown Knifefish charter include Fort Lauderdale, Weston and Florida City.

Looking for kid friendly clown knifefish guides / fishing lessons in Miami? Check out our beginner and family friendly clown knifefish guides in Miami.

What types of clown knifefish fishing trips are common in Miami?

Lake fishing is the most popular for clown knifefish in Miami as well as river fishing, inshore fishing, and flats fishing.

The most common fishing techniques in Miami are light tackle fishing, live bait fishing, and artificial lure fishing but sight casting and fly fishing are popular as well.

How much does a Miami clown knifefish fishing trip cost?

for clown knifefish in Miami prices can range anywhere from about $325 to $1,000, but the average price for a half day trip for clown knifefish in Miami is $510. The average price for a full day trip for clown knifefish in Miami is $785.

What month is best for clown knifefish fishing in Miami?

The most popular season for clown knifefish fishing in Miami is spring, and most anglers book their trips 4 days in advance.

Do I need a Miami fishing license for clown knifefish and what are the bag limits for clown knifefish in Miami?

If you’re thinking about a saltwater trip, you’re in luck! Our saltwater fishing tours in Miami don’t require you to purchase a fishing license – your group is covered by your boat’s captain. For freshwater trips, you’ll still need to purchase a license. See here for more information on fishing licenses, bag limits, and fishing season regulations in Miami. When in doubt, your fishing guide will always know the right rules and regulations.

What is clown knifefish fishing in Miami all about?

Clown knifefish, scientifically known as Chitala ornata, are a unique and fascinating species found in the warm waters of Miami. Native to Southeast Asia, these exotic-looking fish have established populations in Florida's freshwater lakes, canals, and slow-moving rivers. Known for their elongated body and distinctive black spots, clown knifefish are prized by anglers for their fighting ability and striking appearance. Despite their name, these fish are not aggressive and are generally peaceful, making them popular additions to aquariums as well.

In Miami, clown knifefish can be found in various freshwater habitats, including the Everglades and surrounding water bodies. They are primarily nocturnal feeders, hunting for prey such as small fish, crustaceans, and insects under the cover of darkness. Anglers targeting clown knifefish often use live bait such as minnows, shiners, or earthworms, presented near structures like submerged logs, rocks, or vegetation where these fish are known to congregate. Patient anglers who fish during the early morning or late evening hours have the best chance of encountering these elusive and captivating fish.

While clown knifefish are not native to Florida, they have become established in the region's freshwater ecosystems and provide an exciting angling opportunity for local fishermen. Their unique appearance, combined with their challenging behavior, makes them a sought-after target species for anglers looking to test their skills in Miami's diverse fishing grounds. Whether casting from the shoreline, fishing from a kayak, or exploring the city's canal systems, anglers have the chance to encounter these exotic fish and enjoy the thrill of landing a clown knifefish in the waters of Miami.

What are the most popular months to fish for clown knifefish in Miami?

Clown knifefish, also known as Chitala ornata, are a year-round presence in the freshwater habitats of Miami, Florida. Unlike some species that migrate or have distinct spawning seasons, clown knifefish are relatively stationary and can be found in Miami's waterways throughout the year. Their preference for warm, slow-moving waters means they are commonly encountered in canals, lakes, and rivers, where temperatures remain favorable for their survival and feeding behaviors. As a result, anglers have the opportunity to target clown knifefish in Miami's freshwater ecosystems regardless of the season.

While there may not be specific seasons for targeting clown knifefish in Miami, their behavior and activity levels can vary based on environmental factors such as water temperature and weather conditions. During the warmer months, when water temperatures rise, clown knifefish may become more active and aggressive in their feeding behaviors. Anglers may find success targeting them during dawn and dusk when these fish are more likely to venture out in search of prey. However, they can still be caught during cooler months, albeit with potentially slower activity levels and different feeding patterns.

Overall, the flexibility of clown knifefish in Miami's freshwater habitats means anglers can pursue them year-round with relative success. Understanding their habits and preferred environments can increase the likelihood of a successful catch, regardless of the season. Whether casting from the shoreline, fishing from a boat, or exploring Miami's extensive canal systems, anglers have the opportunity to encounter and engage with these captivating fish throughout the year.

What techniques are popular for catching clown knifefish in Miami?

When targeting clown knifefish in Miami's freshwater environments, anglers often employ a variety of fishing techniques to entice these elusive creatures. One popular method is using live bait, such as small fish or shrimp, rigged on a hook with a leader and weight to mimic natural prey. Anglers may cast their bait near structures like submerged trees, docks, or bridge pilings, as clown knifefish are known to frequent areas with cover and ambush points. Patience is key when using this method, as clown knifefish can be cautious feeders and may take some time to strike.

Another effective technique for catching clown knifefish in Miami is using artificial lures that mimic their natural prey. Soft plastic swimbaits, crankbaits, and jerkbaits can all be effective when presented in a lifelike manner. Anglers may experiment with different colors, sizes, and retrieval speeds to find what works best on any given day. Slow and steady retrieves are often preferred, as they allow the lure to move naturally through the water and entice strikes from curious clown knifefish.

