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When it comes to fishing, there’s hardly a better place to visit than Florida. Hop aboard a South Florida fishing charter, and you’ll see just why. This untamed land is a force to be reckoned with and, as the sunniest part of the Sunshine State, it’s magnificent throughout the year. Thanks to its tropical climate, it holds some of the most interesting fish species around.

Everything’s in the cards when you’re fishing in South Florida. The shallow saltwater will have you reeling in anything from Trout, Redfish, and Tarpon, to Permit, Bonefish, and Sheepshead. Fishing inland will yield prized Largemouth and Peacock Bass. Going on a half day trip is a great choice if you want to target these, and it’s fun for the whole family!

The numerous reefs off the coast boast great numbers of Snapper, Grouper, and Amberjack, while the deep offshore waters hide some truly magnificent game fish. Marlin, Sailfish, Swordfish, Mahi Mahi, Tuna, Wahoo… the list goes on! Make sure to book a full day trip so you have enough time to head offshore and fill your bags.

South Florida is such a fishing haven, that you'll have no trouble finding a charter to take you out. Fishing is very much a way of life here, so you can't go wrong. The Everglades, the Keys, the Gulf, or the Atlantic coast – no matter where you go, South Florida will deliver!

Rules & Regulations

Saltwater fishing licenses are included on all charters, but freshwater licenses are your responsibility. Because fishing is so important in South Florida, making sure there’s enough fish to go around is a priority. That’s why there are specific regulations in place, and booking a trip with a reputable captain is the best way to make sure you’re fishing within the law.

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January

Kick off the year with world-class Sailfishing along the Gold Coast or down in the Keys. Otherwise, you can enjoy some great flats fishing all over Southwest Florida.

February

What could be a more romantic Valentine’s Day than fishing for Largemouth Bass with your significant other? Saltwater anglers can target anything from Redfish to Sailfish this time of year.

March

Along the Gulf Coast, you can catch Sheepshead, Redfish, Trout, and more, while Cobia can be caught throughout South Florida. The last of the Sails are threading through Sailfish Alley this time of year.

April

You can catch everything in April – it’s just a case of where. The Keys are bustling with Bonefish and Blue Marlin, Bass are swarming the lakes and canals, and the Gulf reefs are getting busy.

May

It’s your last chance to harvest Snook before catch-and-release season. Tarpon are starting to show up around Boca Grande, though, and most people have forgotten about them completely.

June

Red Snapper are open for harvest in federal Gulf waters from June. Naples, Fort Myers, and other Gulf Coast towns really come into their own this time of year. 

July

July is a great time for deep sea fishing in the Atlantic, with Blue Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna, Wahoo, and Sailfish devouring baits and lures offshore. Inshore, Tarpon are going crazy in Boca Grande.

August

Amberjack are open for harvest in the Gulf, making up for the end of Snapper season. You can always rely on amazing Bass fishing, with Peacock and Largemouth Bass both in season.

September

Tarpon Start to move on from Boca Grande, but so do the crowds! Beat the heat and enjoy world-class flats fishing, or go out at night to bowfish in the Everglades - watch out for alligators!

October

Sailfish start to show up along the Southeast, while Red and Black Drum bite hard in Cape Coral. Fishing’s always great in the Keys, with Mahi Mahi, Marlin, Wahoo, and more.

November

Sheepshead start to show up in big numbers as the water cools in the Gulf. This is your last best chance for Bonefish in the Key. Tripletail are on form along the Gold Coast.

December

If all you want for Christmas is great fishing, you’ll be happy wherever you go in South Florida. The weather’s warm, the rains have stopped, and sportfish teem the shallows looking for a fight. 

