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Fishing in Niceville
Fishing in Niceville
Fishing in Niceville
trip description for Destin Gulf Fishing in Niceville

Looking for an unforgettable fishing experience in the beautiful waters of Florida's Emerald Coast? Look no further than Captain Kent's Bay or Gulf fishing trips! With years of experience and a passion for fishing, you'll have the choice to embark on a fishing adventure staying closer to shore on Choctawatchee Bay or fishing further out in the State waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Sticking around in the bay you'll be using light tackle and live bait targeting a variety of fish species, including redfish and trout. Fishing further out in the Gulf Captain Kent will bust out the heavier tackle and give you the option of Trolling for Kingfish, Mahi Mahi, and Amberjack or Bottomfishing for Trigger fish and a variety of tasty snapper and grouper species. Our fishing trips are perfect for families, friends, and individuals who want to explore the natural beauty of Florida and enjoy a day out on the water. With all equipment and bait provided, all you need to do is bring your sense of adventure and a love of fishing. Captain Kent's boat, a 29ft Luhrs Sportfishing vessel is equipped with the latest technology and safety equipment, ensuring that your trip is not only fun but also safe. You'll learn about the local marine life and ecosystems, as well as fishing techniques that will help you become a better angler. Don't miss out on the opportunity to experience the thrill of fishing in one of the most beautiful locations in the world. Book your fishing trip with Captain Kent today and create memories that will last a lifetime! Read More

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Destin Gulf Fishing

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Fishing in Panama City
Fishing in Panama City
Fishing in Panama City
trip description for Adrenaline-Pumping PCB Trip in Panama City

Get out on the deep blue with Captain Jason, and see what offshore fishing in Panama City Beach is all about! This trip is highly flexible, with half-day, 3/4-day, and full-day options to give you exactly what you want. Depending on how far out you're looking to go, you'll have the opportunity to take a shot at a huge variety of inshore and nearshore species, ranging from good-eating Groupers and Snappers all the way up to super-fast pelagic fish such as Mahi Mahi, and everything in between! The Gulf of Mexico is known as the Grouper capital of the world, and in the reefs, wrecks, and ledges you'll fish there are tons of Gag and Red Grouper. Aside from Grouper, there are also Red Snapper, Triggerfish, Amberjack, and more that can be caught on the same reefs! These fish are all absolutely delicious table fare, and Captain Jason is happy to clean your keepers at the end of the trip. For surface trolling, there's an abundance of Spanish Mackerel, Kingfish, and Mahi Mahi. These pelagic predators are fast and aggressive, and are an absolute blast to catch—plus, they're absolutely delicious! You'll chase your targets aboard Captain Jason's trusty 22' Carolina Skiff, a versatile boat that can handle all kinds of water. She has a 150-HP Honda engine to get you where you need to go, and she also features custom rear seats for comfort, a T-Top for shade, and extra-wide deck space for plenty of fishing room. This boat is capable of stalking the shallows in as little as 8" of water or running up to 20 miles offshore. All you need to bring is sunscreen and a smile—Captain Jason will take care of the rest, including all your rods, reels, bait, and tackle. Get out there and have a blast! Read More

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Adrenaline-Pumping PCB Trip

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Fishing in Key Largo
Fishing in Key Largo
Fishing in Key Largo
trip description for Classic Keys Inshore Fishing in Key Largo

Climb aboard with Captain Patrick and adventure off the coast of Key largo, Florida! You’ll be fishing aboard Captain Pat’s 24-foot Blazer Bay, a bay boat that is equipped with a 300 HP engine. She is also outfitted with a GPS, Fishfinder, Live Bait Well, Multimedia System, Wireless Trolling Motor, and an Ice Box. On this 3, 4, 5 or 6-hour adventure, you’ll be targeting Mangroves snapper, Barracuda, Snook, Speckled Trout / Spotted Seatrout, and Tarpon that call these Florida Key's waters home. Captain Pat will provide all rods, reels, tackle, lures, live bait, and licenses. He will also clean and fillet your day’s catch free of charge! You may bring food and beverages of your choice. Don’t forget sunscreen, a hat, and a cooler with ice to take home your day’s catch. Take this amazing opportunity to hit the water and experience an action-packed day with Captain Pat! Read More

