Best Deep Sea Fishing Charters in Florida

Top Deep Sea Fishing Charters in Florida

Deep Sea Fishing in Florida

Florida has pioneered much of the modern-day big game scene, and every part has something to offer for blue water enthusiasts. The closest deep sea fishing Florida has access to is out of the Keys or Miami, where you can hit the 100-fathom line in under an hour. Florida’s Gulf Coast takes a lot longer to get that deep. But the further you have to go, the less competition you’ll have to deal with. Every part of the Sunshine State is different, and they all have their special draw.

Florida Keys

The Florida Keys top most people’s big game bucket lists. If it was good enough for Hemingway, it’s good enough for us! Battling Blue Marlin and Sailfish out at Wood’s Wall is some of the best fun you can have at sea. They’re not the only Billfish, either. Swordfish patrol the deepest waters and are the ultimate prize for many hardcore anglers. As if that’s not enough, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, Yellowfin and Blackfin Tuna keep the topwaters boiling across much of the Sunshine State.
The great thing about the Keys is that you can target Billfish pretty much year-round. Blue Marlin are around spring through fall, and the Sailfish migration shows as soon as they leave. Marlin are almost always trolled for in Florida, using, bridled Tuna or spreads of artificial lures. Sailfish will take a trolled bait quick as anything, but it’s the kites they go crazy for. Nothing says winter in the Keys like a sky full of kites and an ear full of screaming drag.

Florida Atlantic Coast

Florida’s Atlantic Coast can be broken into north and the south. In the north, the waters stay shallow and the Gulf Stream moves away from land. The big game action’s amazing, but you may need to travel 60 miles to find it. In the south, things are very, very different.
Florida’s Gold Coast is named by those in the know as the best place in the world for Atlantic Sailfish. Why? Because of the infamous “Sailfish Alley”. The Gulf Stream hugs the drop-off a few miles from shore, creating an underwater highway running right past Miami. As well as Sailfish, you’ll find Blue and White Marlin, Blackfin and Yellowfin Tuna, and other big game favorites like Wahoo and Mahi Mahi.

Florida Gulf Coast

Most charter captains in Tampa or Fort Myers use “deep sea fishing” to talk about Snapper and Grouper trips in federal waters. There are some specialists who run multi-day trips, and if you’re willing to travel you’ll find epic big game action with very little fishing pressure. Apart from that, most of the Gulf Coast’s big game action happens further north in the Panhandle.
Destin didn’t get called “the World’s Luckiest Fishing Village” for no reason. The Emerald Coast is the only place in western Florida where you can go big game fishing on a standard 8-hour trip, and Destin is smack dab in the middle of it. Venture out 70 miles to the De Soto Valley, and you can target Blue and White Marlin, Sailfish, and Swordfish, all on the same trip. This makes it your best bet at landing a Billfish Super Grand Slam in the state.
Every part of Florida can give you incredible big game battles, the difference is just in how far you have to travel. The deep sea fishing Florida is most famous for is the eight-hour sprints to Sailfish Alley or Wood’s Wall. Commit to the long haul, though, and you could be fishing in that corner of the map that reads “here be monsters”. Sportfishing has come to define the Sunshine State, and no matter where you go, you can always find a seasoned captain willing to put you on that fish of a lifetime.


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Reviews of Fishing in Deep Sea Fishing in Florida

"8 hour trip "

Melissa Norris fished with Charter Boat All The Way on October 5, 2020

The first mate Kurt was fantastic! Kept us moving and bringing the fish in. Great Boat and all around great experience. We would highly recommend Charter All the Way for your Deep Sea fishing experience.

"Best Ever!!!"

Aaron Rosenblatt fished with Jersey Key Charters on September 27, 2020

Captain Mike and Dylan provided us with the best fishing charter we have even been on. Deep sea, reef, wreck and bottom fishing were amazing! I would give them the highest recommendation. You must book this charter when staying in the Florida Keys!

"6 Hour Fishing Trip on the Gulfstream IV Party Boat"

Gregory Johnson fished with Gulfstream IV Party Boat on August 17, 2020

This fishing trip was a nice little outing of fishing some reefs not too far off the coast for the price. Would I do it again? YES, now keep in mind what package you purchase, because it was like a Deep Sea Charter fishing Trip on a budget, so if you want to go out and have some on the water then contact the Gulfstream IV Party Boat!!!

"Extended Trip with Ry and Laurence"

Steven Clark fished with True Grit Sportfishing on August 11, 2020

Morning Bonita, Afternoon Mahi Mahi, Deep drop Rosies, finished with nearshore pulled hook on a sail fish, and epic catch of a 600lb - 10ft Tiger Shark. Epic day spent with Ryland and Laurence on the True Grit out of Pompano Fl. Thnx!!! The Clark’s

"5 hour boat trip"

David Stickles fished with Deep Blue Fishing Charters on August 4, 2020

Absolutely incredible trip!! Eric really makes you feel right at home. My son and I caught fish all day, there was never a dull moment. Eric put us on the fish first thing and we couldn’t get baits out fast enough the rest of the day. Highly recommend Deep Blue for boat and kayak charters.

"Always a Good Time with Deep Blue!"

Seth Willoughby fished with Deep Blue Fishing Charters on August 3, 2020

I've gone out with Deep Blue a dozen or so times. I have a blast every single time. What keeps me coming back is the convenience and hospitality that Matt and Eric provide. Whether its going out on the kayaks or their boats, they are prepared with everything we need for a successful fishing trip. I highly recommend these guys!

Top Targeted Deep Sea Fishing Species in Florida

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Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)



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Snapper (Red)