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Fort Lauderdale Fishing Charters

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According to customer reviews, some of the most popular fishing charters in Fort Lauderdale, Florida are: Full list of top fishing charters in Fort Lauderdale

The average price for a private 4 hour Fort Lauderdale fishing trip is $682, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $1,045 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Fishing charters in Fort Lauderdale that received great reviews from families are:

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Many fishing charters in Fort Lauderdale provide rods, reels and tackle. Some of the top rated are:

According to customer reviews on FishingBooker.com, some of the best rated charter captains in Fort Lauderdale are:

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Some of the fishing trips offered by fishing charters in Fort Lauderdale are:
  • 2-hour fishing trips – $348
  • 3-hour fishing trips – $595
  • 4-hour fishing trips – $638
  • 5-hour fishing trips – $1,050
  • 6-hour fishing trips – $978
  • 7-hour fishing trips – $950
  • 8-hour fishing trips – $1,246
  • 10-hour fishing trips – $1,750

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 25560 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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If you're not from the area, expect it to be real warm and multiple patterns happening at the same time.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you're not from the area, expect it to be real warm and multiple patterns happening at the same time.
Chad  W.
Chad W. Murfreesboro, TN
Being from the north, I truly needed to get some Florida guidance. Go out with a guide.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Being from the north, I truly needed to get some Florida guidance. Go out with a guide.
Larry  O.
Larry O. Delray Beach, FL
No need to go to the keys there’s plenty of fish Without going miles and miles offshore
Excellent
5.0 / 5
No need to go to the keys there’s plenty of fish Without going miles and miles offshore
Owen  L.
Owen L. Hialeah, Florida
Captain Matt was awesome and very much aware of what was needed to catch fish on our outing. 100% would recommend him for your fishing adventure!!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Captain Matt was awesome and very much aware of what was needed to catch fish on our outing. 100% would recommend him for your fishing adventure!!!
Brian  P.
Brian P. Martinsburg, West Virginia
I booked this trip for my husband for Father's Day. Along with a friend. They had a good time. The Captain and crew were great. Unfortunately they came home with no fish. One person caught a Grouper and my husband caught a Trigger Fish. The Captain felt bad and even stayed out a little longer but nature said No.. This also was the night fishing trip. I will definitely book again.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I booked this trip for my husband for Father's Day. Along with a friend. They had a good time. The Captain and crew were great. Unfortunately they came home with no fish. One person caught a Grouper and my husband caught a Trigger Fish. The Captain felt bad and even stayed out a little longer but nature said No.. This also was the night fishing trip. I will definitely book again.
Julie  S.
Julie S. Lake Worth, FL
Hit up Dania Pier! It only costs $3.50 for a day pass on the pier. Plenty to see and plenty to catch!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Hit up Dania Pier! It only costs $3.50 for a day pass on the pier. Plenty to see and plenty to catch!
Richard  S.
Richard S. Youngstown, OH
We had a great time fishing in Fort Lauderdale in May. Our Captain knew just where to go and we had the time of our lives!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We had a great time fishing in Fort Lauderdale in May. Our Captain knew just where to go and we had the time of our lives!
Lina  B.
Lina B. Webster, Massachusetts
Waters are a little more rough in May as opposed to the summer months but a little more choppy waters get the fish more active. Quality over quantity during the month of May.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Waters are a little more rough in May as opposed to the summer months but a little more choppy waters get the fish more active. Quality over quantity during the month of May.
Shirlee  W.
Shirlee W. Braidwood, IL
I don’t catch anything but the captain the day before caught a nice sailfish
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I don’t catch anything but the captain the day before caught a nice sailfish
Ryan  B.
Ryan B. Tampa, Florida
Do not get your expectations too high until the trip is in progress because the weather can change things unexpectedly which will be no fault of anyone.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Do not get your expectations too high until the trip is in progress because the weather can change things unexpectedly which will be no fault of anyone.
DELROY  T.
DELROY T. Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Chartering a full day to give yourself the best chance at a successful charter - fishing in late February and early March is spotty.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Chartering a full day to give yourself the best chance at a successful charter - fishing in late February and early March is spotty.
Dan  Q.
Dan Q. Riverside, CA
Great fishing right in lake worth. Great place to fish for the variety of species.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Great fishing right in lake worth. Great place to fish for the variety of species.
Harold  M.
Harold M. Dallas, TX
Forget the rough & weather sensitive ocean & go inland or inter coastal. Good fishing & no Dramamine.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
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!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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
Fish structure and find those shady spots. Always be respectful of property owners.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fish structure and find those shady spots. Always be respectful of property owners.
Robert  B.
Robert B. Hilton Head Island, SC
Dress in layers if you are going on the a.m. trip and be prepared to catch a lot of fish!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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

