Fort Lauderdale Drift Fishing Charters

Fort Lauderdale Drift Fishing Charters

Best Drift Fishing Charters in Fort Lauderdale

Top Drift Fishing Charters in Fort Lauderdale

Drift Fishing in Fort Lauderdale

The “Venice of America,” the “Sailfish Capital of the World,” the "Spring Break Central" – Fort Lauderdale goes by many names and attracts various types of tourists each year. Thanks to its proximity to the Gulf Stream and numerous reefs (both natural and artificial) and wrecks located just a few yards from the coast, this South Florida city is especially popular among anglers. One of the biggest reasons is definitely the drift fishing Fort Lauderdale has in store! 
 

What type of trip is right for me?

 
Drift fishing in Fort Lauderdale is definitely more than just “drifting.” Here, drift fishing also means being aboard drift “party boats” that can accommodate larger groups of people on a shared sharter. Drift fishing trips in Fort Lauderdale are the most economical, fun, and relaxing trips you can book in the area. 
 
Depending on the target species and your experience level, you'll get to choose between shorter or longer trips.
 

Short Day Trips 

 
The majority of Fort Lauderdale drift fishing trips last 3–4 hours and focus on maximizing the time spent fishing rather than traveling. These trips will usually see you fishing 1–2 miles from shore in waters 70–150 feet deep. You could be targeting various bottom species and pelagics  less than 30 minutes after leaving the dock. 
 
Whether you're fishing for sport or food, Fort Lauderdale fishing charters can put you on the best of the best in the area. Snappers are usually a primary target on the reefs and wrecks, especially Red, Vermilion, Mutton, and Yellowtail. A variety of Grouper are also swimming in these waters, as well as Amberjack, Triggerfish, Cobia, Kingfish, Grunts, and Porgies. Fort Lauderdale fishing guides can also put you on Mahi Mahi, Tuna, Wahoo, and even an occasional Sailfish. 
 

Long Night Trips 

 
If you're an experienced angler looking to land Sailfish, longer trips (10 hours and more) are your go-to option. Night Swordfish expeditions can be particularly productive and involve fishing various depths – from surface drifting to fishing the bottom up to 400 feet below. Most Sailfish in the area are caught from fall through spring in a water passage 120–180 feet deep called the “Sailfish Alley.”
 

How to Prepare

 
You won't have to worry about fishing licenses if you book a trip with a licensed charter in Fort Lauderdale. The majority of the drift boats also include all the needed fishing gear, bait, and fishing cleaning. You should bring any food and refreshments you'd like, as well as sunglasses, sunscreen, and personal belongings.  
 
With more than 100 marinas and shipyards, and over 200 fish species, the sky's the limit when it comes to drift fishing in Fort Lauderdale. Book a trip with one of the many experienced local charters and see it for yourself! 
 
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Reviews of Fishing in Drift Fishing in Fort Lauderdale

March fishing trip
Johnny M. fished with Captain Andy – Party Boat Fishing on March 3, 2021
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Boat caught smaller fish but everyone had fun
Great first deep sea trip
Thomas K. fished with Marlin My Darlin Sportfishing on March 1, 2021
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Go with Marlin My Darlin! Worked out very well for us.
Slow day at fishing...but
Bruce O. fished with All Good Charters on January 19, 2021
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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!
Half day with jp
Curt M. fished with Bass Whisper Guide – Fort Lauderdale on December 30, 2020
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!
Half day trip with captain Jp
Nick P. fished with Bass Whisper Guide – Fort Lauderdale on November 24, 2020
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Call captain JP he goes above and beyond to make it a great experience for everyone on the boat
Fishing with Dennis
Jeff H. fished with Miami/Everglades Boat Tours on March 12, 2020
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Go with a pontoon boat for safer & more comfortable fishing in the Everglades
Half day trip with JP
Warren C. fished with Bass Whisper Guide – Fort Lauderdale on February 20, 2020
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Be patient and choose a hot sunny day! Rain seems to kill the action.
Half day trip
Mark H. fished with Captain Andy – Party Boat Fishing on August 1, 2019
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Be patient. Could be great one day then slow the next.

Top Targeted Drift Fishing Species in Fort Lauderdale