Gulf of Mexico Fishing Charters

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Gulf of Mexico Fishing Charters

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Gulf of Mexico: 2841 fishing charters available
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Santa Rosa Beach
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Excellent
4.9 / 5
(88 reviews)
Panama City Beach
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
(102 reviews)
Cape Coral
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trips from $400
Excellent
4.9 / 5
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Sarasota
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trips from $500
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4.9 / 5
(26 reviews)
Holmes Beach
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trips from $600
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(98 reviews)
Goodland
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5.0 / 5
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Placida
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Excellent
4.9 / 5
(45 reviews)
Holmes Beach
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trips from $600
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(25 reviews)
Marathon
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Excellent
4.9 / 5
(60 reviews)
St. Petersburg
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trips from $500

Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in Gulf of Mexico

According to customer reviews, some of the most popular fishing charters in Gulf of Mexico are: Full list of top fishing charters in Gulf of Mexico

The average price for a private 4 hour Gulf of Mexico fishing trip is $638, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $1,199 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Fishing charters in Gulf of Mexico that received great reviews from families are:

The top 3 fish species targeted on guided fishing trips in Gulf of Mexico are:

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Many fishing charters in Gulf of Mexico 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 Gulf of Mexico are:

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Some of the fishing trips offered by fishing charters in Gulf of Mexico are:
  • 2-hour fishing trips – $425
  • 3-hour fishing trips – $547
  • 4-hour fishing trips – $626
  • 5-hour fishing trips – $925
  • 6-hour fishing trips – $869
  • 8-hour fishing trips – $1,173
  • 10-hour fishing trips – $1,588

The Gulf of Mexico is an angling mecca, with legendary waters that are home to plenty of world-famous nearshore, inshore, and offshore fish species. Even better? With Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida all providing access to its waters, there’s a whopping number of Gulf of Mexico fishing charters to choose from. 
 
When it comes to inshore fishing, the Gulf’s coastal waters are legendary. They’re home to Redfish, Speckled Trout, Flounder, Jack Crevalle, Snook, Tarpon, and many more, and you’ll be able to cast a line year-round. There’s plenty of action in the Gulf’s shallows, bays, and estuaries to fill up a full day trip, and a half day trip is the perfect introduction to angling for new anglers.
 
The Gulf is peppered with artificial reefs, some located just a mile from shore. You’ll be able to reef hop for Grouper and Snapper, Kingfish, Cobia, Amberjack, and Barracuda. Departing from an area located near the continental shelf, such as the Florida Panhandle? You can hit the reefs on a half day trip. A full day trip is necessary when fishing from locations that are further away.
 
Finally, there’s the Gulf’s deep sea fishing action. As well as the reefs that lie hundreds of miles from shore, these waters are also dotted with oil rigs and underwater canyons. And what lurks there? Feisty big game fish! Head out on a full day trip and you’ll encounter Mahi Mahi, Marlin varieties, Wahoo, Sailfish, and Tuna species. 
 
You’ll find charters located all along the Gulf’s coastline, no matter which state you’re in. Some of the most popular locations include Destin, FL, Orange Beach, AL, Biloxi, MS, Venice, LA, and Galveston, TX. 
 

Rules & Regulations

Casting a line from a Gulf of Mexico fishing charter means that your license will usually be covered for you, except in Texas, where you’ll need to purchase one yourself. Size and bag limits for specific species differ from state to state, and your captain can fill you in on this. 
 
Gulf of Mexico
Excellent
4.6 / 5
Based on 27943 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

January

It may be the dead of winter, but the inshore waters of the Gulf are looking lively! You can enjoy some of the best Speckled Trout and Sheepshead fishing of the year in Texas and Alabama.

February

Fishing inshore in any Gulf-side state for Redfish, Speckled Trout, Sheepshead and other species will keep you busy until the weather is fair enough to head offshore!

March

Cobia are beginning to appear off the coast of Florida, which means one thing: sight fishing! The season for Grouper and Triggerfish is now open in federal waters.

April

More anglers are heading offshore as large predatory fish start showing up. Wahoo and Blackfin Tuna are already at their peak in some areas, and you have a good chance of catching Mahi and Sailfish.

May

Deep sea fishing in the Gulf of Mexico is at its height in May. You could catch anything from Yellowfin Tuna or Mahi Mahi to monster Sharks while casting lines offshore.