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Fishing in Fort Walton Beach
Fishing in Fort Walton Beach
Fishing in Fort Walton Beach
trip description for Nighttime Bowfishing Adventure in Fort Walton Beach

Get out on the waters of the Choctawhatchee Bay and shoot some fish on this trip with Captain Joey! This nighttime bowfishing trip is typically action-packed, and it's a perfect opportunity to go after fish in a way that most fishermen have never tried. On this trip, you'll be bowfishing the Choctawhatchee Bay and the inshore water surrounding Destin, FL. It's a perfect area for shooting Spadefish, Shark, Sheepshead, Black Drum, Mullet, and Rays! These fish are active and unafraid at night, making them perfect targets for a little bit of bowfishing. Captain Joey's 20' Carolina Skiff is an ideal boat for this water and this type of fishing. She had a full renovation in 2017, and now features a raised platform for spotting fish, plus a new Suzuki 115 HP 4-stroke engine to put you on the fish fast. She also has a powerful electronic trolling motor for quiet, efficient movement in shallow water. Plus, she has six 200-Watt LED lights to totally illuminate the underwater environment. Captain Joey will provide everything you need for your trip, including all the bowfishing gear. Just remember proper clothing, sun protection, a pair of polarized sunglasses to spot fish, and a cooler for your catch. Bring your A-game and get ready to whack some fish! Read More

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Nighttime Bowfishing Adventure

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Fishing in Panama City
Fishing in Panama City
Fishing in Panama City
trip description for Kids Fishing - 25’ Sea Born in Panama City

Turn your young ones onto the great sport of saltwater fishing with this introductory trip! The inshore waters of Panama City Beach are perfect for beginner level anglers to catch some picture-worthy fish without going too far from the dock! Captain Greg will show your kids everything they need to know before they get their lines in the water. On this exciting 3-hour trip, your young ones will get to test their skills on a variety of fish including Black Drum, Flounder, Gag Grouper, King Mackerel, Mangrove Snapper, Red Snapper, Redfish, Sheepshead, Spanish Mackerel, and Speckled Trout. Captain Greg is happy to show beginners how to target these fish using light tackle, artificial lures, bottom fishing, and fly fishing. This trip takes place aboard a 22' Sea Chaser bay boat that can fit up to 4 anglers. Powered by a 150 HP Mercury engine, this vessel will safely get your little ones to where the fish are biting! On board is all the navigational equipment and safety gear they'll need for a successful trip. She comes equipped with a tower that is key for sight fishing purposes and gives Captain Greg a huge advantage for the purpose of pointing out fish to his anglers. Captain Greg will provide all rods, reels, tackle and live bait. He will happily clean any keepers for an additional charge. We recommend you and your kids bring a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and any food, drinks or motion sickness aid they might need. Climb aboard with Captain Greg for this family-friendly adventure! Read More

Flats, Inshore, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Panama City

Kids Fishing - 25’ Sea Born

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Fishing in Key West
Fishing in Key West
Fishing in Key West
trip description for Offshore Fishing,Reef & Wreck and Sunset in Key West

Climb aboard with Captain Antonio "Tony" for an epic 4 to 8-hour experience up to 17 miles off the coast of the beautiful Florida Keys. Whether you want to troll the open waters or post up and do some bottom fishing, this luxurious 35' Egg Harbor sportfisher will have you covered! Trolling the open waters can produce hard fighting species like Amberjacks, Sailfish and Mahi. Trolling trips are great because the boat and the knowledge of your captain take care of half the work for you. You get to sit back, relax, enjoy the sweet sea breeze, and rest your arms while you wait for the reel to start screaming and your work to begin. Bottom fishing changes the target species to an entirely different set of fish. You can expect delicious and hard-fighting reef species like Snapper, Grouper, Cobia, Kingfish, and even Sharks! The experienced crew will provide all the fishing gear you need, and they'll even serve up some delicious sandwiches on the 6 and 8 hour trips. All that’s left to do is bring some drinks and sunscreen, and cast off with Captain Tony! Read More

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Everything to Know About Booking a Fishing Charter in Florida

What are the best fishing charters in Florida?

