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Unforgettable Day Offshore

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45 ft 1 - 6 People From $142 / person
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"Locked In" Inshore Fishing

100% (11)
22 ft 1 - 4 People From $113 / person
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Lake, River Fishing Trip in Fort Lauderdale

Everglades Peacock Bass/Largemouth

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20 ft 1 - 3 People From $183 / person
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Lake Fishing Trip in Fort Lauderdale

Shoreline Peacock Bass Fishing

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1 - 4 People From $44 / person

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Happy Day Today Fishing Trip

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52 ft 1 - 6 People From $146 / person

Flats, Inshore Fishing Charter in Fort Lauderdale

Everglades Trip - 21’ Storm

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21 ft 1 - 2 People From $200 / person

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Fishing Charters Near Fort Lauderdale, Fl

If your looking for monster Large Mouth bass you've come to the right place. Lake Okeechobee bass fishing is considered some of the best freshwater fishing in the United States, and even considered one of the premier fishing destinations in the world. So whether you are a spinner-bait or jig flipping fisherman, your guide JP will teach you the latest tricks to catching Florida bass. Equipment for bass fishing varies from light spinning tackle to heavy-duty flipping rods, and with over 30 years of experience guiding this premier fishery JP knows all the tricks and is excited to share them with you! On the day of your trip you’ll be fishing aboard JP's 21' Storm bass fishing vessel equipped with a 250 HP Mercury Pro XS, live bait well, wireless trolling motor, and an ice box. This boat can accommodate 2 fishermen. Make sure you bring a valid Florida Freshwater fishing license, some food and drinks for the day, sunscreen, and a hat. JP will take care of all rods, reels, tackle, lures, and you can purchase live bait if it’s available in season. You're more than welcome to bring your own gear if you'd like as well! Bring your kids or your angling buddies and head out to a fishing adventure to remember! Read More

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Lake Okeechobee Trip - 21’ Storm

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21 ft 1 - 2 People From $200 / person
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In our half day trips depending on time of year or target species. We will troll, live bait, bottom fish, shark fish, or Kite fish. We will usually stay within 2 miles of the beach where most of the bait fish and bottom fish are. But we usually like to target whatever fish that are biting that time of year or whatever the customer would like to catch. Read More

Deep Sea Fishing Charter in Fort Lauderdale

Half Day

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28 ft 1 - 4 People From $150 / person

**Reef Fishing** we drop anchor and start building life by using chum and live or dead bait to attract predators such as various types of snapper, sharks, grouper and the occasional pelagic species. This is an exciting option for the beginner or advanced angler and can be done at night. **Trolling** This is the bread and butter meat fishing technique. We can target anything from  King mackerel, tuna, mahimahi, sailfish, Bonito and just about anything that feeds on other fish. This technique is great for the Beginner and is best performed in the early daytime. **Deep Dropping** Tech. : Heavy Tackle, Deep dropping We venture 10 to 15 miles offshore to very deep waters targeting deep water species with electric reels such as Rose fish, Tilefish, and Grouper. This is a low impact type of fishing for any skill level. Read More

Deep Sea, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Fort Lauderdale

OffShore Trip - 26' Bimini

100% (7)
26 ft 1 - 4 People From $160 / person

For those that might not be looking to spend a full 8 hours out on the water, or simply don't have time, Captain Preston offers 4 hour half day charters and 6 hour 3/4 adventures just for you! **Half Day 4-Hour Trip** Want to give fishing a try but not sure you want to commit the entire day? A half day charter could be right for you. These trips are also recommended for those prone to seasickness, or with young kids. Due to Captain Preston's close proximity to fishable waters, there is still a good amount of time to catch some quality fish. Trips typically run from 8am-12pm, or 1pm-5pm for these 4 hour adventures. **3/4 Day 6-Hour Trip** Can't decide between half-day and full-day? Split the difference with a 6-hour charter. These trips allow Captain Preston to be a bit more flexible with the fishing styles you'll use compared to a half day. This is Definitely Captain Preston's most popular option, and typically run from 8am- 2pm. No matter which option you choose, you be able to rest assured knowing you made the right decision once you step aboard the Second Wynnd with a Fort Lauderdale native in Captain Preston. She's a custom-built 2020, 37’ SeaVee and is one of the newest and nicest boats in the Lauderdale charter fleet. Triple outboard engines power the Second Wynnd, so you won’t experience the strong-smelly diesel fumes that many other boats can produce, significantly reducing the chance of seasickness. Both trip options include a variety of all the best light and heavy rods, reels, tackle, and bait to land an assortment of fish! Captain Preston will clean your catch at the end of the day as well so you can take home some tasty table fare for the freezer. Read More

Deep Sea, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Fort Lauderdale

Half - 3/4 Day Trip - 37’ SeaVee

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37 ft 1 - 6 People From $167 / person

