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Top Offshore Fishing Charters in Fort Lauderdale

Offshore Fishing in Fort Lauderdale

A famous spring break destination, a yachting epicenter of South Florida, and home to the International Boat Show, there's not much Fort Lauderdale can't offer to sea lovers. And for passionate anglers, the offshore fishing Fort Lauderdale has access to is definitely at the top of the list. 
Known as the “Sailfish Capital of the World” among many fishermen, Fort Lauderdale will give you an opportunity to hunt down some of the biggest game species in the area. Sailfish, Swordfish, Marlin, Mahi Mahi, Tuna, and Wahoo are all on the menu, and Fort Lauderdale fishing guides will do everything to put you on them!

What type of trip is right for me?

The best part about the fishing trips Fort Lauderdale has to offer is that you don't have to travel far out to catch deep sea species. This is all possible on half day and 3/4 day trips, though it's recommended to book full day and extended trips for the best results possible. 

Half Day and 3/4 Day Trips

These 4–6 hour trips will usually see you fishing within 3 miles off shore in waters 800 feet deep. Go after nearshore and reef Amberjack, Kingfish, Grouper, Snapper, and Shark or focus on big game such as Tuna, Wahoo, and Mahi Mahi. These trips are perfect for beginners, families, and those who don't want to spend the whole day on the water. 

Full Day Trips

Eight hours on the water will give you enough time to try different techniques and target a plethora of species. Your captain will take you 2–20 miles offshore and show you the hottest spots. You could be deep dropping live baits for gigantic Snapper, Grouper, and Amberjack, trolling for fast Kingfish, Tuna, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, and even Sailfish and Marlin. Kite fishing for Tuna, Mahi, and Sailfish is another great way to spend the day. 

Day/Night Swordfish Trips 

These trips take 8–12 hours and are perfect for serious anglers looking to land that trophy Swordfish swimming in deeper Gulf Stream waters. This is as good as deep sea fishing in Fort Lauderdale gets. You'll be fishing in waters 1,600–1,800 feet deep, 15–20 miles offshore. Expect to do some trolling for Tuna, Marlin, Mahi, and Wahoo on your way to the best Swordfish hotspots. Day trips will usually see you targeting larger (over 100 pounds) specimens, while at night, you'll be drifting multiple lines for medium-to-large Swordfish. 

Multi-day Bahamas Trips

Even though you can reach Bimini on 12-hour trips, it's better to book a multi-day trip for the best possible Bahamas fishing experience. It will take you approximately 5 hours to reach Bimini, and you can also explore the waters of Berry Islands, Nassau, and North Eleuthera on these trips. You could be reeling in the likes of Sailfish, Marlin, Swordfish, Amberjack, and so much more. 

How to Prepare

Fishing licenses are not needed when fishing with a licensed charter. Most of the charters include all the needed fishing gear, bait, and fish filleting – you should just bring food/drinks and sun protection. If you're booking a trip to the Bahamas, please note that there can be some additional costs. In case you'd like to go ashore, expect to pay an additional fee required by Bahamian Customs. 
Whether you're intent on setting a new Sailfish record, bagging some tasty Mahi and Tuna, or just exploring the bountiful waters of the Bahamas aboard a local charter – there’s no better opportunity than offshore fishing in Fort Lauderdale. All aboard! 

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What People Are Saying About Offshore Fishing in Fort Lauderdale

"Morning Trip w Capt Mike and Tyler"

Morgan Stephenson fished with Lauderdale Sportfishing Reel Legend on November 21, 2019

Had a great day trolling for mahi and great conversation with both Capt Mike and Tyler. Very knowledgeable and willing to share info! Friendly and transparent! Definitely will be booking a trip with them again in the future!

"Half day at 8:30"

Chris Sherlock fished with Captain Andy - Party Boat Fishing on November 18, 2019

Really good experience, cheap as well. Caught 6 fish in total which was good. Everyone was nice onboard and no body had any problems. Staff are keen to help and provide you with all you need. Usually don't do reviews but enjoyed my day a lot. Thanks guys :D

"Half day trip with JP"

Michelle Medlock fished with Bass Whisper Guide – Fort Lauderdale on November 17, 2019

We had an amazing time on our fishing trip. We were put on fish the entire day and caught so many different kinds, including Peacock Bass which is what we were after. We will be back and we will fish with JP again!!!!

"Half day with Captain Rod & Mickey"

Tiffany Larson fished with New Lattitude Sportfishing Charters on November 18, 2019

Great half day fishing experience for my daughter and I. From the start Captain Rod and Mickey were very upbeat, professional and put us on the fish. Clean boat. I would highly recommend this company and should I ever come back to Ft Lauderdale I will fish with them again.

"Half day trip with Vinny "

Jimmy Fulgham fished with YB Normal on November 10, 2019

This dude goes over and above to ensure that he has done his best to help you catch fish. We weathered the elements which was an experience in itself but we also caught fish.

"November fishing trip"

Kelly Jones fished with Fox Sea Sport Fishing on November 9, 2019

The FOX SEA and Crew are great. It was a amazing afternoon and the weather was outstanding. I highly recommend The FOX SEA and her crew and will return for another charter.

Top Targeted Offshore Fishing Species in Fort Lauderdale

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

King Mackerel (Kingfish)



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