Big Buford Sportfishing

No fish, no pay based on the captain’s recommendations.
Running angling trips out of West Palm Beach, Big Buford Sportfishing invites you to create wonderful memories on these fruitful waters!

I’m licensed and up-to-date on all coast guard credentials. Capt. Ricky and David are here to cater a trip to your skill and ability level. He believes that fishing should be a memorable experience for beginners and novices alike. You’ll be using techniques like bottom fishing, trolling, jigging, kite fishing, and spinning, depending on what you’re going after.

As part of the 4 to 12-hour trips, you’ll target Mahi Mahi, Sailfish, King Mackerel, Tuna, Amberjack, and Snapper, according to the current season and weather conditions. You’ll be able to keep any legal species caught during the trip. Please let the captain know if you have any questions or special requests.

You’ll be fishing from a 35’ SeaVee boat with enough room for up to 6 anglers at any time. All the necessary fishing gear is included in the price of your trip. All that’s up to you is to use it as best you can. You don’t need to worry about fishing licenses, As they will be provided and handled by the charter. The price of your trip also includes complimentary drinks, but you’re welcome to bring your own.

The price of a given trip does include licenses, so be sure to get in touch with the captain about your options before the trip. We’re here to help you with anything you need, the first mate will be on hand during the trip. Leaving a tip for a job well done is much appreciated. This is a children-friendly charter, so you’re welcome to bring your kids.

Book your trip now and hit the water with Big Buford Sportfish.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US $700
    4 Hours bottom fishing or trolling.
    Targeted fish
    Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
    Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
    Snapper (Mangrove)
    Mangrove Snapper
    Grouper (Red)
    Red Grouper
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    US $700
    This trip gives guests the chance to bottom fish, wreck fish, and even do some ledge trolling.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US $1,050
    On 6-hour trips we have time to explore more options and venture offshore. We can start with bottom fishing and push offshore for large game fish.
    Targeted fish
    Cobia
    Cobia
    Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
    Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
    Sailfish
    Sailfish
    Tuna (Blackfin)
    Blackfin Tuna
    Grouper (Snowy)
    Snowy Grouper
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    US $1,050
    One of my favorite trips. It allows anglers to enjoy South Florida's amazing scenery and even watch a sunset while fishing.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US $1,400
    This 8-hour trip allows for more serious fishing time. This trip takes you fishing offshore, wreck, reef, and even deep dropping.
  • Private trip
    12 Hour Trip – Swordfishing
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US $1,850
    This trip is not for the novice. We travel out deep in waters up to 2200 feet. These trips require patience and the rewards can be amazing. The techniques and preparation make this a once-in-a-lifetime trip.
    Targeted fish
    Swordfish
    Swordfish
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FAQs about Big Buford Sportfishing

Big Buford Sportfishing offers the following trips to customers:
  • US $700 per group - Half Day Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • US $700 per group - Half Day Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • US $1,050 per group - 3/4 Day Trip (AM) (6 hours)
  • US $1,050 per group - 3/4 Day Trip (PM) (6 hours)
  • US $1,400 per group - Full Day Trip (8 hours)
  • US $1,850 per group - 12 Hour Trip – Swordfishing (12 hours)

When you book a trip with Big Buford Sportfishing, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS 3 Garmin touchscreen
  • Fishfinder Garmin Thru-Hull chirp transducer
  • Flybridge
  • Live Bait Well
  • Outriggers
  • Ice Box
  • Radar Garmin high def open array

Trips booked with Big Buford Sportfishing include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Drinks
  • First Mate (If extra assistance is needed pls request)
  • Fishing License

Big Buford Sportfishing offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing

Big Buford Sportfishing offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Drift Fishing
  • Kite Fishing
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Big Buford Sportfishing include:
  • Amberjack
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • Grouper (Black)
  • Grouper (Red)
  • Jack (African Pompano)
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Marlin (White)
  • Queen Snapper (Caribbean)
  • Sailfish
  • Shark (Bull)
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Tuna (Blackfin)

Meet the Charter Operator

Big Buford Sportfishing
West Palm Beach, Florida, United States
ID & license verified
22 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since December 2022
Angler's Choice
The Angler's Choice Award is given to listings that consistently deliver a high-quality service and earn great reviews from customers.
I started my passion fishing the golf course ponds of Central Florida. Soon after, I was introduced to the Space Coast's Mosquito Lagoon inshore estuary. Since then, I was hooked on the ocean. After graduating college, I moved to the keys and was fortunate enough to work for some of the most knowledgeable captains on the East coast. Within a few years I had held amazing jobs at places like Bud N' Mary's, Two Conchs Charters, and private boats fishing for a giant Fortune 500 company. Eventually, I settled in West Palm Beach. If you want action fishing from start to finish, we can provide that for your party. If it's a trophy you're after for the wall, then let's go work for it. If you're looking to catch a lot of fish give me a call and let's see what we can put together.

About this listing

Targeted species

Amberjack Amberjack
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Grouper (Black) Black Grouper
Grouper (Red) Red Grouper

Boat specs

SeaVee (Center console) originally built in 2004. Powered by a 450HP Cummins engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 30 knots.

Length
35 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Drift Fishing
Kite Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

GPS
3 Garmin touchscreen
Fishfinder
Garmin Thru-Hull chirp transducer
Flybridge
Live Bait Well
Outriggers
Ice Box

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Catch cleaning & filleting
Drinks
First Mate
If extra assistance is needed pls request
Fishing License

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 1 day prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 1 day before the trip date, free of charge. If you cancel or modify your booking later, or fail to show up, you'll forfeit 100% of what you've paid.

Listing policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed
Disabled Accessible

Payment

Book with 15% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:

Cash
Visa
Mastercard
American Express
PayPal
Checks
Bank Transfer
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 2% charge will apply.

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Customer reviews

Rating summary
Excellent
4.9 / 5
out of 5 stars from 22 reviews
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Photos & videos by reviewers (27)
Ricky is Amazing!
Great morning trip!
Amazing guide. Very patient with kids.
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Angler rating
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Anglers claimed
Good experience
95%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
95%
Satisfied with the boat
95%
Caught fish
91%
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John F.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

Favorite trip ever

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip (AM) on February 24, 2024
My son and I spent an amazing day on the water yesterday on a 6 hour trip; it was easily more like 7 or even 7 1/2 hours of...
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Kevin B.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

Great morning trip!

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip (AM) on March 21, 2024
Had a great time with Ricky. Went out on a morning trip looking to put fish in the boat for dinner and he did not disappoint....
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Joseph V.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

Ricky is Amazing!

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip (PM) on April 2, 2024
Fantastic trip, caught fish all day.  Ricky was super knowledgeable and amazing with our kids.  Gave us a great restaurant...
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Benjamin S.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

Outstanding Service and Knowledgeable!

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip (AM) on March 14, 2024
Captain Ricky made our first deep sea fishing experience a fantastic memory for the entire family!  He was very accommodating...
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Casey B.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

Amazing guide. Very patient with kids.

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip (AM) on March 15, 2024
I would highly recommend this captain. We had an amazing half day with my 12 year old.
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