Welcome to the THERAPY-IV Deep Sea Fishing Blog. Captain Stan Saffan and his crew of deep sea sportfishing experts have been fishing the South Florida waters for over 40 years, providing private and shared deep sea and Biscayne Bay charter boat experiences of a lifetime to thousands of people that have had a chance to fish with them. It doesn’t matter if it’s your first time fishing in Miami or you are a master big game monster catcher, you can count on the THERAPY-IV to make your day at sea a memorable one.

We would also love to hear from you! Whether your Deep Sea Fishing Experience was with us or on your own, tell us about it! This will be a place to discuss all things Sports Fishing! Everything from products to techniques, we want to hear it all! I look forward to hearing from all you avid Deep Sea Fishermen out there!

Go get 'em!



Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Monster Fishing with THERAPY-IV

Ready to catch some big fish? THERAPY-IV has you covered. This fall, book your Miami deep sea fishing charter and get prepared to catch some monster fish! Many of the local species in Miami are large fish, putting up quite the fight when wrangling them in from the water. With an experienced captain and crew with over 54 years of experience catching monsters of the deep, you know your next fishing trip will be one to remember. 


One of the most common monster catches we see are of groupers. There are many types roaming around the Atlantic waters of South Florida and can mainly be found over coral reefs, artificial reefs, sunken ships (since they are bottom feeders), coral patches, ledges, drop-offs, and rocky bottom areas. Some groupers can reach weights of nearly 100 pounds and make excellent fighters. We typically use conventional deep-sea fishing rods and deep-sea fishing reels, but heavy equipment can be used in deeper waters. 


Marlin fishing in Miami Beach is another popular pastime. Marlins are not usually a targeted species but are often caught when looking for sailfish and sharks. They are one of the toughest fish to catch in the Atlantic. They jump powerfully when caught, either on the surface or plummeting back into the deep waters. 


Tarpons are another monster fish found in the warm waters of Miami. They are quite large and strong, so they are a favorite catch among beginners and experienced anglers. They love to put up a fight when getting reeled in, jumping and shaking about, especially with their heads while trying to throw off the hook. Tarpons can weigh anywhere from 60 to 150 pounds and are in season all year round. THERAPY-IV uses live bait and live shrimp to reel them in. 

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Grouper Fishing in Miami Beach


Grouper fish are one of the most highly sought-after deep seawater fish. You can mostly find them in warmer waters, and they vary in appearance from green or brown colors. The term grouper refers to a family of fish rather than a single species - the family of fish also includes sea bass!


Groupers have strong bodies and largemouths but aren't built for long-distance or fast swimming - great knowledge for Miami fishing anglers! They tend to be quite large, reaching weights of nearly 220 pounds. Compared to many Miami deep sea fishing fish, they do not have a lot of teeth, rather tooth plates in the back of the mouth, located inside the pharynx. Even bigger groupers are not known to attack humans.


The largest grouper ever recorded was found in the West Atlantic ocean and measured 8.2 feet and weighing 800 pounds. In Florida, the highest recorded weight on a hook and line catch was 680 pounds.


Grouper fishing aboard the THERAPY-IV is a fun experience! When bottom or wreck fishing, charter oats should know the area well since it takes specialized knowledge to catch groupers. Sometimes currents can be strong, so experience in grouper fishing throughout South Florida is important to make sure you have a safe and fun experience.


Captain Stan has extensive experience in bottom fishing and wreck fishing. His crew knows the waters of South Florida and how to catch magnificent species of fish - like grouper - and can help you pinpoint exactly where to catch them. 

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Back to School Fishing Done Right with THERAPY-IV


Back to school season is upon us, but that doesn't mean that the Miami deep sea fishing fun is over. Late summer and fall are great ties to fish, with a wide array of fish available to catch. Looking to book a fishing trip before the school year gets hectic? Our charters run seven days a week, making weekdays and weekends alike perfect for a celebratory back-to-school fishing trip. Call us at 305.945.1578 to book your Miami fishing trip!


If you haven't been deep sea fishing yet, know that you're in for an exhilarating outdoor activity. People of all ages enjoy the thrill of a catch - like marlins, swordfish, and tuna - at sea. While certain species are seasonal, we usually see barracudas, tarpons, jacks, snappers, ladyfish, snooks, mackerels, grunts, kingfish, and cobias. Even those who are relatively new or brand new to fishing can catch on quickly for a day of fun! THERAPY-IV is a long-time recipient of the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence as well as a Traveler's Choice. Once you step foot on one of our charters and hit the open sea, you'll be able to see why. 


Our charters provide our clientele with a one-of-a-kind, high-quality deep sea fishing adventure. Our experienced and passionate-about-fishing captain and crew are ready to help you learn and catch some great Miami fish. You can book a charter every day from 8 AM to 12 PM or from 1 PM to 5 PM. All-day charters are available for private groups. Rodes, reels, bait, tackle, and a Captain/Crew with a Florida fishing license are included. 

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Catch a Miami Beach Blue Marlin with THERAPY-IV


At THERAPY-IV, we’re always ready for another great catch, especially when it comes to blue marlins! Blue Marlins aren’t one of the more common types of fish but can be caught for other species like sailfish and sharks, so any catch is a celebration. This past weekend, we tagged and released yet another beautiful blue marlin with Captain Mike and Captain Ryan. These fish are no easy feat! They are extremely agile and fast (reaching speeds of up to 68 miles per hour!), and on top of that, they are some of the biggest fish in the world, reaching weights of up to 500 pounds. That’s a big fish!


