What would you recommend to anglers fishing in Fort Lauderdale, Florida for the first time?

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Edward Van Hoven
Pompano Beach, FL
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Went fishing with Big Game Sportfishing Charters on March 26, 2021
Most peoples' expectations are too high. An afternoon on the water taking in the beautiful sights and nature around us should be the goal. If you catch a fish, it was a super successful outdoor adventure. Many folks get sea-sick. Be prepared with over the counter medications from your drug store. Bring plenty of water and snacks as they aren't provided. I have fished twice in March over the past few years. On both occasions the Captain and mate worked really hard however the number of fish caught was minimal despite their efforts. If each person caught a fish or two I would have rated the March fishing higher. Even though the number of fish caught was minimal, the experience was very memorable for me and my grandchildren. We will do it again no matter what month they visit us.

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Jennifer Marshall
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Went fishing with Marlin My Darlin Sportfishing on April 5, 2024
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!

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Laura Sandall
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Went fishing with The Way Sportfishing on December 27, 2023
Bring a sweatshirt and sunscreen. It is windy on the ocean. Also, it's pretty bouncy so if you have any motion sickness, take the meds ahead of time. No pressure on actually catching fish - enjoy the beautiful experience.

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Mitchell Adams
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Went fishing with South Florida Sportfishing on November 21, 2023
To those fishing in Fort Lauderdale for the first time I think the kind of trip you choose is a determining factor in what a successful outing will be. Are you going for volume or big game? Naturally big game is probably going to be less volume and require a longer trip most likely but if the conditions are right strategically speaking the bottom year is round in Florida from a volume/action perspective.

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Mark Villas
Bloomsbury, NJ
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Went fishing with Florida Adventure Outfitters on September 9, 2023
Call the business ahead of time once you’ve booked something and as the captain what fish will be in season when you go. The captain will help you have a more fun experience by taking you to those fish. If you have a specific fish you are looking for ask when they are in season to get the best chance of finding that fish.

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Gilbert Lamphere
Hobe Sound, FL
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Went fishing with Bass Fishing Musician on June 25, 2023
Go at 6 am with live bait and a knowledgeable guide who knows the hot spots that do switch around due to water levels. Best in the cooler months of Jan Feb march but we caught 9 flood size fish in late June.

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Janet Turner
Leonard, TX
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Went fishing with Florida Adventure Outfitters on June 9, 2023
If your visiting ft lauderdale and thinking about doing a fishing trip call Mike! You won't be disappointed. Not only is captain Mike very knowledgeable about the area, he is also knowledgeable about different species of fish, but also the best ways to cook them!

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Craig Rapin
Jacksonville, FL
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Went fishing with South Florida Sportfishing on March 11, 2023
March is usually good for Black Fin and Mahi chasing the gulf stream; but we didn't do well. By chance we were there at the start of the saw grass bloom. Would recommend morning 6 hour trip; this will allow you to get our before the wind/heat pickup and out to the deeps.

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Julie SELLARS
Lake Worth, FL
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Went fishing with Flamingo Fishing on June 19, 2022
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.

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Aijeleth Lee
Biscayne Park, FL
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Went fishing with Captain Andy – Party Boat Fishing on December 29, 2021
"Winter" months (do we even have winter in South Florida? Lol) tend to be a bit rougher out at sea. If you don't have your sea legs and have gotten nauseous a time or two in the past, now is not the time to "see" whether or not you get nauseous this time. Dramamine. All. The. Way. Either that, or maybe wait 'til spring.

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Bruce Olin
Taylorsville, KY
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Went fishing with All Good Charters on January 19, 2021
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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Rose Harrison-gosh
CASTLETON, NY
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Went fishing with Fanntastic Fishing on May 26, 2019
This was a difficult trip because of the choppy Rocky Waters and also trying to find a place to fish was also very difficult Also trying to find the dock where the boat was The website was not accurate as to the location of the ball we had to call the captain to find out where to go because we ended up in the wrong area

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Donald Nichols
PT CHARLOTTE, FL
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Went fishing with Big Game Sportfishing Charters on April 26, 2019
Please, get it together with actual fishing with BAIT.. these guys think they can fool public with strips of fish (for kingfish) as real attempt to catch something else? Total BS.. these two think by giving stories about the hugh ships moored along canals as a sight seeing tour somhow equals fishing?.

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Maria Gentilella
Cortlandt Manor, NY
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Went fishing with Fish Lauderdale on April 22, 2019
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.

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Greg Johnson
Newark, OH
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Went fishing with Reel Floridian Fishing – Fll on March 30, 2024
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.

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John Pendell
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Went fishing with YB Normal on April 14, 2024
Take the full day of fishing. It is tiring, but gives you a much better chance of catching some nice fish.

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Brian McEvoy
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Went fishing with Reel Floridian Fishing – Fll on April 5, 2024
The variety of species, structure and methods of fishing in one easy to get to fishery makes you Florida anglers very spoiled!

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Brandon Tetanich
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Went fishing with Flat Bottom Fishing Charters on April 20, 2024
If you want to catch fish the size of humans, just book it! You won’t regret the decision!

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Ulyana Yevchik
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Went fishing with Reel Floridian Fishing – Fll on April 8, 2024
Choose sport fishing to catch big fish. From experience, previous wasn’t as good as this trip

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William Brown
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Went fishing with Florida Everglades Charters on March 20, 2024
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.

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James McKenney
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Went fishing with Captain Andy – Party Boat Fishing on March 15, 2024
Dress appropriately, bring sunscreen, eat a large meal before fishing, and consider bringing a small cooler for your drinks.

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Shaun Miller
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Went fishing with Good Hit Sportfishing on February 29, 2024
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.

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Jack Smith
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Went fishing with Marlin My Darlin Sportfishing on February 29, 2024
Be optimistic. There are so many different kinds of species in these waters. So be patient with your crew and trust their knowledge. They fish these waters every day.

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Jason Morse
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Went fishing with Big Game Sportfishing Charters on February 26, 2024
Just go experience it. Beautiful houses, awesome yachts,very pretty and only a short cruise to the fishing grounds, always in sight of land.

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Alyssa Marquardt
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Went fishing with Flamingo Fishing on February 16, 2024
Flamingo fishing was more than perfect for our first time fishing in the ocean. Crew was more than happy to help and everyone on the boat was catching fish!

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Tallen Wikman
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Went fishing with The Way Sportfishing on February 13, 2024
Fishing is slow overall in February on the ocean. Did alot better than I expected. 5 stars for the trip still

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Donald Destefanis
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Went fishing with GoodHit Sportfishing 2 Netflix Boat on February 13, 2024
Kind of a slow day but as the captain explained it’s the offseason so fishing can be on and off in February.

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Christopher Theodorellis
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Went fishing with All Good Charters on January 20, 2024
Be flexible, weather might keep you from heading offshore so don’t overlook the fun gamefish that can be caught inshore.

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Joe Taylor
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Went fishing with Florida Adventure Outfitters on October 22, 2023
Book with captain mike from Florida adventure outfitters if you want a real captain with your best interests in mind. Honest and knowledgeable.

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Buck Stanford
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Went fishing with All Good Charters on October 10, 2023
Highly recommend the morning charters vs. afternoon. While it was not until late morning, we landed most of our catches, the morning water was great.