Additionally, fishing with light tackle or spinning gear can enhance the angler's ability to detect subtle bites and provide a more exciting fight when hooked up to a clown knifefish. Light rods and reels paired with light monofilament or braided line allow for greater sensitivity and maneuverability, making it easier to feel the delicate taps and twitches characteristic of clown knifefish strikes. Properly setting the drag on the reel is essential to prevent the fish from breaking off during the fight, as clown knifefish are known for their powerful runs and acrobatic leaps when hooked. Overall, combining the right gear with effective presentation techniques can increase the chances of success when targeting clown knifefish in Miami's freshwater habitats.

What other species are popular in Miami?

In addition to clown knifefish, Miami offers anglers a diverse array of species to target in its freshwater and saltwater environments. One popular option is the largemouth bass, which inhabits the numerous lakes, canals, and freshwater bodies found throughout the region. Known for its aggressive strikes and strong fights, largemouth bass fishing in Miami can be exhilarating, especially during the spawning season in spring when fish are more active.

Another sought-after species in Miami's saltwater areas is the snook. These elusive fish are known for their powerful runs and challenging fights, making them a favorite among anglers. Snook can be found in a variety of habitats, including mangrove shorelines, bridges, and flats, and are often targeted using live bait, artificial lures, or fly fishing techniques. While snook can be caught year-round, they are particularly abundant during the warmer months when they migrate to shallow waters to spawn.

For those looking for a thrilling offshore fishing experience, Miami offers opportunities to target species like mahi-mahi, wahoo, and sailfish. These pelagic species can be found in the deeper waters offshore, where they feed on baitfish and other prey. Trolling with rigged baits or lures is a common technique for targeting these species, and anglers can expect fast-paced action and impressive fights when hooked up to these powerful fish. Whether fishing inshore or offshore, Miami's diverse ecosystem provides ample opportunities for anglers to pursue a wide variety of species year-round.

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    It was an excellent trip. We had fun and caught lots of fish. My two nephews loved it and are ready to go again. Skip was a very nice guy and certainly knows a lot about the variety of fish that exists in Lake Ida.

    Steven W. with Skip S. of Delray Beach, Florida

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    Amazing day out in the water with Capt Charles ! He worked hard to give us a superb experience of the Miami peacock bass scene. Look forward to do it again with Charles , so much fan and some incredible fish !!!

    Stefano R. with Charles O. of Miami, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    JP was an absolute treat to go out and fish with. The whole experience from catching fish to listening to JP’s stories and fish expertise was amazing. My son and I will book again with JP, AKA, The BassWhisperer! Jason Richard Tucson, AZ

    Jason R. with Jp M. of Fort Lauderdale, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Johnny was great. It was the best freshwater fishing trip I had ever been on. I will definitely be going with again. Thank you Johnny for such a wonderful time.

    Steven W. with Johnny S. of Delray Beach, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Capt Carlos was great! Looking forward to the next time.

    Bob C. with Carlos I. of Lantana, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Great fishing trip with Skip!

    Wally M. with Skip S. of Delray Beach, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Brian was an awesome guide on Lake Ida. Put us on a variety of fish in a short amount of time. His boat and gear are perfect for Lake Ida. We had a great time, great guy to talk with and fish. Will definitely book with Brian again. 5 STARS!!

    Kevin C. with Brian K. of Delray Beach, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Great experience. He spends a lot of time with you fishing and is a very clean cut person.

    Charles A. with Brian K. of Delray Beach, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Charles got us on big fish and really taught us a lot. Outstanding guiding skills. Will definitely use again. Greg

    Greg R. with Charles O. of Miami, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Lunker Peacock city. Great guide, great experience, and great company. I'll be a regular with Captain Charles.

    Jorge B. with Charles O. of Miami, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Charles is the MAN. Can't ask for much more when it comes to a fishing charter. Took us to all the hot spots he knows about. Kept fresh bait on our lines from start to finish. Good music playing. And most importantly just a good wholesome dude who's easy to get along with and happy to help us! Would recommend to anyone trying to catch some fish while in the area!

    Scott O. with Charles O. of Miami, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Skip was awesome. I took my two boys out with him, age 5 and 6, and they had a blast!

    Jenny S. with Skip S. of Delray Beach, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Skip gave us the best guide we’ve ever been on and we fish a lot back home. Absolute 10/10 experience if your thinking about booking with him just do it you won’t have any regrets.

    Seth B. with Skip S. of Delray Beach, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Really good with novice anglers, adult and child. Got us onto plenty of big fish during a slow time / cold snap. Great time with Skip and looking forward to future outings

    Martin M. with Skip S. of Delray Beach, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Skip gave us a great day, he was very professional, knowledgeable, safe, and fun to be with. It was a wonderful experience. I would give him 6 stars out of 5.

    Stan B. with Skip S. of Delray Beach, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Your motto stands true! We booked a damn good fishing adventure with Captain Skip on Lake Ida. He managed our fishing time well, searched and found the fish we were looking for and catered to all fishing levels in our group. He is a seasoned and knowledgeable guide. Finished the trip with Peacock Bass, Clown Knives, Strippers and native large mouth Bass. We are looking forward to another trip when we return to WPB.

    Michael B. with Skip S. of Delray Beach, Florida

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