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Fort Lauderdale: 228 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 Reel Floridian Fishing – Fll 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 $698, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $1,034 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

All Good Charters, Florida Adventure Outfitters, and Reel Floridian Fishing – Fll 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
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4.4 / 5
Based on 25956 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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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
Do not get your expectations too high until the trip is in progress because the weather can change things unexpectedly which will be no fault of anyone.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Do not get your expectations too high until the trip is in progress because the weather can change things unexpectedly which will be no fault of anyone.
DELROY  T.
DELROY T. Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Chartering a full day to give yourself the best chance at a successful charter - fishing in late February and early March is spotty.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Chartering a full day to give yourself the best chance at a successful charter - fishing in late February and early March is spotty.
Dan  Q.
Dan Q. Riverside, CA
Great fishing right in lake worth. Great place to fish for the variety of species.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Great fishing right in lake worth. Great place to fish for the variety of species.
Harold  M.
Harold M. Dallas, TX
Forget the rough & weather sensitive ocean & go inland or inter coastal. Good fishing & no Dramamine.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Forget the rough & weather sensitive ocean & go inland or inter coastal. Good fishing & no Dramamine.
Donald  P.
Donald P. Willowbrook, IL
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.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
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!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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
Fish structure and find those shady spots. Always be respectful of property owners.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fish structure and find those shady spots. Always be respectful of property owners.
Robert  B.
Robert B. Hilton Head Island, SC

Reel Floridian Fishing – Fll
Reel Floridian Fishing – Fll
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(43 reviews)
Great day with Captain Chris. Great with kids, never stopped working all day
Jack  P.
Jack P. Hollywood, FL
Reel Work Sportfishing Charters
Reel Work Sportfishing Charters
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(80 reviews)
Had a great trip with Wally. This is my second trip and I would absolutely recommend it to anybody
Doug  M.
Doug M. Norway, ME
Captain Andy – Party Boat Fishing
Captain Andy – Party Boat Fishing
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(752 reviews)
Captain and crew very nice, knowledgeable, and friendly with all age kiddos. There instructions were easy to understand and short. Captain took us to 3 different areas to fish. My kids had a blast and asked when we could go again. I highly recommend this company, captain, and crew for families.
Cliff  P.
Cliff P. Tampa, Florida
Reel Floridian Fishing – Fll
Reel Floridian Fishing – Fll
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(43 reviews)
Captain Nick was perfect for our family. He made sure we caught lots of fish during our trip and was super knowledgeable!
Christina  B.
Christina B. Miami, Florida
All Good Charters
All Good Charters
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(197 reviews)
What a great day on the water. Captain Matt was awesome. He took his time to put us onto fish, snagging a few Bonita, some snapper, a grouper, and oh yeah, a big boy sailfish. Tons of fun! Thanks Captain Matt!
Guy  R.
Guy R. FAIR OAKS, TX
Florida Adventure Outfitters
Florida Adventure Outfitters
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(52 reviews)
Had a great day on the water with a group of High School kids that hadn't done any fishing on the ocean. Mike was great. We were on the fish the entire time and he was great with the group. Caught a huge grouper and a big Amber Jack. Highly recommend!
Ty  D.
Ty D. Adel, IA
Cool Runnings Sportfishing
Cool Runnings Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(7 reviews)
Without had a really great time with your boys. Andrew was great just a beautiful day. Will definitely do it again.
Patrick  L.
Patrick L. Auburn, ME
Fish With a Pro – Fort Lauderdale
Fish With a Pro – Fort Lauderdale
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(60 reviews)
Captain Wood was fantastic and went out of his way to make certain my son and I caught fish and had a fantastic time!
Jacob  B.
Jacob B. Arlington, TX
Soflo Sportfishing
Soflo Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Very good
4.0 / 5
(139 reviews)
Captain is very knowledgeable. If the fish wasn't biting moved to different location caught about 10 fish was able to keep about 8 of them. Best value on a private charter I have seen since covid. Will be booking them again soon
Craigory  B.
Craigory B.
Captain Brian Charters
Captain Brian Charters
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(209 reviews)
Such a great morning out on the water with Captain Brian. He was kind, patient, knowledgeable and genuinely eager to give us the best experience possible. He found us lots of fish! Will definitely book again and recommend anyone else to do the same!
Vicki  M.
Vicki M. Miami, Florida
Bass Fishing Musician
Bass Fishing Musician
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(49 reviews)
We had a wonderful half-day trip with Capt. Dave . Dave is very knowledgeable about the area & works hard to make sure you catch a lot of fish and have a fun day. I would highly recommend him if you’re looking for great fishing in the area.
Edward  B.
Edward B. Swampscott, MA
Florida Everglades Charters
Florida Everglades Charters
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(13 reviews)
As it turned out CPT Brett wasn't available so he hooked us up with Wayne Fellows. Wayne was a great guide, knew where the Peacock Bass were and how to catch them. We caught about 30. Great trip!
Jerry  D.
Jerry D. FAIR OAKS, TX
Soflo Sportfishing
Soflo Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(139 reviews)
Best trip ever. Landed an 80 lb sailfish and a 250+ lb bull shark. Dave and Dave were amazing. Best of the best. There is no other boat that even comes close. If you’re in southern Florida, make sure you book Dave squared!
Edward  D.
Edward D. Hockessin, DE
Soflo Sportfishing
Soflo Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(139 reviews)
Great experience. David and his 1st man had 5 lines out at all times. It was just my buddy and I. Top notch equipment. We ended up catching a 100 inch hammerhead shark. It was awesome
Ron  K.
Ron K. Birmingham, MI
Reel Floridian Fishing – Fll
Reel Floridian Fishing – Fll
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(43 reviews)
Tough conditions but still managed to get a few fish in the boat. Great experience would love to do it again.
Matthew  L.
Matthew L. Grand Rapids, MN
Captain Andy – Party Boat Fishing
Captain Andy – Party Boat Fishing
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(752 reviews)
We all caught fish and had them cooked for dinner at a nearby resturaunte. Inexpensive and fun outing.
Lee  I.
Lee I. Crosby, MN
Captain Andy – Party Boat Fishing
Captain Andy – Party Boat Fishing
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(752 reviews)
Crew was great, however every fish we caught was deemed too small to keep - even though some were within a fraction of the 12” requirement. Sadly, there were no legal fish to be caught that day and it seemed like most walked away empty handed.
Ron  B.
Ron B. Vaughan, ON
Captain Brian Charters
Captain Brian Charters
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(209 reviews)
My wife and I had a great time with captain Brian. He put us on fish at every spot. Learned a lot new fishing techniques in the process. A true gentleman with a lifetime of fishing experience. We caught about 6 different species and about 30 fish. Posting the biggest for attention 😳. Can’t wait to fish with him again.
Rui  O.
Rui O. Brick Township, NJ
Marlin My Darlin Sportfishing
Marlin My Darlin Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(400 reviews)
We had THE best time. The crew and captain listen to our requests and did the best they could to accommodate our fishing requests. Of course you can’t rely on the fishing conditions but we were so happy with our day at sea. Thank you guys!!
Kristy  A.
Kristy A. Vancouver, British Columbia
Marlin My Darlin Sportfishing
Marlin My Darlin Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(400 reviews)
Great day on the water, captain Tom was very knowledgeable and made you feel very at home.
JOSEPH  Q.
JOSEPH Q. Fort Lauderdale, Florida

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