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!



Monday, August 10, 2020

What Is Red Tide?

When thinking about your day at the beach you think about soaking up the hot sun, taking a swim in the water, the nice breeze that hits your skin and all the wonderful factors going to the beach entails. Now, how disappointing would it be if you go to the beach and bathing in the ocean is off-limits? 


Although not common, at times there are some reasons why the ocean may be off-limits. Whether it be more severe cases like storms or hurricanes there is one more natural “disaster” that may keep you from wanting to take a swim: red tide.



Red tide is caused due to high concentration of microscopic algae. Karenia Brevis is the cause of most red tides in Florida. The organisms produce toxins that lead to the water discoloration. Though it is called “red tide” the water can also appear greenish-brown and at times even purple, in some cases you will not see any changes in the water color. 


These conditions can last anywhere from a couple of days to months, depending on the wind.


Swimming in the ocean while there is a red tide contamination is not completely unsafe but you may not want to for the following reasons. The contamination in the water may cause skin irritations, and a burning eye sensation. You may also come face to face with a dead fish or two.


Fish and other vertebrates tend to die in the water while there's red tide because the toxins Karena Brevis releases attacks their central nervous system.


Though commercial seafood from local grocery stores and restaurants is safe, one should refrain from fishing during this contamination to be safe. Crabs and shrimp are safe to harvest because the toxins are not absorbed in the edible tissues of these species. 


One can still enjoy the beach during red tides! Dead fish may not always be present and the severity of contamination varies. It is important to be aware that the red tide is one of Mother Nature's gifts to us and how to proceed with it. If you are planning a trip to Florida in hopes to enjoy the beach or booking any water sport activities just make sure there is no current contamination to get the most out of your experience.


THERAPY-IV, a Miami Beach deep sea fishing boat service, brought this update to you. This charter provides all of its clientele with a high-end deep sea fishing experience. With their luxury yacht, exceptional customer service, and experienced and professional Captain and crew, visitors can rest easy, they will not only have a memorable fishing experience but will also have the pleasure of visiting the best spots off the coast of Miami and Biscayne Bay. To schedule a trip or to learn more about Miami inshore fishing, contact 305-945-1578.

Protect the Eyes While Fishing with the Right Sunglasses

On a deep sea fishing trip, the eyes need to shield themselves from the sun's blinding rays. The glare from the rays as they bounce off the water 's surface can impair your vision, or make it more difficult to spot and reel fish.

Once you’ve determined the sunglasses that are suitable for you, you may want to think, for example, what kind of fish you plan to catch, such as grouper or mackerel for instance. Don’t forget to take a moment to test the color of the lens and its material. For example, some feature a special layer with polarized sunglasses which can block most refracted sunlight. For those lenses, rays that bounce off the water's surface do not cause huge glare when you gaze into the ocean to find a fish or enjoy the natural views. Blue lenses are a safe bet for fishing at deep sea. Blue color of the outer lens combined with a gray inner lens would be suitable for the majority of anglers.

In regards to fishing sunglasses, fight the temptation to purchase them online. Polarized sunglasses must be comfortable and conform correctly to the face. You don't want light to spill into your field of view which is undermining the intent of purchasing polarized glasses. The better the facial fit of the sunglasses, the better the vision. As a result, you can find that catching big game fish isn't as hard.

THERAPY-IV, a Miami deep sea fishing boat service, brought this update to you. This charter provides all of its clientele with a high-end deep sea fishing experience. With their luxury yacht, exceptional customer service, and experienced and professional Captain and crew, visitors can rest easy, they will not only have a memorable fishing experience but will also have the pleasure of visiting the best spots off the coast of Miami and Biscayne Bay. To schedule a trip or to learn more about marlin fishing in Miami Beach, contact 305-945-1578. 

