Marlin My Darlin Sportfishing is a company with an excellent reputation and almost half a century of local experience in Fort Lauderdale and the surrounding areas. Offering all types of fishing, the crew specializes in catching big fish in a professional and relaxing atmosphere. Join them for a fun day out and you will fish with the locals like the locals.

Every charter can be tailored to meet your specific needs. Whichever species you want to take off your Southeast Florida bucket list, the crew will do their best to make it happen. Target surface and mid-depth Pelagic species, including Sailfish, Wahoo, Blackfin and Skipjack Tuna, Mahi Mahi, King Mackerel, False Albacore, Blue Marlin, and White Marlin. Troll live bait or artificial that the crew prepare themselves.

Bottom fish for Grey and Golden Tilefish, Grouper, and Snapper in the waters ranging from 50 to over 800 feet in depth. And if you are after something special, let the team take you Sailfishing. They were on the ground floor of the introduction of fishing for Sailfish with kites in South Florida!

Marlin My Darlin Sportfishing will offer spinning rods and reels and live bait for Sailfish, as well as soft rod and reel tackle for young anglers and all the way up to heavy tackle for big Shark.

All the magic happens aboard the ‘Marlin My Darlin.’ She is a 50’ customized Hatteras flybridge boat with twin 430 HP turbocharged Detroit Diesel engines. The Marlin My Darlin is a true work of art with all the comforts of home. She is fully air-conditioned with leather seating inside if you wish a break from the Floridian sun.

All trips come with Penn and Shimano tackle, as well as bottled water and the licenses.

Marlin My Darlin Sportfishing carries a full 5-star rating – see their availability, book a trip, and check it out for yourself!



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  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    In demand! Last booked: 2 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jan 1 - Dec 31
    $825
    Check the afternoon bite on this half-day trip, fishing the waters up to 800 feet deep. Target Mahi Mahi, Tuna, Wahoo, and many more.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $825
    Check the afternoon bite on this half-day trip, fishing the waters up to 800 feet deep. Target Mahi Mahi, Tuna, Wahoo, and many more.
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jan 1 - Dec 31
    $1,025
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:45 AM
    $1,225
    Target Mahi Mahi, Tuna, Wahoo, and many more.
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About the Captain

Rick Brady
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
229 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
380 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since July 2014
My crewmen and I have extensive experience in fishing the Fort Lauderdale/Miami areas: two Bahamas Billfish Championships and numerous tournament wins in addition to our many years of local chartering. None of us enter into tournament fishing anymore and instead choose to spend our days furthering experienced and novice anglers experiences at deep sea fishing and smoothly introducing new anglers to deep sea fishing. Children are always welcome and we encourage you to bring yours along. Between us, we have a combined total of over 90 years guiding anglers in their pursuit of big game fish and also "action" charters tailored to meet each charters specific wishes. We love what we do, it is all we do, and our love for our job is easily seen with Trip Advisor and Google reviews as well as here at Fishing Booker, as all carry us with a 5-star rating.

About this listing

Targeted species

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Grouper (Goliath) Goliath Grouper
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Marlin (Blue) Blue Marlin

Boat specs

Hatteras (Flybridge) originally built in 1997, and restored in 2016. Powered by 2 438HP Detroit Diesel engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 20 knots.

Length
50 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of fishing

Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing techniques

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

Amenities

Toilet
(2) Private electric
Air Conditioning
2 Marine Air units
Fighting Chair
3 fighting chairs
GPS
Garmin, Furuno and Northstar
Fishfinder
Garmin and Furuno units
Bed

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Drinks
Water supplied.
First Mate
yes
Fishing License
All provided

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
Disabled Accessible
Yes

Payment

Book with 15% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% 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

