Fort Lauderdale Fishing Charters

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Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in Fort Lauderdale

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 US $669, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you US $1,021 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

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

The top 3 fish species targeted on guided fishing trips in Fort Lauderdale are:

The top 3 fishing techniques in Fort Lauderdale are:

The top 3 types of fishing in Fort Lauderdale are:

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 – US $398
  • 3-hour fishing trips – US $658
  • 4-hour fishing trips – US $675
  • 5-hour fishing trips – US $865
  • 6-hour fishing trips – US $886
  • 7-hour fishing trips – US $1,295
  • 8-hour fishing trips – US $1,149
  • 10-hour fishing trips – US $1,725

Fishing in Fort Lauderdale

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 Fishing Seasons

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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What anglers said about fishing in Fort Lauderdale

Flamingo fishing was more than perfect for our first time fishing in the ocean. Crew was more than happy to help and everyone on the boat was catching fish!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Flamingo fishing was more than perfect for our first time fishing in the ocean. Crew was more than happy to help and everyone on the boat was catching fish!
Flamingo Fishing
Flamingo Fishing
Be flexible, weather might keep you from heading offshore so don’t overlook the fun gamefish that can be caught inshore.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be flexible, weather might keep you from heading offshore so don’t overlook the fun gamefish that can be caught inshore.
All Good Charters
All Good Charters
Started off a little chilly but warmed Up quickly out on the ocean and was perfect day
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Started off a little chilly but warmed Up quickly out on the ocean and was perfect day
Wicked Cuda Sport Fishing
Wicked Cuda Sport Fishing
Bring a sweatshirt and sunscreen. It is windy on the ocean. Also, it's pretty bouncy so if you have any motion sickness, take the meds ahead of time. No pressure on actually catching fish - enjoy the beautiful experience.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring a sweatshirt and sunscreen. It is windy on the ocean. Also, it's pretty bouncy so if you have any motion sickness, take the meds ahead of time. No pressure on actually catching fish - enjoy the beautiful experience.
The Way Sportfishing
The Way Sportfishing
We did lots of research and I would highly recommend booking with these guys. It’s 100% worth it.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We did lots of research and I would highly recommend booking with these guys. It’s 100% worth it.
Florida Adventure Outfitters
Florida Adventure Outfitters
To those fishing in Fort Lauderdale for the first time I think the kind of trip you choose is a determining factor in what a successful outing will be. Are you going for volume or big game? Naturally big game is probably going to be less volume and require a longer trip most likely but if the conditions are right strategically speaking the bottom year is round in Florida from a volume/action perspective.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
To those fishing in Fort Lauderdale for the first time I think the kind of trip you choose is a determining factor in what a successful outing will be. Are you going for volume or big game? Naturally big game is probably going to be less volume and require a longer trip most likely but if the conditions are right strategically speaking the bottom year is round in Florida from a volume/action perspective.
South Florida Sportfishing
South Florida Sportfishing
Book with captain mike from Florida adventure outfitters if you want a real captain with your best interests in mind. Honest and knowledgeable.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book with captain mike from Florida adventure outfitters if you want a real captain with your best interests in mind. Honest and knowledgeable.
Florida Adventure Outfitters
Florida Adventure Outfitters
Sometimes you catch fish, sometimes you don’t. Try to enjoy the trip either way.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Sometimes you catch fish, sometimes you don’t. Try to enjoy the trip either way.
Marlin My Darlin Sportfishing
Marlin My Darlin Sportfishing
