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Fishing in Pompano Beach
Fishing in Pompano Beach
trip description for Sunrise Saltwater Slam in Pompano Beach

Embark on the ultimate offshore sportfishing adventure with a 43-foot Post Sportfish vessel based in Pompano Beach, FL. Designed with the angler in mind, this fishing machine offers ample deck space and comfortable amenities inside, ensuring a remarkable fishing experience. We are equipped with state-of-the-art equipment, guaranteeing a smooth and enjoyable ride on the open waters. Step aboard and let Captain Ron, a 50-ton USCG licensed captain with over 30 years of experience, guide you to the hottest fishing spots. No matter your skill level, all are welcome on this exciting expedition. Whether you're a seasoned angler or a beginner, our team provides top-of-the-line fishing equipment, ensuring you have the tools necessary for a successful outing. As you cast your line, feel the adrenaline surge through your veins. Pompano Beach, FL, is renowned for its diverse and abundant marine life, making it an ideal destination for offshore sportfishing. From battling powerful game fish to reeling in trophy catches, every moment spent aboard promises an unforgettable adventure. With Captain Ron's expertise and the comfort of the well-equipped vessel, you can focus on the thrill of the chase and the excitement of reeling in your prize. We ensure a comfortable ride, allowing you to enjoy every minute of your fishing experience. Book your offshore sportfishing trip today and prepare for an extraordinary adventure on the open waters of Pompano Beach. Let Captain Ron guide you to a fishing experience of a lifetime, where memories are made, and epic catches await. Read More

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trip description for Deep Sea Trophy Hunt in Islamorada

If you're ready to take on big game fish such as, Tuna, Swordfish, and Marlin, then you'll enjoy fishing with the Shark Tooth Captain. He'll be taking you offshore in depths of over 2000 feet, which is about 20-30 miles out into the Atlantic Ocean. An offshore fishing charter with Captain Kenneth out of Islamorada, FL, is an adventure that promises to be both exciting and memorable! Islamorada is known as the "Sport Fishing Capital of the World," and for a good reason, as the surrounding waters are teeming with some of the most sought-after game fish, including Tuna, Marlin, and Swordfish. On this trip, you'll head 20-30 miles out, where the big pelagic species migrate. Captain Kenneth runs a sleek 54' Smith center console! This vessel is totally unique, combining the size of a sportfisher with the maneuverability and hull design of a bible center console. Kenneth will navigate the boat to the best fishing spots, marked by GPS coordinates, and provide you with all the necessary gear and instructions. Captain Kenneth's charter is well-equipped to ensure you have a comfortable and safe trip. The boat is spacious and features all the necessary amenities, including a restroom, ample seating, and a shaded area to escape the sun. Tuna, Marlin, and Swordfish are all pelagic fish, meaning they swim in the open ocean and typically caught "on the troll", running lures or live bait to entice the fish to strike. When you get a bite, be prepared for a fight, as these fish can grow to incredible sizes and put up a real battle! While Tuna, Marlin, and Swordfish are the primary targets, you may also encounter other species such as Mahi-Mahi, Wahoo, and Sailfish, all of which can provide an exciting fight and make for a memorable catch. In between catches, take the time to enjoy the stunning scenery and wildlife that surrounds you, including dolphins, sea turtles, and seabirds. Overall, an offshore fishing charter with Captain Kenneth out of Islamorada, FL, is an unforgettable experience that combines the beauty of the Florida Keys with the thrill of the chase. With the right preparation and a little luck, you'll have the opportunity to land some of the most sought-after game fish in the world and make memories that will last a lifetime! Read More

