Fort Lauderdale Reef Fishing Charters

Fort Lauderdale Reef Fishing Charters

Best Reef Fishing Charters in Fort Lauderdale

Top Reef Fishing Charters in Fort Lauderdale

Reef Fishing in Fort Lauderdale

Apart from being known for its proximity to the rich waters of the Gulf Stream, Fort Lauderdale is equally famous for its numerous coral reefs, artificial reefs, and shipwrecks. No wonder the reef fishing Fort Lauderdale offers is at the top of the list for many avid anglers visiting the area. These waters are a true heaven for numerous species, including a variety of Snapper, Grouper, Amberjack, Kingfish, Tilefish, Triggerfish, Grunt, Porgy, Bonito, and so much more. 
 

What type of trip is right for me?

 
In addition to full day and half day trips (and anything in between), if you want to focus on particular species/fishing techniques, check out the following trips:
 

Deep Dropping Trips

 
These trips will take you exploring reefs and wrecks in pursuit of Amberjack, Cobia, Grouper, Mutton Snapper, and more. You'll be deep dropping in waters 700–1,100 feet deep and the bycatch can include Tuna and Mahi Mahi. Please note that catch and release is not likely on these trips. 
 

Night Snapper Trips

 
Night trips usually last 4–5 hours and involve anchoring over reefs and wrecks, and chumming for various Snapper. Yellowtail Snapper is considered to be the hardest fighter and their prime season is summer and fall. Mutton and Mangrove Snapper are the best during their spawning seasons in May, July, and August. Lane and Vermilion Snapper are also a possibility. 
 
In addition to Snapper, you could also be reeling in Grouper, Grunts, Porgies, Jacks, and more. Night fishing is also perfect for targeting various Shark (Blacktip, Bull, Lemon, and Hammerhead) in waters 50–120 feet using heavy stand up tackle. 
 

Drift Fishing Trips

 
Drifting over reefs and wrecks aboard a "drift" party boat is one of the most popular and economical ways to go reef fishing in Fort Lauderdale. These trips are usually done 1–2 miles offshore in 70–150 feet of water. You'll be using live baits (ballyhoo, sardines, squid) to target all those Snapper, Grouper, Porgy, Triggerfish, Grunt, and more. 
 

How to Prepare

 
When exploring these bountiful reefs, you'll just need to bring your food, drinks, sunscreen, and sunglasses. Fort Lauderdale charters will take care of everything else – from fishing licenses to top-notch tackle and even fish cleaning. 
 
Book a trip with a licensed local charter and get ready for some exciting bottom fishing, drifting, and trolling for the most delicious reef species. Reef fishing doesn't get better than this!
 
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Reviews of Fishing in Reef Fishing in Fort Lauderdale

We had a great time
Keith F. fished with Captain Andy – Party Boat Fishing on May 29, 2021
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
The weather was perfect and the sea was blue.
Half day shared trip. With Captains Paulie and Mick
David P. fished with New Lattitude Sportfishing Charters on May 3, 2021
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Great area to fish. Good edible fish, pretty fish, big game fish all can be caught without going offshore many miles. More fishing and little drive time.
Half day afternoon trip
Robert T. fished with Captain Andy – Party Boat Fishing on April 20, 2021
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Book with Captain Mike. Make it your trip by having fun.
10 foot shark!
John P. fished with New Lattitude Sportfishing Charters on April 18, 2021
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
There's a chance you might even catch a 10 foot 400 pound golden dusky shark like I did!
March fishing trip
Jason D. fished with Captain Andy – Party Boat Fishing on March 25, 2021
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Don’t forget your motion sickness medicine lol
Half day Everglades fishing with JP
Kelly D. fished with Bass Whisper Guide – Fort Lauderdale on March 21, 2021
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Dress in layers if you are going on the a.m. trip and be prepared to catch a lot of fish!
Awesome Tuna Fishing
Miranda H. fished with Marlin My Darlin Sportfishing on March 18, 2021
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Book with Marlin my Darlin best charter.
March fishing trip
Johnny M. fished with Captain Andy – Party Boat Fishing on March 3, 2021
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Boat caught smaller fish but everyone had fun

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