Highly recommend the morning charters vs. afternoon. While it was not until late morning, we landed most of our catches, the morning water was great.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Highly recommend the morning charters vs. afternoon. While it was not until late morning, we landed most of our catches, the morning water was great.
All Good Charters
All Good Charters
Fort Lauderdale has some of the best fishing! I would recommend checking out good hit sportfishing!
Excellent
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Fort Lauderdale has some of the best fishing! I would recommend checking out good hit sportfishing!
GoodHit Sportfishing 2 Netflix Boat
GoodHit Sportfishing 2 Netflix Boat Davie, Florida
Get a small boat captain and be sure to have them recommend a place to have the fresh catch cooked up! Great trip!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Get a small boat captain and be sure to have them recommend a place to have the fresh catch cooked up! Great trip!
All Good Charters
All Good Charters Mount Pleasant, TX
Call the business ahead of time once you’ve booked something and as the captain what fish will be in season when you go. The captain will help you have a more fun experience by taking you to those fish. If you have a specific fish you are looking for ask when they are in season to get the best chance of finding that fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Call the business ahead of time once you’ve booked something and as the captain what fish will be in season when you go. The captain will help you have a more fun experience by taking you to those fish. If you have a specific fish you are looking for ask when they are in season to get the best chance of finding that fish.
Florida Adventure Outfitters
Florida Adventure Outfitters Bloomsbury, NJ
Bring drinks and snacks for on the boat. In July be prepared for rain storms. Let your captain know what species you want to target.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring drinks and snacks for on the boat. In July be prepared for rain storms. Let your captain know what species you want to target.
GoodHit Sportfishing 2 Netflix Boat
GoodHit Sportfishing 2 Netflix Boat
Yes, plenty of fish out there! It’s hot but the boat provides great relief.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Yes, plenty of fish out there! It’s hot but the boat provides great relief.
Marlin My Darlin Sportfishing
Marlin My Darlin Sportfishing Fort Lauderdale, FL
Be prepared for sun but it can be well worth the effort with the right guide
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be prepared for sun but it can be well worth the effort with the right guide
Bass Fishing Musician
Bass Fishing Musician
Where fishing clothes, it is hot and humid!!! Don’t forget your sun tan cream. Most captains don’t like the spray kind
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Where fishing clothes, it is hot and humid!!! Don’t forget your sun tan cream. Most captains don’t like the spray kind
Florida Everglades Charters
Florida Everglades Charters Nichols, SC
Go at 6 am with live bait and a knowledgeable guide who knows the hot spots that do switch around due to water levels. Best in the cooler months of Jan Feb march but we caught 9 flood size fish in late June.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go at 6 am with live bait and a knowledgeable guide who knows the hot spots that do switch around due to water levels. Best in the cooler months of Jan Feb march but we caught 9 flood size fish in late June.
Bass Fishing Musician
Bass Fishing Musician Hobe Sound, FL
If your visiting ft lauderdale and thinking about doing a fishing trip call Mike! You won't be disappointed. Not only is captain Mike very knowledgeable about the area, he is also knowledgeable about different species of fish, but also the best ways to cook them!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If your visiting ft lauderdale and thinking about doing a fishing trip call Mike! You won't be disappointed. Not only is captain Mike very knowledgeable about the area, he is also knowledgeable about different species of fish, but also the best ways to cook them!
Florida Adventure Outfitters
Florida Adventure Outfitters Leonard, TX
Watch the weather and pick a guide the meets your realtor expectations. Have fun.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Watch the weather and pick a guide the meets your realtor expectations. Have fun.
Captain Brian Charters
Captain Brian Charters Jacksonville, FL
Get a private charter who is willing to take you to his private hot spots.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Get a private charter who is willing to take you to his private hot spots.
Captain Andy – Party Boat Fishing
Captain Andy – Party Boat Fishing Fort Rucker, Alabama