Marlin My Darlin Sportfishing
Marlin My Darlin Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(394 reviews)
Had the best time on this half day trip! Highly recommended fishing with this crew. Pulled out all the stops
Nick  S.
Nick S. Miami, FL
Bass Fishing Musician
Bass Fishing Musician
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(45 reviews)
Captain Dave was awesome. Fun and put us on a ton of fish. Been wanting to go bass fishing in Florida forever and trip absolutely did not disappoint
Chad  K.
Chad K. Hollywood, Florida
Marlin My Darlin Sportfishing
Marlin My Darlin Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(394 reviews)
First time fishing on the oceans the crew was very welcoming and great at helping me to catch my first fish on the ocean. Caught 3 fish on a day when most other boats were not catching anything
Erik  L.
Erik L. Minneapolis, MN
Marlin My Darlin Sportfishing
Marlin My Darlin Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(394 reviews)
Great trip with my sons. Enjoyed the friendly crew. Wonderful experience. Paul Maurice
PAUL  M.
PAUL M. Fort Lauderdale, FL
Good Hit Sportfishing
Good Hit Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(128 reviews)
We had an awesome time. It was incredibly rough waters and the captain did an amazing job of controlling the boat, and all of the lines. We had an amazing time, and will plan to use them once again. We caught a Mahi to cap off the day!
Cory  S.
Cory S. Minnetrista, MN
Captain Andy – Party Boat Fishing
Captain Andy – Party Boat Fishing
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(732 reviews)
Had a great day with some top notch and very helpful crew. Can’t drink for 4 hours at the beach bar for the price of grabbing a 12 pack and dropping a line with Captain Andy! (Although we had captain Billy on our boat, who was also good!) They let you know about the conditions and offer a refund if you want to stay at the dock if you are too worried about seasickness during rough waters.
Ashley  K.
Ashley K. Miami, Florida
Captain Brian Charters
Captain Brian Charters
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(204 reviews)
We went out with Cap Brian and had a great time. Brian was very friendly and courteous as well as knowledgeable about his trade. We caught some nice fish and had an overall fun experience. Would recommend to all
Stephan  C.
Stephan C. Miami, Florida
Soflo Sportfishing
Soflo Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(134 reviews)
We went out in a rough day with 6ft seas and 25min winds. We still caught a fish in the first 2min. The crew is highly skilled and the boast is awesome. We caught 5 black fin tuna.
Thomas  M.
Thomas M. St. Petersburg, FL
Good Hit Sportfishing 2.0
Good Hit Sportfishing 2.0
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(17 reviews)
After doing hours of research on a fishing charter I decided to go with Good Hit Sport Fishing! Had an afternoon to burn before going to the airport and we weren't disappointed! Hooked up with 3 trophey Sailfish moments after setting out the baits! Fish going every which way the boat turned into every anglers dream! The crew handled it amazingly and highly recommend them!!
JASON  Q.
JASON Q. Bennett, CO
Marlin My Darlin Sportfishing
Marlin My Darlin Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(394 reviews)
7 ft hammerhead started the catch and then we blew up with 7 tuna and a mahi rewarded for braving the swells. Great job Capt & Mate. We had a blast. These guys can fish.
Thomas  M.
Thomas M. Vero Beach, FL
Marlin My Darlin Sportfishing
Marlin My Darlin Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(394 reviews)
What an awesome time we had. Fish were biting little slow but that didn’t make the day any less exciting. Next time we’re down in Florida definitely be doing it again
Anthony  P.
Anthony P. Roseto, PA
Reelit Charters
Reelit Charters
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(80 reviews)
Perfect day and crew to fish with!! What a beautiful day to be out on the water!! Caught fish while enjoying the sun and company aboard. Already to do it again !! Highly recommend
Michele  O.
Michele O. Fort Lauderdale, FL
Flamingo Fishing
Flamingo Fishing
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(168 reviews)
Never disappoints me! My third trip and I’m there will be many more! When I have out-of-state family or visitors or friends pop in for the weekend, I always make sure I take them out on this trip, and it has always been wonderful!
Georgette  S.
Georgette S. Hollywood, FL
Ft. Lauderdale Inshore Fishing Charter
Ft. Lauderdale Inshore Fishing Charter
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(3 reviews)
Had an amazing day out with captain Dennis. We’ve been fishing before but never had so much action in such a small amount of time. First fish to the boat was an 80lb tarpon. His boat was clean, gear was top notch and he really taught us a lot about the fishery here in Ft. Lauderdale. Thanks Captain Dennis!
Lauren  C.
Lauren C. Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Soflo Sportfishing
Soflo Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(134 reviews)
5 of us went out in search of Sailfish and in spite of a tough day in the catching Department we hit 3 Sails and got one to the boat. We also picked up a very nice Tuna and several Vermillion Snapper. Good trip, water was very favorable, crew was outstanding!!
Michael  F.
Michael F. Naples, FL
Ft. Lauderdale Inshore Fishing Charter
Ft. Lauderdale Inshore Fishing Charter
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(3 reviews)
We have nothing but great things to say about our trip with Dennis! I took my father on a trip and he had such a great experience. The captain was knowledgeable and friendly and knew of plenty loaded fishing spots. We can’t wait for our next trip with him next month. Thanks Dennis!
Michael  S.
Michael S. Palm City, Florida
Marlin My Darlin Sportfishing
Marlin My Darlin Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(394 reviews)
It was a slow morning but fun none the less! We spent some time trying to fish for shark, no luck, but hooked into an awesome barracuda! Couldn’t have asked for better weather.
Vanessa  K.
Vanessa K. Pinellas Park, Florida
Never Enough Sport Fishing – Fort Lauderdale
Never Enough Sport Fishing – Fort Lauderdale
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(7 reviews)
Anthony was great, very professional and went above and beyond to help us have a great experience!
Nicole  S.
Nicole S. Miami Beach, Florida
Reel Floridian Fishing – Fll
Reel Floridian Fishing – Fll
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(27 reviews)
We had a great time fishing with Anthony, he was very knowledgeable, and patient most of all with my 4 year old, this definitely made a memorable birthday for her! Thank you all, we will be booking again very soon! Also wanted to add in this was a super last minute trip and they accommodated us with ease!!
Laura  S.
Laura S. Miami, Florida
Good Hit Sportfishing
Good Hit Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(128 reviews)
Adam was awesome!!! We had an incredible time. He was just as excited as me when I hooked the saltfish and did everything to make sure I got it on the boat before we released her back into the wild. 10/10 would recommend!!
TomiRane  I.  C.
TomiRane I. C. Fort Collins, CO

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