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Finest Kind charters is run by Captain Norm Bekoff, who has been fishing the Florida waters for over 35 years and is keen on putting all his guest on lots of fish. He loves nothing more than to see smiling and satisfied faces of his guests as they reel in the fish of their dreams.

The location of Fort Lauderdale means that you will have easy access to highly sought-after species such as Mahi Mahi, Sailfish, and Tuna, and that you are in for a good fight with some of the mightiest fish around the Atlantic Ocean.

You will fish aboard his 29 foot Ricky Scarborough center console boat, which was originally built in 1977 and restored in 2009. This beauty is powered by a 210 HP Cummins engine with a maximum speed of 26 knots. Her “Carolina flare” allows for a very comfortable ride.

The boat has a GPS system, a fishfinder to locate the best fishing spots, and a VHF radio for connection to the USCG. It also has all the safety equipment including a CPR trained crew, flares, and life jackets. You will have an ice box available onboard to preserve the freshness of your catch, as well as a live bait tank and outriggers.

Captain Norm will teach you anything you need to know about the techniques and the equipment, and is able to provide lighter versions of it if you are bringing children along.

You will have rods, reels, tackle, live and artificial bait, and a Florida Fishing Licence. The targeted species are Great Barracuda, Amberjack, Mahi Mahi, Sailfish, King and Spanish Mackerel, Skipjack Tuna, Black Grouper and Mutton Snapper, among the many available in these waters.

Captain Norm is happy to clean and fillet your catch at the end of the trip, and will bag it for you so you can take it home for a nice meal.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $600
    We target the deep side of the reef for Sailfish, Kingfish, Mahi Mahi, Snapper, Grouper and more. This is a popular trip because you get a lot of fishing time in a half day because our dock is so close to the inlet.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Fishing Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $800
    On this trip we'll typically start deeper looking for Mahi Mahi and Tuna. And then we come in closer to the reef and look for Sailfish.
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About the Captain

Norm Bekoff
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
23 Customer Reviews
Response time 1 hour
Member since October 2016
I grew up on sportfish boats and have fished everywhere from Massachusetts to St. Thomas, USVI and the Gulf of Mexico. However offshore South Florida is home. I got my captain's license at 19 and have been on boats ever since. So when you book Finest Kind you're getting home-grown fishing experience, not someone who left the rat race up north, bought a boat and thinks he can make a go of it.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Amberjack Amberjack
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Sailfish Sailfish

Snapper (Mutton) Mutton Snapper
Tuna (Blackfin) Blackfin Tuna
Wahoo Wahoo

Boat Specs

Ricky Scarborough (Center console) originally built in 1977, and restored in 2009. Powered by a 210HP Cummins engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 20 knots.

Length
29 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing Techniques

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

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Outriggers
Ice Box
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Outriggers
Ice Box

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 3 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 3 days before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

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

Payment

Book with 20% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% 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

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
Photos & videos by reviewers (25)
Excellent
4.8 / 5
out of 5 stars from 23 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Fishing with Norm
Fishing with Norm
Half Day - Tuna
+22
Angler Rating
19
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
93%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
83%
Appropriate for children
93%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
87%
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Adam R.
Plainfield, IN
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

Half Day - Tuna

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip on March 28, 2022
Great Day on the water with Captain Norm.  Good parking, nice dock set up, very nice boat, and we were on fish as soon as...
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RJ S.
Westminster, MD
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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4 hour morning trip

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip on February 7, 2022
Capt Norm was great!  Many years of experience and absolutely great with my 8yr son. Highly recommend, a positive fishing...
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Kory K.
Eustis, FL
Excellent
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Excellent
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Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Captain Norm Top Notch

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip on June 18, 2021
Fishing with Captain Norm was an awesome experience. He knows exactly where the fish are and how to get the bite. If you’re...
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Harry M.
Westfield, IN
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
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Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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Fishing with Norm

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Fishing Trip on March 29, 2022
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Wesley J.
Montrose, MN
Excellent
4.7 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Very good
4.0 / 5
Overall

Lots of effort but still paid off!

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip on June 14, 2021
Had a slow day but we worked hard and still saw some cool things and bagged 3 fish. Highly recommend Norm! I had a great time!
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FAQs about Finest Kind

Finest Kind offers the following trips to customers:
  • $600 per group - Half Day Trip (4 hours)
  • $800 per group - 3/4 Day Fishing Trip (6 hours)

When you book a trip with Finest Kind, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Outriggers
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Finest Kind include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Fishing License

Finest Kind offers the following types of fishing:
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing (Natural Reefs)
  • Wreck Fishing (Lots Of Wrecks!)

Finest Kind offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Jigging
  • Drift Fishing
  • Kite Fishing
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Finest Kind include:
  • Amberjack
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Sailfish
  • Snapper (Mutton)
  • Tuna (Blackfin)
  • Wahoo