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Recent Fishing Reports

Action along the reefs edges
Action along the reefs edges
September 26, 2022
Spending time alongside and up upon the edges of the deeper reefs is often a choice that results in a good number of bites from various species when on a fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale and also other areas along the Gold Coast as well. Reefs and structure hold bait fish and that in turn attract larger predatory fish and as many a fisherman is aware. This has always been fact, and always will be. In attempting to draw a maximum amount of bites these areas can hold numerous species of fish. Working down the reef lines in expanded oblong circles allows coverage of both sides of the reef and also across the top of the reef line. Deeply fished lines , one long and one not quite as long, shine here. Always turning to the longer line side allows bait to vary depths and speed in those turns, drawing bites without ever touching the reel's gear to “drop' a bait deeper unless you choose to do just that to really sink the bait. Coming out of a turn also accelerates and raises the bait in the water column. Also turning in the same direction toward the deeper line keeps those lines clear of one another. So when one sees a boat going in circles don't assume the operator to necessarily be under the influence, but more likely to be working an area such as a reef or structure or attempting to stay on top of a school of fish. So we ourselves chose right as opposed to NASCAR left. Enjoy the photos of some of our anglers. A lot of these fish ( with the exception of the bottom fish taken by position fishin) bit in the midst of those turning right circles at those mentioned reef lines. Tight lines, good fishin, get the kids out there on the water.
Fishing Report/ Fishing charters in Ft.
Fishing Report/ Fishing charters in Ft.
September 12, 2022
We are experiencing some stellar sea conditions as we begin a new week of fishing charters in Ft. Lauderdale. Many mornings fishing trips have begun as “pancake flat” with only a very small sea by the afternoons. Conditions such as these cause the deep fished trolled rods to draw the vast majority of bites. An offering far back on the surface will also get it's share of bites, with any species possible but Blackfin Tunas fall for that one more than the other species here now. And there are many species here now. September is not the best month in general for fishing here, but we have had some very good catches in some fine weather so far. The Blaclfin Tunas I mentioned, Kingfish, Bonitos, Barracudas, Wahoo and Sails within two miles of the beach. Some Mahi are there on occasion, but better numbers by far further offshore for at least another month. We have had some nice Amberjacks on live baits on wrecks both shallow and deep, and snappers when the current allows accurate positioning. And lots of Sandbar Sharks from 5 to 7 feet long are on the reefs and on many wrecks (eating off some of our bottom fish). Occasional Bull Sharks in that picture as well. This time of year has chances for rain. We have rain gear if needed and an enclosed A/C cabin if you wish to step inside to dodge some rain or direct sun, as we continue to have plenty of that too. I gathered up some pictures of some of our anglers that have joined us here aboard Marlin My Darlin. Enjoy, and reach me direct to also enjoy fall fishing rates only available directly through me @ **hidden content**.

Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.9 / 5
out of 5 stars from 380 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.8 / 5
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3\/4 day trip with Joey and Kenny
3\/4 day trip with Joey and Kenny
3\/4 day trip with Joey and Kenny
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
94%
Friendly captain
99%
Recommend this charter
97%
Appropriate for children
94%
Satisfied with the boat
99%
Catch intended fish
80%
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Christopher K.
Rockledge, FL
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3/4 day trip with Joey and Kenny

VERIFIED   NEW  3/4 Day Trip (AM) on September 23, 2022
These guys were on point with attention to details for our trip.  We hooked 2 large barracuda, 2 medium/large sharks and a...
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Neal R.
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Fishing with Rick

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on June 20, 2022
Great time. Family had fun and no disappointments. Would do it again. It was our first deep sea fishing adventure and all 6...
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Ben A.
Eagle, ID
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Fishing with Rick

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip (AM) on August 5, 2022
We booked the 6hr trip and loved the whole experience.  Kenny and Joey were great guys to be around.  From the moment we...
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James C.
Chicago, IL
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Perfect Afternoon Activity

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on July 31, 2022
I start this by saying I was skeptical about deep sea fishing generally, and booked because my brother wanted to. Man did these...
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6 Hour Trip with Captain Matt and first mate Cameron

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip (AM) on March 1, 2022
I don’t even know where to begin. This experience was absolutely amazing!!! This was our first time deep sea fishing and...
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FAQs about Marlin My Darlin Sportfishing

Marlin My Darlin Sportfishing offers the following trips to customers:
  • $825 per group - Half Day Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $825 per group - Half Day Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $1,025 per group - 5 Hour Trip (5 hours)
  • $1,225 per group - 3/4 Day Trip (AM) (6 hours)

When you book a trip with Marlin My Darlin Sportfishing, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet (2) Private electric
  • Air Conditioning 2 Marine Air units
  • Fighting Chair 3 fighting chairs
  • GPS Garmin, Furuno and Northstar
  • Fishfinder Garmin and Furuno units
  • Bed
  • Flybridge Cushioned customer seating provided
  • Live Bait Well yes 110 gallon
  • Kitchen Microwave, refrigerator
  • Refrigerator yes
  • Multimedia System stereo (Bosch)
  • Outriggers Yes, Rupp Riggers Palm Beach
  • Tuna Tubes 110 gallon
  • Spearfishing Equipment spin, conventional (light and heavy)
  • Ice Box yes
  • Radar Furuno 35 mile unit

Trips booked with Marlin My Darlin Sportfishing include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Drinks (Water supplied. )
  • First Mate (yes )
  • Fishing License (All provided)

Marlin My Darlin Sportfishing offers the following types of fishing:
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing

Marlin My Darlin Sportfishing offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Jigging
  • Kite Fishing
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Marlin My Darlin Sportfishing include:
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • Grouper (Goliath)
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Marlin (Blue)
  • Sailfish
  • Shark (Hammerhead)
  • Shark (Mako)
  • Shark (Thresher)
  • Snapper (Red)
  • Wahoo