Why should I book a fishing charter in Florida with Captain Experiences?

Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 1518 trips in Florida, and the most popular trips in the area are Blue Water Trip guided by Bryon, Key Largo Bays and Backcountry guided by Anthony, and Fort Myers/Sanibel Fishing Trip guided by James.

Our guides in Florida are rated a 4.9 out of 5 based on 3139 verified reviews on Captain Experiences.

All guides on Captain Experiences are licensed, insured, and vetted by our team. You can access their reviews, click through trip photos, read bios to get to know them, and preview trip details like species, techniques, group sizes, boat specs and more.

Looking for kid friendly charters / fishing lessons in Florida? Check out our beginner and family friendly charters in Florida.

What types of fishing charters are common in Florida?

Deep Sea fishing is the most popular in Florida as well as inshore fishing, nearshore fishing, and flats fishing.

The most commonly sought after species in Florida are: 1. kingfish, 2. redfish, 3. mahi mahi, and 4. mangrove snapper.

The most common fishing techniques in Florida are light tackle fishing, live bait fishing, and bottom fishing but trolling and artificial lure fishing are popular as well.

How much do Florida fishing charters cost?

in Florida prices can range anywhere from about $525 to $3,800, but the average price for a half day trip in Florida is $1,109. The average price for a full day trip in Florida is $2,167.

What month is best for fishing in Florida?

The most popular season for fishing in Florida is summer, and most anglers book their trips 28 days in advance.

Do I need a Florida fishing license and what are the bag limits in Florida?

See here for more information on fishing licenses in Florida, bag limits for target species, and fishing season regulations in Florida. When in doubt, your fishing guide will always know the right rules and regulations in Florida.

Fishing in the Sunshine State

Florida is known as the “Fishing Capital of the World,” and for good reason: with some of the best sport fishing year round in the Gulf of Mexico, incredible access to the continental shelf along the Atlantic Coast, and over 30,000+ lakes, Florida houses the most diverse set of species and the best fishing in the United States.

We can’t say it enough, Florida fishing is where it’s at all year round. While some migratory species (like billfish) will still have peak and ebb seasons, you will find fun on the water no matter when you visit.

Fishing Florida's Coasts

**Florida Inshore Fishing**

Inshore fishing in Florida includes everything within one nautical mile along either the Gulf or Atlantic coast. This will give you access to estuaries, bays, intercoastal waterways, and saltwater flats all along both coasts. The diversity of bays and flats across Florida make it a world-class inshore fishery. Beginners and experts alike flock here for everything from a family friendly redfish outing in the bay to a chance at a permit on the fly.

**Florida Nearshore Fishing**

Nearshore fishing in Florida will take you out to deeper waters with bigger fish, but remaining within sight of the coast. These warm waters are some of the best Florida has to offer where fish of all sizes can be found among the wrecks and reefs. Staying nearshore will reduce the travel time and increase the time you can spend fishing. Florida’s state waters are a great spot to bottom fish for snapper and grouper, fish the surf for pompano, and even troll for spanish mackerel, kingfish, cobia and more.

**Florida Offshore Fishing**

Heading offshore in Florida takes you into the deep blue, federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico, or the Atlantic Ocean depending on which coast you’re on. If you’re staying in the Keys, you’ll even have access to both, making Florida very unique. Commonly, good fishing begins anywhere from 20 to 30 miles away from the coast. The blue waters of Florida are some of the best places to be able to catch a multitude of trophy fish migrating through such as tuna and sailfish, as well as other seasonal fish like mahi-mahi.

