Florida Fishing Charters

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Florida: 2834 fishing charters available
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5.0 / 5
(71 reviews)
Marco Island
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trips from US $450
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(75 reviews)
St. Petersburg
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trips from US $450
Excellent
4.6 / 5
(25 reviews)
Sarasota
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trips from US $299
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(159 reviews)
Goodland
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trips from US $400
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(305 reviews)
Daytona Beach
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trips from US $289
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(92 reviews)
Fort Lauderdale
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trips from US $450
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(49 reviews)
Cortez
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trips from US $475
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(43 reviews)
Holmes Beach
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trips from US $299
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5.0 / 5
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Madeira Beach
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trips from US $500
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5.0 / 5
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Miami
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trips from US $500

Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in Florida

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

The average price for a private 4 hour Florida fishing trip is US $622, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you US $1,173 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Fishing charters in Florida that received great reviews from families are:

The top 3 fish species targeted on guided fishing trips in Florida are:

The top 3 fishing techniques in Florida are:

The top 3 types of fishing in Florida are:

Many fishing charters in Florida 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 Florida are:

Who are the top awarded captains in Florida?

Some of the fishing trips offered by fishing charters in Florida are:
  • 2-hour fishing trips – US $335
  • 3-hour fishing trips – US $406
  • 4-hour fishing trips – US $549
  • 5-hour fishing trips – US $613
  • 6-hour fishing trips – US $787
  • 7-hour fishing trips – US $650
  • 8-hour fishing trips – US $1,037

Fishing in Florida

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.

Florida
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Based on 28556 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

Florida Fishing Seasons

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.

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What anglers said about fishing in Florida

