Florida Blackfin Tuna Fishing Charters

Florida Blackfin Tuna Fishing Charters

Top Florida Blackfin Tuna Fishing Destinations

Best Blackfin Tuna Fishing Charters in Florida

Florida: 475 fishing charters available
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(31 reviews)
Miami Beach
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trips from $850
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(127 reviews)
Pompano Beach
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trips from $650
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(299 reviews)
Pompano Beach
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Excellent
4.9 / 5
(60 reviews)
Summerland Key
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trips from $650

Blackfin Tuna Fishing in Florida

Blackfin Tuna
  • Size 2 to 20lbs
  • Food Value Excellent
  • Game Qualities Good
  • Habitats Offshore

(Thunnus atlanticus)

If you’re looking for big game action with plenty to show for it, the Tuna fishing Florida offers could be just the ticket. Blackfin Tuna may not have the superstar status of their Blue and Yellow cousins, but they still put up some serious fight! Most Blackfin caught in Florida weigh in at around 10-20 pounds, but monsters pushing 50 pounds have been caught in the past. And it’s not just Blackfin out there. Yellowfin Tuna are found in both the Gulf and the Atlantic. Albacore Tuna are a much rarer sight, but they do still show up on occasion. Even the Bluefin make the headlines every so often.

Tuna Fishing Spots

Tuna can be caught along the length the Atlantic Coast and throughout the Keys. In the Gulf, you have to travel much further, but the fishing is still outstanding when you get there. Here are some of the top spots to visit in your search for screaming reels and sashimi.
 

Florida Keys

The Keys straddle the Gulf and the Atlantic, and sit right in the path of any fish migrating in or out. What that means for you is a ton of tasty Tuna. Key West, Marathon, and Islamorada are big Tuna hotspots. As well as Blackfin, you can sometimes find Yellowfin and that one-in-a-million Bluefin as they make their way into the Gulf to spawn.
 

Florida Atlantic Coast

The Gold Coast has some of the best Tuna fishing charters Florida can offer. The instant drop-off and easy access to the Gulf Stream keep deep sea anglers busy from West Palm Beach to Miami. Further north, you have to travel to reach the Tuna grounds, but the fishing in Daytona Beach and St. Augustine is still outstanding. Port Canaveral even has a Yellowfin Tuna tournament, the Otherside Invitational.
 

Florida Gulf Coast

You may have to travel a hundred miles to find Tuna in the Gulf. Make the trip, and you’ll be rewarded with an incredible Tuna bite and much less competition than you would find elsewhere. Destin is probably the most famous spot to launch from, up on the Florida Panhandle. St Petersburg offers the most action in Central Florida, although charters leave from as far south as Cape Coral. 

Tuna Fishing Seasons

The great thing about the Tuna fishing Florida has access to is that you can follow the fish all around the state. Blackfin spend their summers in the Gulf, peaking May through September. They make their way along Southeast Florida on their way in and out. March through May is the main peak in the Atlantic, with a shorter season in September and October. You can also find big Blackfin wintering in the Keys. All told, Florida has a full 12 months of world-class Blackfin action. Yellowfin have a shorter season, peaking in the summer and fall in both the Gulf and the Atlantic.

Tuna Fishing Techniques

Tuna are usually caught by trolling in Florida. Along the Atlantic Coast, you may be using live Bonito or Skipjack to tempt big fish onto the hook. In the Gulf, you’ll be covering a lot more ground. Brined Ballyhoo or spreads of lures are more common, as these let you troll faster to maximize your chances. Down in the Keys, many captains also chum the water around the Humps with hundreds of live Pilchards, drawing Tuna from far and wide. 
 
Of course, there are a dozen ways to catch Tuna in Florida. From fly fishing to kite fishing to throwing lures on light spinning gear, you can find a charter captain specializing in just about everything. The Sunshine State is the world’s top sportfishing playground. No matter how you fish, you’ll be in for an unforgettable bluewater adventure.

Florida Blackfin Tuna Fishing Seasons

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Seasonality

Blackfin Tuna fishing in Florida doesn't vary throughout the year. High season is January to December. There is no closed season.
Florida
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4.6 / 5
Based on 27,950 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Blackfin Tuna Fishing in Florida