Blue marlins are unique and powerful and tend to jump after getting hooked. They put up a good fight on the surface and below the water, sounding and then heading down to deeper water. You can imagine that wrestling one onto a boat while marlin fishing in Miami Beach can be quite the adventure!


Want to catch a blue marlin for yourself? Our experienced team is well versed in all things Miami deep sea fishing. The captain and crew on the THERAPY-IV know the proper techniques for local marlin fishing, and Captain Stan has over 40 years of experience! 


THERAPY-IV is ready to fish with beginners and advanced anglers alike. You can make a reservation at 305-945-1578. The Atlantic Ocean off of Miami is exciting because of the its variety of fish, large and small. When you fish with us, you can expect a unique deep-sea fishing adventure.

Thursday, August 19, 2021

Thanking and Saluting Our Troops Who Served in Afghanistan


THERAPY-IV, Miami deep sea fishing, would like to thank and salute every single one of our soldiers who served in Afghanistan. Thank you for your sacrifice, commitment, and work the last 20 years. Over the years, you have defined what it means to be courageous and strong while defending and protecting your country. Thank you to every soldier, sailor, Marine, airman, and Coast Guardsmen who have defended our country and protected our freedom.


Your vigilance and sacrifice in Afghanistan kept our nation safe following the events of September 11, 2001. You kept America safe from further attack on our soil, and for that, our nation owes you a tremendous amount of gratitude for the last twenty years of security. Your service matters for us today, and it matters for the future. You are truly heroes.


What is occurring in Afghanistan is extremely troubling to many veterans, especially to those who have served since 9/11. If you know a veteran who served in Afghanistan, take the time to check in on them. This situation is likely causing many to question if their sacrifice was worth it. Take the time to thank them for what they put on the line. 


While the world continues to watch what will unfold, THERAPY-IV would like to show our support and stand with our nation's troops during this time. 


If you are a veteran (or know a veteran) struggling to cope with the stress of current events, please know you are not alone. The VA has Vet Centers with combat veteran to combat veteran counseling. The American Legion is also conducting buddy checks, which check in on the wellness of veterans. The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and other non-profit organizations are there to help. Visit the VFW online for more information. 

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Ways to Help Haiti


Early Saturday, a major earthquake struck Haiti, causing massive destruction. Haiti is still recovering from another major earthquake that occurred nearly ten years ago. The earthquake registered at a 7.2 M on the Richter Scale, which is considered very destructive. There have been many casualties reported by Haiti's Office of Civil Protection, which manages the nation's disaster relief efforts. The U.S. Geological Survey has issued a red alert for the disaster. WIth a nation already facing after-effects from hurricanes and tropical storms, how can Miami help?


Experts are saying that the best way to help is to donate to relief organizations. Bringing supplies will be challenging, so raising money to purchase the relief supplies and bringing them to Haiti will help tremendously. 


  • United Way of Miami-Dade Operation Helping Hands: The United Way, in partnership with the Miami Herald/El Nuevo Herald, activated Operation Helping Hands specifically for the victims of the earthquake in Haiti. All funds raised go directly to purchase relief items and services for disaster relief. They are working with nonprofits in the affected area to support their recovery efforts. 

  • Hope for Haiti: This organization is based in Florida and is currently working on the ground to help the people of Haiti through emergency kits and local doctors, nurses, and program managers. You can donate directly to the organization to help them provide relief directly in Haiti. 

  • AHF: They are requesting toothpaste, paper towels, diapers, blankets, and baby formula. Donations will be accepted until 2 pm on August 20 at:


  • North Miami City Hall: 776 NE 125th St in Miami

  • Out of the Closet Thrift Store: 2097 Wilton Dr. Wilton Manors and 2400 Biscayne Blvd., Miami

  • and the AHF Southern Bureau Office: 700 SE Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale


This update is brought to you by THERAPY-IV Miami deep sea fishing and marlin fishing in Miami Beach. For more information, please visit us online. 

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Mackerel Fish in Miami


Mackerel fish are some of the most popular catches in all of Miami. They can be found inshore or offshore over coral reefs, in artificial reefs, in the Gulf Stream (onshore and offshore). In Miami, you can find them just below the surface. 


There are a few different types of fish you can catch while Miami deep sea fishing that could be classified as a mackerel. The most common is the king mackerel or the kingfish, and they are by far the largest in the category. Other types of mackerel include the cero mackerel, the Spanish mackerel, and the tinker mackerel. Sometimes the wahoo and tuna can be included in the mackerel category. These fish are long and lean and have razor-sharp teeth. There are different markings to determine the different types, while the tinker mackerel is usually much smaller than the rest. Tinker mackerel is also a popular bait for larger game fish like sharks, barracudas, wahoos, sailfish, and marlins. 


Mackerels make excellent fighters and present a challenge when Miami fishing. They are a fun catch when using the right equipment - just watch out for those teeth! Types of fishing that can help you land a mackerel are:

  • Trolling

  • Live bait fishing

  • Kite fishing

  • Charter boat fishing

  • Drift fishing

  • Power drifting

  • Anchor fishing

  • Pier fishing

  • Surf fishing 


Mackerel fishing reaches its peak in the late fall all the way to early spring. The cold fronts of cooler months help improve chances for catching a mackerel since they move in large schools offshore on the beaches. However, kingfish can be seen in South Florida all year round.