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45 ft 1 - 6 People From $850
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28 ft 1 - 4 People From $600
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Fishing in Miami Beach
Fishing in Miami Beach
trip description for Bachelor Party Fishing Fun! in Miami Beach

Bachelor Party Fishing has never been easier. We operate the largest charter fishing boat in Miami and can fit parties of up to 24. Bring the whole wedding party or just the boys or girls for a fun-filled day. We are not a typical drift fishing “Party Fishing” boat but rather we are a sport fishing charter boat and we can take you out to hook Swordfish, Marlin, Sailfish, Mahi-Mahi and more. Captain Manny and the friendly crew provide everything to have your day with us as much fun as possible. All you need to do is bring the beer and food or if you would prefer we can provide that too. For those that just came for the party and do not want to fish or when you want to get out of the sun, the boat has a full galley with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth stereo and HD flat screen TV all in air-conditioned comfort. Your Bachelor Party Fishing Trip will be an experience and memory to last a lifetime. The Captain and Mate will provide you with top quality fishing equipment including conventional and spinning tackle ranging from 10 to 130 lb class. When it comes to cleaning and filleting the catch. Crew members will kindly bag and ice desired fish wanted, so a 20 % gratuity would be appreciated and split among themselves. This trip is very child friendly, so don't hesitate to bring your little ones along! Read More

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Bachelor Party Fishing Fun!

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57 ft 1 - 24 People From $850
Fishing in Pompano Beach
Fishing in Pompano Beach
Fishing in Pompano Beach
trip description for Pompano Beach Slam in Pompano Beach

Head out for an awesome offshore adventure aboard the Gradyful out of Boca Raton & Pompano Beach, Florida. The vessel is operated by Captain Shawn, who is known for his obsession for catching fish, ocean conservation and most notably his sense of humor. When you charter with Captain Shawn you can either troll the nearshore waters for Mahi, Cobia, King Fish/Mackerel, and Blackfin Tuna, or head to the reefs and wrecks to bottom fish for Mutton Snapper, Gag Grouper, Goliath Grouper, Red Grouper, Permit, Lane Snapper, and even Tarpon when they're in the area. Your charter includes professional rods and reels, tackle, bait, live bait upon request, lures, fuel, ice and cleaning your fresh catch to take home and enjoy. All he recommends that you bring are your favorite snacks and drinks, some sun protection, and a camera to document your successful day! Read More

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Pompano Beach Slam

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31 ft 1 - 6 People From $900
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Fishing in Miami Beach
Fishing in Miami Beach
trip description for Miami Beach Fishing in Miami Beach

Based out of Miami Beach, Captain Leo is your top choice for light tackle sportfishing in South Florida. Captain Leo offers some of the best Miami fishing around! We are equipped to give you a fishing experience of a lifetime and will go the extra mile to ensure your success. Children and families are welcome, and we encourage anglers of all skill levels to join us for a great day of Miami fishing. Captain Leo can pick you up at a bunch of different launches so whichever is most convenient for you just let us know! Haulover Boat Ramp, 15600 Collins Avenue North Miami, FL 33154 Watson Island Boat Ramp, 1050 MacArthur Cswy Miami, FL 33123 Crandon Bait and Tackle, 4000 Crandon Blvd Key Biscayne, FL 33149 Black Point Marina, 24775 87th Ave Homestead, FL 33032 Read More

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Miami Beach Fishing

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20 ft 1 - 3 People From $700
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trip description for Super Quick Trips in Fort Lauderdale

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

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trip description for Florida Fishing Fun! in Fort Lauderdale

START TIME DISCLAIMER: 4hr trip start at 8am and 12pm. 6hr trips start at 8am and 1pm. 8hr trips start at 8am only! 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. 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! 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

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Florida Fishing Fun!

