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Always Somethin' Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(74 reviews)
Daytona Beach
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trips from $349

Florida Professional Charters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(22 reviews)
Tampa
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trips from $250

Sun Chasing Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(48 reviews)
Fort Walton Beach
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trips from $875

Capt. Evan Denis Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(171 reviews)
Belleair Bluffs
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trips from $500

Wet Lines Fishing

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(428 reviews)
Clearwater
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River City Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(22 reviews)
Jacksonville
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trips from $450

Glo#1 Fishing Charters Captain Juan Herndon

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(75 reviews)
St. Petersburg
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trips from $500

JPs backwater adventures

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(12 reviews)
Naples
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Cinnsational Saltwater Fishing

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(51 reviews)
Destin
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Rebel Coast Charters

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(248 reviews)
Clearwater
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trips from $300

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
4.5 / 5
Based on 24785 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

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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Check the fishing reports and be flexible. Fishing is usually good but you need a Capt that can adjust to the conditions
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Check the fishing reports and be flexible. Fishing is usually good but you need a Capt that can adjust to the conditions
Robert  M.
Robert M. St. Petersburg, Florida
Destin is considered the best fishing village on the planet. Look it up. Just make sure your targeted fish is in season while you visit.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Destin is considered the best fishing village on the planet. Look it up. Just make sure your targeted fish is in season while you visit.
Josh  D.
Josh D. Union Star, MO
Get plenty of shiners. Depending on weather book a half day trip. Morning bite was the best.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Get plenty of shiners. Depending on weather book a half day trip. Morning bite was the best.
Chuck  J.
Chuck J. Kenosha, WI
Make sure your guide is experienced and friendly. He took us out and did everything that we wanted to do. We went fishing, boating, looked for dolphins etc.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure your guide is experienced and friendly. He took us out and did everything that we wanted to do. We went fishing, boating, looked for dolphins etc.
Lori  G.
Lori G. Lorain, OH
Going out with Captain Rob would be fine for first-timers or experienced fishermen. He knows the spots where the fish are and is able to teach the skills to catch them.
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Going out with Captain Rob would be fine for first-timers or experienced fishermen. He knows the spots where the fish are and is able to teach the skills to catch them.
Rob  J.
Rob J. Raleigh, NC
We would certainly try bottom fishing if we had more time, but trolling got us on a handful of Bonito which are fun to catch.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We would certainly try bottom fishing if we had more time, but trolling got us on a handful of Bonito which are fun to catch.
Eric  B.
Eric B. Kingsport, TN
We had a great time fishing in Fort Lauderdale in May. Our Captain knew just where to go and we had the time of our lives!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We had a great time fishing in Fort Lauderdale in May. Our Captain knew just where to go and we had the time of our lives!
Lina  B.
Lina B. Webster, Massachusetts
The best bass trip I've ever had in Florida. One trip to Deland on Lake Woodruff was very good, but Fellsmere is "the Bomb". (As a senior citizen, I understand that something very good is called the bomb.) Have been to Palatka a couple of times to watch the pro's fish. In 2019, Rick Clunn won the tournament. He is now 75, so don't give up!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The best bass trip I've ever had in Florida. One trip to Deland on Lake Woodruff was very good, but Fellsmere is "the Bomb". (As a senior citizen, I understand that something very good is called the bomb.) Have been to Palatka a couple of times to watch the pro's fish. In 2019, Rick Clunn won the tournament. He is now 75, so don't give up!
Robert  J.
Robert J. Rockledge, FL
Waters are a little more rough in May as opposed to the summer months but a little more choppy waters get the fish more active. Quality over quantity during the month of May.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Waters are a little more rough in May as opposed to the summer months but a little more choppy waters get the fish more active. Quality over quantity during the month of May.
Shirlee  W.
Shirlee W. Braidwood, IL
Decide if you want to fish the Atlantic Ocean side but make sure it is a calm day or the Florida Bay/ mangrove side which is quieter with different kinds of fish like snook, mangrove snapper sea trout, redfish etc.
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Decide if you want to fish the Atlantic Ocean side but make sure it is a calm day or the Florida Bay/ mangrove side which is quieter with different kinds of fish like snook, mangrove snapper sea trout, redfish etc.
Rick.  ?.  S.
Rick. ?. S. Dublin, OH
AJ is great wil be fishing with him years to come. Great guy and better fisherman.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
AJ is great wil be fishing with him years to come. Great guy and better fisherman.
West  D.
West D. Manassas Park, VA
Just have a good time. The Captains will put you on fish. I wanted to catch Mahi Mahi and we did. The captain did a great job.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Just have a good time. The Captains will put you on fish. I wanted to catch Mahi Mahi and we did. The captain did a great job.
Brian  R.
Brian R. Fredericksburg, VA
Had a great day but we had to throw back some snapper because they were not in season
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Had a great day but we had to throw back some snapper because they were not in season
Mary  E.
Mary E. Port Saint Joe, Florida
Contact a guide that knows the Lakes and how to fish for them. This is especially true if you have children that have not had much fishing experience. Really, Captain Jai made it a wonderful trip for my wife and I as well. There is nothing like going to a new area and catching large bass steady for 4 hours.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Contact a guide that knows the Lakes and how to fish for them. This is especially true if you have children that have not had much fishing experience. Really, Captain Jai made it a wonderful trip for my wife and I as well. There is nothing like going to a new area and catching large bass steady for 4 hours.
Robert  L.
Robert L. GRANDE POINTE, FL
Check into the local bait shops and find out the current trends and locations for the best fishing because it is always changing.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Check into the local bait shops and find out the current trends and locations for the best fishing because it is always changing.
Connie  S.
Connie S. Big Pine Key, Florida
Fish are moving and feeding in the early spring. Be prepared to catch fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fish are moving and feeding in the early spring. Be prepared to catch fish.
Nate  D.
Nate D. Lakewood, NY
Plenty of reef and inshore species to target. Don’t expect a deep water pelagic experience. The shelf here doesn’t get to blue water until many miles offshore.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Plenty of reef and inshore species to target. Don’t expect a deep water pelagic experience. The shelf here doesn’t get to blue water until many miles offshore.
Kevin  L.
Kevin L. Cleveland, OH
Go with an experienced Captain who has the right equipment and boat and who has fished the waters in Stuart.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Go with an experienced Captain who has the right equipment and boat and who has fished the waters in Stuart.
Frank  L.
Frank L. PRNC FREDERCK, MD
A little more discussion on where/how far out we are going and what fish we are targeting.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
A little more discussion on where/how far out we are going and what fish we are targeting.
Joseph  A.
Joseph A. Troy, MI
Listen to the capt'n if he tells you to wait an extra hour because the temp is too cold.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Listen to the capt'n if he tells you to wait an extra hour because the temp is too cold.
Curtis  K.
Curtis K. Pikesville, Maryland

