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Florida fishing charters have built up a serious reputation among anglers from around the world. Known as the  “Sportfishing Capital of the World,” Florida is nothing less than an angler’s paradise. Choose between the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, the depths of the Atlantic Ocean, or the state’s endless freshwater fisheries. Wherever you go, you’ll find gamefish galore and enough tasty table fish to feed an army. Florida, quite simply, has it all.
 
Regardless of what you’re after and how you plan to do it, Florida will deliver. From Catfish to Swordfish, all types of marine critters can be targeted in various parts of the state. Redfish tends to top the target lists in the Gulf, Sailfish is the king of the state’s Atlantic coast, while Red Snapper reigns supreme nearshore. As you can see, trophies await all around!

There’s so much going on in Florida, it’s impossible to cover it all. You can, however, get a great taste of what fishing here is all about in a variety of ways. From short inshore excursions with the kids, to multi-day adventures offshore, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution here. It’s all going to come down to what you’re looking to accomplish and which target you want to pursue!

Florida’s angling hubs are located in multiple cities across the state. Once again, it’d be hard to say which one to visit first since it’s all going to depend on the experience you’re looking for. Some of the more popular destinations are certainly Destin, Tampa, Miami, Florida Keys, and Lake Okeechobee. They all have unique offerings and finding out more about them could help you narrow down your search.
 

Rules & Regulations

You don’t need to buy a license on a Florida saltwater fishing charter, although you will need to pick one up for freshwater fishing. Many species have strict closed seasons which can change year on year so get informed on these before wetting a line.

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January
The West Palm Beach Silver Sailfish Derby kicks off the year with incredible Billfishing. Lower temperatures and rainfall make for great sight fishing in the Keys, but may make fish sluggish further north.
February

Islamorada offers awesome Sailfish action, while Redfish and Trout inhale live baits across the state. The Fort Lauderdale Billfish Tournament kicks off, as it has done for over half a century.

March

Cobia start to make their way up the Atlantic Coast, hitting Fort Lauderdale by the middle of the month. The Marlin bite is incredible down across much of Southern Florida.

April

Fish are on the move across Florida. Cobia make their way up the Atlantic Coast as Tarpon hit Cape Coral in the west. This is one of the best times and places to battle the Silver King.

May

Tournament season kicks off with the Pompano Beach Fishing Rodeo, Miami Billfish Tournament, Florida Keys Dolphin Tournament, and more. Tarpon are on fire in Boca Grande.

June

It’s Red Snapper Season, and Destin is full of anglers looking for a piece of the action. Tarpon are still putting tackle to the test along the Gulf Coast, while Cobia hit Jacksonville in the Northwest.

July

The Del Brown Permit Tournament is the most important fly fishing event in the state, and anglers flood Key West to enjoy it. Speaking of fly fishing, Tarpon are still around in Tampa Bay!

August

The heat and humidity can be exhausting this time of year. Beat the heat by fishing at night for Tarpon or Flounder. Otherwise, head offshore in search of huge Amberjack — it’s open season.

September

Snook are open for harvest from September onwards. The guys are as great to eat as they are to catch, and make inshore angling incredible. Kingfish show up in Jacksonville, making their way south.

October

The Destin Fishing Rodeo is the biggest tournament in the country, drawing tens of thousands of anglers each year. Blackfin Tuna are biting hard in the Keys and along the Gold Coast.

November

Lake Parish opens its gates for the exclusive Fish United Way Tournament. This is some of the best Crappie fishing around, if you can get in. Lower temperatures make for fun inshore action everywhere.

December

Sailfish are back across Southeast Florida, and the Stuart Sailfish Club Light Tackle Tournament has been making the most of it since the ‘50s. Reef fishing can be amazing this time of year.

Florida Fishing Calendar

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Nancy F. fished with Cutting Edge Charters – Wahoo on May 15, 2021
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Book the Wahoo. Captain Steve is the boat owner so he really care about his customers being happy. His crew has been with him for years and they do a great job of making the fishing fun and productive. We have been on many fishing boats, this is our favorite.
May fishing trip
Luis C. fished with Miami Inshore Fishing Charters on May 15, 2021
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Fishing Key Biscayne is beautiful and full of wildlife and good fishing
May fishing trip
JayR H. fished with Capt. Evan Denis Charters on May 14, 2021
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Where we wanted to fish for tarpon was extremely windy where he took us was still a little windy but not as bad as where we had originally went and it was a wonderful atmosphere compliments to the captain
May fishing trip
Kent B. fished with Go Castaway Fishing Charters on May 14, 2021
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Price was decent,great Captain and a beautiful lake We didn't catch any big ones but that's why they call it fishing I'll do it again definitely
Fishing with Hunter
Mike H. fished with Florida Boy Adventures on May 14, 2021
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It was an extremely tough day of fishing. Captain and boat were excellent. I hope to return next year and take the same trip.
4 hour trip with capt tony and Jordan
Charles E. fished with Fish Inc. on May 13, 2021
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Bring your sunscreen, muscles. These fish fight hard.
2pm Half day 4 hour inshore trip with Captain Pete !
Thomas H. fished with Bounty Of The Bay Charters on May 11, 2021
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Book your next fishing charter with Bounty of the Bay - Captain Pete !!
Fishing with Russell
David M. fished with NW Florida Dolphin & Fishing Tours on May 7, 2021
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Use a steel leader.... I fought a shark over an hour and line finally broke

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Florida

According to customer reviews, Captain Andy's Salty Adventures, 2 Thumbs Up Fishing Charters, and Big Daddy Sportfishing are some of the most popular fishing charters in Florida. Full list of top fishing charters in Florida.

Captain Andy's Salty Adventures, 2 Thumbs Up Fishing Charters, and Big Daddy Sportfishing all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Florida.

The best way to experience fishing in 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 Florida.

The top 8 fish species targeted on guided fishing trips in Florida are:

Tournament season kicks off with the Pompano Beach Fishing Rodeo, Miami Billfish Tournament, Florida Keys Dolphin Tournament, and more. Tarpon are on fire in Boca Grande. Check availability for local fishing charters in Florida.