June

Come June, many anglers are heading to nearshore and offshore reefs to make the most of Red Snapper season while it’s open. A day inshore will have you hooking into Flounder, Speckled Trout, and more.

July

July is tournament fishing month here in the Gulf! Take your pick of the Port Aransas Deep Sea Roundup, Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo, or the Deep Sea Fishing Rodeos in Mississippi and Alabama.

August

All fish are typically open to harvest in federal waters this month, and most of them are at their peak! Try bottom fishing for Amberjack, Snapper, and Grouper, or troll for Marlin, Tuna, and much more.

September

Deep sea fishing continues offshore, and you can still enjoy good Tarpon fishing in some coastal waters. The Redfish bite is heating up as autumn gets underway. 

October

In Destin, Florida anglers are partaking in the Destin Fishing Rodeo, a month-long fishing tournament dating back to 1948. This annual tradition keeps visitors coming even after tourist season is over! 

November

Most big game fish have disappeared by now, but there’s plenty of action on the reefs to keep you busy! Inshore, winter favorites like Flounder and Speckled Trout are at their peak.

December

Winter fishing on the Gulf is all about reaping the rewards that swim close to home! Redfish, Speckled Trout, Black Drum, and Sheepshead will get your blood pumping on a cold winter day! 

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Our trip was not specifically for fishing, more for a combination of shelling, fishing and bird/dolphin watching. We only caught a couple of fish, but we did not fish very long so were pleased with what we caught.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Our trip was not specifically for fishing, more for a combination of shelling, fishing and bird/dolphin watching. We only caught a couple of fish, but we did not fish very long so were pleased with what we caught.
Belinda  L.
Belinda L.
Jackets and rain gear. Even though it was not rainy or windy the spray from the run out was still cold.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Jackets and rain gear. Even though it was not rainy or windy the spray from the run out was still cold.
Charles  T.
Charles T.
Bring a jacket and sunscreen. Florida weather can be unpredictable during winter. Make sure you have something if you are prone to seasickness it will make or break your trip.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring a jacket and sunscreen. Florida weather can be unpredictable during winter. Make sure you have something if you are prone to seasickness it will make or break your trip.
Connie  W.
Connie W.
Wether it's your first boat ride, or even if you are an experienced angler - Capt Chad Kraft is the way to go!! He knows the Bay area like the back of his hand, and where to find the fish! Highly recommend his fishing guide services for anyone!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Wether it's your first boat ride, or even if you are an experienced angler - Capt Chad Kraft is the way to go!! He knows the Bay area like the back of his hand, and where to find the fish! Highly recommend his fishing guide services for anyone!
Michael  L.
Michael L.
In November, wear jeans and a shirt and a hoodie. If you have a water repellent jacket, that will be perfect.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
In November, wear jeans and a shirt and a hoodie. If you have a water repellent jacket, that will be perfect.
Tina  M.
Tina M.
Captain Cody was very personable and knowledgeable. It was a wonderful first time. We will definitely call Cody again.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Captain Cody was very personable and knowledgeable. It was a wonderful first time. We will definitely call Cody again.
Curtis  R.
Curtis R.
We caught 60 blue catfish! Plus specks , black drum , sheepshead and redfish!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We caught 60 blue catfish! Plus specks , black drum , sheepshead and redfish!
Kevin  S.
Kevin S.
The water was choppy and the wind was cold but that is November. We went in the morning. The sun came out later in the day and it warmed up nicely.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The water was choppy and the wind was cold but that is November. We went in the morning. The sun came out later in the day and it warmed up nicely.