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28 ft 1 - 4 People From $600
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trip description for 3/4 Day in Fort Lauderdale

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

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Fishing in Miami
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trip description for Freshwater Peacock Bass & More in Miami

Experience the excitement of freshwater fishing with Captain Charles on this fishing charter in South Florida! Captain Charles is an expert guide with years of experience in fishing for Peacock Bass, Mayan Cichlids, Tilapia, Oscars, and other invasive species in the region's freshwater canals and lakes. There may also be opportunities for Tarpon and Snook, which like to hang out in warm, brackish water. As you embark on your fishing adventure, you'll be surrounded by the lush tropical landscape of South Florida. The clear freshwater canals and lakes offer some of the best fishing opportunities in the area, and Captain Charles knows just where to take you to maximize your chances of catching these hard-fighting and sought-after species. The fishing charter is equipped with top-of-the-line gear, including high-quality rods and reels, live bait, and lures. Captain Charles will provide you with all the necessary equipment and techniques to reel in these invasive species. You'll have the chance to catch a variety of fish species, including Peacock Bass, Mayan Cichlids, Tilapia, Oscars, and other invasive species. These fish are renowned for their size, strength, and fighting spirit, making for an exciting fishing adventure! Captain Charles will cater to your needs and preferences, ensuring that you have an enjoyable and successful fishing trip. Whether you're a seasoned angler or a first-time fisherman, Captain Charles will provide you with the guidance and expertise to make the most of your time on the water. So what are you waiting for? Book your fishing charter with Captain Charles today and experience the thrill of freshwater fishing in South Florida. Whether you're looking for a fun family outing or a challenging fishing adventure with friends, Captain Charles has everything you need for an unforgettable experience on the water! Read More

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26 ft 1 - 4 People From $600
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Peacock Bass + Iguana Cast & Blast

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18 ft 1 - 4 People From $700
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trip description for Peacock Bass, Snook & Tarpon Charter in Miami

We are local South Florida licensed and Insured USCG Captains. Passionate fisherman With 30+ years of experience, we love providing a great thrill and adventure to all our clients. We truly enjoy seeing our clients catch world class fish, while creating memories that will last a lifetime. ​ Our knowledge and experience puts us ahead of the competition. Each charter adventure covers different areas of water including lakes, canals & other urban habitats that are each unique in their own ways. Every bite in each one of our adventures has the possibility of being an IGFA world record. Read More

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19 ft 1 - 2 People From $449
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trip description for Miami Beach Deep Sea in Miami

On this epic offshore fishing charter, you'll get out on the beautiful blue water of South Florida aboard Captain Ramon's 37' SeaVee center console and take down some big fish! This trip is all about big-game fishing, and you'll be chasing a full roster of pelagic sportfish, including Amberjack, Blackfin Tuna, Sailfish, Wahoo, Mahi, and more! Captain Ramon is a seasoned fisherman and his spent his whole life fishing the South Florida Gulf and Atlantic sides. He knows all of the best spots and techniques to help you reel in the big one. Whether you're an experienced angler or just starting out, Captain Ramon will provide you with expert instruction and guidance to make sure you have a great time on the water. During your fishing charter, you'll have the opportunity to target a variety of pelagic sportfish, including Blackfin Tuna, Kingfish, Wahoo, Mahi and more. These powerful and exciting fish are sure to provide you with a thrilling fight and a memorable experience. Captain Ramon's 37' SeaVee is equipped with state-of-the-art fishing equipment and technology, including outriggers, iceboxes, and a livewell to keep your bait fresh. We also have a comfortable cabin with air conditioning and a bathroom for your convenience. Book your fishing charter with Captain Ramon today and experience the thrill of fishing in the beautiful waters of the South Florida. Whether you're a seasoned angler or just looking to try something new, we guarantee that you'll have a great time and create some lasting memories! Read More

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Miami Beach Deep Sea

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37 ft 1 - 6 People From $1,500
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trip description for "Bahamas or Bust" Trip - 37’ SeaVee in Miami

