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Fort Lauderdale: 226 fishing charters available
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Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in Fort Lauderdale

According to customer reviews, All Good Charters, Florida Adventure Outfitters, 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.

The average price for a private 4 hour Fort Lauderdale fishing trip is $694, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $1,024 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

All Good Charters, Florida Adventure Outfitters, and Bass Fishing Musician all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Fort Lauderdale.

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, reef fishing, and wreck fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

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
Excellent
4.4 / 5
Based on 26619 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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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.
Michael  C.
Michael C. 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.
Richard  B.
Richard B. Fort Rucker, Alabama
Great first time fishing in Ft Lauderdale. Weather and waves were perfect. Caught more this trip than any charter I have ever taken
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Great first time fishing in Ft Lauderdale. Weather and waves were perfect. Caught more this trip than any charter I have ever taken
Christopher  G.
Christopher G. Madison, CT
My only problem fishing in fort Lauderdale this may was the sea grass was so abundant out in the ocean other than that had a great time
Very good
4.0 / 5
My only problem fishing in fort Lauderdale this may was the sea grass was so abundant out in the ocean other than that had a great time
Ronald  S.
Ronald S. Cincinnati, OH
May seems to be a slow season, however, we still caught lots of fish and had a great time.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
May seems to be a slow season, however, we still caught lots of fish and had a great time.
Sophie  P.
Sophie P. Stow, OH
To book with this company and use Mike as a captain. He was informative and sooo helpful!! We were very impressed and still are!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
To book with this company and use Mike as a captain. He was informative and sooo helpful!! We were very impressed and still are!
Emilee  H.
Emilee H. Kalamazoo, MI
Make sure your prepared for weather. It can come up on ya in a moments notice. EVEN if the sun is shining when ya wake up!! Best advice I have!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure your prepared for weather. It can come up on ya in a moments notice. EVEN if the sun is shining when ya wake up!! Best advice I have!!
Chris  L.
Chris L. Fort Lauderdale, Florida
If you're going with kids bring drinks and snacks. Hats, sunscreen, and a positive attitude with those around you go a long way.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you're going with kids bring drinks and snacks. Hats, sunscreen, and a positive attitude with those around you go a long way.
Cliff  P.
Cliff P. Tampa, Florida
Speak to your guide about how the fishing is going at that particular time of the year. Some months are better than others
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Speak to your guide about how the fishing is going at that particular time of the year. Some months are better than others
Bobby  P.
Bobby P. Tampa, Florida
Use this charter. Hands down, well worth the price. If you’re serious about fishing, look no further.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Use this charter. Hands down, well worth the price. If you’re serious about fishing, look no further.
Edward  D.
Edward D. Hockessin, DE
Excellent trip..the viewing going in and out of the harbor are unbelievable seeing the expensive yachts and mansions.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Excellent trip..the viewing going in and out of the harbor are unbelievable seeing the expensive yachts and mansions.
Lee  I.
Lee I. Crosby, MN
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