Top Saltwater Catches in Florida

**Inshore Target Species in Florida**

**Snook Fishing in Florida**

The warm coastal waters of Florida provide the perfect fishing for snook as they prefer water above 60 degrees. They can be found cruising the saltwater flats, patrolling rivers, and even right off the beach or under bridges.

**Tarpon Fishing in Florida**

The silver kings of the sea, tarpon, are a prehistoric fish that have been around for 125 million years, and now reside in the warm waters of Florida's shoreline. These beautiful, metallic fish are known for being stubborn, strong, and highly acrobatic, and will test any angler’s skills.

**Bonefish Fishing in Florida**

Bonefish, or gray ghosts, are elusive fish that are highly regarded by anglers in their difficulty to catch. Florida, especially the Keys, are one of the most renowned locations to fish for them, as they cruise the flats at up to 40 mph.

**And more!**

Florida’s coasts are full of a diverse range of fish, giving you access to permit, pompano, mangrove snapper, and more.

**Nearshore Target Species in Florida**

**Grouper Fishing in Florida**

There are several species of grouper that live in Florida, including the black and gag groupers. They are stocky, stubborn, and often territorial. Florida water’s are a perfect environment for them to hide amongst rocks, reefs, and wrecks waiting for some bait to drop by.

**Snapper Fishing in Florida**

Red snapper, vermillion snapper, lane snapper, yellowtail snapper, if you want snapper, Florida has them. With over 12 species of snapper around the state, there are plenty to choose from. Although they can often be found among the reefs and wrecks in statewater, different species will travel both inshore and offshore, so if there’s a particular species you’re seeking, it’s important to check where they’ll be at that time of year.

**Tripletail Fishing in Florida**

Tripletail can be found in great numbers in the nearshore waters of Florida gathering around free floating masses in the water such as grass mats and even trash. This makes them great for sight casting, and will put up an acrobatic fight full of long runs.

**And more!**

Although these three make up the nearshore grand slam for Florida, there are some other great fish to be found along the reefs and wrecks like Spanish mackerel, kingfish, cobia, and more.

**Offshore Target Species in Florida**

**Mahi Mahi Fishing in Florida**

Mahi mahi literally means “strong strong” and when you get hooked on a line with one, you’ll discover that first hand. In the late spring and summer months, Florida is the place to find these dolphinfish, dophin, dorado, whatever you want to call them, you’ll find them.

**Sailfish Fishing in Florida**

The cheetahs of the ocean, sailfish, are a highly prized target for trophy fishing in Florida. Atlantic sailfish can be found cruising the deep waters as they migrate along the Gulf and Atlantic coast November through February, and sometimes even as late as April.

**Wahoo Fishing in Florida**

Wahoo are fierce predators, favored by anglers for their leap, jumping clear out of the water when on the line. They are even known to make last minute attacks on lures right at the edge of the boat. Wahoo can be found around the coasts of Florida year round, but are best in the summer months. It is rumored that they thrive after a full moon, giving you the chance to say you really caught a monster.

**And more!**

Catching these three big guys will give you the title of the Florida deep water grand slam, but there’s plenty more to catch out there. From amberjack, tuna, and more there’s plenty of water to search and big fish to be found.

**Top Freshwater Catches in Florida**

**Peacock Bass**

The lakes and canal banks of Florida are one of the few places that give you access to some exotic freshwater fish like peacock bass and clown knifefish. These bucket list fish are prime at dusk and dawn, and will give you a chance to see their golden halos shine in the sunshine.

**Hybrid Striped Bass**

Hybrid striped bass, or stripers, are another bucket list fish that have been stocked in freshwater lakes and rivers across Florida. They can be found in deep water of the lakes, and cruising river channels throughout the day, depending on the time of year, and are a finicky fish but well worth the reward.