If you thought that you had to go hours offshore to catch the biggest, baddest pelagic predators, think again! On this trip with Captain Taco, you'll have the opportunity to chase offshore gamefish species such as Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, and Blackfin Tuna, all just a quick ride from the dock. All of these fish are hard fighters and a blast to catch, as well as tasting delicious, so whether you're hoping to catch an impressive trophy, fill your cooler, or both, this trip is for you! You'll primarily be trolling for these fast, aggressive species. Keep your eyes on the rods, because when a fish hits that line, it's all you! Bring your A-game on this trip, because these fish know how to fight and will test your strength, stamina, and skill. You'll be fishing from the deck of Captain Taco's 42' sportfishing vessel. She sports twin Avico 450-HP Yamaha engines to get you out there in a hurry, plus all the best electronics, including an autopilot system, GPS, fishfinder, and more. Captain Taco will provide everything you need for a great day, including rods, reels, bait, and tackle. All you need to remember is proper clothing, sunscreen, a pair of polarized sunglasses to help see the fish, and a cooler with your snacks and drinks. Read More

Deep Sea, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Fort Lauderdale

Florida Fishing Spectacular

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41 ft 1 - 6 People From $150 / person
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If you thought that you have to go 3, 4, or 5 hours offshore to catch the biggest, baddest pelagic predators, think again! On this trip with Captain Michael, you'll have the opportunity to chase offshore gamefish species such as Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, and Blackfin Tuna, all just a quick ride from the dock. All of these fish are hard fighters and a blast to catch, as well as tasting delicious, so whether you're hoping to catch an impressive trophy, fill your cooler, or both, this trip is for you! At the end of the trip, Captain Michael also offers to clean, fillet, and cook up your catch, so you can end your trip with a delicious meal of fresh-caught Wahoo, Mahi, or Tuna. You'll primarily be trolling for these fast, aggressive species. Keep your eyes on the rods, because when a fish hits that line, it's all you! Bring your A-game on this trip, because these fish know how to fight and will test your strength, stamina, and skill. You'll be fishing from the deck of Captain Michael's 31' Jupiter center console—a perfect vessel for these waters. She sports twin 300-HP Yamaha engines to get you out there in a hurry, plus all the best Garmin electronics, including an autopilot system, GPS, fishfinder, and more. Captain Michael will provide everything you need for a great day, including rods, reels, bait, and tackle. All you need to remember is proper clothing, sunscreen, a pair of polarized sunglasses to help see the fish, and a cooler with your snacks and drinks. Read More

Deep Sea, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Fort Lauderdale

Catch, Clean, Cook Combo Trip

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31 ft 1 - 6 People From $117 / person
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If you really want to see what the waters off of Fort Lauderdale have to offer, this trip is your ticket. On this trip, you'll go after a bunch of species across several different habitats. You'll kick things off by trolling the middle depths with planers, looking for aggressive predators such as Blackfin Tuna, Mackerel, Mahi, and Wahoo. Once you get further offshore, you'll drop your tackle down over the reefs, aiming to hook some massive reef fish like Mutton Snapper, Yellowtail Snapper, Black Grouper, and Gag Grouper. Last, but certainly not least, you'll drop even deeper, looking for bottomfish. Every one of these zones features hard-fighting and delicious eating fish, so there's no better combination to fill your cooler with table fare and your camera with memorable pictures. At the end of the trip, Captain Michael also offers to clean, fillet, and cook up your catch, so you can end your trip with a delicious meal of fresh-caught Snapper, Mahi, or Grouper. You'll be doing it all from the deck of Captain Michael's 31' Jupiter center console—a perfect vessel for these waters. She sports twin 300-HP Yamaha engines to get you out there in a hurry, plus all the best Garmin electronics, including an autopilot system, GPS, fishfinder, and more. Captain Michael will provide everything you need for a great day, including rods, reels, bait, and tackle. All you need to remember is proper clothing, sunscreen, a pair of polarized sunglasses to help see the fish, and a cooler with your snacks and drinks. Read More