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I'm sure there are more plentiful seasons, but it has been a great experience for us 2 years in a row. We are out for the fun and memories, and if we get a mess of fish for the table even better- we've accomplished that 2 years in a row.
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I'm sure there are more plentiful seasons, but it has been a great experience for us 2 years in a row. We are out for the fun and memories, and if we get a mess of fish for the table even better- we've accomplished that 2 years in a row.
Wesley  M.
Wesley M. Mitchell, IN
Know what you want to fish. I have never fished the ocean, just the Great Lakes and wanted a real fight. Do you want quantity, or a quality fight? Know that going into your trip.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Know what you want to fish. I have never fished the ocean, just the Great Lakes and wanted a real fight. Do you want quantity, or a quality fight? Know that going into your trip.
Brandon  S.
Brandon S. Britton, MI
Weather is excellent. Crowds are low so easy to get around. Food everywhere is excellent. And the fishing is off the charts. One of the best places in the WORLD. Islamorada offers so many places to stay from High End Luxury hotels, to mom and pop motels to camping and RV parks. You cannot go wrong.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Weather is excellent. Crowds are low so easy to get around. Food everywhere is excellent. And the fishing is off the charts. One of the best places in the WORLD. Islamorada offers so many places to stay from High End Luxury hotels, to mom and pop motels to camping and RV parks. You cannot go wrong.
Mick  K.
Mick K. Clifton Heights, PA
Do your research but definitely include looking up my ohana and give them look
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Do your research but definitely include looking up my ohana and give them look
Timothy  L.
Timothy L. Chelsea, ME
It was very hot! Stick with half days or at the most eight hours. We had scheduled extended day and am glad the Captain talked us out of it!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
It was very hot! Stick with half days or at the most eight hours. We had scheduled extended day and am glad the Captain talked us out of it!
Angel  S.
Angel S. Thompsontown, PA
Know that the weather can be unpredictable on the water and change quickly.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Know that the weather can be unpredictable on the water and change quickly.
Tammy  M.
Tammy M. SUNNY ISL BCH, FL
the capt. had his " spots " and kept us moving to new ones . cleaned the fish for us which was a plus
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
the capt. had his " spots " and kept us moving to new ones . cleaned the fish for us which was a plus
Michel & Debbie  Dervaes
Michel & Debbie Dervaes Punta Gorda, FL
Had a great time but it certainly was hot!! Would like to try the same thing during the fall or spring.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Had a great time but it certainly was hot!! Would like to try the same thing during the fall or spring.
Juliet  B.
Juliet B. Punta Gorda, Florida
Lots of fish all around and under us.. They just chose not to take the bait that day we went out.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Lots of fish all around and under us.. They just chose not to take the bait that day we went out.
Michael  B.
Michael B. Iola, TX
Depends on time of year. Was hoping for some trophy largemouth but my first hooking up to some peacock bass was awesome
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Depends on time of year. Was hoping for some trophy largemouth but my first hooking up to some peacock bass was awesome
Dennis  B.
Dennis B. N GROSVENORDL, CT
If fishing in July like we did, plan a morning half day trip. A full day trip will be extremely hot and fishing becomes more difficult as the day heats up. Bring plenty of water and sunscreen.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
If fishing in July like we did, plan a morning half day trip. A full day trip will be extremely hot and fishing becomes more difficult as the day heats up. Bring plenty of water and sunscreen.
Tom  R.
Tom R. Lansdowne, VA
Choose a vessel and trip length appropriate for your angling skills and experience, endurance, affordability, and time available. Don't expect big game on a half day trip on a big boat, and conversely don't expect comfort on a small but fast open fisherman. Most importantly, talk to your captain....tell him or her what you expect, and they'll tell you what experience they can provide.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Choose a vessel and trip length appropriate for your angling skills and experience, endurance, affordability, and time available. Don't expect big game on a half day trip on a big boat, and conversely don't expect comfort on a small but fast open fisherman. Most importantly, talk to your captain....tell him or her what you expect, and they'll tell you what experience they can provide.
Joseph  V.
Joseph V. Houston, TX
You can never have a bad fishing day in Islamorada. Paradise and fishing...come on now. Highly recommend hitting the water and enjoying the sites and fishing!
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You can never have a bad fishing day in Islamorada. Paradise and fishing...come on now. Highly recommend hitting the water and enjoying the sites and fishing!
Tammy  K.
Tammy K. McKinney, TX
It's hot and rain showers are frequent. Sunscreen and liquids are a must. Go out early rather than later in the day
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
It's hot and rain showers are frequent. Sunscreen and liquids are a must. Go out early rather than later in the day
Mark  A.
Mark A. LAUD BY SEA, FL
It’s HOT. Helps if you have some kind of shade. Fishing in Captiva is great year round, but better in the cooler months!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
It’s HOT. Helps if you have some kind of shade. Fishing in Captiva is great year round, but better in the cooler months!
Aimee  M.
Aimee M. Miami, FL
Recommend 1/2 day trips. John our captain was great..very knowledgeable. Will do this again next time we're here. Thanks!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Recommend 1/2 day trips. John our captain was great..very knowledgeable. Will do this again next time we're here. Thanks!
Mary  B.
Mary B. Granite Quarry, NC
Great trip! My son and Captain Jim bonded immediately. After trying to make me a fisherman, Captain Jim accepted failure with dignity . Luc and Captain Jim were able to catch enough Mahi to satisfy our taste for fish. If you want to learn about the ocean and learn how to catch fish, then Captain Jim is the charter to book. It was a pleasure to spend the day fishing with a man with similar old fashioned American values as myself. GOD BLESS AMERICA AND GOD BLESS CAPTAIN JIM.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Great trip! My son and Captain Jim bonded immediately. After trying to make me a fisherman, Captain Jim accepted failure with dignity . Luc and Captain Jim were able to catch enough Mahi to satisfy our taste for fish. If you want to learn about the ocean and learn how to catch fish, then Captain Jim is the charter to book. It was a pleasure to spend the day fishing with a man with similar old fashioned American values as myself. GOD BLESS AMERICA AND GOD BLESS CAPTAIN JIM.
Jon  B.
Jon B. Martinsville, IN
Find a reputable & experienced company to charter your trip. Don’t set your expectations too high, fish are unpredictable. Book a full day trip, this will get you further out in the ocean where the bigger fish are at.
4.0 Very Good Very Good Very Good Very Good Very Good
Find a reputable & experienced company to charter your trip. Don’t set your expectations too high, fish are unpredictable. Book a full day trip, this will get you further out in the ocean where the bigger fish are at.
Elizabeth  L.
Elizabeth L. San Juan
Just relax and let the captain put yu right where you need to be to catch great fish
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Just relax and let the captain put yu right where you need to be to catch great fish
Bryan  S.
Bryan S. Highlands, Texas
Hire the Charters. They will put you on the fish. Inshore-Offshore it doesn’t matter.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Hire the Charters. They will put you on the fish. Inshore-Offshore it doesn’t matter.
Christian  C.
Christian C. Orange Park, FL