**Largemouth Bass**

Largemouth bass are an iconic freshwater fish of the United States, and are known to Floridians as the “Florida bass.” They don’t claim these bass as their own for no reason, Florida is home to some excellent largemouth fishing, and tend to be much larger than their northern brothers.

Best Places to Fish Florida’s Saltwater

**The Emerald Coast**

**Destin**

Some of the best fishing to be done in the world is in the Panhandle of Florida, and Destin is the perfect location to seek it. Originally founded by fishermen, Destin is known as the “World’s Luckiest Fishing Village” due to having a wide selection of fish variety, access directly to the Gulf of Mexico, and having one of the nation’s largest commercial fishing fleets. The “100-fathom curve” is just 12 miles offshore, which is some of the deepest of the Gulf. With year round fishing for snapper, shark, tarpon and more Destin offers everything from inshore fishing to offshore, as well as plenty of tourism activities to enjoy if you can get yourself off the water long enough.

**Pensacola & Pensacola Beach**

Pensacola and Pensacola Beach (PCB), are known for excellent reef fishing, with both natural and artificial reefs providing the area with plenty of grouper, snapper, triggerfish, sharks, and more. In fact, it was once known as the “Red Snapper Capital of the World,” only now beaten by Orange Beach, AL. With access to the river channel, three bays, and the Gulf of Mexico, there are many different ecosystems to explore inshore, nearshore, and offshore fishing.

**The Gulf Coast**

**Tampa**

The Tampa area has hot summers and moderate winters, making for excellent weather with a year-round bite. From half-day Tampa flats fishing, to multi-day deep sea trips, and everything in between there’s plenty of fishing to be done once you escape the crowds of the theme parks.

**St. Petersburg & Clearwater**

St. Petersburg is considered to have a medley of fertile flats, mangrove-lined shores, canals, and barrier islands that provide excellent inshore fishing. Further to Clearwater adds all of these and shallow bayous. When you combine this amazing inshore fishing, to the area’s access to the Gulf and remote reefs, a prime fishing spot is created.

Sarasota

With access to Sarasota Bay, full of grass flats, oyster bars, and mangrove shorelines, as well as Big Sarasota Pass and New Pass that lead to the Gulf of Mexico, there are a variety of fish to be caught in Sarasota. The mix of salt and freshwater creates an estuary that is prime for both bait and gamefish to flourish.

**Fort Myers**

Way down yonder on the Caloosahatchee, the prime inshore waters of Fort Myers can be found, with just a short boat ride to the Gulf of Mexico. With the Caloosahatchee River, Estero Bay, miles and miles of canals and intertidal creeks, combined with great weather, there are some excellent fisheries to catch tarpon, snook, shark and more.

**Florida Keys**

**Islamorada**

Islamorada is about one third of the way down the Keys, and is considered the “Fishing Capital of Florida.” Being next to Florida Bay, as well as having access to the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean gives anglers in Islamorada the advantage of being able to fish nearly every species that swims. The Gulf Stream is also only around 10 to 20 miles offshore, bringing sailfish, marlin, tuna and more closer to shore.

**Key West**

The Gulf Stream also travels close to Key West, making deep-sea fishing easily accessible from there as well. However what’s really special about Key West is the gathering of Atlantic tarpon, the silver kings. When waters warm during the late spring, tarpon will make their yearly migratory stop. This is the perfect time to get the Key West grand slam - tarpon, bonefish, and permit.

**Key Largo**

Key Largo is a great place to fish because it is a great place for fish. This is because warm, nutrient-rich water from the Caribbean Basin, mix with water flowing from the Everglades and Florida Bay. Key Largo is also the unofficial entrance to the keys, being only an hour away from Miami, making it an easy fishing destination to go to.