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Calling all thrill-seekers and fishing enthusiasts! Are you ready to embark on an epic offshore fishing adventure out of Hollywood, Florida? Look no further than Captain David and his 48' Stapleton sportfisher! On this trip, you'll be reeling in some of America's most exciting and sought-after offshore species, including Sailfish, Barracuda, Mahi Mahi, Groupers, and Snappers. Captain David is an extremely experienced captain who knows these waters like the back of his hand, and he'll take you to all the best spots to make the catch of a lifetime. But it's not just about the fishing! On board his luxurious 48' Stapleton sportfisher, you'll be able to relax and enjoy the comfortable experience. With a spacious deck and all the latest fishing technology, you'll be equipped to catch even the most elusive fish. Captain David has kitted her out with a fighting chair, Tuna Tubes for your live bait, outriggers, live wells, and more-all to enhance your experience and give you the best shot at massive success! Captain David is passionate about fishing and loves nothing more than sharing his knowledge and expertise with his clients. Whether you're a seasoned angler or a beginner, he'll provide expert guidance and support to ensure that you have an unforgettable experience on the water. Gather your friends or family and book your offshore fishing trip with Captain David today! Read More

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Captain Mark will guide you on an action-packed adventure through the waters of Key West, Florida! You’ll be fishing aboard Captain Mark’s 37-foot Contender side console powered by two 250 HP Yamaha engines. She comes with outriggers, downriggers, and a live bait well. She also boasts air conditioning, a multimedia system, TV, refrigerator, and an ice-box. On this trip, you’ll be targeting a wide variety of species, including Black Grouper, Blackfin Tuna, Blue Marlin, Dorado (Mahi Mahi), Yellowtail, Wahoo, and many more. The longer you go, the farther out you can travel, and the farther out you travel, the bigger the fish get! Don’t forget to bring a cooler to take home your day’s catch, food and drinks for the day (no glass), sunscreen, and a hat. Captain Mark will provide all rods, reels, tackle, and fishing licenses. Let go of your daily responsibilities and have some fun fishing with Captain Mark! Read More

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Fishing in South Padre Island
Fishing in South Padre Island
trip description for South Padre Island Deep Sea in South Padre Island

Get excited about the trip of lifetime with Captain Emilio here who invites you on a deep-sea fishing adventure in the productive waters of the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of South Padre Island, Texas. For these 6, 8, 10 and 12-hour adventures, Captain Emilio uses his badass 35’ Bertram offshore sportfishing boat that can handle up to 6 anglers. The vessel has a powerful twin Caterpillar 450 HP engine for a combined 900 HP's of propulsion power and modern navigation technology which guarantees you a safe and quick trip to your destination. Its impossible to say for sure what monsters lurk at each depth at any given time, but on shorter trips you can expect to catch Tripletail, Snapper, Skipjack Tuna, while longer trips give opportunities for bigger pelagics like Mahi Mahi, Blue Marlin, Sailfish, and bigger tuna species! Emilio will provide live bait, rods, reels, and tackle. *the fuel price is included in the price of the trip so there are no surprises at the end of your trip!* There will also be a first mate at your disposal all the time. All you need to bring is a valid Texas Fishing License, food and drinks of your choice, and an ice chest for your day’s catch. Come and explore this fishing paradise and make some everlasting memories with Captain Emilio! Read More

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Everything to Know About Booking a blackfin tuna fishing charter

What are the best blackfin tuna fishing charters?

Why should I book a blackfin tuna fishing charter with Captain Experiences?

Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 368 blackfin tuna trips, and the most popular trips are Destin Gulf Fishing guided by Kent, Blue Water Trip guided by Bryon, and Half Day - 31’ Cape Horn guided by Christian.

Our guides are rated a 4.81 out of 5 based on 3187 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.

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What types of blackfin tuna fishing charters are common?

Deep Sea fishing is the most popular for blackfin tuna as well as nearshore fishing, inshore fishing, and jetty fishing.

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

How much do blackfin tuna fishing charters cost?

for blackfin tuna prices can range anywhere from about $844 to $4,350, but the average price for a half day trip for blackfin tuna is $1,248. The average price for a full day trip for blackfin tuna is $2,610.

Is booking a fishing guide worth the money?

Hiring a guide provides a number of benefits and many choose to book a fishing guide for a combination of experience, local knowledge, convenience, and cost-effectiveness.