On this epic offshore fishing charter, you'll get out on the beautiful blue water of the Bahamas aboard Captain Ramon's 37' SeaVee center console and take down some big fish! This trip is all about big-game fishing, and you'll be chasing a full roster of pelagic sportfish, including Amberjack, Blackfin Tuna, Sailfish, Wahoo, Mahi, and more! Captain Ramon is a seasoned fisherman with years of experience fishing in the Bahamas. He knows all of the best spots and techniques to help you reel in the big one. Whether you're an experienced angler or just starting out, Captain Ramon will provide you with expert instruction and guidance to make sure you have a great time on the water. During your fishing charter, you'll have the opportunity to target a variety of pelagic sportfish, including Blackfin Tuna, Kingfish, Wahoo, Mahi and more. These powerful and exciting fish are sure to provide you with a thrilling fight and a memorable experience. Captain Ramon's 37' SeaVee is equipped with state-of-the-art fishing equipment and technology, including outriggers, iceboxes, and a livewell to keep your bait fresh. We also have a comfortable cabin with air conditioning and a bathroom for your convenience. Book your fishing charter with Captain Ramon today and experience the thrill of fishing in the beautiful waters of the Bahamas. Whether you're a seasoned angler or just looking to try something new, we guarantee that you'll have a great time and create some lasting memories! Read More

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"Bahamas Or Bust" Trip - 37’ SeaVee

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37 ft 1 - 6 People From $3,750
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Reef Wreck Drift

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30 ft 1 - 5 People From $975
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trip description for Deep Sea Trip in Miami

Our trips include water,ice, plenty of ice and cooler space. You keep your catch we will cut and bag fish for you to take. questions please call Capt Sig Read More

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Deep Sea Trip

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43 ft 1 - 6 People From $1,000
Fishing in Miami
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trip description for Marvelous Miami Fishing Experience in Miami

Enjoy a great day of fishing with Captain Sig. Anglers at any level that want to fish in Miami can seek the thrill of kite-fishing, off-shore deep sea-fishing and trolling. Captain and Crew are eager to engage at your desired skill level. Clients book with Sig because they know they get real deep sea action with the expertise, equipment and speed enjoyed by the pros. Here in Miami, the Atlantic features tropical waters and the Gulf Stream. Both are key to consistently productive fisheries, calmer waters and happy clients. Our highly experienced Captain and crew will take you to the action for one of the most professional, action-packed and enjoyable fishing adventures around. Read More

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Marvelous Miami Fishing Experience

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43 ft 1 - 6 People From $1,000
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Inshore Fishing

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28 ft 1 - 6 People From $750
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trip description for Expert Level Spearfishing Trip in Miami

If you need an introduction to what spearfishing is all about, this trip is not for you! Damien is a skilled and experienced spearfisherman who knows the waters of Biscayne Bay like the back of his hand and offers these trips to clientele that have destination reefs in mind that other charters might not offer. On a typical spearfishing charter with Damien, you'll start your day at the marina, where you'll board his spacious and well-equipped 28' Bertram sportfisher. Once you've reached the first spot, Damien will anchor the boat and guide you as you enter the water. The clear waters of Biscayne Bay offer excellent visibility, allowing you to see the fish below. Damien will lead you to the best spots for catching a variety of fish, including Snappers, Hogfish, Barracuda, Lobsters, and many more! As you dive, Damien will provide expert guidance and assistance, helping you best conserve your breath, "hide" from the fish underwater, and take accurate shots. He'll also be on the lookout for any potential hazards, such as underwater currents or sharks, and will provide instruction on how to safely navigate these obstacles. After a few hours of spearfishing, you'll re-board the boat and head back to the marina with your catch! At the end of the day, Damien will help you clean and fillet your fish, so you can take them home to enjoy a fresh, delicious meal. Whether you're an experienced spearfisherman or just looking for a unique outdoor adventure, a spearfishing charter in Biscayne Bay with Damien is an unforgettable experience. Read More

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Expert Level Spearfishing Trip

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28 ft 1 - 4 People From $1,500
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trip description for Miami Lobstering Trip - 28' Bertram in Miami

