Fort Lauderdale

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Fort Lauderdale Fishing Charters

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Fort Lauderdale: 188 fishing charters available

All Good Charters

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trips from $400

Marlin My Darlin Sportfishing

4.9 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (292)
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trips from $750

Bass Fishing Musician

5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (22)
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trips from $350

YB Normal

4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (191)
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trips from $700

Capt. Taco’s Hooked Up Sportfishing

4.8 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (98)
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trips from $800

Reelit Charters

4.9 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (46)
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trips from $450

Lisa D Charter Fishing

4.8 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (14)
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trips from $795

Soflo Sportfishing

4.9 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (75)
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trips from $250

Bass Whisper Guide – Fort Lauderdale

4.8 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (51)
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trips from $300

Captain Brian Charters

4.9 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (154)
Fort Lauderdale
trips from $450

Fort Lauderdale fishing charters open up a world of options. Calm canals, remote reefs, and even the warm currents of the Gulf Stream are within easy reach of the city. Local captains make the most of all of this, with trips to suit every group.
 
The main targets inshore are Snook and Tarpon. Both fish put up a real fight, making them a favorite of fly fishers and sporting anglers. Farther out, you can bottom fish for Snapper, Grouper, Amberjack, and more around the reefs. All these fish are here year-round, but the best time to target them is in the summer.
 
Finally, the bluewaters. Most charters in Fort Lauderdale specialize in trolling and kite fishing offshore. Sailfish, Tuna, Marlin, and more tag each other out throughout the year. Sailfish are great in winter and spring, Marlin peak in summer. In the fall, Swordfishing is all the rage. Whenever you visit, you can hook a monster. 
 
Inshore charters fish calm waters right in town, while reef fishing trips head into the ocean. Both are great for beginners, but young kids may be better off inshore. Deep sea charters are designed for seasoned anglers. If you’re after big Billfish, you’re best off on a full day charter. However, the sea gets deep so quickly that all these trips are available as half or full days. That’s part of what makes Fort Lauderdale special.

Rules & Regulations

You don’t need a fishing license on saltwater charters in Fort Lauderdale. You do need one to target freshwater species like Bass, though. Be aware that Snook are release-only from December 15 to January 31 and June 1 to August 3. Most Grouper species are protected between January 1 and April 30. Lastly, Tarpon are catch-and-release all year round.

Fort Lauderdale
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Based on 23977 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

January

January may be Fort Lauderdale's coldest month, but the fishing is hot. Often, the worse the weather, the better the fishing. Windy conditions get Sailfish biting like crazy. Swordfishing can be very good.

February

February is the month of the Wahoo in Fort Lauderdale. This means fast trolling and faster action. Look out for Blackfin Tuna 'busting' schools of baitfish over reefs and make the most of the awesome Sailfish bite.

March

Spring is Fort Lauderdale's best fishing season. Troll, bottom fish over shipwrecks, fish over the reefs with live bait - everything is biting. Mahi Mahi arrive close to shore when the east winds blow. Kingfish and Amberjack are caught at the reefs.

April

The great spring bite continues, with wreck fishing getting better and better. Mahi Mahi are biting extremely well in relatively shallow water (200-300 ft). The rougher the weather, the better the fishing for this species.

May

Mahi Mahi continue to bite within a few miles of the coast, with Blackfin Tuna also red hot. Amberjacks are caught over wrecks in waters 200-300 ft deep. This is usually the beginning of the open Grouper season.

June

The reefs are the place to go at this time of year. Catch Kingfish and Tuna here as well as Bonito, which are migrating along the coastline. This is also one of the best times to catch Sharks in Fort Lauderdale.

July

The weather heats up, but that doesn't put a stop to the fishing. This is one of the best months for Snapper and Grouper fishing, particularly at night. Trolling for Bonito and Kingfish over the reefs is very successful.

August

The seas are calm and tranquil, with surface temperatures being very hot. This makes deep drop fishing offshore a very good choice, with deeper dwelling fish being less affected by the temperature change further up.

September

Temperatures usually start to cool by the end of the month, inviting a greater number of surface fish. Sailfish might start showing up, with Kingifsh still being active over the reefs. Tarpon is great inshore.

October

As the weather transitions to Fall, winds tend to pick up. This brings pelagics closer to shore, with fishing for Mahi Mahi and Sailfish being very good, and a great variety of pelagics biting over the reefs.

November

Sailfish start to settle in earnest nearshore, chasing schools of mullet through Fort Lauderdale's famous 'Sailfish Alley'. Bottom fishing for Snapper and Grouper is excellent, with a host of species crowding the reefs.

December

Winter is not something that should put you off fishing in Fort Lauderdale. You can expect a good bite from Sailfish and Mahi Mahi nearshore, with Tuna, Wahoo, Cobia, and Amberjack around the reefs.

