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Fishing in Delray Beach

With access to both the Intracoastal Waterway's rich inshore fishery and to the deep waters of the Gulf Stream, Delray Beach fishing charters are excellent year-round. The city’s tropical climate, offshore wrecks, and inshore honey holes make it a perfect marine playground, whether you’re a pro angler or have just taken up fishing.

Just minutes away from the docks you’ll find treasure holes where anglers regularly catch Snook, Tarpon, and other inshore favorites. Move further towards Boca Raton and you’ll be greeted by Mangrove Snapper, Barracuda, and Bonito. Between 5-7 miles from the coast, you’ll find the Gulf Stream. Here Sailfish, Marlin, Tuna, and Wahoo wait to strike the line of anglers looking to challenge their might.

Having such excellent deep sea fishing spots this close to shore means that even shorter trips can produce impressive scores in Delray Beach. Half day trips will allow you to explore the Intracoastal waters, check out the reefs, or go trolling nearshore. Extended trips will let you combine these adventures, while full days are best used offshore.

Depending on the fishing experience you’re going after, the places where you can start your charter search vary. If you’re looking to target local inshore favorites,  Lake Ida’s parks are your best bet. If you want to test the waters of the Gulf Stream, the piers on the Intracoastal Waterway, close to the inlets, will provide you with ample choice.


Rules & Regulations

There’s no need for a fishing license if you’re fishing aboard a licensed charter. If you want to venture out on your own, you’ll need to purchase a valid license. Regulations on bag and size limits apply, and your captain will keep you informed on these.

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Delray Beach Fishing Seasons


Inshore waters produce Bonefish and Trout. Days are dry and warm, and the fish are ready for a new season. The offshore waters hold Sailfish, but you can also hook into other game fish.


The fun never stops here really, at least when fishing is concerned. Get your buddies and go get Sailfish offshore, or stay inshore and sample Lane Snapper and Bonefish.


Early spring days bring more possibilities, as inshore lightens up with Snook. They are easily spooked, so watch out when presenting your bait. An offshore trip can get you Tuna, Kingfish, Mahi, and Sailfish.


The Delray Affair gathers arts-loving crowds, which is a good reason to come and explore the fisheries. Comb the offshore waters for Kingfish and Mahi or stay inshore for Snook and Tarpon.


The transition from spring and summer means epic bottom fishing for Amberjack and Grouper. While you’re there, troll for Mahi and Wahoo, or come back home to chase Snook and Tarpon.


The summer is here and so are Tarpon. In full swing! Try fly fishing for them and have a blast. If you love adventures, go offshore and get Wahoo and Tuna.


Opportunities are endless as you can come back home with Wahoo, Mahi, and King Mackerel. With some luck, you can even catch Marlin. Stay inshore and go after Tarpon and Jack Crevalle.


Fishing is amazing this time around and once you’ve had enough of sandy beaches, head offshore and test your tackle against Amberjack, Mahi, Wahoo, King Mackerel, or even Marlin.


The temperature may be slightly cooler now, but fishing is still on fire. Novice anglers stay inshore and grapple with Snook, Permit, and Bonefish, while adventurers head into the ocean to get Mahi and Sailfish.


Somewhat cooler waters bring Redfish, Trout, Tripletail, and Black Drum, which put up an epic fight on light tackle. You can also take on Permit. For more hardcore action, head offshore to get Sailfish and Mahi.


King and Cero Mackerel are back. Trolling offshore can give you the best results against these fish. But save some energy for Sailfish, Bonito, and Wahoo.


The dry warm winter invites crowds of anglers for one last trip of the year. You’ll find excellent fishing offshore with Kingfish, Tuna, and Sailfish swimming by the dozens.

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Reviews of Fishing in Delray Beach

Highly Recommend
James W. fished with Locked N Loaded on July 3, 2020
I can not comment on offshore fishing at Delray Beach, but the Lake fishing is great !
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Teri G. fished with Locked N Loaded on April 26, 2019
I got this trip for my fiance, Andrew, the day before our wedding... mostly to keep him busy and out of our hair while preparing at my Mom's. Adam took him to Lake Ida which is almost right next to my Mom's house. Andrew couldn't have been more pleased. He caught more fish in the first half hour than he does in the lake at our house -- almost all were Peacock Bass which is what he was hoping to get. Adam was a great conversationalist, was very informative about the lake and it's fish, and Andrew says he will definitely do it again! Thanks, Adam!!!

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