A spearfishing charter in Biscayne Bay is a thrilling and unique way to experience the underwater world! Biscayne Bay is a beautiful, clear-water bay located off the coast of Florida, known for its rich marine life and abundant fish species. Your guide, Damien, is a skilled and experienced spearfisherman who knows the waters of Biscayne Bay like the back of his hand and knows how to reliably put his clients on their preferred targets. On a typical spearfishing charter with Damien, you'll start your day at the marina, where you'll board his spacious and well-equipped 28' Bertram sportfisher. As you head out onto the waters of Biscayne Bay, Damien will provide you with all the necessary spearfishing gear, including a spear gun, mask, snorkel, and wetsuit. He'll also give you a safety briefing and instructions on how to use the equipment properly. On this trip, you'll head out over the reefs to hunt down Spiny Lobsters, which are easy to catch and delicious to eat! As you dive, Damien will provide expert guidance and assistance, helping you best conserve your breath, "hide" from the fish underwater, and take accurate shots. He'll also be on the lookout for any potential hazards, such as underwater currents or sharks, and will provide instruction on how to safely navigate these obstacles. After a few hours of spearfishing, you'll re-board the boat and head back to the marina with your catch! At the end of the day, Damien will help you clean and fillet your fish, so you can take them home to enjoy a fresh, delicious meal. Whether you're an experienced spearfisherman or just looking for a unique outdoor adventure, a spearfishing charter in Biscayne Bay with Damien is an unforgettable experience. Read More

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Miami Lobstering Trip - 28' Bertram

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28 ft 1 - 6 People From $1,500
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trip description for Offshore fishing in Miami

Launch out of Dinner Key with Captain Christopher for an epic day experiencing everything the Miami waters have to offer! Relax with Captain Chris, everything is always under control. His local knowledge & patience for finding the fish is unparalleled, (recently landing a 400 pound Blue Marlin) made a crew of 3 women memories for a lifetime! To make sure you have the best possible charter experience, Captain Christopher is ready and rearing to do any kind of fishing you'd like to do. Whether that's chasing Swords, kite fishing for Sails, deep dropping for Tilefish, jigging, or bottom fishing! He can even guide spearfishing adventures, though you'll have to bring your own gear for that. Captain Christopher has some secret honey holes where the Snapper bite is on rain or shine. So if all else fails, which is rarely the case, Captain Christopher will make sure you get back to the dock with a cooler full of fish! Captain Christophers' brand new Dusky Center Console is 29 feet from propellor to bow. The whole front of the boat is a padded lounge area, making this charter great for families and avid fishermen alike! Not to mention, she comes loaded with everything you could possibly need for a successful day out on the water from rods, reels, and tackle, to fishing licenses, ice, soft drinks and water! All you need to bring are some snacks and your shades, Captain Christopher will take care of the rest! One note is that you will get bait after meeting at the dock. You and Captain Chris can try and go out and catch the bait yourselves but it is also available for purchase. Captain Chris likes to tell his clients: "If time is of the essence, rather than burn time messing around catching bait, there are plenty of guys selling bait as we leave the dock and the 20-40$ is often well-spent cash head straight out to the bigger fish." But like everything else with Captain Chris, the decision is up to you! Read More

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28 ft 1 - 6 People From $750

Everything to Know About Booking a Fort Lauderdale goliath grouper fishing charter

What are the best goliath grouper fishing charters in Fort Lauderdale?

Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 11 goliath grouper trips in Fort Lauderdale, and the most popular trips in the area are Unforgettable Day Offshore guided by Tim, Half Day guided by Taylor, and Sportfishing guided by Jedidiah.

Our guides in Fort Lauderdale are rated a 4.76 out of 5 based on 2718 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 Goliath Grouper charter include Miami Beach, Coral Gables and Pompano Beach.

Looking for kid friendly goliath grouper guides / fishing lessons in Fort Lauderdale? Check out our beginner and family friendly goliath grouper guides in Fort Lauderdale.

