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.


Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    8 Hour Night Trip - Summer
      FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 hours trip
    US$ 600
    up to 3 persons
    Escape the summer heat on this night fishing trip targeting Tarpon and Snook, and sometimes Sharks. Price includes rods, reels & terminal tackle, lures, live bait, fishing licenses, and catch cleaning and filleting.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
      FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 hours trip
    US$ 600
    up to 3 persons
    Inshore saltwater for Tarpon, Snook, Snapper, Sharks and more, as well as freshwater Bass and Peacock Bass. Night fishing is very productive also. Price includes rods, reels & terminal tackle, lures, live bait, fishing licenses, and catch cleaning and filleting.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
      FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 hours trip
    US$ 500
    up to 3 persons
    Inshore saltwater for Tarpon, Snook, Snapper, Sharks and more, as well as freshwater Bass and Peacock Bass. Night fishing is very productive also. Price includes rods, reels & terminal tackle, lures, live bait, fishing licenses, and catch cleaning and filleting.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Night Trip - Summer
      FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 hours trip
    US$ 500
    up to 3 persons
    Escape the summer heat on this night fishing trip targeting Tarpon and Snook, and sometimes Sharks. Price includes rods, reels & terminal tackle, lures, live bait, fishing licenses, and catch cleaning and filleting.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Night Trip - Summer
      FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 hours trip
    US$ 450
    up to 3 persons
    Escape the summer heat on this night fishing trip targeting Tarpon and Snook, and sometimes Sharks. Price includes rods, reels & terminal tackle, lures, live bait, fishing licenses, and catch cleaning and filleting.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip
      FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 hours trip
    US$ 450
    up to 3 persons
    Inshore saltwater for Tarpon, Snook, Snapper, Sharks and more, as well as freshwater Bass and Peacock Bass. Night fishing is very productive also. Price includes rods, reels & terminal tackle, lures, live bait, fishing licenses, and catch cleaning and filleting.
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About this listing

Targeted Species

Bass (Largemouth)
Bass (Spotted Peacock)
Shark (Bull)
Snook

Tarpon

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.

Length
18 ft
Capacity
3 persons

Types of Fishing

River Fishing
Lake Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Spinning
Popping
Fly Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Fishing License Included

Policies

FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 1 day 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.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 25% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 25% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
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

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 3% fee.

About the Captain

Ray Peterson
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
Member since July 2016
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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: 12 hours
Response rate: 83%

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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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