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!
 
Fort Lauderdale
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 4.31
Based on 20,092 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

Reviews of Fishing in Reef Fishing in Fort Lauderdale

Slow day at fishing...but
Bruce O. fished with All Good Charters on January 19, 2021
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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!
Half day with jp
Curt M. fished with Bass Whisper Guide – Fort Lauderdale on December 30, 2020
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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!
Half day trip with captain Jp
Nick P. fished with Bass Whisper Guide – Fort Lauderdale on November 24, 2020
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Call captain JP he goes above and beyond to make it a great experience for everyone on the boat
Fishing with Dennis
Jeff H. fished with Miami/Everglades Boat Tours on March 12, 2020
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Go with a pontoon boat for safer & more comfortable fishing in the Everglades
Half day trip with JP
Warren C. fished with Bass Whisper Guide – Fort Lauderdale on February 20, 2020
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Be patient and choose a hot sunny day! Rain seems to kill the action.
Half day trip
Mark H. fished with Captain Andy – Party Boat Fishing on August 1, 2019
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Be patient. Could be great one day then slow the next.
Half day trip with Captain's Pauly and Bobby.
Robert F. fished with New Lattitude Sportfishing Charters on July 25, 2019
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Make this trip a priority. Bring lots of drinks, snacks, and dramamine just in case.
3/4 day with the boys
Jimmy G. fished with All Good Charters on July 15, 2019
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Check the weather prior too. Pay attention to the moon cycle. Precheck the limitations and required sizes allowable to keep.

Top Targeted Reef Fishing Species in Fort Lauderdale