Finest Kind

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
    Full Day Fishing Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $950
    price breakdown
    $950
    Full day trips allow us to go where we need to find fish. We can maximize our time offshore looking for Mahi Mahi, target several wrecks for Amberjack, Snapper and Grouper. Or we can spend the entire time looking for Sailfish. Of course, on a full day trip, we usually do it all.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Fishing Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $700
    price breakdown
    $700
    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.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $500
    price breakdown
    $500
    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
    Sunset Cruise/Sightseeing
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    2 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 PM
    $300
    price breakdown
    $300
    Cruise the Venice of America and see millionaires mansions and yachts. This trip is best at dusk just as the sun sets! Note: Please disregard trip departure time listed. We can work with you on this schedule.
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About the Captain

Norm Bekoff
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
4 Fishing Reports
8 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) Snapper (Mutton)
Tuna (Blackfin) Tuna (Blackfin)
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
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Outriggers
Ice Box
GPS
Life Jackets
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 30% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 30% 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
PayPal

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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5.00
out of 5 stars from 8 reviews
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Angler Rating
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Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
88%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
100%
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The captain canceled

VERIFIED   NEW  September 30, 2020
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Santiago L. R.
Fort Lauderdale, FL
 5.00
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Half day trip

VERIFIED   July 8, 2020
Amazing experience!!
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Norman W.
North Miami Beach, Florida
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VERIFIED   July 3, 2020
Awesome time, great captain!
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Erik Z.
Lehigh Acres, FL
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Great Day of Fishing

VERIFIED   July 26, 2019
Great day of fishing with Captain Norm. Experienced, knowledgeable and man, we caught fish.  Highly recommend.
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Lizzie M.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Excellent Fishing Guide!

January 24, 2016
I caught and released my first sailfish with Captain Norm! I had the best time and was confident in his capabilities and experience...
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