Daniel  F.
Daniel F.
If you're going to go fishing in the lower Laguna Madre, I highly recommend Capt. Ryan Falls. We had an awesome experience with him.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you're going to go fishing in the lower Laguna Madre, I highly recommend Capt. Ryan Falls. We had an awesome experience with him.
Kim  M.
Kim M.
Don't worry about the weather or time of the year, you will have a great time regardless of conditions.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Don't worry about the weather or time of the year, you will have a great time regardless of conditions.
Kasey  Y.
Kasey Y.
To book with your company cause your mates that run the boats are very friendly & now the area very well
Excellent
5.0 / 5
To book with your company cause your mates that run the boats are very friendly & now the area very well
Richard  L.
Richard L.
Book with captain Joe. Joe and Jessica were both nothing but pleasant and accommodating.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book with captain Joe. Joe and Jessica were both nothing but pleasant and accommodating.
Brian  J.
Brian J.
It's fishing. The captain was knowledge about some great locations to land fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It's fishing. The captain was knowledge about some great locations to land fish.
Christopher  K.
Christopher K.
It was a little chilly and threatening rain, I suspect there are better times to be out on the water, but this happened to be the time we were in the area on vacation. No regrets!
Excellent
4.7 / 5
It was a little chilly and threatening rain, I suspect there are better times to be out on the water, but this happened to be the time we were in the area on vacation. No regrets!
Michael  R.
Michael R.
If you want to make sure you get fish, book with a charter boat that take multiple people and has a variety of hours to go out. Check the ratings and read the reviews.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you want to make sure you get fish, book with a charter boat that take multiple people and has a variety of hours to go out. Check the ratings and read the reviews.
Julie  M.
Julie M.
Excellent opportunity to catch fish in early fall. Temps are pleasant and any day on the water is better than a lot of other things you could be doing.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Excellent opportunity to catch fish in early fall. Temps are pleasant and any day on the water is better than a lot of other things you could be doing.
Scott  H.
Scott H.
Be sure you know what you're getting into. These fish are big and take work.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be sure you know what you're getting into. These fish are big and take work.
Matthew  S.
Matthew S.
If you have children on the trip, bottom fishing for snapper and grouper ( in season) is the way to go, especially if kids are new to fishing.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you have children on the trip, bottom fishing for snapper and grouper ( in season) is the way to go, especially if kids are new to fishing.
John  K.
John K.
It rained hard the night before our trip, so the water was a bit more murky than our captain expected. But he was still able to put us on a lot of fish. The wind was a bit rough, so we couldn't go offshore like we originally wanted, but inshore was a hit. The ride home across the bay was a little bumpy but my boys loved the adventure and water in their faces.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It rained hard the night before our trip, so the water was a bit more murky than our captain expected. But he was still able to put us on a lot of fish. The wind was a bit rough, so we couldn't go offshore like we originally wanted, but inshore was a hit. The ride home across the bay was a little bumpy but my boys loved the adventure and water in their faces.
Jenifer  J.
Jenifer J.
The weather can change by the day, watch the weather forecast and bring appropriate clothes.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The weather can change by the day, watch the weather forecast and bring appropriate clothes.
Matt  D.
Matt D.

