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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.

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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.

Fort Lauderdale Fishing Calendar

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Keith F. fished with Captain Andy – Party Boat Fishing on May 29, 2021
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The weather was perfect and the sea was blue.
Half day shared trip. With Captains Paulie and Mick
David P. fished with Big Game Sportfishing Charters on May 3, 2021
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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.
Half day afternoon trip
Robert T. fished with Captain Andy – Party Boat Fishing on April 20, 2021
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Book with Captain Mike. Make it your trip by having fun.
10 foot shark!
John P. fished with Big Game Sportfishing Charters on April 18, 2021
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There's a chance you might even catch a 10 foot 400 pound golden dusky shark like I did!
March fishing trip
Jason D. fished with Captain Andy – Party Boat Fishing on March 25, 2021
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Don’t forget your motion sickness medicine lol
Half day Everglades fishing with JP
Kelly D. fished with Bass Whisper Guide – Fort Lauderdale on March 21, 2021
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Dress in layers if you are going on the a.m. trip and be prepared to catch a lot of fish!
Awesome Tuna Fishing
Miranda H. fished with Marlin My Darlin Sportfishing on March 18, 2021
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Book with Marlin my Darlin best charter.
March fishing trip
Johnny M. fished with Captain Andy – Party Boat Fishing on March 3, 2021
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Boat caught smaller fish but everyone had fun

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 $571, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $872. 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 40 ft and the most common vessel type is a Offshore sport fishing.

According to customer reviews, All Good Charters, Captain Brian Charters, and Marlin My Darlin Sportfishing are some of the most popular fishing charters in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Full list of top fishing charters in Fort Lauderdale.

All Good Charters, Captain Brian Charters, and Marlin My Darlin Sportfishing 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.

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. Check availability for local fishing charters in Fort Lauderdale.

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