Monday, August 3, 2020

All About Barracudas

Barracudas have gained the reputation of being an aggressive and dangerous fish. Since we share the same waters they reside on, it's not uncommon one may spot one while on a trip to the beach.
The fish is commonly found in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans as well as the Red seas and Carribean Ocean.
Its threatening teeth and torpedo shaped body may alarm swimmers, but they are not as dangerous as one may think.
Barracudas are skilled predators but are not interested in attacking divers. Most attacks on humans occur when the fish feels it is threatened or when a metallic object is mistaken for food. Because of this, the fish has brought hysteria to some beach goers.
Barracudas hunt by scanning the water in search of prey relaying on their sight. Oftentimes smaller fish may reflect in the water appearing like metal objects, indicating their next meal. The vicious predator prefers to feed on small tuna, groupers, snapper, killifishes, anchovies, and grunts.
The easily recognizable fish is usually silver in color and has a long lean body. They have razor sharp teeth and a big mouth. They are fast swimmers and can grow up to 6 feet long in some cases.
To avoid a mistaken attack from a barracuda, or to simply feel more at peace while sharing the ocean with these intimidating creatures, it's best to remove any items that are high in shine, or any metals you may not need while taking a swim.
THERAPY-IV, a Miami Beach deep sea fishing boat service, brought this update to you. This charter provides all of its clientele with a high-end deep sea fishing experience. With their luxury yacht, exceptional customer service, and experienced and professional Captain and crew, visitors can rest easy, they will not only have a memorable fishing experience but will also have the pleasure of visiting the best spots off the coast of Miami and Biscayne Bay. To schedule a trip or to learn more about Miami inshore fishing , contact 305-945-1578.

A Brief Introduction to Biscayne Bay

When you decide it’s time to try some summer inshore fishing, Biscayne Bay in Miami is ready to welcome you to its sparkling waters. Complemented by the Miami and Miami Beach flashiness and glamour, the always active bay offers world-class fishing, and its popularity spans decades.
Biscayne Bay extends from North Miami and continues to Key Largo, consisting of close to 430 square miles of water, somewhat approaching the size of the city of San Antonio! A number of acres of the bay remain under the preservation of Biscayne National Park, which came to fruition during the 1980s.
In the deeper areas of Biscayne Bay, several distinct gamefish that have gained a degree of prominence. Bonefish, tarpon, snapper, mackerel, sharks, and even grouper can be found dwelling in the depths of the cerulean waters. Anglers may find it difficult to focus their attention on a specific species because of the richly diverse variety of fish.
For those wishing to explore Biscayne Bay, THERAPY-IV welcomes you to try a deep sea fishing experience.
THERAPY-IV, a Miami deep sea fishing boat service, brought this update to you. This charter provides all of its clientele with a high-end deep sea fishing experience. With their luxury yacht, exceptional customer service, and experienced and professional Captain and crew, visitors can rest easy, they will not only have a memorable fishing experience but will also have the pleasure of visiting the best spots off the coast of Miami and Biscayne Bay. To schedule a trip or to learn more about Miami fishing, contact 305-945-1578.

Monday, July 27, 2020

Construction Begins on Miami Beach Park

After a lengthy wait, construction has finally begun on a long-in-the-works Miami Beach project located at the vacant spot that was once the South Shore Hospital. Called Canopy Park, the sizeable project will include a park spanning a trio of acres found at the 600 and 700 blocks plus plenty of greenspaces, paths for pedestrians and biking, a dog run, alfresco gym, displays featuring public art, a tree canopy, and a playground for kids designed by MONSTRUM, a Danish design firm.
In regards to the park, it is one of the primary public perks being promised in exchange for permission to erect a tall, narrow residential tower on the south end of the sprawling property.
Besides the various sights, Canopy Park will also boast several features centered around resiliency and sustainability. These include habit restoration featuring over 200 trees and more than 100 palms, lots of native plant communities, and even a system designed to conserve water management.
THERAPY-IV, a Miami deep sea fishing boat service, brought this update to you. This charter provides all of its clientele with a high-end deep sea fishing experience. With their luxury yacht, exceptional customer service, and experienced and professional Captain and crew, visitors can rest easy, they will not only have a memorable fishing experience but will also have the pleasure of visiting the best spots off the coast of Miami and Biscayne Bay. To schedule a trip or to learn more about Miami fishing, contact 305-945-1578.