Galveston Charter Fishing
Galveston Charter Fishing
Fishing charter in Galveston
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(9 reviews)
I dont know how to do this but it was a very good day of fishing with Galveston Charter fishing. Yes we did get a lot of fish and we did cook them, the boat was big and had it all, thanks
Rob  S.
Rob S. Houston, TX
Chances R Fishing Charters
Chances R Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Tarpon Springs
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(88 reviews)
He’s a really nice guy! Calm, patient, knowledgable, and accommodating. We booked with less than 24 hours notice, after our previous charter canceled last minute. He showed us around the area and we caught a few nice ones. Boat was really nice and rode smoothly through the waves. My 11 year old son and I had a blast and made some wonderful memories. What more could you ask for? I highly recommend! We’d definitely do it again, next time we’re in Florida!
Paul  C.
Paul C.
Captain Gills
Captain Gills
Fishing charter in Redington Shores
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(22 reviews)
We had a blast today fishing with Captian Gillian. I’d definitely recommend using him for your next charter.
Jeffrey  N.
Jeffrey N.
Downtown Tampa Charters
Downtown Tampa Charters
Fishing charter in Tampa
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(166 reviews)
Decided to book a 4 hr charter w/ Captain Rowe and Connor with family coming into town. Even with colder weather we were able to catch a couple lady fish, snook and redfish. Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a Tampa inshore experience
Bret  B.
Bret B.
Fish Slapped Charters – Clearwater
Fish Slapped Charters – Clearwater
Fishing charter in Clearwater
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(236 reviews)
Captain Jeremy was extremely knowledgeable and cool. We probably caught 40-50 fish. Will definitely rebook
Daniel  K.
Daniel K.
Windward Fishing Charters
Windward Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Sarasota
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(129 reviews)
Captain Tim did a great job and was also fun to be around. We didn’t mess around or long if we weren’t getting bites and he took us to about 6 different places. Caught Gag Grouper, Red Grouper, mangrove snapper, and lizardfish. We a really good time!
Benjamin  W.
Benjamin W.
Dragonfly Charters
Dragonfly Charters
Fishing charter in Cape Coral
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(102 reviews)
Captain Mike was patient knowledgeable and alot of fun. Going to book again with him in February.
Gregory  J.
Gregory J.
Drum & Co. Fishing
Drum & Co. Fishing
Fishing charter in New Orleans
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(53 reviews)
I take a lot of charters. It takes the right combination of fishing skill, knowledge of the water and targeted species, and of course a good conversation. Drum & Co had all of it in spades. Great trip, will book again.
Clark  R.
Clark R.
2 Thumbs Up Fishing Charters
2 Thumbs Up Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Naples
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(113 reviews)
We did a half day trip and it was awesome! Captain Stanley kept us on the fish the whole time. We caught our fair share of sheepshead, trout, snapper, and puffer fish. It was a lot of fun! Stanley is knowledgeable, patient, always kept us baited, and a pleasure to fish with. We will be back!
Michael  M.
Michael M.
Fish-On Sport Fishing
Fish-On Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Port Charlotte
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(133 reviews)
I agreed and we have rescheduled for next year. Captain Terry could have just taken us out and collected his funds, but he is better than that, he contacted us and saId it is about the experience not the money, he would rather have us catch fish than go home with a bad experience. Great captin in my t0 years of fishing! Thanks and I will update after our trip, I suspect it will be a great experience 😀
Jeff  B.
Jeff B.
Afishionado Guide Services
Afishionado Guide Services
Fishing charter in Tampa
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(20 reviews)
The original plan went to crap due to no fault of Capt. Wade's, however, he regrouped, was a true professional and had a great back-up plan and put me on the fish for a great day of catch & release fishing. If i come back to St. Pete I'm definitely "hooking" up with him again for another day of fishing!
Shawn  M.  J.
Shawn M. J.
Big Tex Fishing Charters
Big Tex Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Galveston
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(8 reviews)
Captain John was absolutely great. Boat was new and roomy / caught a lot of fish. Highly recommend!
Andy  L.
Andy L.
Fish Moore Charters
Fish Moore Charters
Fishing charter in Sarasota
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(48 reviews)
Dakota was great. Went out with my parents and a couple friends and had a blast, he got us on a good bite.
Tommy  G.
Tommy G.
Send It Charter Fishing
Send It Charter Fishing
Fishing charter in Cape Coral
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(104 reviews)
Had the boat for a half day trip. Caught some fish but most were too small or not in season. Lost a possible keeper to a piling and another to a dolphin but a really nice trip nonetheless!
Ricky  D.
Ricky D.
Rebel Coast Charters
Rebel Coast Charters
Fishing charter in Clearwater
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(365 reviews)
You won’t be disappointed going out with will. He knows all the good spots and you are going to have a great time ! This was my second trip and I’ll be back again
Janna  M.
Janna M.
Local Grown Charters
Local Grown Charters
Fishing charter in Key Largo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(222 reviews)
Where to start. It was an eventful day start to finish. The captain put us on fish at every stop. If they slowed we moved on no killing the clock on a dry hole. He even hooked up a shark and we had no clue we were busy fishing and what a rush fighting that thing in. As far as my daughter he stayed on top of her rod and bait and threw out if it was tight so she could hook up quicker. I highly recommend captain andrew. Thanks man for such an awesome memory with my daughter.
Joe  L.
Joe L.
Corsair 2 Sportfishing Key West
Corsair 2 Sportfishing Key West
Fishing charter in Key West
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(301 reviews)
The Goins family had a great time. We caught some great fish! Thank you for taking care of us! The deckhand was very knowledgeable, he knew his stuff! The captain was great too!
Rachel  G.
Rachel G.
High Class Hooker Charters - Venice
High Class Hooker Charters - Venice
Fishing charter in Venice
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(145 reviews)
Been out with Capt Camille many times over the years. He knows his stuff. This time we caught 50+ redfish, hardly had a break. Great knowledge, class operation. You won’t be disappointed. I’ll see you seen Capt!
John  W.
John W.
JP's Backwater Adventures
JP's Backwater Adventures
Fishing charter in Naples
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(73 reviews)
Capt Josh was on top of his game making sure we got on the fish. He moved several times to keep on them. We caught 8 species of fish in total between the two of us.
Mike  E.
Mike E.
Leisure Life Charters
Leisure Life Charters
Fishing charter in St. Petersburg
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(519 reviews)
Captain Jeff had me hooking onto fish with the very first cast! I caught more Speckled Sea Trout than I could count and reeled in some Redfish at the end.
Nikolos  G.
Nikolos G.