There’s something so very soothing about spending a day with good company on a small boat. Bumping along the waves at top speed, salt in your hair and a smile on your lips. The bite of your bait, the thrill of the chase, the triumph of a catch and a hook on your hand.

Miami is one of those magical cities that throbs with the throng of three million people and still offers a pristine eco system at its oceanside doorsteps. It’s absolutely perfect fishing conditions, just a few miles inshore.

Capt. Joe Gonzalez’s Funny Bone Charters is a local Biscayne Bay fishing charter company run by South Florida native Capt. Joe himself. If you love fishing, or was wishin’ you was fishin’, he’ll show you how to do it right. He takes you right in the waters of Miami’s Biscayne Bay or the Upper Keys for bonefish, permit and tarpon. It’s not an exact science, but no matter how big a fish or how many you catch, it’s a helluva lot of fun.

Fishing is much more than fish. It is the great occasion when we may return to the fine simplicity of our forefathers. – Herbert Hoover

So you’re all set up, rod in hand, sun on your back, polarized glasses on your eyes and the city skyline by your side. Not a bad way to spend a Saturday morning. Even better when you feel a heavy bite on the end of the rod that’s twice as much as you’ve been lifting! These fish don’t mess around—we danced with a +150lbs tarpon fish that almost made it onto the boat with us. Alas, these fish don’t grow to be that big and old without a little common sense, and we lost him in the docks. But the adventure of it all! The pull! The dance! The sweat! The stamina. It was one hell of a fight. For the record, we did catch a few little guys by the time the sun went down.

Capt. Joe’s boat becomes an adventure and sort of private water tour—with the city so close you can motor all around the island and see it from a whole new perspective. Capt. Joe also works closely with the University of Miami’s Bonefish Research Program with tagging, acoustic telemetry, and bonefish census so you’ll learn a few things about Florida’s coast and estuaries too.

Spend a bright day at sea with Capt Joe. Who knows…maybe you’ll even catch our tarpon that got away.