First Class Fishing Charters
One of our top picks in Fort Lauderdale. 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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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.
25% deposit charged upfront by FishingBooker to guarantee your reservation. The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the captain on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods: Cash, Visa, Mastercard, American Express.
About the Captain
Member since July 2016
Fort Lauderdale Fishing Calendar
Went fishing on September 8, 2016
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 2016Fished September 8, 2016William Daniel Wallace recommends First Class Fishing Charters
Went fishing on August 21, 2016
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 2016Fished August 21, 2016Michele Fedorowicz recommends First Class Fishing Charters
Went fishing on July 22, 2016
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 2016Fished July 22, 2016Mike Winn recommends First Class Fishing Charters
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