Fort Lauderdale Reef Fishing Charters

Fort Lauderdale Reef Fishing Charters

Best Reef Fishing Charters in Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale: 136 fishing charters available

Lisa D Charter Fishing

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(37 reviews)
Fort Lauderdale
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trips from $850

Marlin My Darlin Sportfishing

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(379 reviews)
Fort Lauderdale
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trips from $825

Reel Floridian Fishing – Fll

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(12 reviews)
Fort Lauderdale
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trips from $595

Point Six Florida Charter – McLovin

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(6 reviews)
Fort Lauderdale
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trips from $1,999

Fish Lauderdale

Very good
4.0 / 5
(91 reviews)
Fort Lauderdale
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trips from $600

Never Enough Sport Fishing – Fort Lauderdale

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(4 reviews)
Fort Lauderdale
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trips from $700

Fish With a Pro – Fort Lauderdale

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(53 reviews)
Fort Lauderdale
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trips from $439

Capt. Taco’s Hooked Up Sportfishing

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(111 reviews)
Fort Lauderdale
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trips from $900

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!
 
Fort Lauderdale
Excellent
4.4 / 5
Based on 25,008 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Reef Fishing in Fort Lauderdale

No need to go to the keys there’s plenty of fish Without going miles and miles offshore
Excellent
5.0 / 5
No need to go to the keys there’s plenty of fish Without going miles and miles offshore
Owen  L.
Owen L. Hialeah, Florida
Captain Matt was awesome and very much aware of what was needed to catch fish on our outing. 100% would recommend him for your fishing adventure!!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Captain Matt was awesome and very much aware of what was needed to catch fish on our outing. 100% would recommend him for your fishing adventure!!!
Brian  P.
Brian P. Martinsburg, West Virginia
I booked this trip for my husband for Father's Day. Along with a friend. They had a good time. The Captain and crew were great. Unfortunately they came home with no fish. One person caught a Grouper and my husband caught a Trigger Fish. The Captain felt bad and even stayed out a little longer but nature said No.. This also was the night fishing trip. I will definitely book again.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I booked this trip for my husband for Father's Day. Along with a friend. They had a good time. The Captain and crew were great. Unfortunately they came home with no fish. One person caught a Grouper and my husband caught a Trigger Fish. The Captain felt bad and even stayed out a little longer but nature said No.. This also was the night fishing trip. I will definitely book again.
Julie  S.
Julie S. Lake Worth, FL
Hit up Dania Pier! It only costs $3.50 for a day pass on the pier. Plenty to see and plenty to catch!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Hit up Dania Pier! It only costs $3.50 for a day pass on the pier. Plenty to see and plenty to catch!
Richard  S.
Richard S. Youngstown, OH
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
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
I don’t catch anything but the captain the day before caught a nice sailfish
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I don’t catch anything but the captain the day before caught a nice sailfish
Ryan  B.
Ryan B. Tampa, Florida
Do not get your expectations too high until the trip is in progress because the weather can change things unexpectedly which will be no fault of anyone.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Do not get your expectations too high until the trip is in progress because the weather can change things unexpectedly which will be no fault of anyone.
DELROY  T.
DELROY T. Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Chartering a full day to give yourself the best chance at a successful charter - fishing in late February and early March is spotty.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Chartering a full day to give yourself the best chance at a successful charter - fishing in late February and early March is spotty.
Dan  Q.
Dan Q. Riverside, CA
Great fishing right in lake worth. Great place to fish for the variety of species.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Great fishing right in lake worth. Great place to fish for the variety of species.
Harold  M.
Harold M. Dallas, TX
Forget the rough & weather sensitive ocean & go inland or inter coastal. Good fishing & no Dramamine.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Forget the rough & weather sensitive ocean & go inland or inter coastal. Good fishing & no Dramamine.
Donald  P.
Donald P. Willowbrook, IL
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.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
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.
David  P.
David P. Edgewater, MD
There's a chance you might even catch a 10 foot 400 pound golden dusky shark like I did!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
There's a chance you might even catch a 10 foot 400 pound golden dusky shark like I did!
John  P.
John P. Kirkland, WA
Fish structure and find those shady spots. Always be respectful of property owners.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fish structure and find those shady spots. Always be respectful of property owners.
Robert  B.
Robert B. Hilton Head Island, SC
Dress in layers if you are going on the a.m. trip and be prepared to catch a lot of fish!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Dress in layers if you are going on the a.m. trip and be prepared to catch a lot of fish!
Kelly  D.
Kelly D. Indianapolis, IN
This was our first trip so my only suggestion is to keep an open mind as to what you will be happy bringing home. There are many Excellent to Very Good species of fish to catch. Even if you don't catch exactly what you go out for it is likely you are going to catch some really good eating fish!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
This was our first trip so my only suggestion is to keep an open mind as to what you will be happy bringing home. There are many Excellent to Very Good species of fish to catch. Even if you don't catch exactly what you go out for it is likely you are going to catch some really good eating fish!
Bruce  O.
Bruce O. Taylorsville, KY
Never go fishing and expect to catch alot. Sometimes you do, sometimes you dont. This time we didnt catch anything but we'd do it again because next time we might catch more than we can keep!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Never go fishing and expect to catch alot. Sometimes you do, sometimes you dont. This time we didnt catch anything but we'd do it again because next time we might catch more than we can keep!
Curt  M.
Curt M. London, MN
Call captain JP he goes above and beyond to make it a great experience for everyone on the boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Call captain JP he goes above and beyond to make it a great experience for everyone on the boat
Nick  P.
Nick P. Ocean View, DE
Go with a pontoon boat for safer & more comfortable fishing in the Everglades
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go with a pontoon boat for safer & more comfortable fishing in the Everglades
Jeff  H.
Jeff H. McKeesport, PA
Make this trip a priority. Bring lots of drinks, snacks, and dramamine just in case.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make this trip a priority. Bring lots of drinks, snacks, and dramamine just in case.
Robert  F.
Robert F. Rochester, MN

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