**Marathon**

The ability to go fishing year round in Marathon is just one of the reasons that fishing there is so popular. With beautiful, warm weather year round the fish are always biting. The other big draw is the ease of fishing in so many different environments. From fishing flats for tarpon and bonefish, to heading offshore for everything from mahi-mahi to sailfish, Marathon has it all.

**Gold Coast**

**Miami**

Usually when people first think of Miami they think of the big city with high-rise condos and a booming nightlife, however just a short boat ride away there’s an escape from the busy city into the blue waters of the Atlantic coast fisheries. Between Biscayne Bay and the Bahamas only an hour away, there’s plenty of fishing to be done inshore and among the reefs offshore. Spend the day in the bays and flats for snook and redfish, or head out to catch the current sailfish cruise.

**Fort Lauderdale**

Fort Lauderdale is a special spot for fishing because within a 20 minute drive, you can fish both fresh and saltwater. The Atlantic waters surrounding Fort Lauderdale are teeming with life, and heading right off the beach or Hollywood Boardwalk into the crystal waters to do some inshore fishing snook or tarpon, or offshore for some billfish is the perfect place to start.

**West Palm Beach**

There is great fishing both inshore and offshore in West Palm Beach, however one of the biggest highlights is the direct access to Sailfish Alley. Sailfish Alley is a submerged canyon where billfish cruise right by West Palm Beach and is the best hotspot to hit to target your trophy. Mahi, wahoo, and more can also be found here and in the surrounding waters, making your day sure to be action packed.

**Space Coast**

**Cocoa Beach**

Cocoa Beach has great fishing in the Intercoastal Waterways and deep water for kingfish, marlin, and more, however the real gem is the access to Indian River Lagoon System. This system is made up of the Banana, Indian, and Mosquito Rivers and are prime for targeting many inshore species, but especially redfish. It is also right on the northernmost border of the snook population.

**Riviera Beach**

Whether you’d like to deep drop along the reefs and wrecks, or go kite fishing for trophy billfish, Riviera Beach is the place to go. It is a sport fisherman’s paradise for targeting big fish like tuna, sailfish, and more.

**Melbourne Beach**

Melbourne Beach is one of the world’s premier locations for surf fishing. While relaxing with your toes in the sand, you can wet your line and have direct access to snook, pompano, shark, and more. With over 15 miles of pristine beach, there’s plenty of space to find the perfect spot and catch your next personal best.

**Palm Beach**

Palm Beach has excellent inshore fishing for snook, tarpon, and more, but what makes it special is also its namesake. Palm Beach is named after the Providencia, a ship that wrecked with over 20,000 coconuts that washed ashore and grew into palms. That wreck, along with other sunken boats, reefs, and rocks make it an excellent place to fish for amberjack, barracuda, and more.

Best Places to Fish Florida’s Freshwaters

**Fort Lauderdale**

Although Fort Lauderdale is known for their sailfish fishing, it also provides access to a plethora of lakes and waterways of the Everglades and more full of bass, including the exotics. Whether you’re after a giant Florida largemouth, or the opportunity to make memories, Fort Lauderdale has it all.

**Delray Beach**

Nestled on the Southeast side of Florida between Miami and West Palm Beach, Delray Beach offers saltwater and freshwater fishing. On Lake Ida and the surrounding brackish canals, exotics , largemouth, panfish, and more are just waiting to be caught. All of these combined provide a unique fishing experience only to be found in Delray Beach.

**Lake Okeechobee**

Lake Okeechobee is a world-famous bass fishery covering 448,000 surface acres of water holding some monster largemouth bass. With plenty of vegetation and structure, species like bluegill, catfish, sunfish and more can thrive.

Does Florida have good fishing?

Florida is a top destination for fishing enthusiasts, offering a vast array of fishing opportunities both in freshwater and saltwater environments. The state boasts an extensive network of rivers, lakes, and freshwater springs, including famous fishing spots like Lake Okeechobee, the St. Johns River, and the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes. These waters are abundant with species such as Largemouth Bass, Crappie, Bluegill, and Catfish, making it a paradise for freshwater anglers. Florida's warm climate and well-managed fisheries contribute to year-round fishing, ensuring that anglers can enjoy productive fishing trips at any time of the year.

