The great thing about Pompano Beach is that there is no one spot which every boat clusters around. Pompano Beach fishing spots consist mainly of drop-offs, rocky piles, and endless artificial reefs. The surrounding waters are littered with everything from tire piles and concrete blocks to decommissioned passenger planes, tankers, and even a Rolls Royce. The fish aren’t fussy, though, and flock to them all in huge numbers.
Head out a little further (and we do mean a little, easily within state waters in fact) and you will find Mahi Mahi, Sailfish, big King Mackerel, and Wahoo. Again, there is no one spot you must visit for these and so no risk of being blocked out by other boats on a busy winter’s morning. More seasoned anglers will probably already know about Pompano Beach’s speciality deep-water species. Less than 20 miles from shore are waters deep enough to hold Swordfish, making both night and daytime Swordfish trips a local favorite.
What can I do on a half day trip?
As you may have gathered, you will be spoiled for choice on a half day trip out of Pompano Beach. If you are looking for some tasty food fish you can head out a couple of miles to fish for Grouper, Snapper, Triggerfish, and Hogfish. Dare to travel out of sight of land and you can deep drop for monster Snapper and huge, tasty Tilefish.
If you are fishing more for sport than for food, you can get in a productive morning of big game fishing and still be home by lunchtime. Catches of Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, and Sailfish are easily achievable with a fast boat, giving even the best sportfishing destinations a run for their money.
Why stay out longer?
There are three good reasons to stay out longer, each more compelling than the last. The first reason is very simple: more time equals more fish! With a full day on the water, you can hit the very best Pompano Beach fishing spots in search of huge Tilefish and Groupers, and even get a spot of trolling in on your way from spot to spot.
The second, main reason for staying out longer is to take full advantage of the awesome deep sea fishing on offer. Head up to Sailfish Alley, where one lucky boat once caught and released 83 Sailfish in a single day, or simply go 15 miles out to the Gulf Stream, where you can find Marlin, Sailfish, and so much more dwelling in the deep.
This brings us onto the third reason to stay out all day - Swordfish. Book in for an 8-hour night fishing trip and for the ultimate game of patience and skill, waiting for the slightest twitch or slack of the line, then reeling like crazy to set the hook before it’s too late. Daytime swordfishing trips fish deeper and as such take longer (even in these deep waters, 10 hours is the minimum) but you can always troll on your way to and from the fishing grounds, making the trip even more productive.
How much will it cost?
The standard rates for a center console are around 450 for a half day, and 650-750 for a full day. Sportfishing boats in the 30’ range don’t cost much more, at around $500 for a half day and $900 for a full day, making them well worth the money. Daytime Swordfishing trips will cost around $1000 as you will be covering more ground and will also be able to troll on the way out and in.
At the top of the scale, even the fanciest cruisers max out at around $800 for a half and $1200 for a full day, although their high fuel burn can make swordfishing trips run as much as $1700. These boats are the real deal, though, helmed by some of the best in the business and loaded with the latest tech and plenty of luxuries to give you that VIP feeling.