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.

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Go get 'em!



Monday, April 24, 2017

Get to Know the Swordfish

Even if you don’t spend much time in the sea, chances are you’re at least somewhat familiar with the swordfish. Commonly referred to as the broadbill in certain parts of the world, the swordfish is recognized for its size and its long, flat bill which does look a lot like a very sharp sword. Among billfish, the swordfish maintains a strong degree of popularity with sport and deep fishing enthusiasts.
You’ll find the swordfish swimming around in the warmer areas of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans, usually not very far from the surface. It generally grows to about ten feet in length, though there have been instances of fishermen catching swordfish measuring close to fifteen feet! Interestingly, the swordfish will lose all of its teeth and scales by the time it reaches adulthood. Upon becoming an adult, it can explore the ocean with the confidence that it has few natural predators, the exceptions being killer whales, tunas, and sharks.
Even though the bills are known as swords and look a lot like a spear, the swordfish doesn’t actually use it for the purpose of spearing. Instead, the fish will use its bill to slash prey, resulting in injury and therefore making it easier to catch. Despite having this bill, the swordfish prefers to use its astounding speed and agility to hunt and will reserve the use of the bill when it’s time to take down larger prey.
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Monday, April 17, 2017

The Highly Aggressive Bluefish

The bluefish is located in most of the world’s subtropical and temperate waters with the exception of the northern Pacific Ocean. In other parts of the world, it goes by other names like elf, shad, tailor, chopper, anchoa, or simply, blue.
Recognized by its broad, forked tail, the bluefish is a popular gamefish and it ranges extensively in size. The smaller “snapper” is about seven inches but the bluefish, in general, has been known to weigh as much as forty pounds in some cases.
With their sharp, single row of knife-edged teeth, the bluefish is known for being strong and aggressive, often hanging out in loose groups. As fast swimmers, they are often seen preying on forage fish, attacking them in fierce frenzies. In fact, the fish is so aggressive, there are instances where it can turn to cannibalism or consume its young.
Because of their aggressiveness, it is strongly recommended to handle bluefish with the utmost of care as they can very easily snap at a person’s hands. There are many stories of fishermen being bitten severely and you don’t want to be in the water when schools of bluefish are feeding.

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

The Incredibly Fast Wahoo

The wahoo is more than just its intriguing name. For sport fishing enthusiasts, this fish maintains a high degree of popularity. The wahoo is notorious for its speed and has cultivated a reputation as a prize game fish. Although many of us may refer to it as wahoo, the fish is known by other names. In Hawaii, for example, its name changes from the fun “wahoo” to a more serious sounding “ono”. In many Central American and Caribbean areas, the fish goes by the name of “peto”.
Whether you consider yourself a pescatarian or just someone that likes to enjoy good seafood, the wahoo is valued for its great taste, somewhat similar to mackerel if you’ve ever tried it. With so many qualities, wahoo is always in demand. The wahoo can grow to nearly eight feet in length and it can weigh close to 200 pounds! Despite the massive size, no fisherman has yet to report such a lofty wahoo catch. The largest wahoo ever caught is believed to have weighed a humongous 158 pounds.
The wahoo is generally solitary but there are rare instances where it’s been seen in schools. It can cruise through the water at up to sixty miles per hour or perhaps even faster thanks to its bladelike fin. It can also become quite aggressive should the situation call for it. Considering its speed and strength, the wahoo is unquestionably a catch for those that know what they’re doing.

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Monday, April 10, 2017

The "Timid" Blacktip Shark

The blacktip shark can often be found swimming in shallow waters and just offshore of Miami Beach. It is recognized by its long gill slits, pointed snout, the lack of ridges between the dorsal fins, and the black tip on the fin that gives the sea dweller its name. Many blacktip sharks can reach a length of more than seven feet.
Although they’re known for their energy, swiftness, and ability to make spinning leaps out of the water to attack schools of fish, the blacktip shark is considered “timid” in demeanor. Despite their fearsome appearance, these sharks tend to be wary of humans. However, if a human does happen to be near a food source, blacktip shark are capable of losing their timidness and have been known to attack people.
With their strong bodies, the blacktip shark is no easy catch. Because of their size, catching them on spinning tackle will not be an easy task. Because of this, they are among the best fighting fish in Miami Beach and are great for experienced fishing fans seek a challenge.

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

The Popular Blackfin Tuna

When it comes to the tuna species, none are as small as the blackfin tuna. Barely forty inches in length at its full growth, they are recognized by their oval-shaped bodies and their black backs tinged with some yellow on their sides. Among tuna, they remain the most sought after and the most widely caught. Interestingly, their lifespan is incredibly short. A blackfin tuna that’s been around for five years is considered “old”.
Blackfin tuna are only found in western parts of the Atlantic Ocean. While they are typically top-feeding fish, they have been known to travel into deeper waters to hunt fish and squid. They are also known for consuming crustaceans like crab and shrimp.
Despite their small size, blackfin tuna are not to be underestimated. They are strong fighters when faced with conventional deep-sea fishing rods and reels and are known for diving deep once they’ve been hooked. Despite this, the fish is a very popular catch among adults and children.

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Monday, April 3, 2017

The Ferocious Barracuda

Today we’re continuing our exploration of sea dwellers by taking a look at one of the most fearsome fish in the sea: the barracuda. Known for its ferocious behavior, the barracuda is a ray-finned fish found in the world’s tropical and subtropical oceans, often hanging out close to coral reefs and sea grass.
Barracudas look a lot like snakes in appearance and are known for their fang-like teeth, a trait they share with piranhas. Interestingly, all of these sharp teeth are of different size. They are also recognized by their underbite. Some barracudas can grow to be quite large, growing up to five feet in length.
Besides their appearance, barracudas are notorious for their aggressive behavior. They are stealthy predators, preferring to surprise their prey before chasing them down with short bursts of speed. Adults usually spend their time alone while younger ones congregate. With their aggressiveness, barracuda are known for sometimes taking on prey larger than themselves by actually ripping off pieces of their flesh.

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Learn More About the Bait Fish

As you might guess from their name, bait fish are indeed used as a bait to make catching larger predatory fish such as game fish easier. Examples of bait fish include ballyhoo, flying fish, or the minnow for those fishing in freshwater.
If you know anything about bait fish, you may be wondering how they differ from forage fish. “Bait fish” is not necessarily an official term, as it is one used by recreational fishermen to refer to the various species of fish used as bait by humans to attract other fish. Fisheries prefer to use the term “forage fish” and it refers to the small fish that are preyed on by other species besides fish, such as seabirds or marine mammals.
An easy way to attract bait fish is via scent or using a light, which will grab the attention of zooplankton, a preferred bait fish meal. Speaking of attraction, it’s considered dangerous to swim around bait fish as these fish may attract large predators like sharks.

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