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Top Fishing Charters in Melbourne

Perfectly situated where the prolific Banana and Indian Rivers meet, and with St. Johns River located a short journey eastwards, it’s no surprise that Melbourne, FL fishing charters are plentiful and varied! This city is home to pristine beaches, family-friendly activities, and a whole host of fresh and saltwater angling opportunities suitable for visitors of all skill levels.
If it’s freshwater fishing you’re craving, Melbourne offers access to St. Johns River’s “Stick Marsh.” This bountiful fishery is packed full of Largemouth Bass, with many reaching trophy sizes! In addition, Crappie, Bluegill, and several Catfish species can all be hooked here. It’s the perfect place to take your kids on a half day Panfishing adventure, whereas a full day is suitable for anglers who want a Bass bonanza. Insider tip – evening trips are especially plentiful!
Saltwater fishing more your thing? Take a half day trip along the shorelines of the Banana or Indian Rivers, and some charter captains will even combine a visit to both locations on longer trips. Species such as Redfish, Speckled Trout, Flounder, Snook, and Black Drum are all biting hard, with “Bull Reds” commonly hooked. 
Offshore fishing isn’t off the menu in Melbourne, either. Head to nearby Port Canaveral, where an extended full day trip will allow you to battle big beasts such as Mahi Mahi and Sailfish. Closer to shore, Amberjack, Cobia, and King Mackerel can be hooked.
There are charters dotted all around Melbourne, with the banks of the Indian and Banana Rivers being especially popular. Simply hop aboard and get ready to cast your line on the adventure of your choice!

Rules & Regulations

All anglers age 16 and above need a valid license to explore these waters. Fishing alongside a saltwater charter captain? Your license will be covered for you. If you’re exploring the St. Johns River, you’ll need to purchase a freshwater fishing license. Some species are subject to seasonal regulations, and your captain will be able to inform you of these.
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Even in January, Florida offers up great weather that's perfect for casting a line or two. Species such as Spotted Seatrout and Kingfish can be found in abundance.


Join in the Founders' Day celebrations on Main Street on the first Saturday in February. The Amberjack bite starts to heat up.


This is the best time to go for your inshore "Grand Slam" of Redfish, Flounder, and Spotted Seatrout. The Florida east coast is a great spot to achieve this!


Off the water, why not check out the Melbourne Arts Festival? Admission is free, with plenty of food and music during the event. Along the Banana and Indian Rivers, the inshore bite is hot.


Now is the best chance to catch Marlin and Yellowfin Tuna offshore, so get ready to test your skills against these beasts!


Snook and Tarpon are fantastic in June, and will give you a great fight once hooked, as well as bragging rights! Head to the Banana or Indian Rivers to battle these inshore favorites.


Black Drum and even Shark species will be biting best now. Mahi Mahi and other big game favorites can be battled offshore, and the Indian and Banana Rivers are plentiful.


If you want to test your skills against the feisty Snook, this is the time to visit! Head to the Banana or Indian Rivers to come face-to-gills with this inshore Floridian favorite.


From sea to sky, join in the General Aviation Day at Melbourne International Airport. When it comes to the water, inshore, nearshore, and offshore fishing grounds are all plentiful.


Join in with Oktoberfest, which has been running since 1977. Food, drink, and a fun-filled day guaranteed! Why not try to reel in your own dinner on a fishing trip? Inshore waters are packed full of tasty favorites.


Fishing really heats up during winter. Amberjack, Bonito, Grouper, and Mackerel are all on offer, with inshore favorites such as Redfish, Spotted Seatrout, and Flounder available in the rivers.


Inshore fishing is majorly productive now, so it's the perfect time to come cruise the rivers and lagoons for anything from Redfish, to Spotted Seatrout, to tasty Flounder!


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Half day trip with Capt. Caleb McDaniel
Daniel B. fished with Southern Waters Guide Service – Melbourne on March 7, 2019
Yes, but try mid-summer when the temps have stabilized.
5 hours night trip
Michael B. fished with Southern Waters Guide Service – Melbourne on February 25, 2019
Definitely go with Captain Caleb, he knows the area very well and all of the spots where the fish are biting.

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