We have used 5 different charters in Destin. Captain Si was by far the best. Use Nelson Charters. I won’t use anyone else from now on.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We have used 5 different charters in Destin. Captain Si was by far the best. Use Nelson Charters. I won’t use anyone else from now on.
Nelson Guide Company
Nelson Guide Company
Don't necessarily expect to catch your target fish, but enjoy the variety of fish that you do catch.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Don't necessarily expect to catch your target fish, but enjoy the variety of fish that you do catch.
Native Guided Fishing
Native Guided Fishing Tampa, Florida
Jason is a great Captain for an outing with inexperienced fishermen. He is helpful, patient, and very knowledgeable.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Jason is a great Captain for an outing with inexperienced fishermen. He is helpful, patient, and very knowledgeable.
4thStoryCharters
4thStoryCharters
Storm water cleared days before, but a quality trip never the less. Great captain.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Storm water cleared days before, but a quality trip never the less. Great captain.
Bluewater-Charter & Boat Excursions
Bluewater-Charter & Boat Excursions
Water is fairly shallow so it does not get rough. Few weeds and obstructions. Easy fishing.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Water is fairly shallow so it does not get rough. Few weeds and obstructions. Easy fishing.
Fish With a Pro - Lake Okeechobee
Fish With a Pro - Lake Okeechobee
Die beste Saison soll scheinbar im circa Dezember/Januar oder im Juli/August sein. April ist trotzdem eine gute Zeit, für Anfänger sogar ideal. Es muss ja nicht gleich ein Hai oder Tuna sein ?
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Die beste Saison soll scheinbar im circa Dezember/Januar oder im Juli/August sein. April ist trotzdem eine gute Zeit, für Anfänger sogar ideal. Es muss ja nicht gleich ein Hai oder Tuna sein ?
Chef Charles The Fishing Chef
Chef Charles The Fishing Chef
It was a calm day, 78 degrees when we left, water temp was 75. Bright sun with no clouds. Saw a shark. Dolphins kept stealing our catch once on hook. ☹️ But we had a great dinner of of a large snook. ?
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It was a calm day, 78 degrees when we left, water temp was 75. Bright sun with no clouds. Saw a shark. Dolphins kept stealing our catch once on hook. ☹️ But we had a great dinner of of a large snook. ?
Dragonfly Charters
Dragonfly Charters
Charming little town where the small-scale fishing industry is on full-display
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Charming little town where the small-scale fishing industry is on full-display
Tides Turn Fishing Charters
Tides Turn Fishing Charters
Book with Cora Beth!! They are an easy going, fun and helpful crew that will ensure you have a blast (and catch fish!)!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book with Cora Beth!! They are an easy going, fun and helpful crew that will ensure you have a blast (and catch fish!)!!
Cora Beth Fishing
Cora Beth Fishing
Not a lot in season but if you don’t care about keeping your fish then it’s loads of fun
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Not a lot in season but if you don’t care about keeping your fish then it’s loads of fun
Too Hot 2 Handle Charters
Too Hot 2 Handle Charters
Would highly recommend Glenn . He was very knowledgeable and amazing with the kids !!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Would highly recommend Glenn . He was very knowledgeable and amazing with the kids !!
Inshore Odyssey Inshore Fishing
Inshore Odyssey Inshore Fishing
Invest in a good fishing shirt it made all the difference. Bring snacks and drinks. Toggle your phone to yourself things can get pretty exciting out there.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Invest in a good fishing shirt it made all the difference. Bring snacks and drinks. Toggle your phone to yourself things can get pretty exciting out there.
Drop Off Sportfishing
Drop Off Sportfishing
Book with Singing Reels! The crew provided exceptional instruction and service, and were so personable and fun. Captain Tony emailed me the same day we booked, kept in touch and called to make sure all our questions were answered so we knew what to expect!The recommendations of where to take our catch to have it prepared, and to have some shipped home were great, and we enjoyed our catch at an Oceanside restaurant. We will book again with Tony and his crew! Best Florida fishing experience ever!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book with Singing Reels! The crew provided exceptional instruction and service, and were so personable and fun. Captain Tony emailed me the same day we booked, kept in touch and called to make sure all our questions were answered so we knew what to expect!The recommendations of where to take our catch to have it prepared, and to have some shipped home were great, and we enjoyed our catch at an Oceanside restaurant. We will book again with Tony and his crew! Best Florida fishing experience ever!
Singing Reel Charters
Singing Reel Charters
Take the full day of fishing. It is tiring, but gives you a much better chance of catching some nice fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Take the full day of fishing. It is tiring, but gives you a much better chance of catching some nice fish.
YB Normal
YB Normal
Keep lines tight on bottom to feel bite stand near middle of boat for less up down movement. The bite is gentle. Real up when you feel it.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Keep lines tight on bottom to feel bite stand near middle of boat for less up down movement. The bite is gentle. Real up when you feel it.
Native Fishing Charters
Native Fishing Charters
Captain Ed, personable, service minded, found the fish, provided a great experience, great fun. I'd recommend Fishstick
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Captain Ed, personable, service minded, found the fish, provided a great experience, great fun. I'd recommend Fishstick
Fishstick Fishing Charters
Fishstick Fishing Charters
Waters can be a bit choppy in April. For an amazing experience, if there is a slight possibility you may get sea sick, be sure to take something ahead of time.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Waters can be a bit choppy in April. For an amazing experience, if there is a slight possibility you may get sea sick, be sure to take something ahead of time.
Mahi Mania Fishing Charters
Mahi Mania Fishing Charters Tampa, Florida
It was great. There were storms a few days before and it was a bit windy at the end but our captain was a pro in navigating the chop!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It was great. There were storms a few days before and it was a bit windy at the end but our captain was a pro in navigating the chop!
Old Town Charters  *Veteran Owned*
Old Town Charters *Veteran Owned*
I would definitely recommend fishing in Palmetto. 2 hour trip was good but 4 would have been great.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I would definitely recommend fishing in Palmetto. 2 hour trip was good but 4 would have been great.
Coastal Bound Charters
Coastal Bound Charters
Nothing, because Timothy does his job fantastic. Even for beginners no problem.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Nothing, because Timothy does his job fantastic. Even for beginners no problem.
First Light Exotic Species Charters
First Light Exotic Species Charters

How did anglers rate fishing charters in Florida?