Reel Funds Fishing Charters
Reel Funds Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Naples
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 112 reviews
Caught many snappers and grouper, great trip.it’s too bad we couldn’t keep some of the snapper and any of the grouper because the season was closed.
Michael  P.
Michael P. Evesham, NJ
Fred Gowdy Charters
Fred Gowdy Charters
Fishing charter in Bonita Springs
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 166 reviews
Wonderful day to go out on the boat. Caught many fish. Saw all of the highlights near Lover's keys. Captain was great.
Sharon  H.
Sharon H. Sussex, WI
Salty Goat Fishing Charters
Salty Goat Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Key West
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 231 reviews
This trip was awesome! Good boat. Great crew. Captain and mate worked hard and were personable. Came home with a bag of fish . Will book again.
Jennifer  D.
Jennifer D. Key West, Florida
Pontoon Boat Tours Ft Myers Beach
Pontoon Boat Tours Ft Myers Beach
Fishing charter in Fort Myers Beach
4.3 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 206 reviews
Had a great time on this charter!!!! Caught close to 50 fish in 5 hours, nothing big but always on the bite! Great time and great crew!
Kyle  K.
Kyle K. Burdock, SD
Salt Water Livin LLC
Salt Water Livin LLC
Fishing charter in Osprey
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 30 reviews
The captain went above the expectations. Made sure everyone was safe and having a good time. Just finished eating the fish we caught and it was delicious. Would definitely recommend this adventure. We certainly kept Pete busy rebating our hooks. A fun day for all of us. Thanks again for the memories.
Janet  W.
Janet W. Ottawa, ON
My Ohana Sport Fishing
My Ohana Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Key West
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 48 reviews
Had the BEST DAY EVER with Johnny Cakes and crew. Went 3 for 3 on Wahoo. Johnny worked his tail off for us and it was such a relaxing and rewarding day. Will definitely book again!!!!!!
Ryan  D.
Ryan D. Bradenton, FL
Marlin My Darlin Sportfishing
Marlin My Darlin Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 280 reviews
Enjoyable experience. We would do this again in a heartbeat. Captain Joey and Kenny are very knowledgeable, engaging and enjoyable. Almost like we already knew them. Thanks for an awesome time and a lifelong memory for Nathan catching a King Marlin!
Russell  S.
Russell S. Edmond, OK
Saltwater Spoiled Fishing–Englewood
Saltwater Spoiled Fishing–Englewood
Fishing charter in Englewood
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 134 reviews
Capt Ron took my wife and I, our 6 year old son, and our father in law out for a 4hr window of fishing. It was so enjoyable! Capt Ron knows his stuff and his cool/calm/collected demeanor kept our novice nerves at bay. He taught us to bait our own hooks with shrimp and we were off. We caught so many snapper we lost count. Our 6 year old was just as thrilled as we were! Capt Ron filleted our keepers which set us up for an amazing dinner! I’d recommend fishing with Capt Ron any day!
Colby  W.
Colby W. Orlando, FL
Captain Mike’s Back Bay Charters
Captain Mike’s Back Bay Charters
Fishing charter in Cape Coral
4.3 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 40 reviews
Beautiful day on the water. My wife and I went out at low tide with average expectations but Mike found the fish. We caught Redfish, Snook, Trout, Snapper, and Mackerel! Captain Mike knows his fishing area. We'll be back!
Jeffrey  P.
Jeffrey P. Lyndonville, NY
Boca Grande And Beyond – Bokeelia
Boca Grande And Beyond – Bokeelia
Fishing charter in Bokeelia
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 31 reviews
Captain Dylans expertise and knowledge of fishing and of the area resulted in a wonderful fishing trip and the largest fish we ever caught. He not only knows the area through fishing it, but also by diving the spots he fishes. Though we are fishing novices that just wanted to try something different, his guidance made this a favorable experience has left us wanting to do it again. Thanks Captain Dylan!
Robert  C.
Robert C. Kirkland, IL
Old Florida Guide Service
Old Florida Guide Service
Fishing charter in Fort Pierce
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 26 reviews
Great time with Captain Billy! He had us on fish all day. He tried several spots and the fish were biting all over. Definitely recommend.
Mike  W.
Mike W. Winter Garden, FL
Straw Hats Fishing Charters
Straw Hats Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Port Charlotte
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 103 reviews
Captain Cody was the best. Very informative and helpful. Excellent day on the water. Can’t wait to go out with him again
