Choose Florida Native Charters as your Miami Fishing Guide for inshore flats fishing. Capt. Tom Weber will take you to the beautiful Biscayne Bay flats and National Park, which offer a wide range of exciting angling opportunities and your chance to catch a once in a lifetime fish.
As national parks go, Biscayne National Park is unconventional. It 95 percent water and is mostly accessible by boat.
The environmental movement in South Florida in the 1960s was primarily responsible for the establishment of the 172,971 acre protected preserve. It had become clear that the development of the shore was imminent and that sparked wide support for the protection of this beautiful place.
It is in every respect a marine wilderness and yet it is on the doorstep of a big city– Miami. That makes it easily accessible to travelers to Miami in a way that many other wilderness parks are not. It is one of Miami's main tourist attractions.
Thanks to flats fishing charter boat captains anyone can visit the park and its immediate surroundings.
Mangroves grow along much of the parks shore. They are an important link in the chain of life for many marine species. Their leaves and roots represent a platform for the growth of a variety vegetation that is food for various hatchlings.
The flats between the bay and ocean teem with life. The flats are wide, shallow banks. Tides race across them even on still days. Bonefish, permit and tarpon are the big three for sports fishermen on and around the flats. Sharks are common along with many other marine species. Keep in mind that the Gulf Stream is only a few miles offshore flowing up from the deep to curl out of the Caribbean between Florida and Cuba before it turning to follow the coast north.
You don't have to be an expert in fishing to visit Biscayne Bay. In fact, you don't have to fish at all, there is plenty to see– sea turtles, porpoise, manatee, big rays cruising the clear blue waters, birds and more birds. A few, rare saltwater crocodiles inhabit the area.The park extends offshore to about 60 feet of water.
The Keys National Marine Sanctuary is on the east and south side, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park is to the south. In addition to sight seeing and fishing, there are great snorkeling opportunities in and around the park.