Hallo.. Me and some friends are planing a trip to Miami this summer. I have done a lot of different fishing, but never Marlin. When it comes to price, how much must I calculate with? What will the minimum for one day out on the ocean with boat and guide be ?
Last edited by lund; 01-01-09 at 03:06 PM.
We fish out of Marsh Harbour in the Bahamas, which is a short 1 hr plane ride from Miami. You have a much better chance at landing a blue or white marlin here, than in the Miami area. This is especially true from the month of May, through August. Multiple shots at Marlin are very common with a lot of mixed bag species such a big dolphin, tuna and wahoo mixed in.
We are located at the world class Abaco Beach Resort, which offers a laundry list of amenities, as well as other vacation activities for everyone, especially families. We are currently offering package rates in conjunction with the resort and restaurant that are the best value around.
Check out our website, or e-mail me directly and I can give you more specifics on your unique fishing/travel needs.
Thanks for asking and however you choose to hook your first marlin, I wish you much success !!
Captain Kevin M. Deiter
I realize that in today's economy money is an issue, however after fishing numerous times with Capt Kevin Deiter, paying him to guide me to Pelagic beasts is well worth the expense. I have dreamed of catching large bills, "waaahooo", wahoo, bull mahi, and sashimi tuna and Capt Deiter has made everyone of those dreams come true. He is a true proffesional, a tireless fisherman, and a guy who is genuinely just fun to hang out with. He's willing to give up some of his secrets but like all good charter captains it would take years of fishing with him to learn them all.
If you want to catch better than average fish, then look up Reel Candy, ask for Capt Kevin Deiter at the Abaco Beach Resort, and you wont be disappointed.
How much does it cost, though? The man wants to know!
This will run you in the neighborhood of 1200-1500 depending on the charter. There are not many marlin caught off of Miami. Most captains will make a run to the Bahamas to target marlin. Although, some run to the edge and troll. The gulf stream is very close and marlin are there. Try and contact some of the more well known operations and ask questions.
Bouncer Smith and Jimbo Thomas are two well known guys that come to mind. There are others, but many run private boats. I can get some more names if you are interested.
Here is an option to consider.............swordfish
Follow the catches for SE Florida on this website:
and it will give you a list of captains and catches presently and historically for the area. A friend called down the other day and a night of swordfishing is $900 before tip. Swordfish and sailfish are the predominant billfish species just north of the area (Miami) that you are fishing. Marlin are a less frequent species caught and although I do not know exact days of fishing for marlin for actual marlin tagged or released I suspect is is well in excess of 10 days of fishing per marlin caught; and more likely approaching 15 to 20 days. The billfish foundation found this to be the best fishery in the world for swordfish; whereas other locations are much, much, much better for marlin. So the swordfish catch per days of fishing is much higher and old Xiphias Gladius is one fine fighting fish. We have fished a number of boats from Stuart to Hillsboro Inlet catching sails and swords. The first of those two don't give much of a fight and summer will not be primetime for sails. However both sons caught swords in the middle of August a few years back on consequtive nights. I personally got skunked and ended up going to Venezuela to get some. Rules of thumb when billfishing is to monitor the bite and hit the area when the bite is prime; fish no more than two fisherman per boat; don't go for the cheapest boat in the fleet, instead use a seasoned captain and mate; and fish as many days as possible. I think that a medium size, 45 foot boat for a day of marlin fishing, will run you about 2 grand plus when tips, food, and all is said and done; with petro prices being what they are. My recommendation is spend the day on South Beach and a few nights out in the Gulf Stream drifting squid and live baits for swordfish. Go to Venezuela or Cabo like the rest of us do if you want to catch marlin daily; it's a short flight and more affordable; especially Cabo. Here is another forum to study those locations:
Have a good time and best of luck.