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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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Top Three Billfish Fishing Experiences

There are many different kinds of billfish. They are characterized by their large size and long pointy bills – though they have many more subtle similarities. Many fishermen have trouble telling the difference between billfish. They actually have distinctive characteristics when observed closely. Their dorsal fin, pectoral fin, pelvic fin, scale pattern/design and bill are all total giveaways as to which fish you have on the line. Here are the top three billfish you can catch during your Miami Deep Sea fishing excursion.
Note: Be sure to stop by the Haulover Marina to learn more about these amazing creatures and go on a once-in-a-lifetime deep sea fishing trip.   

#1 – Sailfish

The sailfish is not the largest billfish, nor the most aggressive, but what it lacks in power it makes up for in beauty and speed. This fish has an amazing dorsal fin – unlike any other bill fish – which is made up of pleats that are a lot like feathers. They also have a relatively long bill, flashy fins and a beautiful color. This is also one of the fastest fish in the ocean. If you see it swim by your boat or get one on your line – you’ll see just how fast they are – Miami Sailfishing is one of the most exciting fisher experiences you can have period.

#2 – Marlin

The Marlin or Atlantic Blue Marlin is an iconic fish in South Florida (and not just because we named our two-time World Champion baseball team after them).  This is an incredibly large billfish that is extremely powerful; getting a Marlin on your line is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. This was Ernest Hemingway’s favorite fish, he used to fish for it in both South Florida and the Caribbean and included a Blue Marlin in his novella The Old Man and the Sea.  Miami marlin fishing is extremely popular, especially out of Haulover Marina.

#3 - Swordfish

This is a characteristically deep sea fish that can grow to immense sizes. It’s not common to find it during a deep sea fishing excursion but if you do – it will be a truly moving experience. This fish is incredibly large and has a very long pointy bill where it gets its namesake. This fish is known to swim at depths of 300 to 500 feet which make it incredibly difficult to catch – but not impossible.

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