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Forget the rough & weather sensitive ocean & go inland or inter coastal. Good fishing & no Dramamine.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Forget the rough & weather sensitive ocean & go inland or inter coastal. Good fishing & no Dramamine.
Donald  P.
Donald P. Willowbrook, IL
Great area to fish. Good edible fish, pretty fish, big game fish all can be caught without going offshore many miles. More fishing and little drive time.
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Great area to fish. Good edible fish, pretty fish, big game fish all can be caught without going offshore many miles. More fishing and little drive time.
David  P.
David P. Edgewater, MD
There's a chance you might even catch a 10 foot 400 pound golden dusky shark like I did!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
There's a chance you might even catch a 10 foot 400 pound golden dusky shark like I did!
John  P.
John P. Kirkland, WA
Dress in layers if you are going on the a.m. trip and be prepared to catch a lot of fish!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Dress in layers if you are going on the a.m. trip and be prepared to catch a lot of fish!
Kelly  D.
Kelly D. Indianapolis, IN
This was our first trip so my only suggestion is to keep an open mind as to what you will be happy bringing home. There are many Excellent to Very Good species of fish to catch. Even if you don't catch exactly what you go out for it is likely you are going to catch some really good eating fish!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
This was our first trip so my only suggestion is to keep an open mind as to what you will be happy bringing home. There are many Excellent to Very Good species of fish to catch. Even if you don't catch exactly what you go out for it is likely you are going to catch some really good eating fish!
Bruce  O.
Bruce O. Taylorsville, KY
Never go fishing and expect to catch alot. Sometimes you do, sometimes you dont. This time we didnt catch anything but we'd do it again because next time we might catch more than we can keep!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Never go fishing and expect to catch alot. Sometimes you do, sometimes you dont. This time we didnt catch anything but we'd do it again because next time we might catch more than we can keep!
Curt  M.
Curt M. London, MN
Call captain JP he goes above and beyond to make it a great experience for everyone on the boat
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Call captain JP he goes above and beyond to make it a great experience for everyone on the boat
Nick  P.
Nick P. Ocean View, DE
Go with a pontoon boat for safer & more comfortable fishing in the Everglades
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Go with a pontoon boat for safer & more comfortable fishing in the Everglades
Jeff  H.
Jeff H. McKeesport, PA
Make this trip a priority. Bring lots of drinks, snacks, and dramamine just in case.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Make this trip a priority. Bring lots of drinks, snacks, and dramamine just in case.
Robert  F.
Robert F. Rochester, MN
Check the weather prior too. Pay attention to the moon cycle. Precheck the limitations and required sizes allowable to keep.
4.3 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Check the weather prior too. Pay attention to the moon cycle. Precheck the limitations and required sizes allowable to keep.
Jimmy  G.
Jimmy G. United States
My family had a blast! Only a couple of fish caught but the experience was great!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
My family had a blast! Only a couple of fish caught but the experience was great!
Katana  B.
Katana B. Tampa, FL
Do a little research about anglers fishing so you know what to expect. Make sure you eat what you catch. I cooked some of what we caught today and it was delicious. The taste of freshly caught fish is very different than previously frozen fish.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Do a little research about anglers fishing so you know what to expect. Make sure you eat what you catch. I cooked some of what we caught today and it was delicious. The taste of freshly caught fish is very different than previously frozen fish.
Maria  G.
Maria G. Cortlandt Manor, NY
If you want to do some serious fishing then I’d recommend an all day trip and talk to the captains before hand to find out when the best time of the year is.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
If you want to do some serious fishing then I’d recommend an all day trip and talk to the captains before hand to find out when the best time of the year is.
Blake  R.
Blake R. Pompano Beach, Florida
Watch the weather. We lucked out and got a nice, dry, but still a bit windy day. (It rained the day before and the day after.) Chose an inshore charter for this reason, 7 foot seas offshore... Been there done that. Great as it is to catch a sailfish, spending the next several hours seasick is not much fun.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Watch the weather. We lucked out and got a nice, dry, but still a bit windy day. (It rained the day before and the day after.) Chose an inshore charter for this reason, 7 foot seas offshore... Been there done that. Great as it is to catch a sailfish, spending the next several hours seasick is not much fun.
Russell  E.
Russell E. Bremerton, WA
Excellent vacation/holiday place to go for 1/2 day trip at an affordable price
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Excellent vacation/holiday place to go for 1/2 day trip at an affordable price
Patricia  L.
Patricia L. Houston, TX
try it you will love it the night fishing was great and great skyline of fort lauderdale
4.3 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
try it you will love it the night fishing was great and great skyline of fort lauderdale
Devindra  R.
Devindra R. Oakland Park, FL
Yes. The captain provides everything you'll need in terms of gear. Bring your food and beverage, camera and sunscreen along with hat and sunglasses. Have fun!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Yes. The captain provides everything you'll need in terms of gear. Bring your food and beverage, camera and sunscreen along with hat and sunglasses. Have fun!
John  W.
John W. Bound Brook, NJ
Be prepared for some weather changes. You will most likely be within 3 miles of shore unless you take a special purpose trip. Our trip was only about a mile out and the water color was perfect. Blue and clear.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Be prepared for some weather changes. You will most likely be within 3 miles of shore unless you take a special purpose trip. Our trip was only about a mile out and the water color was perfect. Blue and clear.
Glenn  G.
Glenn G. Sumter, SC
All depends on the weather on any sea going charter if your not prone to sea sickness no worries but if you are as my son is, I highly recommend Dramamine.to curb any issues.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
All depends on the weather on any sea going charter if your not prone to sea sickness no worries but if you are as my son is, I highly recommend Dramamine.to curb any issues.
Bruce  B.
Bruce B. San Francisco, CA
First time anglers as procrastination if doctor approves Dramamine. Because even in calm waters the ocean can be a challenge
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
First time anglers as procrastination if doctor approves Dramamine. Because even in calm waters the ocean can be a challenge
Kelley  D.
Kelley D. Hialeah, FL

