Wreck & Reef Bottom Fishing Miami
Bottom Fishing with Cut Bait
I enjoy Bottom Fishing Miami. If you are on the right spot and the fish are bitting, it is normally “insta bite” instant gratification. The wrecks off Miami & Miami Beach are alive with all sorts of Snappers, Jacks, Groupers, Cobia, Trigger Fish & Other assorted smaller bottom
fish. Above the bottom are Kings, Tuna’s & other pelagic fish. We use two different main methods of Bottom Fishing. The first is what we call a“Chicken Rig”. This is a multiple hook up, and down rig with the lead on the bottom. The hooks are on dropper loops in the middle with a swivel to connect to the fishing rod. This rig is used to catch bottom fish on cut bait. Such as Red Snapper, Vermillion Snapper, Lane Snapper, Grouper, Trigger Fish & many others.
Bottom Fishing Miami with Live Bait
The second method is dropping live baits on a long leader. We will use one to three pound lead to keep the rig in the strike zone. We use this rig with a live Pin Fish, Blue Runner, Bonita or other live bait fish. This is the best rig to target larger Grouper, Amberjack, Almaco Jack & other larger bottom fish.
This rig is the best way for us to catch our largest bottom fish. Our largest Black Grouper was over 80 lb. using a live bonita for bait. Our largest Gag Grouper was over 50 lb. & that fish was also caught on a live bonita. Another large grouper we caught this season was a 90+ lb Warsaw Grouper. We used a 3 lb live vermillion Snapper for bait. The largest Amberjack of the season was an amazingly large fish. The fish was caught on a live 6 lb Blue Runner and weighed over 105 lb. We will use baits that are so big that most fishermen would be shocked to see them go in the water. Thats how we get those giant bottom fish off Miami & Miami Beach.