Fort Lauderdale Reef Fishing Charters

Fort Lauderdale Reef Fishing Charters

Best Reef Fishing Charters in Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale: 173 fishing charters available
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(362 reviews)
Fort Lauderdale
Trips from US $500
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(157 reviews)
Fort Lauderdale
Trips from US $545
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(517 reviews)
Fort Lauderdale
Trips from US $875
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(87 reviews)
Fort Lauderdale
Trips from US $625
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(124 reviews)
Fort Lauderdale
Trips from US $550
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(27 reviews)
Fort Lauderdale
Trips from US $175
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(9 reviews)
Fort Lauderdale
Trips from US $1,895

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 29,146 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Reef Fishing in Fort Lauderdale

Wear sunscreen and bring lots of water with you. If you get seasick, take Dramamine and don’t eat much prior to leaving the dock.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Wear sunscreen and bring lots of water with you. If you get seasick, take Dramamine and don’t eat much prior to leaving the dock.
The Way Sportfishing
The Way Sportfishing
If it’s your first trip. Definitely choose Captain Dave. SoFlo his team is amazing! Explaining everything and get you hooked up!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If it’s your first trip. Definitely choose Captain Dave. SoFlo his team is amazing! Explaining everything and get you hooked up!
South Florida Sportfishing
South Florida Sportfishing
This was our first time deep sea fishing and Taylor Savage made it a great experience.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
This was our first time deep sea fishing and Taylor Savage made it a great experience.
Wicked Cuda Sport Fishing
Wicked Cuda Sport Fishing
I think depending in heat and child the boat maybe a little hot due to shade. Ensure to bring hats and sunscreen. Other than that. It was a great trip. Capt Taylor was awesome!
Excellent
4.3 / 5
I think depending in heat and child the boat maybe a little hot due to shade. Ensure to bring hats and sunscreen. Other than that. It was a great trip. Capt Taylor was awesome!
Wicked Cuda Sport Fishing
Wicked Cuda Sport Fishing
The heat was the only drawback to our trip. Other than that the fish were biting and we had a good time.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The heat was the only drawback to our trip. Other than that the fish were biting and we had a good time.
Bay Breeze Sportfishing
Bay Breeze Sportfishing
Rely on captain’s recommendation they know daily the best option for a successful trip
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Rely on captain’s recommendation they know daily the best option for a successful trip
Bay Breeze Sportfishing
Bay Breeze Sportfishing
Go early and when it's overcast and a little rainy. Perfect for catching fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go early and when it's overcast and a little rainy. Perfect for catching fish.
Marlin My Darlin Sportfishing
Marlin My Darlin Sportfishing
It was very hot so dress appropriately. There is air conditioning in the cabin to cool off. Sunglasses, water, snacks, a hat that doesn’t fall off when the wind blows, and lots of sunscreen are necessary. We all wore long sleeve sun shirts.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It was very hot so dress appropriately. There is air conditioning in the cabin to cool off. Sunglasses, water, snacks, a hat that doesn’t fall off when the wind blows, and lots of sunscreen are necessary. We all wore long sleeve sun shirts.
Marlin My Darlin Sportfishing
Marlin My Darlin Sportfishing
All kinds of bites probably every 10 mins, at one point had had bith poles being reeled in great time.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
All kinds of bites probably every 10 mins, at one point had had bith poles being reeled in great time.
Wicked Cuda Sport Fishing
Wicked Cuda Sport Fishing
If you want to catch fish the size of humans, just book it! You won’t regret the decision!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you want to catch fish the size of humans, just book it! You won’t regret the decision!
Flat Bottom Fishing Charters
Flat Bottom Fishing Charters
Take the full day of fishing. It is tiring, but gives you a much better chance of catching some nice fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Take the full day of fishing. It is tiring, but gives you a much better chance of catching some nice fish.
YB Normal
YB Normal
Choose sport fishing to catch big fish. From experience, previous wasn’t as good as this trip
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Choose sport fishing to catch big fish. From experience, previous wasn’t as good as this trip
Reel Floridian Fishing – Fll
Reel Floridian Fishing – Fll
The variety of species, structure and methods of fishing in one easy to get to fishery makes you Florida anglers very spoiled!
Excellent
4.7 / 5
The variety of species, structure and methods of fishing in one easy to get to fishery makes you Florida anglers very spoiled!
Reel Floridian Fishing – Fll
Reel Floridian Fishing – Fll
I booked the charter for my 18 yo son and his 5 friends who were in Fort Lauderdale for their senior spring break. They had a blast on the boat. They were so thrilled with how they were treated. Everyone was so nice. They caught their limit of blackfin tuna and had a great dinner that night. Thank you!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I booked the charter for my 18 yo son and his 5 friends who were in Fort Lauderdale for their senior spring break. They had a blast on the boat. They were so thrilled with how they were treated. Everyone was so nice. They caught their limit of blackfin tuna and had a great dinner that night. Thank you!
Marlin My Darlin Sportfishing
Marlin My Darlin Sportfishing
To go out and enjoy a 6 hour or full day trip. So you get the full experience.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
To go out and enjoy a 6 hour or full day trip. So you get the full experience.
Bay Breeze Sportfishing
Bay Breeze Sportfishing Okeechobee, FL
There were quite a few snags along the trip but Captain Tyler came back and made it right so my review of the customer service is absolutely fantastic.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
There were quite a few snags along the trip but Captain Tyler came back and made it right so my review of the customer service is absolutely fantastic.
Reel Floridian Fishing – Fll
Reel Floridian Fishing – Fll Newark, OH
Highly recommend. Easy trip. Be sure to clarify catch and release or if you want to take fish home. Also clarify cleaning the fish if you want to keep some.
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Highly recommend. Easy trip. Be sure to clarify catch and release or if you want to take fish home. Also clarify cleaning the fish if you want to keep some.
Florida Everglades Charters
Florida Everglades Charters
Dress appropriately, bring sunscreen, eat a large meal before fishing, and consider bringing a small cooler for your drinks.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Dress appropriately, bring sunscreen, eat a large meal before fishing, and consider bringing a small cooler for your drinks.
Captain Andy – Party Boat Fishing
Captain Andy – Party Boat Fishing
Many of the target species are highly migratory depending on the time of the year. Catches can vary wildly day to day or even between morning and afternoon trips.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Many of the target species are highly migratory depending on the time of the year. Catches can vary wildly day to day or even between morning and afternoon trips.
Good Hit Sportfishing
Good Hit Sportfishing
Buy the bait at the marina to save the time on the water going after the big fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Buy the bait at the marina to save the time on the water going after the big fish.
The Way Sportfishing
The Way Sportfishing

Top Targeted Reef Fishing Species in Fort Lauderdale