DeWayne  R.
DeWayne R. Port Charlotte, Florida
Good Times Key West – 19'
Good Times Key West – 19'
Fishing charter in Key West
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 59 reviews
Best day in Key West!!! We were celebrating a friends 50th birthday and booked a fishing charter through Justin. We had a great time!! Justin is a great captain, very accommodating and knowledgeable!! Highly recommend!! We brought our catch to a local restaurant and they cooked it up for us. Delicious!!!
Brent  L.
Brent L. Lakeville, MN
All Hooked Up Charters
All Hooked Up Charters
Fishing charter in Marco Island
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 30 reviews
Great day on the water with Nick. Total professional that knows his stuff. I would recommend him to anyone wanting a fantastic day on the water. Thank you Nick.
Mike  I.
Mike I. Port Clinton, OH
MM Charters
MM Charters
Fishing charter in Englewood
4.3 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 415 reviews
Captain Tim Hermus was knowledgeable about where to find fish that were catchable for the weather conditions, tide, etc. He was extremely helpful with providing live-baited rods immediately after a fish or snag caused bait to be lost. More fishing time equals more fish caught! In other words, Tim knows how to make rain! :) Captain Tim will see to it that you have fun.
Glenn  M.
Glenn M. Englewood, FL
Florida Backcountry Fishing
Florida Backcountry Fishing
Fishing charter in Islamorada
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 175 reviews
Our fishing trip with Captain Clyde was great. All three of us caught fish, and among us we caught five species of fish at the three different locations. The highlight was hooking several snook and landing two of them.
Robert  R.
Robert R. Miami, Florida
A2 Fishing Charters
A2 Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Key Largo
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 127 reviews
Great day with Captain Armando. He was fantastic he got us on fish right away. We caught a 22 pound drum fish and we kept a couple for dinner. Great fish to eat! Thanks Captain. My two boys had a great time and they can’t wait to go again.
Erik  B.
Erik B. Oakland Park, FL
Dragonfly Charters
Dragonfly Charters
Fishing charter in Cape Coral
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 10 reviews
Great day on the water with Captain Mike. He is very knowledgeable with the area and knew where to put us on fish. Definitely would charter with him again. Thanks Mile for a great day!
Steven  V.  M.
Steven V. M. Troy, MI
Thrill Of It All
Thrill Of It All
Fishing charter in Fort Myers
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 28 reviews
Started off slow due to dolphin presence but then quickly picked up as we moved to a different location. Caught some flounder, grouper, speckled trout. Good time was had by all.
Kevin  P.
Kevin P. Jamestown, IN
Florida Sportfishing Charters
Florida Sportfishing Charters
Fishing charter in Pompano Beach
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 19 reviews
Planned a last second trip with these guys and it was a great time! Definitely recommend them!
Joshua  E.
Joshua E. Imperial, MO

FAQs about Fishing Charters in South Florida

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in South Florida costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $549, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $939. These prices are based on trips booked on our site recently.

Prices will vary depending on trip length, fishing technique, as well as the type and size of the boat you booked. However, to give you an indication, the average boat size in South Florida is 28 ft and the most common vessel type is a Center console.

According to customer reviews, 2 Thumbs Up Fishing Charters, High Class Hooker Charters - Venice, and Operationtek are some of the most popular fishing charters in South Florida. Full list of top fishing charters in South Florida.

2 Thumbs Up Fishing Charters, High Class Hooker Charters - Venice, and Operationtek all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in South Florida.

The best way to experience fishing in South Florida is to book a private charter with a licensed fishing guide. See the full list of charters available for online booking here: List of fishing charters in South Florida.

The most popular fish species you can target are Snapper (Mangrove), Snook, and Tarpon. Top fishing techniques include light tackle, spinning, and bottom fishing. Nearshore fishing, inshore fishing, and reef fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

If all you want for Christmas is great fishing, you’ll be happy wherever you go in South Florida. The weather’s warm, the rains have stopped, and sportfish teem the shallows looking for a fight.  Check availability for local fishing charters in South Florida.