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Fort Lauderdale Fishing Charters

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Fort Lauderdale: 218 fishing charters available

Florida Adventure Outfitters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(27 reviews)
Fort Lauderdale
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All Good Charters

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(184 reviews)
Fort Lauderdale
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trips from $300

Bass Fishing Musician

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(39 reviews)
Fort Lauderdale
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trips from $500

YB Normal

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(251 reviews)
Fort Lauderdale
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trips from $700

Soflo Sportfishing

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(127 reviews)
Fort Lauderdale
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trips from $225

Reel Work Sportfishing Charters

Excellent
4.6 / 5
(70 reviews)
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trips from $800

Lisa D Charter Fishing

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(39 reviews)
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trips from $850

Reel Floridian Fishing – Fll

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(15 reviews)
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trips from $595

Captain Brian Charters

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(198 reviews)
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trips from $450

Fish Lauderdale

Very good
4.0 / 5
(92 reviews)
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trips from $700

Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in Fort Lauderdale

According to customer reviews, some of the most popular fishing charters in Fort Lauderdale, Florida are: Full list of top fishing charters in Fort Lauderdale

The average price for a private 4 hour Fort Lauderdale fishing trip is $675, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $1,022 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Fishing charters in Fort Lauderdale that received great reviews from families are:

The top 3 fish species targeted on guided fishing trips in Fort Lauderdale are:

The top 3 fishing techniques in Fort Lauderdale are:

The top 3 types of fishing in Fort Lauderdale are:

Many fishing charters in Fort Lauderdale provide rods, reels and tackle. Some of the top rated are:

According to customer reviews on FishingBooker.com, some of the best rated charter captains in Fort Lauderdale are:

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Some of the fishing trips offered by fishing charters in Fort Lauderdale are:
  • 2-hour fishing trips – $348
  • 3-hour fishing trips – $595
  • 4-hour fishing trips – $617
  • 5-hour fishing trips – $850
  • 6-hour fishing trips – $950
  • 7-hour fishing trips – $950
  • 8-hour fishing trips – $1,268
  • 10-hour fishing trips – $1,700

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 25065 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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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
Dress in layers if you are going on the a.m. trip and be prepared to catch a lot of fish!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make this trip a priority. Bring lots of drinks, snacks, and dramamine just in case.
Robert  F.
Robert F. Rochester, MN