Monday, July 20, 2020

The Mysterious Sea Devil

The deep sea angler fish is one of the most peculiar fish in the sea. Commonly referred to as the “sea devil” the angler fish to some may be the most interesting fish in the sea or the most terrifying. The deep sea angler fish is one of 200 of its species.
Though not praised on its looks, the angler fish definitely uses its structure to its advantage. Their most distinctive feature, only worn by females, is the small organ known as a photophore. This rod-like organ allows a blue-green light to produce through bioluminescence, allowing them to attract their prey.
With their mouth being so big and their bodies so flexible they are able to consume crustaceans, fish, and other species up to twice their size.
Residing in the deepest parts of the ocean, the male deep sea angler fish has evolved into a parasitic mate. Though for some angler species, young male anglers will encounter a female and latch onto her with its teeth, eventually causing them to fuse together. This physical fuse will cause the male angler to connect its bloodstream with the female, losing its eyes and internal organs.
This ambush predator may sound intimidating yet it is not the biggest in size. Females are much larger than males, reaching up to 5 inches in size.
This species resides in the deep abyss, with the absence of sunlight and where the water is low in temperature. Fortunately for some, you will not encounter this sea devil unless you find yourself 2000 meters below the surface.
THERAPY-IV, a Miami Beach deep sea fishing boat service, brought this update to you. This charter provides all of its clientele with a high-end deep sea fishing experience. With their luxury yacht, exceptional customer service, and experienced and professional Captain and crew, visitors can rest easy, they will not only have a memorable fishing experience but will also have the pleasure of visiting the best spots off the coast of Miami and Biscayne Bay. To schedule a trip or to learn more about Miami inshore fishing , contact 305-945-1578.

The Underwater Light Show

It is no doubt the ocean holds many secrets; some may say even hidden treasures. With only 5% of the ocean discovered today, we are continuously amazed at the beauty it holds.
Inhabiting an estimate of 1 million species, the limitless body of water is home to some of the rarest animals on planet earth.
Bioluminescence is one of the ocean's most fascinating characteristics. It is the production and discharge of light caused by living organisms. At least 1,500 species of marine animals encompass this mystical trait.
On the shore, this sparkling light is commonly blue-green or green. Though visibility is not always guaranteed, the best time to try and spot this glowing act is during nightfall.
Residing throughout the ocean floor, to open water, near the coast and on the surface, bioluminescent organisms are mostly in the deep sea. With waters so deep and in the absence of any light, bioluminescence is an essential part of survival for these organisms.
Varying from species, only one sex of that species is able to produce bioluminescent signals, other times both males and females have the capability to do so. The ability to produce bioluminescent light relies on luciferin, the light-emitting composite which endures an enzyme produced reaction with molecular oxygen, allowing animals to generate bioluminescence.
The underwater glow and signals are used for a variety of practical purposes. Some animals use their light to attract prey, or light up their feeding grounds to scout out their next meal. The useful trait is also beneficial when trying to distract their predators by startling them with their bright flash. The glimmering light is also used to catalog, mate, and to send alert signals.
So who are these incredible glowing creatures? The list goes on and on, but commonly known for the astonishing attribute is:
  • Alarm jellyfish
  • Hawaiian bobtail squid
  • Glowing coral
  • Barbeled dragonfish
  • Dinoflagellates
Some species of plankton are also bioluminescent. The animals’ neon glow is definitely a sight you won’t want to miss! If you’re lucky, under the right conditions you may spot this underwater light show at the shore in some beach locations.
THERAPY-IV, a Miami Beach deep sea fishing boat service, brought this update to you. This charter provides all of its clientele with a high-end deep sea fishing experience. With their luxury yacht, exceptional customer service, and experienced and professional Captain and crew, visitors can rest easy, they will not only have a memorable fishing experience but will also have the pleasure of visiting the best spots off the coast of Miami and Biscayne Bay. To schedule a trip or to learn more about Miami inshore fishing , contact 305-945-1578.