Flat Bottom Fishing Charters
Flat Bottom Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
4.3 / 5
(14 reviews)
We had a great time. We had received a bunch of rain. Bait wasn’t available due to the fresh water, but we threw artificial’s all evening. Hooked up on one fish. I will say that it wasn’t for lack of trying. Captain Dennis put is on the fish, they were simply tight lipped. We had a great time!
Darren  M.
Darren M. Canyon Lake, TX
Fish Lauderdale
Fish Lauderdale
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(101 reviews)
We had the best experience with Captain Bob. He and his first mate were so knowledgeable and great to spend the day with. We couldn’t have asked for a better experience.
Tara  S.
Tara S. Parker, CO
"King of The Glades" – Everglades
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(4 reviews)
Great experience vert Nice captain , good and passionate Fisher , he do everything in is control to make you catch fish 👌
Justin  C.
Justin C. Davie, Florida
YB Normal
YB Normal
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(295 reviews)
My family had a great day with Captain Vinnie and First Mate Hector on the YB Normal today. The guys quickly put us on some nice fish- including a 7’ sandbar shark, some king mackerel and lots of bonito. We saw dolphins too. I can’t wait to come back to the area to do it all over again with the same crew. I recommend this charter to everyone.
Kristin  W.
Kristin W.
All Good Charters
All Good Charters
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(212 reviews)
We had a great time with Captain Matt. He was very knowledgeable and taught us about the area. I’ve been on a few expensive fancy Sportfishing Charters and none of them came as close to the fun we had with Matt. He knows how to put you on fish and where to fish. He also knew which techniques to try and gave us several tips. We had several good fights trolling, and the shark got us once. Thanks Captain Matt for a great time!
Logan  P.
Logan P. Sawmills, NC
Reelit Charters
Reelit Charters
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(94 reviews)
Great time on the water and caught some fish, would definitely recommend. Xavier is extremely knowledgeable and overall cool guy to hangout with.
Justin  B.
Justin B. Elizabeth, CO
Bass Fishing Musician
Bass Fishing Musician
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(51 reviews)
Capt. Dave worked with us to find a good spot and time to go out- and we ended up catching quite a few fish. Boat was nice, captain was helpful, we had a fun time.
Brian  S.
Brian S. Davie, FL
All Good Charters
All Good Charters
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(212 reviews)
Great day fishing with Capt. Matt, the weather was good as well as the seas. Capt. Matt knew the spots and we were hitting some big fish. Great time!
Michael  E.  G.
Michael E. G. Snyder, NY
Florida Adventure Outfitters
Florida Adventure Outfitters
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(58 reviews)
Mike was great. He worked his butt off to make sure he had the right bait in the water so we could catch what was biting. I highly recommend him and would definitely do this trip again when I go back to Ft. Lauderdale. Thank you Mike
Brian  C.
Brian C. Natick, MA
Reelit Charters
Reelit Charters
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(94 reviews)
We had a great trip. Captain Xavier made our experience great. Will book with him again.
Matt  A.
Matt A. Marianna, AR
Lisa D Charter Fishing
Lisa D Charter Fishing
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(48 reviews)
Had a great time today with Captain Dave and first mate Nick. We caught 2 sharks, several king fish, a mahi and more! It was a great day and I would highly recommend the Lisa D!
Adrian  F.
Adrian F. Miami, Florida
Marlin My Darlin Sportfishing
Marlin My Darlin Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
4.3 / 5
(414 reviews)
The Captain new his territory well and adjusted our plan to get fish Tuna, Kings , Snappers were caught the boat ran very clean no diesel smell
Frank  P.
Frank P. McLean, VA
Fish With a Pro – Fort Lauderdale
Fish With a Pro – Fort Lauderdale
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(63 reviews)
We had an absolutely wonderful time. Captain is very knowledgeable, accommodating, and professional. We highly recommend him.
Michael  P.
Michael P. Halleck, NV
Captain Andy – Party Boat Fishing
Captain Andy – Party Boat Fishing
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(771 reviews)
Captain Andy & Steve always make me feel welcomed. Steve is definitely attentive & he’s the most familiar face every time I come from NYC to fish. Will definitely return - thank you for all you do
Marisa  W.
Marisa W.
YB Normal
YB Normal
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(295 reviews)
Very experienced captain put us on the fish right away. Very happy with our fishing experience and would highly recommend you book with Capt Vinnie on the YB Normal
Christopher  G.
Christopher G. Madison, CT
Fish With a Pro – Fort Lauderdale
Fish With a Pro – Fort Lauderdale
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(63 reviews)
William were just like those pros i saw on bassmaster tv tournament. He can scaning fishes by his eyes. Great experience we got many largemouth bass and peacock bass.
Wei  C.
Wei C. Freeport, New York
All Good Charters
All Good Charters
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(212 reviews)
My son and I had a great time and would highly recommend this trip, Matthew definitely put us on the fish Jesse
Jesse  B.
Jesse B. Pickering, ON
Good Hit Sportfishing
Good Hit Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(147 reviews)
From start to finish, this was the dream trip. We did a half day shared trip with Ransom as our captain. Beautiful boat, quality gear, and a stellar group of people on the boat. We hooked into a mahi mahi before he even had all the lines in the water. The rest of the trip was equally productive. He put us on fish the entire time while other boats got skunked. 100% my go-to charter anytime I’m here in South Florida
Michael  C.
Michael C. Paterson, NJ
Reelit Charters
Reelit Charters
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(94 reviews)
Had a great charter with Xavier. We were limited on time but wanted to do deep-sea fishing. He provided us with everything we needed and, within the first hour, had us on some rather large Baracuda. We had some bites on the live bate as well but did not land any of those fish. Overall it was a great day with a very nice guy.
David  M.
David M. Dania Beach, FL
Reel Work Sportfishing Charters
Reel Work Sportfishing Charters
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(85 reviews)
Guys were great to fish with. Fantastic boat control in seas we probably shouldn't have fished. Good job would book again
Mike  S.
Mike S.

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