What types of goliath grouper fishing charters are common in Fort Lauderdale?

Deep Sea fishing is the most popular for goliath grouper in Fort Lauderdale as well as nearshore fishing, inshore fishing, and jetty fishing.

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

How much do Fort Lauderdale goliath grouper fishing charters cost?

for goliath grouper in Fort Lauderdale prices can range anywhere from about $1,275 to $3,950, but the average price for a half day trip for goliath grouper in Fort Lauderdale is $1,844. The average price for a full day trip for goliath grouper in Fort Lauderdale is $2,855.

What month is best for goliath grouper fishing in Fort Lauderdale?

The most popular season for goliath grouper fishing in Fort Lauderdale is spring, and most anglers book their trips 32 days in advance.

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

You’re in luck! Our fishing tours in Fort Lauderdale don’t require you to purchase a fishing license – your group is covered by your boat’s captain. See here for more information on bag limits and fishing season regulations in Fort Lauderdale.

What is goliath grouper fishing in Fort Lauderdale all about?

In the waters off Fort Lauderdale, the goliath grouper, often referred to as the "jewel of the reef," commands attention with its massive size and impressive presence. These colossal fish, known for their sheer strength and imposing appearance, inhabit the reefs, wrecks, and rocky outcrops that dot the ocean floor near Fort Lauderdale. Anglers targeting goliath grouper in Fort Lauderdale are in for a formidable challenge, as these giants can weigh several hundred pounds and put up a ferocious fight when hooked.

Goliath grouper fishing in Fort Lauderdale typically involves heavy-duty tackle and specialized techniques to handle the immense power of these formidable predators. Anglers often use stout rods, heavy reels, and thick braided lines to withstand the brute force of a goliath grouper's initial run and prevent them from retreating into underwater structure. One common method for targeting goliath grouper is bottom fishing, where anglers deploy large baits such as whole fish or large chunks of cut bait to the ocean floor near reefs, wrecks, or other underwater structures where goliath grouper are known to congregate.

Despite their imposing size and strength, goliath grouper are a protected species in Florida waters, and strict regulations govern their harvest and handling. In Fort Lauderdale, catch-and-release fishing is the preferred method for targeting goliath grouper, allowing anglers to enjoy the thrill of hooking into these colossal fish while ensuring their continued conservation and sustainability. By adhering to responsible angling practices and respecting the regulations in place, anglers can contribute to the preservation of goliath grouper populations in Fort Lauderdale's waters, ensuring that future generations can also experience the thrill of encountering these magnificent giants.

What are the most popular months to fish for goliath grouper fishing in Fort Lauderdale?

In Fort Lauderdale's coastal waters, goliath grouper can potentially be encountered throughout the year, as they inhabit the reefs, wrecks, and rocky outcrops that dot the ocean floor near the city's shoreline. However, certain seasons may see increased goliath grouper activity due to factors such as spawning behavior, water temperature, and prey availability. Generally, the warmer months from late spring through early fall tend to see heightened goliath grouper activity as these giants become more active and feed more aggressively.

During the summer months, Fort Lauderdale's waters teem with life as baitfish, crustaceans, and other marine creatures become more abundant, attracting goliath grouper to the area's reefs, wrecks, and underwater structures. Anglers targeting goliath grouper may find success using heavy-duty tackle and large baits to entice strikes from these formidable predators. Additionally, goliath grouper may be more commonly encountered by divers exploring the region's offshore dive sites during the summer season, providing thrilling underwater encounters for those seeking an up-close experience with these majestic giants.

While goliath grouper may be present in Fort Lauderdale's waters year-round, encounters with these colossal fish are relatively rare for most recreational anglers due to their protected status and strict regulations governing their harvest. However, for those fortunate enough to hook into a goliath grouper, the experience is unforgettable, as these giants put up a ferocious fight and test the angler's strength and skill to the limit. By respecting the regulations in place and practicing responsible angling practices, anglers can help ensure the continued conservation and sustainability of goliath grouper populations in Fort Lauderdale's waters, ensuring that future generations can also have the opportunity to encounter these magnificent giants.