Working with experienced fishing guides who know the best local spots and techniques can dramatically increase your odds of a great day. Having someone who is on the water every day and knows the area like the back of their hand is going to give you the best chances of success.

Booking a guide is also more cost effective, especially if you only get out a handful of times per year. When you consider all of the costs you would incur on your own such as the price of a boat, maintenance, insurance, gas, high-quality gear and tackle, repairs, and more, you’ll find that DIY is sometimes not worth the expense.

Even if you’ve got a great setup already in your home waters, booking a guide also provides a great opportunity to experience new techniques, new locations, or even a chance at a new target species to knock off the bucket list.

What month is best for blackfin tuna fishing?

The most popular season for blackfin tuna fishing is summer, and most anglers book their trips 69 days in advance.

Do I need a fishing license for blackfin tuna and what are the bag limits for blackfin tuna?

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

What is a Blackfin Tuna?

Blackfin tuna - the youngest brother of yellowfin and bluefin tuna - is the smallest member of the tuna family but this doesn’t mean you should count them out as a fun gamefish and a tasty meal. They can be found throughout the western Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico in deep water, often staying in schools closer to the surface.

They are similar in appearance to a mini bluefin, with oval shaped bodies, black backs, and silver sides and underbelly. They generally swim together, and when you’re on a group of blackfin you can get a number in the boat - they have a strong bite and run in packs. They prefer warmer waters (over 68 degrees) although they are known to swim north or south somewhat with the seasons.

How big do Blackfin Tuna get?

Blackfin tuna are a fast-growing, short-lived species. They reach sexual maturity at around 2 years and will spawn for another 2-3 years before dying.

They are the smallest tuna of their genus Thunnus, and will grow to a max size of about 40 inches and just over 40 pounds (compared this to a bluefin, which can grow to 1500 pounds). A good day is a haul of blackfin from 15 to 25 pounds. An average fish caught might be somewhere in the 7-10 pound range. 


What's the biggest Blackfin Tuna ever caught?

The all-tackle world record blackfin tuna is 45 pounds 8 ounces caught off the coast of Florida.

Where is the best place to catch Blackfin Tuna?


While most tuna species have a broad range, that of the blackfin tuna is a bit more limited. They only inhabit tropical and sometimes temperate waters in the western Atlantic Ocean, mostly remaining south of Virginia and north of Brazil, inhabiting everything in between including the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea.

Within this range, blackfin can be somewhat migratory depending on the water temperature and season, but htey always prefer deeper water with plenty of nutrients. They can often be found on offshore structure like oil rigs or current rips, or in areas where underwater structure like reefs or humps can push nutrients up to them. 


When should I catch Blackfin Tuna?

Blackfin are migratory depending on the season and try to stick with waters close to 70 degrees, so in the summer they can move to more temperate waters. The season is always open in the US with no bag limit or size limit, and anglers can catch blackfin year-round if they can find them.


### How do you catch Blackfin Tuna?

Tuna are generally low-light feeders who spend the majority of their time below the surface hunting squid (their large eyes help here). While blackfin are not terribly different, they can often spend more time near the surface than some other tunas. They are known to migrate vertically throughout the water column in order to feed, so a good angler will try a few different depths to get on them. Early morning and late afternoon are when they are most likely to be close to the surface, although the bigger blackfin will usually stay deeper.

The best way to catch smaller blackfin can be just trolling the surface, but if you want bigger fish you can chunk bait, and it can be good to try to bring the bigger fish up towards the surface with a free snack in the form of free swimming bait. Otherwise vertical jigging at different depths can be helpful until you can mark the fish and find them.

Blackfin are predators and will each fish, squid, shrimp, crabs, and all manner of amphipods and other smaller sea critters. This means they eat a wide variety of food, but because their eyesight is so good your presentation also needs to be, and it can be good to scale down your leader and hooks for blackfin. Great choices for bait are ballyhoo or mullet, but you can also use jigs and other lures.