Daytona Beach Charters – Inshore
Daytona Beach Charters – Inshore
Fishing charter in Port Orange
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(251 reviews)
Captain Mike was great. We will definitely book another trip with him. He was very knowledgeable and made our day special.
Stephen  T.
Stephen T. Buckeye, AZ
Beach Charter Company
Beach Charter Company
Fishing charter in West Palm Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(25 reviews)
TJ is very knowledgeable and will get you on fish. We caught mahi, a big mutton, and a SAILFISH! Great captain and an overall awesome experience. You can’t go wrong with TJ!
Chris  G.
Chris G. Hilliard, OH
Reel Em In Fishing Charters
Reel Em In Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Homosassa
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(92 reviews)
Very knowledgeable captain had a great time great experience thank you very much
Mike  V.
Mike V. Lakeland, FL
Coquina Key Charters
Coquina Key Charters
Fishing charter in St. Petersburg
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(76 reviews)
Capt Pat is professional when it comes to knowing his craft! Caught Snook, Snapper, Jack and even got to see a small Blacktip Shark. Couldn’t ask for a better trip!
Mark  B.
Mark B. Lavon, TX
Reef Runner Charters
Reef Runner Charters
Fishing charter in Islamorada
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(79 reviews)
The family thoroughly enjoyed the trip and each (4) of us caught a fish! What a fantastic day on the water with first mate, Avery and Capt. Paul. It was a bit rough out there but Capt. Paul still put us in position to catch the Mahi, seven total! Avery was quick to make space for the person reeling in the fish and quickly got the hooks baited and in the water again! Highly recommend the Reef Runner for a 1/2, 3/4 or a full day fishing trip!!
Robert  K.
Robert K. Bel Air, MD
Island Time Adventures
Island Time Adventures
Fishing charter in Fort Myers Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(139 reviews)
Captain was friendly and knowledgeable about the area and really helpful and polite. Enjoyed it and would recommend it.
Mike  P.
Mike P. Pleasant Hill, IA
Blind Squirrel Charters
Blind Squirrel Charters
Fishing charter in Stock Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(55 reviews)
Good day. Seas were quite rough so it made for tougher fishing. Caught mahi mahi, barracuda, yellow snapper, and some other non keepers. Boat is great as it is much bigger than a normal private excursion. And we were thankful for that with the rough seas.
Justin  B.
Justin B. Hollywood, Florida
Thrill Of It All – Captiva
Thrill Of It All – Captiva
Fishing charter in Captiva
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(47 reviews)
My mother, brother, and myself all had an awesome time fishing the bay with Scott! Super knowledgeable and beyond helpful! Had fish on the line almost the whole time, and my family and I can’t wait to book our next trip with Scott.
Jesse  H.
Jesse H. Charlotte, North Carolina
Lucky Hook Charters
Lucky Hook Charters
Fishing charter in Miami
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(80 reviews)
My wife and I had a great trip. We liked the 3/4 day because we got to do multiple techniques. My wife and myself caught sharks as well as some grouper. Had a great time. I recommend this charter for anyone who wants the best of the best!
Gary  H.
Gary H. Wichita Falls, TX
Gritwater Outfitters USA
Gritwater Outfitters USA
Fishing charter in Carrabelle
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(65 reviews)
We had an awesome trip with captain Terry. We will be back again for sure!
Anna  G.
Anna G. Bedford, KY
YB Normal
YB Normal
Fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(217 reviews)
My son and I had an incredible morning fishing trip. It was a great opportunity to catch a wide variety of fish, including a 42” AJ. Captain Vinnie did a great job with trolling over the reef while his first mate, Hector, helped us have a very memorable experience, and is consistent with their past reviews.
Craig  I.
Craig I. Frisco, TX
Reel Tight Fishing Charters – Siesta Key
Reel Tight Fishing Charters – Siesta Key
Fishing charter in Sarasota
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(75 reviews)