Deep Sea, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Fort Lauderdale

Offshore Catch, Clean, And Cook

100% (4)
31 ft 1 - 6 People From $200 / person

Head out with Captain Mark to Troll the deep blue sea for Wahoo, Dolphin, Sailfish, Tuna and much more! With over 29 years of experience fishing the waters from Fort Lauderdale to the Exumas, Captain Mark knows the best techniques for trolling for these offshore species. On the day of your trip, you will meet up with Captain Mark at the Winn-Dixie on Cordova Rd. Meeting at the Winn-Dixie allows you to collect some last minute Snacks and Drinks, Ice, and whatever else you think you might need in preparation for you trip. Captain Mark docks his boat behind one of his friends houses nearby so you can either hop in his truck or follow him in your own car to board the Off The Chart! The Off The Chart is a luxurious 37' Egg Harbour Sportfishing vessel equipped with all the latest electronics and navigation systems. It also provides a comfortable Cabin with seating and air conditioning so you can easily escape the relentless South Florida heat. On that vein, your more than welcome to get as involved as you would like with your adventure as you'd like. Whether you'd rather lounge in the AC until the reel starts screaming or if you want your hand on the rod the whole time, Captain Mark can make it happen! And if you'd rather cruise the inner-coastal, hang out at the sand bar, or go snorkeling at a near by reef, Captain Mark offers those trips as well for the same prices listed above! Beyond superior service and luxurious amenities, Captain Mark also provides the best rods, reels, tackle, bait, and fishing licenses you could possibly need for a successful day out on the water. The only things Captian Mark recommends you bring before meeting up at the Winn-Dixie is your sun protection and sunglasses, a rain coat/change of clothes, and a camera to document your trophies! Read More

Deep Sea, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale Trolling Trip

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37 ft 1 - 6 People From $150 / person

Welcome to Captain Dennis' Fishing charters, where big fish are always in season. If you are in the Fort Lauderdale area and are looking for the fight of a lifetime look no further! We will be targeting GIANT Tarpon and Snook on relatively light tackle, hooking into fish in the 100lb+ range. These big Tarpon put on quite a show, jumping 6+ feet out of the water, pulling a TON of drag, breaking a lot of gear and a lot of hearts. But if you have the determination and with a little bit of luck you just might land the fish of a lifetime. Come out and test your skills against the most prized inshore fish in the world, The Silver King, Tarpon! Captain Dennis specializes in inshore fishing for large Snook and Tarpon. He offers half-day charters for up to 4 anglers and will also supply all necessary bait and tackle. Sticking mainly to calm inshore protected waters, there’s no need to worry about getting seasick on his boat. Family and kid-friendly, they cater to all experience levels, from the avid angler to the first-time fisherman. Times are flexible, so send the captain a message and let him know if there is a time that works better for you. Fishing licenses are included. Book your trip now and hit the water with Captain Dennis for an epic inshore experience. Read More

Flats, Inshore, Jetty, Nearshore, River Fishing Charter in Fort Lauderdale

Epic Inshore Tarpon & Snook

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18 ft 1 - 4 People From $150 / person

Get out there on the adventure of a lifetime with Captain Will, as you embark on a thrilling offshore charter fishing trip like no other. Get ready to chase down some of the most exciting game fish in the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, including Mahi Mahi, Blackfin Tuna, Kingfish, and Sailfish! You'll be fishing on board a sleek, powerful vessel equipped with all the latest technology and gear necessary for a successful day of fishing. Captain Will will take you out to the best fishing spots, using his years of experience and expert knowledge to get you on the most sought-after fish in the area. Whether you're an experienced angler or a first-time fisherman, Captain Will will provide all the support and guidance you need to make the most of your day. From teaching you the best techniques for casting and hooking your fish, to providing you with top-of-the-line equipment and gear, he'll ensure that you have the best possible chance of landing that big one. And as you enjoy the excitement of the chase, you'll also have the opportunity to take in the stunning beauty of the Gulf of Mexico. From the sparkling blue waters to the abundant marine life swimming below the surface, you'll be surrounded by scenery that will make a perfect backdrop for your fishing photos! So come aboard and join Captain Will for an unforgettable offshore charter fishing trip that will leave you with memories to last a lifetime! Read More

Deep Sea, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Fort Lauderdale

Deep Dropping And Trolling Trip

100% (7)
26 ft 1 - 6 People From $183 / person

Venture into deep waters with Captain Will in search of elusive and hard-fighting Swordfish! The waters off of Fort Lauderdale are some of the most abundant Swordfish breeding grounds in the world, which Captain Will is ready to exploit with you. Climb aboard his 26' Bimini and spend the day trolling for these epic gladiators! When Captain Will goes after Swordfish he breaks out the big guns, using a special set of tackle designed to hook and stay hooked to the huge Swordfish. The 12 volt Hubbel Outlets on the vessel are sure to help you reel in a monster. You will also be trolling a line or two in case a Tuna or Mahi Mahi decides to join the party. Before the twin 150HP Honda V-Tech engines power up, you will need to bring sun protection and snacks for the full day voyage. A long day on the water can make you tired and dehydrated, so bring plenty of water and sunscreen. A hat and long-sleeve shirt wouldn't be a bad idea either. Read More