Sampei Adventures
Sampei Adventures
Fishing charter in Miami
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(54 reviews)
Had a great trip with Pepe. Caught 3 fish and a shark. Seas were rough but the captain worked hard to make it all work. Would highly recommend
Shane  L.
Shane L.
4thStoryCharters
4thStoryCharters
Fishing charter in Naples
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(32 reviews)
We had a four-person fishing outing with Jason as our Captain. He was excellent in every way. We caught fish, had a magnificent time on the water and he made us feel like VIP's the entire time. Jason is a class act, and a great Captain, I highly recommend him for your next outing.
Ralph  F.
Ralph F.
Velocity Sportfishing Charters
Velocity Sportfishing Charters
Fishing charter in Stock Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(5 reviews)
Awesome trip. Captain Andy and crew were great! Would highly recommend him for a fishing trip anytime!
Randy  H.
Randy H.
Our Nautical Dream LLC
Our Nautical Dream LLC
Fishing charter in Pensacola
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(1 review)
Tim was outstanding. So focused on everyone having a good time especially kids. Caught some great fish and then he took us to a special spot to watch the Blue Angels practice. 10/10
Mark  M.
Mark M.
On The Bite Fishing Charters
On The Bite Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Navarre
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(7 reviews)
Captain Sean was great, the boat was awesome, and the fishing was action packed. Will definitely book again. Thanks again Sean and hope to see you again next year.
Jeromy  L.
Jeromy L.
Bluewater-Charter & Boat Excursions
Bluewater-Charter & Boat Excursions
Fishing charter in Panama City Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(17 reviews)
He went through every effort to get fish, and we slayed them. Great family trip, couldn’t recommend him any more if I tried. Highly recommend.
Erik  P.
Erik P.
5th Generation Fishing
5th Generation Fishing
Fishing charter in Marathon
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(2 reviews)
10/10 recommend! Was worried when booking because there was only 1 review prior, but this was definitely a 5 star trip! Cole and Drake were awesome! Both VERY knowledgeable. We caught a LOT of dolphin. I think we came short of the limit but only because we wanted to go chase some tuna. We could’ve easily hit it. Everyone was very pleased with this trip, even with the waves being 3-5ft. Capt Cole handled it very well. Will definitely be coming back in the future!
Jacob  H.
Jacob H.
Grand Slam Charters
Grand Slam Charters
Fishing charter in Fort Myers Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(56 reviews)
Great experience! He put us on fish immediately the first cast for all three got a limit of speckled trout almost immediately and had a blast we caught an array of exotic fish and the trout taste great
Mike  W.
Mike W.
Knot Josh'N Charters
Knot Josh'N Charters
Fishing charter in Panama City Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(8 reviews)
We had a wonderful time, Capt. Josh knew right where to take us. I highly recommend Knot Josh'N Charter.
Samantha  K.
Samantha K.
Double Down Sportfishing
Double Down Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Key West
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(15 reviews)
Had a great time with Captain Brice and Jameson. Jameson made the day one to remember, super informative and explained all the techniques they were practicing! Very friendly and very fun, we caught a ton of fish and were super happy with the experience. Highly recommend this boat, you will not be disappointed!
Kyle  D.
Kyle D.
FLP Fishing Charters
FLP Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Clearwater
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(48 reviews)
Captain Mike worked hard to get us a couple fish on short notice,after Island time family charters cancelled the night before! Captain Mike with FLP charters got us out early and stayed late!
Logan  B.
Logan B.
Dandy Charter Fishing
Dandy Charter Fishing
Fishing charter in Sarasota
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(100 reviews)
Matt was awesome and I would highly recommend. Knows what he is doing and was putting us on fish all day.
Scott  C.
Scott C.
Todd's Rods Fishing Charters
Todd's Rods Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in St. Augustine
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(28 reviews)
Great day. Fantastic with my 12 year old. Caught fish and spent a wonderful day.
Guy  S.
Guy S.
Captain Jay Charters 1 (30ft Mako)
Captain Jay Charters 1 (30ft Mako)
Fishing charter in Marathon
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(280 reviews)
Cpt Dez and deckhand Jake worked hard to get us on the fish in rough water. We ended up with a nice mess of good eating fish. Thanks, guys!
Bob  T.
Bob T.
Stick Marsh Fishing Charters
Stick Marsh Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Melbourne
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(18 reviews)
We caught a lot of bass. Had a great time. The captain was very knowledgeable. If I’m back this way I’ll definitely ask for Bill Gaudy Jr. Highly Recommend!
Wendy  S.
Wendy S.
JT Fishing Charters
JT Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Clearwater
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(155 reviews)
Great trip with captain Jace. Very easy to get along with and put in full effort to find the fish. Definitely recommend to anyone visiting the Clearwater area.
Ryan  B.
Ryan B.
Lake Toho Guides – Orlando & Kissimmee
Lake Toho Guides – Orlando & Kissimmee
Fishing charter in Kissimmee
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(257 reviews)
Captain was on time to the boat and ready to go. Captain called the day before to inform me of the confirmed time and place. Captain was great and very informative. I would recommend this for sure. My son and I really enjoy the fishing trip.
Mark  F.
Mark F.
Reel Rich Fishing
Reel Rich Fishing
Fishing charter in Punta Gorda
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(114 reviews)
Rich was ready when we arrived, good gear and bait, we were catching fish on the first cast and all morning. Fileted our catch at the dock and 5 men couldn't eat it all last night! Highly recommend Richs Reels to anyone who wants a great time in Charlotte Harbor!
Todd  W.
Todd W.
Old Hat Fishing Charters
Old Hat Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Miami Beach
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(126 reviews)
Out of Bill Bird Marina, the Old Hat put us on fish 20-30 minutes past the inlet Easy going Captain Chad and High Energy First Mate make a great team - knowledgeable, funny, and genuinely interested in making sure the guests enjoy the trip. I Highly recommend them
George  T.
George T.
Changes in Latitude Charters
Changes in Latitude Charters
Fishing charter in Cape Coral
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(394 reviews)
2 out of 3 of us were extremely inexperienced at fishing. Captain Brian had us catching fish all morning. He was very patient and helped guide us with the proper technique. He has a sweet and fun personality and the time just flew by! We will definitely book him the next time we are in town!
Lisa  T.
Lisa T.

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