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Fishing in Fort Lauderdale
Fort Lauderdale fishing is the number one proof of the theory that Southeast Florida just does not have a low season. With unusual proximity to the northbound Gulf Stream, the city is only a couple of miles away from nutrient-rich waters that are filled with pelagic fish. With numerous attractions close by to keep the family entertained, this is a city where you can fish for days on end and never have a dull moment.
As well as being enviously close to the bountiful waters of the Gulf Stream, Fort Lauderdale is famous for its rich coral reef system and numerous serendipitously-placed shipwrecks. This makes for a fishing haven, with Kingfish, Wahoo, Amberjack, Blackfin Tuna, and a whole list of other species living and feeding around these underwater honey holes. Whatever the season, you will find something to fish for, and the best Ft Lauderdale fishing charters will be able to take you to a variety of spots to show you the sheer variety of things happening of the city’s coastline all year round.
Fort Lauderdale is known by some as the “Sailfish Capital of the World”. The period from Fall through Spring sees huge numbers of Sailfish come just within a couple of miles of the city’s coastline. They come here via a passage of water known as “Sailfish Alley,” which passes just a mile offshore and has waters 120-180 ft deep. Located just beyond the reefs and on the inner edge of the Gulfstream, this is where almost all of Fort Lauderdale’s Sailfish are caught, with high season running from December to January. If you want a Sailfish selfie with a condominium in the background, this is the place for you.
Rules & Regulations
Florida fishing licenses are not required for those fishing from a guided or for-hire charter that owns a charter captain or charter boat license.
Types of Fishing
Drift fishing Fort Lauderdale’s reefs and shipwrecks for species such as Kingfish, Tuna, Mahi Mahi, and even the occasional Sailfish is one of the most popular types of charter trips in the area. This is fun for anglers of all ability levels, and the sheer variety of fish available in these waters always makes it worthwhile.
Windy winter days can see incredible Sailfishing: get the kites out and set up your live bait to create a setup no Sailfish can resist. But don’t let the Sailfish have the monopoly over good-eating fish. Head offshore and bottom fish for Snappers and Groupers, or even set up your deep sea fishing gear for an irresistible Swordfish during the winter months.
Light tackle enthusiasts also have a myriad of opportunities inshore, with everything from Tarpon to Redfish inhabiting these waters according to the season.
Fort Lauderdale Fishing Seasons
Fort Lauderdale Fishing Calendar
What People Are Saying About Fort Lauderdale
"Half day with Captain Mike"
Go with an experienced captain and first mate. Listen to the simple instructions and you'll have a great time.
"December fishing trip"
Yes. Easy to get to the boat. Benny picked me and dropped me to the hotel. Pleasant experience.
"BEST FAMILY FISHING GUIDE!"
Florida has great fishing all year. Unless you have your own boat and are a native and know where to fish it just makes sense to hire a guide. You could easily go fishing 2 times a month and just get on the boat, catch fish and go home all for less than the cost of a boat payment.
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