Deep Sea, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Fort Lauderdale

Daytime Swordfish - 26’ Bimini

100% (7)
26 ft 1 - 6 People From $267 / person

Off the coast of Fort Lauderdale, there are a couple different techniques for trolling: trolling the reefs for Kingfish and Bonitos and trolling offshore for Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Tunas, and sometimes even a Blue Marlin! **Trolling the Reef** 90% of your bites will be on the deep lines, so Captain Taco will troll with 2 planner boards that take the bait about 45 feet down along with 3 baits skipping across the surface at about 5 to 6 knots. If you get a Kingfish bite 9 out of 10 times both deep rods will get hit at the same time. These fish like to travel in schools so Captain Taco will steer the boat in big circles dragging the baits around where you got the first bit and BAM every time you circle you should get another bite. (Well that’s how it ideally would work of course) **Trolling Offshore** When trolling offshore Captain Taco will pump the gas a little to cover more ground. You'll usually troll 5 to 6 baits on the surface at 6 to 8 knots. He doesn't like trolling the planners offshore due to the resistance that the planners cause, but just about anything floating out there might hold some fish. And I mean anything if he spots a weed patch, grass line, or even a piece of driftwood, you know Captain Taco's gonna pull the baits past it to see if anybody's home. Both are great options, and you might even have enough time to try a little of both! No matter what, you are sure to have a great time fishing in Ft. Lauderdale with Captain Taco. His charter is not one of those stuffy Ft. Lauderdale fishing charters where the mate and captain are stuck on themselves and barely talk to you. They want you to party, relax, or do whatever you like to do. In his mind, his job is to make your time aboard the "Hooked Up" the most enjoyable time a person can have fishing in Ft Lauderdale. All Taco's trips come with his Full-Service Package which includes an experienced captain & mate, all necessary fishing licenses, top-of-the-line rods, reels & tackle, a cooler loaded with ice for your beers & sodas, and a lot of laughs & a great time! All he recommends you bring along with you is some food and drink for your voyage, sunscreen, sunglasses, and a little luck! Read More

Deep Sea, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Fort Lauderdale

Full Day Trolling - 41’ Custom

100% (10)
41 ft 1 - 6 People From $283 / person

Travel to the offshore "sword grounds" with Captain Preston and fish heavy tackle targeting Swordfish, the gladiators of the sea. Fort Lauderdale swordfishing is Captain Preston's specialty and he is thrilled to take you on the trip of a lifetime. The giant sea monsters are hard to find and put up an epic fight once on the hook, making this full-day trip eventful and exciting. So if you're looking to catch one of these elusive sea creatures, look no further, and join Captain Preston (a Fort Lauderdale native) aboard his 37’ SeaVee. The vessel comfortably fits up to 6 guests and is powered by triple 300HP Mercury engines, which make for a smooth and speedy ride to the sword grounds. Using the 16 JL Audio speakers and subwoofers, you can bump tunes as you speed through the swells. While the trip is targeting Swordfish, on the way you will throw in some trolling lines in the hopes that a Mahi Mahi or Tuna might bite. This trip includes all the best rods, reels, tackle, and bait to maximize your chances of landing these monsters of the deep. If you want to keep a trophy, Captain Preston has taxidermy options. All you need to bring is sun protection, food, and beverages to keep yourself at 100% throughout the day. You might want to bring a camera as well, to capture memories that will last forever! Read More

Deep Sea, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Fort Lauderdale

Daytime Swordfishing - 37’ SeaVee

100% (2)
37 ft 1 - 6 People From $308 / person

These trips provide enough time to try numerous styles of fishing, allowing you to catch a multitude of different species. Captain Preston will change your methods up seasonally depending on what's biting. He will often start by running offshore targeting species such as Mahi Mahi, Golden Tile, Snowy Grouper, Black Belly Rose Fish, and Yellow Eye Snapper. After fishing offshore has run its course Captain Preston can point his boat back to shore and motor in a little closer to hit the reefs. Usually he'll anchor up the boat and chum up the water, and get the fish into a feeding frenzy! Some targets here include snapper, grouper, amberjack, and a wide range of other reef-dwelling fish. So if you're looking for an all-in-one trip where you can catch a variety of hard fighting and delicious fish, look no further, and join Captain Preston (a Fort Lauderdale native) aboard the Second Wynnd. She's a custom-built 2020, 37’ SeaVee and is one of the newest and nicest boats in the Lauderdale charter fleet. Triple outboard engines power the Second Wynnd, so you won’t experience the strong-smelly diesel fumes that many other boats can produce, significantly reducing the chance of seasickness. This trip includes a variety of all the best light and heavy tackle rods, reels, tackle, and bait to land an assortment of fish! Captain Preston will clean your catch at the end of the day as well so you can take home some tasty table fare for the freezer. Read More

Deep Sea, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Fort Lauderdale

Full Day Trip - 37’ SeaVee

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37 ft 1 - 6 People From $275 / person
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In the 3/4 day trip it allows us to do more than the half day trip. That includes trolling, live bait, kite fishing, bottom fishing, deep dropping, or shark fishing. Our fishery in south Florida changes throughout the year so we can run offshore for mahi or bottom fish for snappers or groupers. We usually like to talk to the customers about what they would like to target and what is in season and make a game plan from that. We like to fish hard and have fun doing it! Read More

Deep Sea, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Fort Lauderdale

3/4 Day

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28 ft 1 - 4 People From $213 / person
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The all day trip is my favorite trip, it gives us a lot of time to try a bunch of different tactics to make the day as productive as possible. We can run offshore and look for birds and debris chasing mahi mahi, troll on the edge of the reef for wahoo sailfish and tuna, drop on wrecks for snappers and groupers. I usually will talk to the customers and put a game plan together to make there fishing experience as memorable as possible. Read More

Deep Sea, Inshore, Jetty, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Fort Lauderdale

Full Day Of Florida Fun!

