Florida Blue Marlin Fishing Charters

Florida Blue Marlin Fishing Charters

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Best Blue Marlin Fishing Charters in Florida

Blue Marlin Fishing in Florida

Blue Marlin
  • Size 200 to 400lbs
  • Food Value Good
  • Game Qualities Excellent
  • Habitats Offshore

(Makaira nigricans)

Marlin fishing in Florida needs no introduction. These waters are nothing short of legendary. Chasing Marlin in the Gulf Stream is one of the most thrilling and challenging fishing experiences you can find. These fish are incredibly powerful fighters, and when you combine that with the sheer size of them, you get a fishing trip to remember.

Florida offers two distinct Marlin species: Blue Marlin and White Marlin. While the first one already impresses with its size, White Marlin will leave you speechless with their fierce fighting as they jump out of the water to escape your hook. They grow up to around 9 feet in length, which makes them a formidable foe for a new big game angler.

If you’re looking to go after Blue Marlin, you should be ready for a serious workout. An average specimen can reach a weight of up to 400 pounds and will hit your line like a truck. They’ll fight hard, jumping and shaking their heads, but if you can keep up with them, they may tire out sooner rather than later.

The major fishing technique to catch Marlin is trolling. Several lures are dragged behind your boat to imitate a school of baitfish. This attracts the attention of the Marlin which will then strike at one of the lures, and the fight begins. Depending on  where you’re fishing, live bait is often preferred.

Marlin can be found in both the Gulf as well as the Atlantic, which means you can fish for them from any coastal harbour in Florida. However, in some places that means you’ll have to take a longer trip out to sea. Two towns that are among the closest to the Marlin fishing grounds are Destin and Key West. Palm Beach also makes for an excellent Marlin fishing trip in Florida.

Florida Blue Marlin Fishing Seasons

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Seasonality

Blue Marlin fishing in Florida varies moderately throughout the year. High season is May to August. Low season is January to March and October to December. There is no closed season.
Florida
Excellent
4.6 / 5
Based on 27,716 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Blue Marlin Fishing in Florida

Make sure you know the dates you can keep red snapper if they are the fish you intend to target
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure you know the dates you can keep red snapper if they are the fish you intend to target
Scott  B.
Scott B. Peculiar, MO
You'll catch something may not be what you expected but still a great time.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
You'll catch something may not be what you expected but still a great time.
Rj  S.
Rj S. Loveland, CO
Go out to federal waters if you want to get bigger fish this time of year. Still fun to fish in state waters though, and you might get lucky!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go out to federal waters if you want to get bigger fish this time of year. Still fun to fish in state waters though, and you might get lucky!
Joelle  M.
Joelle M. Crawfordville, Florida
Pay a little money for a charter because the water is shallow and·lots of sandbars.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Pay a little money for a charter because the water is shallow and·lots of sandbars.
Tony  N.
Tony N. Riverview, Florida
Bring some gloves. After reeling any so many fish, your hands may start to blister. But you won’t mind it because of the adrenaline.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring some gloves. After reeling any so many fish, your hands may start to blister. But you won’t mind it because of the adrenaline.
Ryan  G.
Ryan G. The Woodlands, TX
Its a fun experience for all ages, besides thw fishing just the scenery and boat experience is awesome.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Its a fun experience for all ages, besides thw fishing just the scenery and boat experience is awesome.
Jesse  G.
Jesse G. Nashville, GA
Get some sleep before you go. You will need your strength! Them big fish will wear you out!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Get some sleep before you go. You will need your strength! Them big fish will wear you out!
Elijah  B.
Elijah B. Juliette, GA
You’re in good hands. Go with the flow! You’ll get more than you expected!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
You’re in good hands. Go with the flow! You’ll get more than you expected!!
Janessa  S.
Janessa S. Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania
Get with your Captain to see when he would suggest going out. Considering the tides and time of day.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Get with your Captain to see when he would suggest going out. Considering the tides and time of day.
Mike  H.
Mike H.
Water water water and big hats. And marathon bait and tackle is really a good shop.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Water water water and big hats. And marathon bait and tackle is really a good shop.
AMy  N.
AMy N. Zionville, NC
Sure this is a safe first trip in the keys. The four hour trip is just long enough to catch dinner and still learn bout open water fishing
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Sure this is a safe first trip in the keys. The four hour trip is just long enough to catch dinner and still learn bout open water fishing
Mary  K.  D.
Mary K. D.
Get out there! Great fishing Reef, Deep Sea and Backwater. Been a few times all good great fishing community.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Get out there! Great fishing Reef, Deep Sea and Backwater. Been a few times all good great fishing community.
Piper  H.
Piper H. Orlando, Florida
If you are coming from the North, you will be surprised by the size and quality of fish
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you are coming from the North, you will be surprised by the size and quality of fish
John  G.
John G. Easton, PA
The fish weren’t biting heavily today, but we were able to catch about 2 lbs of fish for dinner.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The fish weren’t biting heavily today, but we were able to catch about 2 lbs of fish for dinner.
Marc  B.
Marc B. United States
Bring lots of sunscreen, sun glasses, and hats. The sun is brutal and relentless. Do the morning trip if you can and go on a week day or Sunday when there is less boating traffic and less people out fishing.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring lots of sunscreen, sun glasses, and hats. The sun is brutal and relentless. Do the morning trip if you can and go on a week day or Sunday when there is less boating traffic and less people out fishing.
Charles  M.
Charles M. Eastman, Georgia
Try one of the party boats first round out. It's an inexpensive way to get a taste of the area and you have a ton of space to get out of the sun if needed.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Try one of the party boats first round out. It's an inexpensive way to get a taste of the area and you have a ton of space to get out of the sun if needed.
Mark  R.
Mark R. Canaseraga, NY
Take advice from a captain at all times and be patient . Enjoy the experience and if you take a few back it’s a bonus !
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Take advice from a captain at all times and be patient . Enjoy the experience and if you take a few back it’s a bonus !
Jeff  B.
Jeff B. Dixiana, AL
Many options. Know the difference between state and federally permitted charters. State can only go up to nine Miles out. Federally permitted charters can go out deeper so your options increase but so generally does the cost.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Many options. Know the difference between state and federally permitted charters. State can only go up to nine Miles out. Federally permitted charters can go out deeper so your options increase but so generally does the cost.
Mark  R.
Mark R. Canaseraga, NY
Sunscreen, Hat, polorized sunglasses, lite colored clothes, water or Gatorade
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Sunscreen, Hat, polorized sunglasses, lite colored clothes, water or Gatorade
Jamie  M.
Jamie M. Webster City, IA
Make sure to ask what’s in season and you what you can take home by law..
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure to ask what’s in season and you what you can take home by law..
Jonathan  G.
Jonathan G. Denham Springs, Louisiana

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