Two of us went out with captain Andy and mate dee and was a great day. Those 2 guys are easy to get along with and down to earth. Would recommend to anyone to go fishing with these guys.
Austin  J.
Austin J. Chicago, Illinois
AMI Sportfishing Charters
AMI Sportfishing Charters
Fishing charter in Bradenton Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(48 reviews)
Austin was amazing. Had us on the fish all morning! To top it off he is great guy with a ton of local and marine life knowledge that he willing shared. We will be back to utilize his services again.
Gene  B.
Gene B. Fort Myers, FL
Davy Jones Fishing Company
Davy Jones Fishing Company
Fishing charter in New Smyrna Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(104 reviews)
Had a really great time Fishing! Dave was very knowledgeable and taught my son how to use the rod . We caught many different kinds of fish but my sons favorite was the shark of course haha . The day wasnt over yet and my son was already saying he wanted to go back and do it again . We would definitely recommend this trip and do it again . Thank you for a great time !
Gabriela  N.
Gabriela N. Kissimmee, FL
Chasin’ Tail Fishing Charters
Chasin’ Tail Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Sarasota
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(309 reviews)
Had the best day out on the Bay!! Caught lots of fish (not all made it on the boat..lol) saw manatees and Dauphins played right next to us while we fished! Will definitely be back again!! Thank you Captain Mike for a great day on the water!!
Angel  S.
Angel S. Thompsontown, PA
Reel Time Outfitters
Reel Time Outfitters
Fishing charter in Crystal River
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(219 reviews)
Great trip everyone had fun Captain Leon did everything right and made our trip fun We definitely want to do it again
Thomas  R.
Thomas R. Inverness, FL
Sanibel Saltwater Adventures
Sanibel Saltwater Adventures
Fishing charter in Fort Myers
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(50 reviews)
Knowledgeable Captain, we caught a smorgasbord of fish, beautiful boat, equipment prepared, very professional 😁until next year, we will be back to fish with him again
Vicki  B.
Vicki B. Epping, NH
Lock it Down Sportfishing
Lock it Down Sportfishing
Fishing charter in St. Petersburg
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(68 reviews)
Spent a wonderful morning fishing. He got us in the fish and we had a great time. The Captain was very nice and helpful.
Steven  M.
Steven M. Saint Joseph, MO
All Hooked Up Charters
All Hooked Up Charters
Fishing charter in Marco Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(53 reviews)
Had an excellent fishing trip today with Capt. Nick. We were catching fish all day long. Highly recommend!! Fun time for sure! Paul
Paul  H.
Paul H. Marco Island, Florida
Captain Ed's Family Fishing & Nature Charter
Captain Ed's Family Fishing & Nature Charter
Fishing charter in Cocoa Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(115 reviews)
Wow. Once we got to his “spot” the fish never stopped biting! I hauled in 50+ fish in a 4-hour charter. Top notch! I highly recommend Capt. Ed!!!
Rick  P.
Rick P. Alafaya, FL

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Florida

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in Florida costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $578, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $1,049. 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 Florida is 27 ft and the most common vessel type is a Center console.

According to customer reviews, Always Somethin' Charters, Florida Professional Charters, and Sun Chasing Charters are some of the most popular fishing charters in Florida. Full list of top fishing charters in Florida.

Always Somethin' Charters, Florida Professional Charters, and Sun Chasing Charters 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 most popular fish species you can target are Redfish, Snapper (Mangrove), and King Mackerel (Kingfish). Top fishing techniques include light tackle, spinning, and bottom fishing. Nearshore fishing, inshore fishing, and reef fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

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.