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28 ft 1 - 4 People From $275 / person
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If you really want to see what the waters off of Fort Lauderdale have to offer, this trip is your ticket. On this trip, you'll fish the reefs and wrecks, dropping tackle down and aiming to hook some massive reef fish like Mutton Snapper, Yellowtail Snapper, Black Grouper, and Gag Grouper. Last, but certainly not least, you'll drop even deeper, looking for bottomfish. Every one of these zones features hard-fighting and delicious eating fish, so there's no better combination to fill your cooler with table fare and your camera with memorable pictures. You'll be doing it all from the deck of Captain Michael's 31' Jupiter center console—a perfect vessel for these waters. She sports twin 300-HP Yamaha engines to get you out there in a hurry, plus all the best Garmin electronics, including an autopilot system, GPS, fishfinder, and more. Captain Michael will provide everything you need for a great day, including rods, reels, bait, and tackle. All you need to remember is proper clothing, sunscreen, a pair of polarized sunglasses to help see the fish, and a cooler with your snacks and drinks. Read More

Nearshore Fishing Charter in Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale Nearshore

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31 ft 1 - 6 People From $200 / person
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If you've been looking to go toe-to-toe with some of the biggest fish in Florida, this badass trip is your ticket. Join Captain Michael for a fight with some of the biggest sharks out there, including Bull Sharks, Tiger Sharks, Hammerheads, and even Great Whites! Once one of these predators hits your line, it’s on. Sharks fight harder than almost any other species, so this trip requires teamwork. Up to 6 of your friends and family can split time on the rod while you work together to haul in a true sea monster. You'll be fishing from the deck of Captain Michael's 31' Jupiter center console—a perfect vessel for these waters. She sports twin 300-HP Yamaha engines to get you out there in a hurry, plus all the best Garmin electronics, including an autopilot system, GPS, fishfinder, and more. Everything you need to hook a big one will be provided by Captain Michael. He provides all the heavy-duty rods, reels, bait, and tackle. There will also be drinks on board, but feel free to bring your own. Shark hunting can be exhausting! You should also bring sunblock and a pair of polarized sunglasses, as well as appropriate clothing. This trip promises to be a blast! Read More

Nearshore Fishing Charter in Fort Lauderdale

Monster Shark Trip

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31 ft 1 - 6 People From $117 / person
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Everything to Know About Booking a Fishing Charter in Fort Lauderdale

What are the best fishing charters in Fort Lauderdale?

Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 133 trips in Fort Lauderdale, and the most popular trips in the area are Unforgettable Day Offshore guided by Mike, "Locked In" Inshore Fishing guided by Brian, and Everglades Peacock Bass/Largemouth guided by Roy.

Our guides in Fort Lauderdale are rated a 4.89 out of 5 based on 9577 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.

Other popular cities nearby for booking a charter include Pompano Beach, Miami Beach and Miami.

Looking for kid friendly charters in Fort Lauderdale? Check out our beginner and family friendly charters in Fort Lauderdale.

What types of fishing charters are common in Fort Lauderdale?

Deep Sea fishing is the most popular in Fort Lauderdale as well as nearshore fishing, inshore fishing, and lake fishing.

The most commonly sought after species in Fort Lauderdale are: 1. mahi mahi, 2. sailfish, 3. kingfish, and 4. blackfin tuna.

The most common fishing techniques in Fort Lauderdale are live bait fishing, trolling, and heavy tackle fishing but bottom fishing and light tackle fishing are popular as well.

How much do Fort Lauderdale fishing charters cost?

in Fort Lauderdale prices can range anywhere from an affordable $175 to $3,000 and up, but the average price for a half day trip in Fort Lauderdale is $1,007. The average price for a full day trip in Fort Lauderdale is $1,171.

What month is best for fishing in Fort Lauderdale?

The most popular season for fishing in Fort Lauderdale is spring, and most anglers book their trips 16 days in advance.

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

If you’re thinking about a saltwater trip, you’re in luck! Our saltwater fishing tours in Fort Lauderdale don’t require you to purchase a fishing license – your group is covered by your boat’s captain. For freshwater trips, you’ll still need to purchase a license. See here for more information on fishing licenses, bag limits, and fishing season regulations in Fort Lauderdale. When in doubt, your fishing guide will always know the right rules and regulations.