What techniques are popular for catching goliath grouper fishing in Fort Lauderdale?

In Fort Lauderdale's coastal waters, targeting goliath grouper requires specialized techniques and equipment to handle the immense size and power of these formidable predators. One common method for goliath grouper fishing in Fort Lauderdale is bottom fishing, where anglers deploy large baits such as whole fish or large chunks of cut bait to the ocean floor near reefs, wrecks, or other underwater structures where goliath grouper are known to congregate. Anglers typically use heavy-duty tackle, including stout rods, heavy reels, and thick braided lines, to withstand the brute force of a goliath grouper's initial run and prevent them from retreating into underwater structure.

Chumming is another effective technique used by anglers to attract goliath grouper to their fishing area. By dispersing a mixture of fish parts, blood, and oil into the water, anglers create a scent trail that can draw goliath grouper from a considerable distance. Once attracted, anglers may present large baits or rigs to entice strikes from hungry goliath grouper. Anglers must be prepared for a fierce battle when hooking into a goliath grouper, as these giants can weigh several hundred pounds and put up a ferocious fight.

Another popular technique for targeting goliath grouper in Fort Lauderdale is deep dropping, where anglers deploy baited lines or rigs to the ocean floor in search of these elusive predators. This technique requires precision and patience, as goliath grouper are known to inhabit deep offshore areas where depths can exceed 100 feet. By using electric reels or manual winches, anglers can lower baited rigs to the desired depth and wait for goliath grouper to detect the scent and strike. With a combination of skill, patience, and perseverance, anglers in Fort Lauderdale can enjoy thrilling encounters with these colossal fish, making for unforgettable fishing experiences on the open sea.

What other species are popular in Fort Lauderdale?

Aside from the formidable goliath grouper, Fort Lauderdale's coastal waters offer anglers a diverse range of other exciting species to pursue. One popular target among anglers is the snapper, which includes species such as yellowtail snapper, mangrove snapper, and mutton snapper. These prized fish inhabit the reefs, wrecks, and rocky outcrops near Fort Lauderdale's shoreline, providing anglers with thrilling battles and delicious table fare. Anglers often use techniques such as bottom fishing with live bait or artificial lures to entice strikes from these wary predators, making for exciting angling adventures on the open sea.

Another sought-after species in Fort Lauderdale's waters is the sailfish, renowned for its impressive speed, agility, and acrobatic leaps. Fort Lauderdale's strategic location along the Gulf Stream and its abundance of baitfish-rich waters make it an ideal habitat for sailfish, particularly during the winter months when these majestic predators migrate south along the coast. Anglers targeting sailfish often employ a variety of techniques, including trolling with rigged baits or artificial lures, live baiting with small fish or squid, and kite fishing to present baits at the surface where sailfish are known to feed. Hooking into a sailfish provides anglers with an exhilarating experience as these powerful fish put their speed and agility on full display.

For those seeking inshore angling adventures, Fort Lauderdale offers opportunities to target species such as snook, tarpon, and redfish in its intricate network of canals, mangrove-lined shorelines, and tidal flats. These prized inshore species provide exciting action on light tackle, with opportunities for sight fishing, lure casting, and live bait presentations. Whether venturing offshore in pursuit of pelagic giants or exploring the inshore waters for trophy catches, Fort Lauderdale offers a wealth of angling opportunities for enthusiasts of all levels, ensuring memorable experiences on the water.

Recent Reviews of Captain Experiences

  • ★★★★★
    I've been out on charters many, many times mostly down the east coast but also in Cabo. I must say the trip out with captain Manny is one of the two best trips out I've ever experienced. Her out is on fish, Jordan (the mate) ensured the rods and basis were correct and ready to catch fish. This was just a half day trip but next trip I'm going full day. Wow, I highly recommend Captain Manny!!!!! The catch highlights have to include the 54" barracuda and a 7' shark (it took two of us tag teaming and over 30 minutes to bring the shark alongside the boat for measurement.