Reel Floridian Fishing – Fll
Reel Floridian Fishing – Fll
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(15 reviews)
We had a half day adventure, Captain Tony was knowledgeable and attentive. We would do this charter again !
Dennis  K.
Dennis K. Grasonville, MD
All Good Charters
All Good Charters
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(184 reviews)
This is our second time fishing with Capt Matt. He even gave up his thanksgiving morning to take us out. One of the best parts (besides the fact he always puts us on fish) is that Matt gets just as excited as we do when there is a fish on. Highly recommend !!
Chuck  C.
Chuck C. Manorville, NY
Marlin My Darlin Sportfishing
Marlin My Darlin Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(383 reviews)
Really fantastic experience, definitely would come back for a second round!
Mu  H.
Mu H. Miami, Florida
YB Normal
YB Normal
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
4.3 / 5
(251 reviews)
Made the most of a down weather day for fishing and caught some reef dwellers, snapper, spotted grouper, etc.. Hector is a great guy and does great with kids.
Brian  S.
Brian S. Dallas, TX
Florida Adventure Outfitters
Florida Adventure Outfitters
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(28 reviews)
What an awesome experience! Captain Mike was amazing! Extremely knowledgeable and great with our kids, you can tell he's passionate about what he does! We would 1000% recommend and we can't wait to book our next trip when we're in town. Thanks again, Captain Mike!
Amanda  M.
Amanda M. Chicago, Illinois
Captain Andy – Party Boat Fishing
Captain Andy – Party Boat Fishing
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(709 reviews)
Most amazing fishing day ever! The crew is really nice and helpful. Definitely we’ll get back for sure. 200% recommended. My wife and daughter enjoyed a delicious fillet for dinner.
Jorge  M.
Jorge M. Lake Worth, Florida
Bass Fishing Musician
Bass Fishing Musician
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(39 reviews)
Best charter experience by far!! Capt Dave, put me on the fish from beginning to end! This will be a regular charter for me going forward.
Nathan  C.
Nathan C. Brighton, MI
Captain Andy – Party Boat Fishing
Captain Andy – Party Boat Fishing
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(709 reviews)
Thank you. It was one of my husband's birthday present. He had a great time with his buddy!.
Svetlana  M.
Svetlana M. Ann Arbor, MI
Soflo Sportfishing
Soflo Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(127 reviews)
These guys were great! From overall experience to recommendations of local places to eat/have your catch of day prep'n/cook!! Outstanding!
Derrick  L.
Derrick L. Union, KY
Capt. Taco’s Hooked Up Sportfishing
Capt. Taco’s Hooked Up Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(114 reviews)
It was a great day at sea with Capt Taco and crew. Appreciated the call in advance recommending what to bring and prepare for the day trip. Had a great time!
Jose  C.
Jose C. Corinth, TX
Fish Lauderdale
Fish Lauderdale
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(92 reviews)
We had a beautiful morning! Captain Bob and Steve were awesome. Their knowledge and expertise made the trip even better. We came home with one keeper and it was delicious !!!
Meryl  C.
Meryl C. Lake Como, NJ
Captain Andy – Party Boat Fishing
Captain Andy – Party Boat Fishing
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(709 reviews)
Whenever you book a fishing charter it’s a gamble. The fish were definitely biting but they weren’t the size we could keep. A few bigger guys took the bait and ran! We all had a great time making memories in the sun. Captain Andy, Riley and buck were fun and experienced in their trade.
Sueanne  M.
Sueanne M. St. Petersburg, Florida
Fish With a Pro – Fort Lauderdale
Fish With a Pro – Fort Lauderdale
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(55 reviews)
Had a great time with Capt. Wood. He was very knowledgeable and put me on a lot of fish. I would definitely give it try if you want to get your first Peacock Bass.
Jonathan  S.
Jonathan S. Tampa, Florida
All Good Charters
All Good Charters
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(184 reviews)
Matt was great and we had a blast. Would highly recommend he was very accommodating!!
Scott  B.
Scott B. Oakland Acres, IA
Captain Brian Charters
Captain Brian Charters
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(198 reviews)
Captain Brian was awesome! We started right on time, he knew a lot of great spots and he’s got a great sense of humor. Great host and quite the character!
Sam  S.  C.
Sam S. C. Fort Worth, TX
All Good Charters
All Good Charters
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(184 reviews)
My wife and I went out today hooked into a very nice fish in the morning. Captain worked hard to get us on fish, very friendly and it was a great experience. Strongly recommend this charter
Dean  D.
Dean D. Durham, CT
YB Normal
YB Normal
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(251 reviews)
Captain Vinny and crew treated us great. Answered all of my questions before we booked. Returned calls promptly. Absolute top notch from the YB Normal crew. Thank you Thank you.
Brian  B.
Brian B. Van Nuys, California
YB Normal
YB Normal
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(251 reviews)
Crew was right on time and we tried some trolling and then bottom fishing. Captain even stayed out a little longer to try and catch a big one! Great time and I highly recommend YB normal!
Todd  G.
Todd G. Glen Riddle, PA
Florida Adventure Outfitters
Florida Adventure Outfitters
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(28 reviews)
Even though the weather turned ugly, Captain Mike made this a great trip!!! We all caught fish and different species too! I’ve done charters all over Florida and the East coast and I wish that I had Captain Mike for every one of them!!! Definitely worth the money!!! Thanks Captain Mike!!
Brett  L.
Brett L. Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Florida Adventure Outfitters
Florida Adventure Outfitters
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(28 reviews)
Captain Mike was awesome! He put us on fish within 20 mins of leaving, and we stayed on them the entire time! Best charter I have been out on. Captain was very personable and had no problems showing us spot and different techniques. Unfortunately we have to end the trip two hours early due to my fiancé getting seasick. Even so we were able to catch a 4 man limit ! I wish for sure be back and only go out with captain MIKE this guy is top tier!
Steven  B.
Steven B. United States

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