Fort Lauderdale Fishing Charter Overview

Fort Lauderdale offers a diverse range of fishing charters that cater to various preferences. The city's proximity to calm canals, remote reefs, and the Gulf Stream's warm currents makes it an ideal location for fishing enthusiasts. Local captains offer customized trips that cater to different groups, ensuring that everyone has a memorable experience.

Inshore fishing charters in Fort Lauderdale primarily target Snook and Tarpon, which are popular among fly fishers and sporting anglers due to their fighting abilities. Reef fishing trips venture into the ocean, where anglers can bottom fish for Snapper, Grouper, Amberjack, and other species that are available year-round. However, the best time to target these fish is during the summer.

Offshore charters specialize in trolling and kite fishing, targeting Sailfish, Tuna, Marlin, and other species that are available throughout the year. Sailfish are abundant during winter and spring, while Marlin peak in summer. Swordfishing is popular during the fall season. Regardless of the time of year, anglers can expect to catch a variety of fish.

Inshore charters are suitable for beginners and young children, while reef fishing trips are ideal for those seeking a more challenging experience. Deep sea charters are designed for seasoned anglers and are available as half or full-day trips. Full-day charters are recommended for those targeting big Billfish.

Fishing licenses are not required for saltwater charters in Fort Lauderdale. However, a license is necessary for freshwater species like Bass. It is important to note that Snook are release-only from December 15 to January 31 and June 1 to August 3. Most Grouper species are protected between January 1 and April 30, and Tarpon are catch-and-release all year round.

Inshore Fishing Fort Lauderdale

The inshore fishing opportunities in Fort Lauderdale do not get the recognition they deserve. With Canals, backwaters, and waterways full of bucket list fish like snook and tarpon, the inshore fishing is excellent. With redfish, sheepshead, and jack crevalle also inhabiting these waters, there are plenty of species to target on an inshore trip.

Tarpon fishing in Fort Lauderdale is sure to be exciting and when the bite peaks in the fall, the snook seems to be getting hungry as well. These two bucket list fish can be hard to find let alone catch in other areas, but these explosive fish can be found throughout the canals and backwaters in Fort Lauderdale at the right time of year.

Nearshore Fishing Fort Lauderdale

With plenty of nearby reefs, structures, and baitfish, mackerel, kingfish, and various snapper species can be found in the waters just offshore. With various species of snapper like mutton, mangrove, and yellowtail, you can drop bait deep year-round. Red snapper is also a popular game fish found in the waters around Fort Lauderdale, but the season for recreational red snapper fishing typically opens in June and lasts for a limited time based on the health of the red snapper population.

Catching mackerel and kingfish is an action-packed experience with these aggressive predators. With big blowups, and pound for pound some of the hardest fighting fish, this is an experience that’s hard to beat. With various species of snapper like mutton, mangrove, and yellowtail you can drop bait deep year-round.

Deep Sea Fishing Fort Lauderdale

Our Fort Lauderdale deep sea fishing charters take place aboard spacious and accommodating sportfishing boats that are fantastic options for large groups of friends and families. Running out to deep bluewater means taking a shot at tuna, mahi-mahi, wahoo, and billfish. Serious anglers come from all over to take advantage of the offshore opportunities in Fort Lauderdale. The blue marlin bite comes on strong in the summer months followed by the swordfish and sailfish in the winter. With mahi-mahi, tuna, and wahoo biting year-round, there are always giant fish to be caught with an offshore charter out of Fort Lauderdale.

The opportunity to catch a massive sailfish has brought many anglers to Fort Lauderdale and it just might be the best place in the world to do it. The sailfish and swordfish bite peaks in the winter months but can be caught throughout most of the cooler months. With the unique style of kite fishing for these lightning-fast fish, it’s an experience like no other. If you want to catch a sailfish you will want to do it on a charter in Fort Lauderdale.

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Popular Types of Fishing In Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale fishing charters offer a variety of options for anglers of all levels. The most common types of fishing charters in Fort Lauderdale include deep-sea fishing, inshore fishing, and drift fishing.

Deep-sea fishing charters take you out to the Gulf Stream, where you can catch big game fish like sailfish, marlin, and tuna. Inshore fishing charters stay closer to shore and target species like snook, redfish, and tarpon. Drift fishing charters are perfect for beginners and families, as they provide a more relaxed fishing experience and target species like snapper, grouper, and triggerfish.

Some of the most common fish to catch in Fort Lauderdale include mahi-mahi, wahoo, kingfish, and snapper. Depending on the type of fishing charter you choose, you may also have the opportunity to catch sailfish, marlin, tuna, and other big game fish.