Great experience for shallow water light tackle fishing. Quality and quantity of fish. Was a little cold and windy for this time of year but not unbearable. Definitely recommend this trip for your first visit to Key West.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Great experience for shallow water light tackle fishing. Quality and quantity of fish. Was a little cold and windy for this time of year but not unbearable. Definitely recommend this trip for your first visit to Key West.
Harrill  W.
Harrill W.
Listen to Captain Mark, because he knows where the fish are, and how to catch them. Bring a light jacket to keep you comfortable when underway. Take fish pictures before you clean them.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Listen to Captain Mark, because he knows where the fish are, and how to catch them. Bring a light jacket to keep you comfortable when underway. Take fish pictures before you clean them.
Laura  D.
Laura D.
Fish hard and be patient. Fish slow down with the cooler water temps and you may not always get what you’re after but there’s still plenty of action to be found in the winter.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fish hard and be patient. Fish slow down with the cooler water temps and you may not always get what you’re after but there’s still plenty of action to be found in the winter.
Eric  A.
Eric A.
Start taking motion sickness medicine a couple of days prior to a fishing trip. Low rollers can be as bad as choppy water.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Start taking motion sickness medicine a couple of days prior to a fishing trip. Low rollers can be as bad as choppy water.
Jim  M.
Jim M.
Great weather for us, but be cautious of weather conditions like cold fronts.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Great weather for us, but be cautious of weather conditions like cold fronts.
Tim  S.
Tim S.
Contact the Captain prior to booking to help customize your trip and help them best meet your expectations. Also know that fishing depends on the behavior of the fish, when they’re not biting, they’re not biting.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Contact the Captain prior to booking to help customize your trip and help them best meet your expectations. Also know that fishing depends on the behavior of the fish, when they’re not biting, they’re not biting.
Paul  F.
Paul F.
It was a little choppy but I don’t imagine that had to deal with it being December. Sergio said the wind change didn’t help that so it’s tough to say. But it wasn’t too hot and it was so pretty.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It was a little choppy but I don’t imagine that had to deal with it being December. Sergio said the wind change didn’t help that so it’s tough to say. But it wasn’t too hot and it was so pretty.
Dillon  P.
Dillon P.
Our trip was not specifically for fishing, more for a combination of shelling, fishing and bird/dolphin watching. We only caught a couple of fish, but we did not fish very long so were pleased with what we caught.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Our trip was not specifically for fishing, more for a combination of shelling, fishing and bird/dolphin watching. We only caught a couple of fish, but we did not fish very long so were pleased with what we caught.
Belinda  L.
Belinda L.
Certain times of the year are better than others. We went during a slower time and still caught plenty of quality fish
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Certain times of the year are better than others. We went during a slower time and still caught plenty of quality fish
Domenic  C.
Domenic C.
Check with the captain in a private message or go to their Facebook and locate their phone number and talk with them directly to find out if the conditions are looking good enough to go out (offshore specifically otherwise they may talk you into an inshore trip). Don’t get me wrong inshore fishing can get you some great fishing and if you only have a certain amount of time to be in the area go fish on!
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Check with the captain in a private message or go to their Facebook and locate their phone number and talk with them directly to find out if the conditions are looking good enough to go out (offshore specifically otherwise they may talk you into an inshore trip). Don’t get me wrong inshore fishing can get you some great fishing and if you only have a certain amount of time to be in the area go fish on!
Brian  C.
Brian C.
Bring a jacket and sunscreen. Florida weather can be unpredictable during winter. Make sure you have something if you are prone to seasickness it will make or break your trip.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring a jacket and sunscreen. Florida weather can be unpredictable during winter. Make sure you have something if you are prone to seasickness it will make or break your trip.
Connie  W.
Connie W.
It’s a great destination for fishing. There’s a lot of variety to catch and you don’t need to travel far from shore. There’s less time traveling and more time fishing.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It’s a great destination for fishing. There’s a lot of variety to catch and you don’t need to travel far from shore. There’s less time traveling and more time fishing.
Ryan  R.
Ryan R.
Take Dramamine just in case so you don’t waste a second of your trip. We caught fish as fast as we could get our hooks in the water!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Take Dramamine just in case so you don’t waste a second of your trip. We caught fish as fast as we could get our hooks in the water!
Kimberly  M.
Kimberly M.
Skill and experience matters, Captain Davy is the best choice. Great conversation, laughter, and a real knowledge of the waterways of New Symnra. He was faced with tricky weather conditions and we still caught fish. Thank you Captain!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Skill and experience matters, Captain Davy is the best choice. Great conversation, laughter, and a real knowledge of the waterways of New Symnra. He was faced with tricky weather conditions and we still caught fish. Thank you Captain!!
William  J.
William J.
Don't worry about the weather or time of the year, you will have a great time regardless of conditions.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Don't worry about the weather or time of the year, you will have a great time regardless of conditions.
Kasey  Y.
Kasey Y.
Book with captain Joe. Joe and Jessica were both nothing but pleasant and accommodating.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book with captain Joe. Joe and Jessica were both nothing but pleasant and accommodating.
Brian  J.
Brian J.
To book with your company cause your mates that run the boats are very friendly & now the area very well
Excellent
5.0 / 5
To book with your company cause your mates that run the boats are very friendly & now the area very well
Richard  L.
Richard L.
It's fishing. The captain was knowledge about some great locations to land fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It's fishing. The captain was knowledge about some great locations to land fish.
Christopher  K.
Christopher K.
If you want to make sure you get fish, book with a charter boat that take multiple people and has a variety of hours to go out. Check the ratings and read the reviews.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you want to make sure you get fish, book with a charter boat that take multiple people and has a variety of hours to go out. Check the ratings and read the reviews.
Julie  M.
Julie M.
It was a little chilly and threatening rain, I suspect there are better times to be out on the water, but this happened to be the time we were in the area on vacation. No regrets!
Excellent
4.7 / 5
It was a little chilly and threatening rain, I suspect there are better times to be out on the water, but this happened to be the time we were in the area on vacation. No regrets!
Michael  R.
Michael R.

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