Good Hit Sportfishing
Good Hit Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 63 reviews
This was truly awesome. Captain Rich knows his stuff and how to find the big ones. Highly recommended. Btw we got 2 mahi mahi, a 7 foot Atlantic sailfish, a Bermuda Chubb and a yellowtail snapper to Boot. Definite repeat.
Shlomo  P.
Shlomo P. Vaughan, ON
Captain Brian Charters
Captain Brian Charters
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
4.0 Very Good Very Good Very Good Very Good Very Good 158 reviews
Brian is very entertaining as a guide. He uses the best tactics. He made a day of fishing at a bad time of year very enjoyable.
Dana  D.
Dana D. Gloucester, MA
Marlin My Darlin Sportfishing
Marlin My Darlin Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 293 reviews
We ended up having a private trip with Rick, Matt and Andrew. We were able to catch several Bonitos and a king fish. Pretty good for a January trip. My wife rode along to watch. Great day on the water with knowledgeable and friendly fisherman. Will do it again.
Jerry  R.
Jerry R. Burbank, WA
Good Hit Sportfishing
Good Hit Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 63 reviews
The boat ride out was very nice sadly I was too sick to make the whole thing but we would’ve had a lot of fun if we did!
Kayleigh  J.
Kayleigh J. Lehigh Acres, Florida
All Good Charters
All Good Charters
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 140 reviews
Matt was a really great captain, extremely knowledgeable and put us right on the fish on multiple occasions. The bite wasn’t great and our luck wasn’t there but Matt went above and beyond to make sure my little girl (6) still landed a few snappers. Next time we come down to south Florida we will be visiting captain Matt again without question! Thanks again for an awesome experience.
Bryce  W.
Bryce W. Herriman, UT
Captain Andy – Party Boat Fishing
Captain Andy – Party Boat Fishing
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 577 reviews
we had a great time fishing, the crew was great, they put us on fish very quick, will definitely book another trip next time we are in the area.
Stacy  S.
Stacy S. Champlin, MN
Capt. Taco’s Hooked Up Sportfishing
Capt. Taco’s Hooked Up Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 98 reviews
It was a great trip! We were on a birthday vacation trip visiting from Alaska and Wisconsin. Lewis and his deckhand were awesome and helpful. Recommend this fishing charter if ever visiting Fort Lauderdale.
Barbara  W.
Barbara W. Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Bass Fishing Musician
Bass Fishing Musician
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 23 reviews
The only downside was the bass fishing musician didn’t bring his piano on the boat or sing to us. Also, make sure he wears a hat so the sun glare off his head doesn’t blind you! Seriously though, he was very patient and taught us newbies the ropes. We caught 28 fish in 4 hours. Couldn’t ask for a better time fishing!
Daniel  M.
Daniel M. Craig, CO
Bass Fishing Musician
Bass Fishing Musician
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 23 reviews
What a blast! We caught 36 fish in four hours and that doesn't include the six or more that got away (my fault...didn't set the hook well). Captain Dave is a great conversationalist and treats you to a fun time. He's super laid back and you'll immediately feel comfortable around him. If I'm ever back in the southeast Florida area I won't hesitate to go fishing with him again.
David  B.
David B. Troy, MI
Captain Brian Charters
Captain Brian Charters
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 158 reviews
Brian was an amazing charter captain! Very personable and knowledgeable. From checking in before the trip to navigating the waters and channels to get to the best fishing spots you can certainly see the years of knowledge Brian has. I would also highly recommend booking him if you have any children. He was great with teaching kids to fish and the ins and outs of boating etc. Overall I will be trying to book him again and recommend him to everyone I know.
Matthew  D.
Matthew D. Elizabeth, CO
Captain Brian Charters
Captain Brian Charters
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 158 reviews
My group had an excellent day with captain Brian. He was very nice and put us on a lot of different species of fish. I highly recommend
Alan  P.
Alan P. Orlando, Florida
Marlin My Darlin Sportfishing
Marlin My Darlin Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 293 reviews
Boat was great, crew were great, trip was great. Good communication. Would recommend.
John  H.
John H. Cocoa, FL
Reel Work Sportfishing Charters
Reel Work Sportfishing Charters
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 44 reviews