Fort Lauderdale fishing charters often depart from landmarks like the Bahia Mar Marina and the Las Olas Marina. These locations provide easy access to some of the best fishing grounds in the area and offer a variety of amenities for anglers, including bait and tackle shops, restaurants, and restrooms.

The Best Places To Fish In Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale, Florida is a prime destination for fishing enthusiasts. With its warm waters and diverse marine life, there are plenty of great spots to cast a line. Here are some of the best places to fish in Fort Lauderdale, whether you're looking to go on a fishing charter or just fish from shore:

1. Hillsboro Inlet: This inlet is a popular spot for fishing charters, as it's home to a variety of fish species, including snapper, grouper, and kingfish.

2. Port Everglades: This deepwater port is a great place to catch big game fish like sailfish and marlin. Fishing charters often depart from here.

3. Dania Beach Pier: This pier is a great spot for shore fishing, with plenty of snapper, pompano, and other species to be caught.

4. Lake Sylvia: This freshwater lake is a hidden gem for bass fishing, with plenty of largemouth and peacock bass to be caught.

5. Fort Lauderdale Beach: While not known for its fishing, Fort Lauderdale Beach can be a great spot to catch snook and other species from shore.

6. The Everglades: For a truly unique fishing experience, consider a fishing charter in the Everglades. You'll have the chance to catch everything from tarpon to alligator gar in this vast wilderness.

Other Things To Do In Fort Lauderdale

While Fort Lauderdale fishing charters are a popular attraction, there are plenty of other things to do in this vibrant city. Take a stroll down Las Olas Boulevard, known for its trendy shops and restaurants. Visit the Bonnet House Museum and Gardens, a historic home with beautiful gardens and art exhibits. For a family-friendly activity, head to the Museum of Discovery and Science, featuring interactive exhibits and an IMAX theater. If you're looking for some outdoor fun, check out Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, offering hiking trails, picnic areas, and kayak rentals. And of course, no trip to Fort Lauderdale is complete without a visit to the beach - head to Fort Lauderdale Beach Park for a day of sun, sand, and surf.

Fort Lauderdale Fishing Calendar

Species January February March April May June July August September October November December
Amberjack Fair Ideal Ideal Ideal Ideal Ideal Fair Fair Fair Fair Fair Fair
Barracuda Great Great Ideal Ideal Ideal Ideal Ideal Ideal Ideal Ideal Ideal Great
Black Grouper Not Allowed Not Allowed Not Allowed Not Allowed Ideal Ideal Ideal Ideal Ideal Ideal Ideal Ideal
Blackfin Tuna Great Great Ideal Ideal Ideal Great Good Great Great Ideal Ideal Ideal
Blue Marlin Good Good Good Great Ideal Ideal Ideal Ideal Ideal Good Good Good
Bonefish Fair Fair Fair Great Great Good Good Good Great Great Great Great
Bonito Good Good Ideal Ideal Ideal Ideal Ideal Ideal Ideal Ideal Ideal Good
Cobia Ideal Ideal Ideal Great Fair Fair Fair Fair Fair Great Ideal Ideal
Gag Grouper Not Allowed Not Allowed Not Allowed Not Allowed Ideal Ideal Ideal Ideal Ideal Ideal Ideal Ideal
Goliath Grouper Good Good Good Good Great Ideal Ideal Ideal Great Good Good Good
Hammerhead Shark Ideal Ideal Ideal Ideal Ideal Ideal Ideal Ideal Ideal Ideal Ideal Ideal
Hogfish Not Allowed Not Allowed Not Allowed Not Allowed Great Ideal Ideal Ideal Great Great Not Allowed Not Allowed
Jack Crevalle Ideal Ideal Ideal Ideal Ideal Great Great Great Great Great Great Great
Kingfish Ideal Ideal Great Great Good Good Good Good Great Great Ideal Ideal
Largemouth Bass Ideal Ideal Ideal Great Good Good Good Good Great Ideal Ideal Ideal
Mahi Mahi Good Good Great Great Ideal Ideal Ideal Ideal Great Good Good Good
Mangrove Snapper Ideal Ideal Ideal Ideal Ideal Ideal Ideal Ideal Ideal Ideal Ideal Ideal
Mutton Snapper Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great
Peacock Bass Good Good Good Great Ideal Ideal Ideal Ideal Great Good Good Good
Permit Fair Fair Great Great Ideal Ideal Ideal Great Great Ideal Great Fair
Red Snapper Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great
Sailfish Great Ideal Ideal Ideal Ideal Great Good Good Good Good Ideal Ideal
Snook Good Good Good Great Ideal Ideal Ideal Ideal Ideal Great Great Good
Swordfish Great Great Good Good Good Good Great Ideal Ideal Ideal Ideal Great
Tarpon Good Good Great Ideal Ideal Ideal Ideal Great Good Good Good Good
Wahoo Great Ideal Fair Great Great Great Great Ideal Ideal Ideal Ideal Fair
White Marlin Good Good Great Ideal Ideal Good Good Fair Fair Fair Fair Fair
Yellowtail Snapper Good Good Good Great Great Ideal Ideal Ideal Ideal Great Great Good