    Steve H. with Manny S. of Miami Beach, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Had a great day fishing with Mike and Marcus. They were very friendly and worked hard to make sure we had a great time! Highly recommend.

    Sarah S. with Tim M. of Fort Lauderdale, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Great Captain, great First Mate, caught a sailfish, multiple mahi mahi, Bonita, kingfish, and a giant Jack Cravel. Couldn’t have been better

    Christopher M. with Tim M. of Fort Lauderdale, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Dave and Marcus weresome. We had a blast. Both of them were professional and fun to be with. Awesome time.

    William Y. with Tim M. of Fort Lauderdale, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    We didn’t actually catch anything during the trip, but it was great nonetheless.

    Breyhauna J. with Taylor S. of Fort Lauderdale, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    I have been on several guided trips in Mexico and Florida. I can say hands down this was the best. Yes, we caught a bunch of fish, more so, the guys worked their asses off and we’re fun to be around! Thanks Mike!

    Steve O. with Tim M. of Fort Lauderdale, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Jedidiah was unavailable to take us out fishing, but his friend Matt was able fill in. Matt was excellent company, very knowledgeable about fishing, and the various species within these waters. We had a wonderful time and if Matt is a representation of the people Jedidiah keeps for company, then I have no doubt he would be as equally wonderful to go fishing with, 10/10.

    Christina W. with Jedidiah P. of Fort Lauderdale, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    He was very informative and helpful. We caught many fish.

    Sheryl P. with Taylor S. of Fort Lauderdale, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Great time Great crew Great results!!!!! Captain Dave and Markus were top notch! we landed on fish right out of the gate. Captain Dave was very knowledgeable and very patient. He knew what he was doing and was absolutely entertaining. Markus is a great dude. He is very polite and extremely knowledgeable as well. I would absolutely recommend using this Charter service for your fishing adventures!!! Robert Crossley

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

  • ★★★★★
    Capt Jed is a professional, responsible seaman. He took us the where the fish are and got us hooked up. He is personable and worked hard to make sure we took home dinner and more. We would be happy to have him Capt for us anytime.

    Paul F. with Jedidiah P. of Fort Lauderdale, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Taylor was amazing! He knew exactly what he was doing; the spots to go to, which bait to use to catch certain fish, and how to set up each individual line. He also knew when each line would be hooked or something was biting, even when we couldn’t see it. We ended up with one big catch that broke the line as we spent what felt like hours fighting it. Even though we didn’t end up feeling anything in, it was still a great experience out on the water, talking about a range of topics with Taylor. We would definitely come back and book with Taylor and Wicked Cuda again!

    Breyhauna J. with Taylor S. of Fort Lauderdale, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    I would 100% recommend a trip with Jedidiah. No doubt he knows the waters and how to get on the fish, but was also very good with our two younger anglers who had a memorable, successful and exciting experience. King Mackerel were biting and they were just a couple minutes off shore. Thanks Jedidiah and hope to book another one with you in the future!

    Martin M. with Jedidiah P. of Fort Lauderdale, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Highly recommend Captain Experiences and specifically Captain Mike, Captain Dave and Deckhand Rhonda. Great time- HUGE experience that landed us fish for dinner and a fantastic afternoon with my son. We were inexperienced and they had our backs the WHOLE way. Great Experience and great folks!!!

    William J. with Tim M. 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 Tim M. 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 Tim M. of Fort Lauderdale, Florida

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

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

  • ★★★★★
    Leo is the best guide for a real sport fishing day. He knows the spots and what the fish want. I recommand Leo 200%.

    J-F L. with Leo L. of Miami Beach, 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 Tim M. of Fort Lauderdale, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    For first timers it was a great experience! Captain Shawn and Blake took good care of us and made sure we were able to get in some fish! I would definitely do it again!

    Josh B. with Shawn S. of Pompano Beach, Florida

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