First Class Fishing Charters

781 Fairway Drive
Fort Lauderdale FL, United States

First Class Fishing Charters is based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and offers custom tailored calm water trips catching a wide variety of gamefish on the West Coast waters from Miami up to Palm Beach and more. Come and fish the flats, backcountry and canals of the stunning Everglades, the inshore and nearshore waters of South Florida, or the grand Okeechobee and Kissimmee Lakes with Florida native, Captain Ray Peterson, who has spent over 20 years guiding and showing people a wonderful time on the water and making lifelong memories. A tournament proven captain with an A+ record in the industry, and one of the best in the business, he will always take you to where the fish are biting, and is happy to travel to ensure his customers have a fantastic fishing experience.

Capt. Ray runs an 18’ Shipoke flats boat that was restored in 2015, and can reach high speeds of 55 knots with its powerful 150HP 2015 Mercury Optimax engine. This vessel is well set up for fishing calm water, with its wide beam and large flat casting deck, high poling platform to spot any action below, and a wireless trolling motor and anchoring system that are perfect for maneuvering through shallow water. It has space to comfortably fit up to three anglers, and also comes equipped with GPS, fishfinder, VHF radio, live bait tank, and ice box. 

Capt. Ray is extremely versatile when it comes to fishing techniques, whether it’s live bait, dead bait, or artificials, he will use the most productive methods necessary to get more bites based on tides and other conditions, and often uses multiple techniques at the same time. Join him on one of his half day, 3/4 day or full day trips, where he can guide you in the best ways to target Snook, Tarpon, Bass, Shark and more. He will provide rods, reels & terminal tackle, lures, live bait, fishing licenses, as well as catch cleaning and filleting for your enjoyment.

First Class Fishing Charters is based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and offers custom tailored calm water trips catching a wide variety of gamefish on the West Coast waters from Miami up to Palm Beach and more. Come and fish the flats, backcountry and

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Boat Specs

Shipoke (Flats boat) originally built in 1989, and restored in 2015. Powered by a 150HP 2015 Mercury Optimax engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 55 knots.

18 ft
3 persons
Types of Fishing
River Fishing
Everglades canals
Lake Fishing
Okeechobee and Kissimmee
Inshore Fishing
South Florida
Nearshore Fishing
South Florida
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing
Fishing Techniques
Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Fly Fishing
Targeted Species
Bass (Largemouth)
Bass (Spotted Peacock)

Shark (Bull)

Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
Life Jackets
Fly Fishing Equipment
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Wireless Trolling Motor
Tuna Tubes
Spearfishing Equipment
Ice Box
Life Jackets
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Trip Includes
Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate
Fishing License Included
Fly Fishing Equipment
FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 24 hours before the trip date.
Pickup agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.

Other Policies  
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

25% deposit charged upfront by FishingBooker 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.

About the Captain

Ray Peterson
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
Member since July 2016
Fishing is what I was put on this earth to do... It's probably my Norwegian heritage. Live bait, dead bait, or artificial... I pride myself in being extremely versatile. I use whatever techniques are necessary to generate more bites based on tides and other conditions. Usually I use multiple techniques at the same time.
Response time: 14 hours
Response rate: 75%

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Customer Reviews

4.96 out of 5 stars from 8 reviews

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We had a great evening of fishing with David. He was very knowledgeable and fun to fish with. We caught several species of fish (Tarpon, Snook, Jack, Snapper, Moon Fish, Catfish, etc.) . My wife caught a Snook over 35” long and a Tarpon that was a little bigger than the Snook. Those 2 catches were the highlight of the night. She did a great job of fighting and landing these fish. She actually caught the Tarpon on light tackle and had a battle on her hands landing it. We fished from 7pm to about 11:15pm. We enjoy night fishing the most. If you are ever in the Ft Lauderdale area, hook up with these guys for great fishing.

Fished September 8, 2016
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Started the evening catching a thirty five inch Barracuda. Ended the day with a 5 ft. Nurse Shark. In between we caught a 7 ft. 100+ pound tarpon. 45 minutes of fight. My son was exhausted but overjoyed. We caught a total of over 30 fish. Ray Peterson was great. Very personable. His skills made it possible for us to land the big tarpon. Will definitely be chartering with Ray again… Also was great answering our emails and questions prior to the charter! THANKS RAY!!!

Fished August 21, 2016
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The trip came together last minute when I found that I had an open night while in Ft. Lauderdale.  We met at the dock 9:00pm with (2) live wells full of bait and the trip was on!  I caught several nice Jacks to warm up, then we moved on to the “Bucket List”  a nice 12-14 lb Snook, (2) nice Tarpon and finished the night off with a 6’-7’ shark.  Back by 1:00am hungry and tired, but had an absolute blast!  Ray knows where the fish are… Great experience! Will definitely go out again with Ray next time I’m in Ft Lauderdale.

Fished July 22, 2016
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