Are Blackfin Tuna good to eat? What are the best Blackfin recipes?

Blackfin tuna are great to eat, second only to their larger tuna cousins the yellowfin and bluefin. Many anglers talk in relative terms and will catch a yellowfin and blackfin and discard the blackfin in favor of the yellowfin. While yellowfin is probably the better of the two, blackfin is certainly something to write home about in its own right. It is great to eat raw, seared, or baked. And an insiders secret: while not the sexiest, boiled fresh tuna will make the best tuna salad you will ever have - you’ll never go back to store-bought stuff.

Recent Reviews of Captain Experiences

  • ★★★★★
    What an amazing trip!!!! Great captain and deck hand!!! Caught a shark a bunch of snappers and other stuff!!!!

    Josh . with Kyle L. of Destin, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Was a great trip, got on some nice fish. Got surprised by a large school of smaller mahi mahi but had fun with the instant hook up and seemed to last a good bit. Captain was great, very knowledgeable and supplied drinks if we needed any. The boat was clean and spacious for the both of us and had plenty of rods in the water.

    Tony P. with Hunter L. of Key West, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Our family had a great time with Ralph, Tati, and Mike! We’ve never deep sea fished before and Mike taught us everything we needed to know! We would definitely book with them again.

    Kevin M. with Ralph M. of Miami, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Had a great time. Capt. Bill did and amazing job!

    Seth H. with Bill M. of Key Largo, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Chris and Jack his First Mate were fantastic. Two excellent fisherman that make the most of your time on the water and constantly trying different ways to catch the fish. They know just where to go!

    Paul R. with Christopher A. of Fort Lauderdale, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Nate and his mate were about as good as you can get. Kept me up on weather and water situations. Communication was the best I've had from any Capitan. Water was about as bad as it gets he safely got us out and back. Nathan can pilot a boat and can catch fish! I'll book for years to come.

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

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Tony was great. We'd definitely book again.

    Houston H. with Antonio E. of Key West, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Fantastic trip with Capt. Joel and Darren. Got us on some great Mahi Mahi, and kept at it for the whole trip. Highly recommended.

    David L. with Joel B. of Marathon, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    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

  • ★★★★★
    Had a great time Captain Steve and First mate Jeff was very professional.

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

  • ★★★★★
    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

  • ★★★★★
    Terrific service and experience with Captain Tim. Ans Nick. Will definitely recommend to others.

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

  • ★★★★★
    Capt John was top notch!! Our planned morning trip hit a snag due to bad weather…But John was honest and informative suggesting that we should hold off a few hours…so we did. Our afternoon ended up being an awesome fishing encounter. We would highly recommend…thank you Capt John!!!

    Kelly L. with John D. of Key West, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Awesome!!!!!!

    John L. with Vasiliy O. of Sarasota, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Caught some dolphin for dinner! Had a great time.

    Kyle J. with Peter D. of Riviera Beach, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Emilio & Jesse were great! We caught red snapper and had a blast! Waters were a little rough but still had a blast! definitely recommend!

    Ashley L. with Emilio S. of South Padre Island, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    Our small group had a good day off shore with the crew. Was a safe and smooth ride both out to sea and the ride back. The crew was very good and professional. They got us onto fish very quickly.

    Adam C. with Linus B. of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

  • ★★★★★
    We had a great time! Emilio and Jesse did everything they could to get us some fish despite some difficult circumstances that were out of everyone’s control. We would definitely book this fishing trip again.

    Chris L. with Emilio S. of South Padre Island, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    We had a great time fishing! Both the captain and mate were very friendly. They got us on some fish, so that made the whole thing worth while. Thanks again!

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

  • ★★★★★
    Was a great experience. Captain Chris and his first mate Jack was very knowledgeable. We caught a couple of our target fish as well as others. They fillet and bagged the Fish. Jack was on top of everything g as far as the rods go bouncing back and forth switching baits and helping with what we needed to do

    Jeremy F. with Christopher A. of Fort Lauderdale, Florida

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