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.
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.
Top Targeted Deep Sea Fishing Species in Florida
- Size 5 to 20lbs
- Food Value Excellent
- Game Qualities Good
- Habitats Nearshore, Offshore, Reef, Wreck
What People Are Saying About Deep Sea Fishing in Florida
"Half day morning trip"
Josh Hannapel fished with Changes in Latitude Charters on November 5, 2018
Hands down the best charter fishing experience I’ve ever had. We’ve done everything from freshwater to deep sea and I had more action and fun with Captain Brian than on any of them. Honestly never caught more fish. Definitely will be back next time we are in the area!
"3/4 day Trip"
Mike Arrick fished with Deep Color Fishing on October 18, 2018
Bite was tough, but Hank worked had to find what we got. My 11yrd & I had a blast. Thanks Deep color fishing for the experience!
"6 hr bottom fishing"
Bob Lewkowicz fished with Just Fish PCB: Have Fun, Catch Fish on September 25, 2018
Our trip took us out from shore approx 20 mi and approx 94 ft deep with allot of fishing action. We loved the experience and Capt Mikes fishing knowledge. We caught lots of fish that required two 5 min breaks. DILLON is the best mate ever. Hoorah! Thank you both for a great time.
Top Deep Sea Fishing Charters in Florida
Big Daddy Sportfishing
Saint Petersburg • 24 ft • 4 persons
trips from US$ 400
My Chance Charters
Destin • 30 ft • 6 persons
trips from US$ 600
Captiva • 26 ft • 6 persons
trips from US$ 450
Markin’ Fish Charters
Saint Petersburg • 34 ft • 6 persons
trips from US$ 600
Fish Frenzy Charters
Pensacola Beach • 25 ft • 6 persons
trips from US$ 350
Tampa Bay Fishing Adventures
Saint Petersburg • 26 ft • 6 persons
trips from US$ 300
Catchin’ Jiants - Sanibel
Sanibel • 26 ft • 6 persons
trips from US$ 450
Game On Fishing Charters
St. Augustine • 24 ft • 6 persons
trips from US$ 475