Best Fishing trip ever. captain Wally and the crew were awesome. I would definitely recommend this boat for a charter. I will definitely go again with this crew.
Edward  H.
Edward H.
Captain Brian Charters
Captain Brian Charters
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 158 reviews
This was a perfect easy going trip with a knowledgeable captain that not only cared about finding the bite, but also connecting with his customers to make sure they enjoyed their time on the water.
Gil  B.
Gil B. Houston, TX
Bass Fishing Musician
Bass Fishing Musician
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 23 reviews
Beautiful day for us three ol’ poops to skim along the Everglades canals. We caught over 40 fish of various species & most enjoyed the Peacock Bass as well as the gator that was looking for lunch off our boat. Captain Dave was great, very knowledgeable & lots of fun. We’d recommend him to anyone! Very much worth the adventure!
Donald  P.
Donald P. Willowbrook, IL
Soflo Sportfishing
Soflo Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 75 reviews
Captain Dave and crew got us on fish on a day all others boats were struggling great day with great fish
Jason  R.
Jason R. Ohio, NY
YB Normal
YB Normal
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 192 reviews
Took my wife and 4 kids out and we had a great experience both trolling and bottom fishing. Capt. Vinnie put us on the fish and his mate, Logan was great, especially with all the fish coming in. Highly recommend them and would go back out with them again in the future.
Brandon  T.
Brandon T. Wescosville, PA
Captain Brian Charters
Captain Brian Charters
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 158 reviews
Had a very good time with Brian on this trip. Our group came down from Virginia and looked all around to go fishing and we were referred here. It was such a fun and relaxing experience with a funny/ intelligent/ and enthusiastic guy like Brian. It made the trip that much better! Highly recommend! Caught a ton of fish.
Samuel  D.
Samuel D. Powhatan, VA
Bass Whisper Guide – Fort Lauderdale
Bass Whisper Guide – Fort Lauderdale
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 52 reviews
JP is awesome! I highly recommend. Me and my buddy had a great time. JP is the best!!!
Joe  R.
Joe R. Dania Beach, FL
All Good Charters
All Good Charters
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 140 reviews
Matt worked his butt off the full four hours trying make the fish bite. He put us right on top of them, but the day wasn’t a catching one. Still a great time with one sailfish landed with Matt’s expert guidance and well prepared gear. If you have a smaller group (3 or less) do not hesitate to book this charter. Great local knowledge, well set up boat, and all the gear needed for both trolling and drops. Can’t wait to be back in the area to go after them again!
Greg  D.
Greg D. Germany

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Fort Lauderdale

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in Fort Lauderdale costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $586, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $879. These prices are based on trips booked on our site recently.

Prices will vary depending on trip length, fishing technique, as well as the type and size of the boat you booked. However, to give you an indication, the average boat size in Fort Lauderdale is 39 ft and the most common vessel type is a Center console.

According to customer reviews, All Good Charters, Marlin My Darlin Sportfishing, and Bass Fishing Musician are some of the most popular fishing charters in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Full list of top fishing charters in Fort Lauderdale.

All Good Charters, Marlin My Darlin Sportfishing, and Bass Fishing Musician all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Fort Lauderdale.

The best way to experience fishing in Fort Lauderdale is to book a private charter with a licensed fishing guide. See the full list of charters available for online booking here: List of fishing charters in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The most popular fish species you can target are King Mackerel (Kingfish), Dolphin (Mahi Mahi), and Wahoo. Top fishing techniques include light tackle, heavy tackle, and bottom fishing. Offshore fishing, wreck fishing, and reef fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

January may be Fort Lauderdale's coldest month, but the fishing is hot. Often, the worse the weather, the better the fishing. Windy conditions get Sailfish biting like crazy. Swordfishing can be very good. Check availability for local fishing charters in Fort Lauderdale.

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