In addition to its remarkable freshwater fishing, Florida is renowned for its exceptional saltwater fishing opportunities along its extensive coastline. The Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico offer diverse fishing experiences, from inshore fishing for species like Snook, Redfish, and Spotted Seatrout, to offshore adventures targeting Mahi-Mahi, Sailfish, and various species of Snapper and Grouper. The Florida Keys, in particular, are famous for their rich marine biodiversity and unique fishing experiences, including the chance to catch Bonefish, Tarpon, and Permit in the flats. Whether you're fishing from a pier, a kayak, or a charter boat, Florida's coastal waters provide endless possibilities for anglers of all skill levels.

Florida's fishing culture is robust and well-supported by a wide range of resources, including fishing guides, charter services, tackle shops, and numerous fishing tournaments and events. Annual events like the Florida Keys Tarpon Fishing Tournament and the Destin Fishing Rodeo draw anglers from around the world, fostering a sense of community and competition. Additionally, the state's commitment to conservation and sustainable fishing practices ensures that Florida's waters remain healthy and productive for future generations. With its diverse and abundant fishing environments, year-round fishing opportunities, and supportive fishing community, Florida is undoubtedly one of the best states for fishing in the United States.

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    Greatest experience we could ask for. Caught a good amount and captain Adam was very knowledgeable on where to go for best fishing and Is very respectful. Would highly recommend captain Adam to anyone looking for a fun fishing trip.

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    Captain Nick was the best! I booked a charter for just myself and had the best time fishing and hanging out with Nick. We caught a lot of fish and if you just trust his experience you will have a great time!

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    We had an amazing trip! Ron and Chris were awesome! We didn’t have much knowledge of fishing going into this. They made it easy and taught us a lot. We caught a variety of fish. We DEFINITELY will be doing this again with Ron on our next trip down to Florida. Thank you for such a wonderful experience!

    Hailee T. with Ron C. of Pompano Beach, Florida

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    David R. with Thomas D. of Key West, Florida

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    Maureen B. with Nathan S. of Panama City Beach, Florida

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    Had a great time with Captain jack and his deckhand . We went shark fishing caught 4 small ones and had something big on the line but it broke the line .

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    Captain Zach initially was unavailable but he got us hooked up with another boat quick and it was a great trip! The captain and his first mate were very knowledgeable about where the fish were and we never had to wait for bait, they got our poles ready, took the fish off and we had a great experience! The boat was very clean and we will for sure book with them next year! Highly recommend!

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    Great Captain, great Mate, great boat and great time! Captain Steve got us on the Mahi and slayed em! Full limit on Mahi and a couple of barracuda. We had one sailfish come look but not for lack of trying! Jeff knows his stuff and never stopped working and made sure we were fishing the entire time. We completed our limit by landing all three of a triple set. I have fished my whole life and this was a fantastic trip. Highly recommend the Sea-clusion and Captain Steve.

    Arik G. with Thomas D. of Key West, Florida

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    My family had a fantastic day with Captain Carlos! He was so flexible with us, between adding fishing to our iguana hunt and working around some big storms that rolled in the morning of our hunt. He was great with our kids, knowledgeable, very laid back, and his experience set us up for a great day on the water!

    Sarah K. with Carlos I. of Lantana, Florida

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    Robert K. with Reinaldo R. of Clewiston, Florida

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    Jorge C. with Tim M. of Fort Lauderdale, Florida

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    Had a great time with capt John. He put us on a ton of fish. Him and his deck hand Drew worked hard keeping all 5 of us baited up and fishing the entire time . We caught a boat load of great fish. Will definitely call on his services again!

    Greg G. with John C. of Panama City, Florida

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