How did anglers rate fishing charters in Fort Lauderdale?

Reelit Charters
Reelit Charters
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(113 reviews)
Captain Xavier created a truly amazing fishing trip! I’ve never caught six different species of fish in one outing and wow did he deliver on putting me on fish. If you want a one-of-a-kind experience that will leave you wanting to come back to Fort Lauderdale for the next one, Reelit Charters is the only choice! Captain Xavier - thank you for the time, expertise and hospitality! I’ll be back soon!
Andrew  G.
Andrew G.
Big Game Sportfishing Charters
Big Game Sportfishing Charters
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(224 reviews)
Warm weather, but February, so the fishing is a little slow. Only caught 2 Bonitos on the trolling, stopped and chummed the water and set three lines at different depths and not a bite from anything. Fishing not Catching. I was up top with the captain most of the time and he answered a lot of questions for me. Really good time. Thanks.
Jason  M.
Jason M.
South Florida Sportfishing
South Florida Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(178 reviews)
Captain Dave and Ted are some of the nicest people anyone could meet. We caught only one fish on a day where nobody was catching anything. They exhausted every technique and trick to help us catch. We had a great day regardless and would recommend them highly
Tim  G.
Tim G.
Wicked Cuda Sport Fishing
Wicked Cuda Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(59 reviews)
Taylor was great! I went out with a hydrophone trying to capture whale sounds. He took me to a couple of different locations where he has spotted whales before. I went out with limited expectations as whale sightings are rare, but actually captured a good amount of audio! Really happy that I had someone with extensive experience who knew where to go. I will absolutely be chartering another outing in the near future!
Alec  D.
Alec D.
Marlin My Darlin Sportfishing
Marlin My Darlin Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(477 reviews)
We had an amazing experience even though we didn't catch much fish Capt. Matt and 1st Mate K are extremely knowledgeable and made our trip very memorable! Definitely will be back.
Ron  S.
Ron S.
Marlin My Darlin Sportfishing
Marlin My Darlin Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(477 reviews)
The boat was great but it’s all about the crew. We love when it’s obvious that the crew wants to catch fish as much or more than we do. They were wonderful and worked so hard to make our day special. We will fish with them again.
John  B.
John B.
Florida Everglades Charters
Florida Everglades Charters
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(23 reviews)
Had. Great time with capt brett we caught 20 to 30 of everything would go back again
Terry  H.
Terry H.
South Florida Sportfishing
South Florida Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(178 reviews)
Great captain, great mate and a great experience... they know their fishing and a great boat to fish.
Patrick  O.
Patrick O.
Marlin My Darlin Sportfishing
Marlin My Darlin Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(477 reviews)
These 2 guys demonstrated exceptional fishing prowess today. Kenny and Joey successfully enabled us to land three substantially huge amber jacks, along with several yellowtail and a mackerel. Despite their diligent efforts to secure a sailfish, the fish remained elusive. Nevertheless, their unwavering determination and commitment to providing an enjoyable experience were greatly appreciated.
Todd  J.
Todd J.
Good Hit Sportfishing
Good Hit Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(170 reviews)
Had a blast out on the water. Caught my biggest fish ever! Couldn't have asked for more. Thanks so much to Captain Adam!
Andrew  D.
Andrew D.
Wicked Cuda Sport Fishing
Wicked Cuda Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(59 reviews)
We had such a fun time on the boat today. We caught a Sailfish and a giant hammerhead. The captain was awesome to talk to and put us on some awesome fish in a short period time. Highly recommend!
Daniel  C.
Daniel C.
Reel Floridian Fishing – Fll
Reel Floridian Fishing – Fll
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(129 reviews)
We took the three hour trip and bottom fished on the reef. The kids (ages 5 and 9) had an absolute blast! Non stop catching for them. The time flew and captain Eryk was fantastic. Definitely recommend!!
Leah  G.
Leah G.
Wicked Cuda Sport Fishing
Wicked Cuda Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(59 reviews)
Purchased a 4 hour excursion for my family for Christmas and the experience did not disappoint!! Our Captain for the day, Alex, is super knowledgeable and tried a variety of tackle to give us the best shot at different kinds of fish. We didn’t come home with dinner but we did catch two large sharks! Absolutely incredible day!! Definitely recommended!!
Margaret  N.
Margaret N.
Bass Fishing Musician
Bass Fishing Musician
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(70 reviews)
Captain Dave is awesome. We are a group of 4, including two young children. There were as many expectations as tangled/sangged lines. Captain Dave kept all that managed and put us on fish. Highly recommend, especially if you are family with young anglers. Will be back.
Han  L.
Han L.
Wicked Cuda Sport Fishing
Wicked Cuda Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(59 reviews)
We took a quick 4hr trip in the morning, we caught two BIG sailfish and a 9’ Hammerhead shark. Had another Hammerhead but we lost him. Not much down time, Taylor was great with my boys. Would definitely book them again.
Kevin  H.
Kevin H.
Reel Floridian Fishing – Fll
Reel Floridian Fishing – Fll
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(129 reviews)
Had a great time, family friendly and caught a lot of fish. Highly recommended
Justin  W.
Justin W.
Wicked Cuda Sport Fishing
Wicked Cuda Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(59 reviews)
What an afternoon we had! Two sailfish on the lines at the same time the minute the lines were cast. We caught sailfish at 80’, 180’, and several depths in between. They were fighters, and the grandkids had to help each other haul them in, but Captain Taylor did a nice job teaching them when to let the fish run and when to reel him in. It was a perfect day and we highly recommend Wicked Cuda!
Susan  N.
Susan N.
The Way Sportfishing
The Way Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(32 reviews)
It was a good time with a variety of fishing options, they were determined to hook us on to some even tho the conditions weren’t the best. And overall we had a fun time and a good experience coming all the way from New York. Definitely book them if you want to catch some fish and have a good experience
Antonio  S.
Antonio S.
Captain Andy – Party Boat Fishing
Captain Andy – Party Boat Fishing
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(824 reviews)
This was my first off shore fishing experience. Everything was very good. The captain put us on fish and the first mate was very helpful. I caught about 10 fish. One of the fish I caught was about a 2 ft. Shark. Most of the other fish I caught were about the size of my hand. My only disappointment is that I didn’t catch something bigger or more rememberable.
Christopher  W.
Christopher W.
Reelit Charters
Reelit Charters
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(113 reviews)
The weather was cloudy, cool and windy, but we caught fish. I have chartered approximately 20-25 fishing trips over the past 30 years. They include Lake Michigan, the Sea of Cortez, the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, Lake Norfolk, the White River, Carter Lake in GA … and I always evaluate the trip on the effort and conscientiousness of the crew - not the number or quality of fish caught. My wife and I both felt Xavier worked to get us fish. I highly recommend him to Captain your trip!
Chris  H.
Chris H.

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