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Where can I find fish right off the boat?

Mike Moskos Feb 2, 2013 04:42 PM

Just wondering where I can find fish right off the boat in South Florida? Usually they're right at sports fishing marinas--and I know of a few in Miami-Dade at Key Biscayne and Haulover--but I'm looking for other areas.

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    dlgc809 Feb 3, 2013 07:27 AM

    We go to Haulover because the fish is right off the boats. They are so busy that the fish is the catch of that day, not like some other piers where they hold over fish for a day or two.

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      LargeLife Feb 3, 2013 08:08 AM

      I'm thinking along the Miami river......Tons of commercial fishing boats leave there and come back everyday....with fish.....Not a bad place to start looking.....

      Ft. Pierce, FL

      1. erica Feb 3, 2013 08:32 AM

        Would anyone happen to know of any spots further north, in Palm Beach County...??? There is a guy that sets up in the lot at Bedner's Market, on 441 in Boynton, who sells shrimp and "dolphin" out of coolers...not the same, and I know that's not what you are looking for, but wondering just the same about this sort of set up (??)

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          CFByrne Feb 3, 2013 08:46 AM

          Sometimes the fishing boats in Boynton Beach sell their catch. Obviously, this is dependent on if, what, and how much they caught. This includes both the head boat (Sea Mist) and the Charter boats.

          Best bet, plan a trip to Two Georges for a waterfront cocktail, and walk along the dock when you get there looking for sellers. The Sea Mist gets in at 5PM, the charter boats it varies.


          1. re: erica
            CFByrne Feb 3, 2013 08:53 AM

            Also, now in Delray, and starting just yesterday...

            A young group of fisherman now have a stand at the Delray Green Market on Saturday morning. They claim to be selling only what they caught the day or two before. From talking with them and looking at the product, I believe them.

            I picked up some Hogfish and some Mutton Snapper for a long-awaited taste test I'm going to conduct. :)

            They also sell privately during the week, I"m not sure how / where the exchange takes place... but if my first purchase turns out good, I'll probably be finding out very soon.


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