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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 23655 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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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
Super hot in Biscayne bay in mid July -- had to cut the day short because of the heat.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Super hot in Biscayne bay in mid July -- had to cut the day short because of the heat.
David  H.
David H. Miami, FL

Captain Andy – Party Boat Fishing
Captain Andy – Party Boat Fishing
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
4.3 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 551 reviews
It was a slow catch day. But it was a beautiful day. We moved 4 different times someone caught a fish each place. I would go again. Also we did not have a full boat.
Debra  M.
Debra M. Interior, SD
Big Game Sportfishing Charters
Big Game Sportfishing Charters
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 192 reviews
Great 4 hour morning trip with Captain Paul and Mick…it wasn’t the best conditions for the bite but they did a lot to get us on some fish. They were always trying something new but we did end up with a Spanish Mackerel, Yellowtail and monster Barracuda. Mick’s enthusiasm was awesome and made the trip a lot of fun. I would def recommend these guys for a day on the water.
Christopher  M.
Christopher M. Orrville, Ohio
Off The Chart Inc.
Off The Chart Inc.
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 3 reviews
Captain Mark was excellent to interact with. Excellent communication prior to the trip and good conversation during the trip. His crew was awesome. We will do it again. Great experience.
Rodolfo De La Torre
Rodolfo De La Torre Hialeah, FL
Reel Work Sportfishing Charters
Reel Work Sportfishing Charters
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 36 reviews
We had and amazing time on Reel Work. Captain Wally chained up the type of fishing we did until we were on the fish, all 6 of us brought fish into the boat for a great trip. Both Captain and mate were very informative and personable. I highly recommend Reel Work.
Amanda  C.
Amanda C. Deerfield Beach, Florida
Captain Brian Charters
Captain Brian Charters
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 145 reviews
Very enjoyable day for myself, son and daughter with a very experiences, knowledgeable and friendly captain Brian.
Paul  D.
Paul D. West Haven, CT
Full Circle II Sportfishing
Full Circle II Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
4.0 Very Good Very Good Very Good Very Good Very Good 74 reviews
Although it was a beautiful day, 1-2 ft seas and not much wind, which as you know doesn't bring many fish up. We still had a bull and cow dolphin (mahi mahi) on the boat, bull put up a nice fight jumping 8 to 10 times. As they say a good day fishing beats a great day anywhere else.
William  B.
William B. Boca Raton, FL
Reel Work Sportfishing Charters
Reel Work Sportfishing Charters
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 36 reviews
Captain Wally, Matt and Jon were terrific it was a wonderful day out on the beautiful ocean outside of Fort Lauderdale.
Chris  C.
Chris C. Miramar, FL
YB Normal
YB Normal
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 182 reviews
Absolutely awesome morning. Captain Vinnie and Logan were amazing. They took us to great fishing soits and were helpful and professional. We caught some amazing fish and they filleted them for us when we were finished.
Shyrl  R.
Shyrl R. Longmont, CO
All Good Charters
All Good Charters
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 135 reviews
Had a great time with captain Matthew. Go onto some fish. Very knowledgeable and nice guy.
Ed  L.
Ed L. San Juan
Reelit Charters
Reelit Charters
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 41 reviews
I’ve been on a few fishing trips. This was by far the best! Xavier is the Man!
Carlos  G.
Carlos G. Marcus, SD
Marlin My Darlin Sportfishing
Marlin My Darlin Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 279 reviews
Had so many fish in this trip, specially love the sailfish! Great experience!
Yongze  G.
Yongze G. New York, NY
Marlin My Darlin Sportfishing
Marlin My Darlin Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 279 reviews
Had a great time with Kenny and Joe! Caught two sailfish with them and had a Mahi but it snapped the line just before getting him on the boat. Even saw three dolphins near the cruise ships!! My only regret is not taking Benadryl prior to the trip
Benjamin  W.
Benjamin W. Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Soflo Sportfishing
Soflo Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 70 reviews
Our second time out with Captain Dave didn’t disappoint! We wanted tuna and mahi mahi and we caught both as well as a barracuda and bonita! First mate Cheese made the day easy and enjoyable for us. We will definitely be back again for our next goal of a sailfish.
Rachel  B.
Rachel B. New York, NY
Good Hit Sportfishing
Good Hit Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 57 reviews
Wow, what a day! Captain Mike did it all and made our family boys trip soo memorable! Minutes into flying the kite setup with live bate, we hooked into and boat side landed a 7 ft Sailfish which we fought for over an hour, and then hooked into and landed 3 Dorados which provided about 15 lbs of filets! Great Day, Great Trip, Great Charter Service!
Adam  S.
Adam S. West Chester, PA
Bass Whisper Guide – Fort Lauderdale
Bass Whisper Guide – Fort Lauderdale
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 48 reviews
Me and my son had a Great day with captain JP “Bass whisperer”. Lots of laughs, taught us several new things and of course put us right on the honey hole. Highly recommend what a great time!! Thanks JP my son talked the whole flight home about how he caught more than me. See you soon and many thanks!
Ryan  F.
Ryan F. Galena, OH
Captain Brian Charters
Captain Brian Charters
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 145 reviews
We took are 6 & 8 year old out for the first time they got to catch a ton of manageable different types of fish for their age group. Can't say enough good stuff about Captain Brian.
Spencer  K.
Spencer K. Kansas City, KS
Top Shot Sportfishing
Top Shot Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 6 reviews
This weekend was my 4 year old daughters first fishing trip and Captain Dave Zsak and crew taught my daughter how to fish. They taught her how to cast and reel in her catches. They also had a great seating/dining area for when we took a break. it was spacious and very clean. They were very patient and kind to her and pointing out all the sea life we could see and they are over all great crew to be on a boat with. we had a great experience with and will be going again.
Claudia  P.
Claudia P. Pompano Beach, Florida
Captain Brian Charters
Captain Brian Charters
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 145 reviews
We went out for my daughters 8th bday. In her own words it was the best day of her life. She had a great time catching fish. Capt Brian is great with kids and I would strongly recommend him for a family trip.
Gary  G.
Gary G. United States
Shooting Star Charters
Shooting Star Charters
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 31 reviews
Good fellas, both entertaining! Fishing was a little tough for a while but they kept after it and we came away wiht 4 fish, one of them a beautiful Mahi Mahi, and rith before we went back in a200 lb shark. Awesome day!
Daniel  S.
Daniel S. Vancouver, WA
Captain Andy – Party Boat Fishing
Captain Andy – Party Boat Fishing
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 551 reviews
Our second time using this charter, first one at night. Great experience, inexpensive and a lot of fun. Definitely recommend
Ashley  Y.
Ashley Y. Pittsburgh, PA

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 $575, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $874. 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 Offshore sport fishing.

According to customer reviews, All Good Charters, Marlin My Darlin Sportfishing, and Captain Brian Charters 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 Captain Brian Charters 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.

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. Check availability for local fishing charters in Fort Lauderdale.

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