The success of a reef fishing trip starts by taking the time to scope out where the reefs lie, a step that can be considerably simplified by taking advantage of a depth finder. Maps are also a tried and true, surefire solution as many of them already have GPS coordinates printed on them.
As is typically the case with any fishing trip, consistency is not a guarantee when it comes to reef fishing. A reef may proliferate with fish one day and then there may be very few fish the next. However, major reefs tend to provide greater reliability and are usually swarming with all kinds of species of fish.
Besides where the reef is located, the weather is also going to play a pivotal role in the success of your reef fishing trip. Factors such as the wind may affect the tide and current speed. Boats have to remain over the reef while keeping steady to ensure a better fishing experience. Hence, if you’re only warming up your reef fishing skills it’s best to stick to familiar waters or take advantage of a guide who has the experience.
Heavy action fishing rods are an essential component of a successful reef fishing experience if you wish to snag something sizeable. Spinning gear is an option, but you’re definitely going to want a free spooling trolling reel.
This update is by Free Spool Sport Fishing, a custom built 43’ Sports Fisherman Free Spool at Haulover Marina offering an exciting deep sea fishing experience for anyone including families, friends or business associates. Spearheaded by Miami native Captain Dennis Forgione. We fish for many different species of fish and we specialize in kite fishing for sailfish and mahi, live bait fishing for kingfish and other game fish. For more information on sport fishing Miami or to book a charter fishing Miami trip, please call 305-582-5445.