Back to “School” with Fresh Florida Catches

As the kids head back to school, we’re also thinking of the schools of fish beneath the surface—and all the fresh catches that await! The switch from summer to fall here in South Florida is characterized by ample angling opportunities. Take a look below to learn more about what’s biting.


Cobia like to spend fall and winter here in South Florida. Can you blame them?

This species is a serious fighter, with a slender, sturdy frame that can often be confused for that of a shark! Bring some heavy tackle and look for cobia closer to shore than you might for other sportfish, especially during the cooler months.


The sailfish is, famously, associated with the angling and cruising community of Stuart (a.k.a. the Sailfish Capital of the World). While this masterful swimmer can be caught virtually all year long, the early fall months of September, October and November see a spike in sailfish fishing opportunities. Use this to your advantage! What’s known as the time of pumpkins and ghost stories for those back on land may just turn out to be your personal best sportfishing season yet. Angling tip: Trolling with a small ballyhoo is a great way to go.


Built like a torpedo, with some seriously flashy, iridescent stripes, the wahoo makes for a proud, photo-worthy catch—but it’ll put up a fight first! One of the ocean’s fast swimmers, wahoo calls for a deep, fast trolling technique and some fancy footwork to keep your balance on board. (Fortunately, Grady-Whites are built for adventures and tests of strength like these!)

Blackfin tuna

Chumming with smaller baitfish is a great go-to for catching blackfin tuna, known for its dark dorsal fin and penchant for hanging out in tropical waters—there’s a reason blackfin tuna is nicknamed “Bermuda Tuna!”


Spotted by their trademark, beautiful blue coloring, bonito (part of the tuna family) are on the smaller side of sportfish out there—but we love catching them all the same, thanks to their fighting spirit, unique look and ability to surprise even seasoned anglers. Did you know that the state record for bonito is a whopping 27 pounds?

We hope that today’s guide helps inform your fishing fun ahead! Of course, this list is by no means exhaustive. If you’re searching for Grady-White boats for sale in South Florida that will help you get closer to the big catch, Mariner Marine is here to help. Call or visit us today to get started on the search for your ideal ride.

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