Recent Reviews of Captain Experiences

  • ★★★★★
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Great Trip, Tarpon, Baracuda, Sharks ECT Captain was knowledgeable and very Helpful. Loved the night fishing! I highly recommend this Captain 👨‍✈️

    Robert S. with Dennis C. of Fort Lauderdale, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    We had an amazing fishing trip with Brian. Each step in the process was clearly explained which was helpful as none of us had much fishing experience. Brian has a great sense of humor which made the trip even more enjoyable and great knowledge of houses while we were looking fishing spots. Highly recommend to have this fun fishing trip with Brian.

    Karin R. with Brian L. of Fort Lauderdale, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Had a great time. Very entertaining Capt and deck hand made sure we were taken care of and enjoying our trip

    Brad W. with Mike M. of Fort Lauderdale, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Roy is a gregarious and very knowledgeable guide, and overall a good dude. We had a memorable day on the water with Roy in the Everglades, catching Peacocks and a few surprises thrown in, such as Crappie and Oscar. I will book with Roy again in the future.

    Ed D. with Roy S. of Fort Lauderdale, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Ron was awesome! As soon as the bait was cast, a fish was caught! My son has recently developed a passion for fresh water fishing and we could never catch anything. Ron definitely knows where to go and gave great tips and advice on how to find fish and how to catch them! We caught around 20 fish in just a couple hours, including a 5 lb peacock bass and a huge snakehead! Unbelievable! And, Ron is just a super nice and friendly guy, too. Definitely recommend him!

    Jeanne C. with Ronald L. of Fort Lauderdale, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Absolutely amazing crew and fishing! Traveled with our four kids and decided to take a fishing trip before we went on left for a cruise out of Miami. Communication prior to trip was great and boat had plenty of space including bathroom, cooler with ice/drinks and inside area for younger children that were hot/sleepy. We caught tons of fish! Definitely would recommend this boat and crew to anyone looking for a solid boating/fishing experience!

    Rachel S. with Mike M. of Fort Lauderdale, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    We a had a fantastic time. Our guide Ron from Fishing with Jake is very knowledgeable of the area and full of tips and tricks to enhance your fishing adventure. Caught 35+ fish on a 4 hour trip.

    Roy M. with Ronald L. of Fort Lauderdale, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Had a fun and great time

    with Michael O. of Fort Lauderdale, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Great trip with a very knowledgeable crew as well. Would recommend to others seeking a fishing charter in the Fort Lauderdale area.

    Roger B. with Taco P. of Fort Lauderdale, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Michael was superb! He understands customer service and his customers, as well as knowing where and when to find the fish. My son and I have already discussed another trip and agreed that we should go with Michael again.

    John M. with Michael O. of Fort Lauderdale, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    On this trip, I caught many fish and had tons of fun. Zach took great care of me!

    Grayson S. with Ronald L. of Fort Lauderdale, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Such a great trip. Kids had a blast. Very accommodating.

    Brian S. with Mike M. of Fort Lauderdale, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Brian was great. He put us on the fish right away. We had a blast catching all different kinds of species. We topped it off by catching a really nice barracuda. He was a lot of fun. Highly recommend him.

    David B. with Brian L. of Fort Lauderdale, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    JP was an absolute rockstar captain! He put safety first and made sure we had the time of our lives while catching fish left and right. Not only was he a super cool guide, but he also knew everything there was to know about the Everglades. I'm already planning my next Florida trip just so I can book with JP again. He's the man!

    Colton J. with JP M. of Fort Lauderdale, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    My trip was canceled Ron

    Santy S. with Brian L. of Fort Lauderdale, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Brian was great! In Shore was perfect for our family

    Cindy M. with Brian L. of Fort Lauderdale, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    We had an awesome time on this charter. Super fun time with a crew that definitely knows their way around a boat . Would highly recommend for anyone looking for a fun day catching some fish

    William W. with Mike M. of Fort Lauderdale, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Our trip today with JP was tons of fun. Great guy, good stories and he found us plenty of fish!

    Michael R. with JP M. of Fort Lauderdale, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    My 3 sons, ages 20 and 17, and I had a great trip with Captain Preston. The Sea Vee was big enough to manage the rough sea. We caught 6 mahi, a king, and a shark. We are from Colorado and love an adventure. Captain Preston knows what he is doing. Reeling in the fish was lots of fun. I would caution against taking youngsters or people with medical problems this time of year (November) because you must hang on with the big waves. Suzanne

    Suzanne C. with Preston C. of Fort Lauderdale, Florida

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