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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What anglers said about Reef Fishing in Fort Lauderdale

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.
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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!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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
Dress in layers if you are going on the a.m. trip and be prepared to catch a lot of fish!
5.0 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!
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!
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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!
5.0 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!
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
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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
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Make this trip a priority. Bring lots of drinks, snacks, and dramamine just in case.
Robert  F.
Robert F. Rochester, MN
Check the weather prior too. Pay attention to the moon cycle. Precheck the limitations and required sizes allowable to keep.
4.3 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.
Jimmy  G.
Jimmy G. United States
My family had a blast! Only a couple of fish caught but the experience was great!
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My family had a blast! Only a couple of fish caught but the experience was great!
Katana  B.
Katana B. Tampa, FL
Do a little research about anglers fishing so you know what to expect. Make sure you eat what you catch. I cooked some of what we caught today and it was delicious. The taste of freshly caught fish is very different than previously frozen fish.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Do a little research about anglers fishing so you know what to expect. Make sure you eat what you catch. I cooked some of what we caught today and it was delicious. The taste of freshly caught fish is very different than previously frozen fish.
Maria  G.
Maria G. Cortlandt Manor, NY
If you want to do some serious fishing then I’d recommend an all day trip and talk to the captains before hand to find out when the best time of the year is.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
If you want to do some serious fishing then I’d recommend an all day trip and talk to the captains before hand to find out when the best time of the year is.
Blake  R.
Blake R. Pompano Beach, Florida
Watch the weather. We lucked out and got a nice, dry, but still a bit windy day. (It rained the day before and the day after.) Chose an inshore charter for this reason, 7 foot seas offshore... Been there done that. Great as it is to catch a sailfish, spending the next several hours seasick is not much fun.
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Watch the weather. We lucked out and got a nice, dry, but still a bit windy day. (It rained the day before and the day after.) Chose an inshore charter for this reason, 7 foot seas offshore... Been there done that. Great as it is to catch a sailfish, spending the next several hours seasick is not much fun.
Russell  E.
Russell E. Bremerton, WA
Excellent vacation/holiday place to go for 1/2 day trip at an affordable price
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Excellent vacation/holiday place to go for 1/2 day trip at an affordable price
Patricia  L.
Patricia L. Houston, TX
try it you will love it the night fishing was great and great skyline of fort lauderdale
4.3 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
try it you will love it the night fishing was great and great skyline of fort lauderdale
Devindra  R.
Devindra R. Oakland Park, FL
Yes. The captain provides everything you'll need in terms of gear. Bring your food and beverage, camera and sunscreen along with hat and sunglasses. Have fun!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Yes. The captain provides everything you'll need in terms of gear. Bring your food and beverage, camera and sunscreen along with hat and sunglasses. Have fun!
John  W.
John W. Bound Brook, NJ
Be prepared for some weather changes. You will most likely be within 3 miles of shore unless you take a special purpose trip. Our trip was only about a mile out and the water color was perfect. Blue and clear.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Be prepared for some weather changes. You will most likely be within 3 miles of shore unless you take a special purpose trip. Our trip was only about a mile out and the water color was perfect. Blue and clear.
Glenn  G.
Glenn G. Sumter, SC
All depends on the weather on any sea going charter if your not prone to sea sickness no worries but if you are as my son is, I highly recommend Dramamine.to curb any issues.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
All depends on the weather on any sea going charter if your not prone to sea sickness no worries but if you are as my son is, I highly recommend Dramamine.to curb any issues.
Bruce  B.
Bruce B. San Francisco, CA
First time anglers as procrastination if doctor approves Dramamine. Because even in calm waters the ocean can be a challenge
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
First time anglers as procrastination if doctor approves Dramamine. Because even in calm waters the ocean can be a challenge
Kelley  D.
Kelley D. Hialeah, FL
Super hot in Biscayne bay in mid July -- had to cut the day short because of the heat.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Super hot in Biscayne bay in mid July -- had to cut the day short because of the heat.
David  H.
David H. Miami, FL

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