Best Fishing Charters in Fort Lauderdale

Fishing off Florida's Fabulous Coast: You'll Find Fish Thiiis Big!

There’s more than one fish in the sea, they say, and with Fort Lauderdale’s seaside setting, there’s more fish in the sea than anyone can imagine. Furthermore, there's also many excellent fishing charters to get you there. With Fort Lauderdale’s geographic proximity on the Atlantic coast, with the northbound flowing gulfstream current just two miles offshore as well its never-ending beautiful, sun-kissed weather makes South Florida is a fisherman’s paradise. We at 10Best have scouted out ten of the area’s best charters, all professional and all waiting to set sail and show you the time of your life. If you have ever dreamed of catching marlins or sailfish or tuna or even barracuda, these unique charters know just where to go. If you’ve dreamt of have your picture taken by your trophy-winning catch, now is the time and this is place. Flamingo Fishing is one choice. They know the importance of getting you to where you want to fish, and not waste your time on the ride there! Action Sportfishing Florida are pros at pleasing their patrons and are eager to welcome you aboard. Taco HOOKED UP Sportsfishing Charters is a popular charter. Captain Taco takes great pride in making his guests feel happy and comfortable and satisfied in their day's journey. A1A Sportfishing and Fanntastic Fishing pride themselves in knowing this unique area and impressing their patrons with their knowledge and expertise. And Lady Helen Charters understands the expectations of visitors to Fort Lauderdale and strives to meet them.



The name says it all: Fish Local Knowledge. And that's important to those travel to Fort Lauderdale to experience deep sea fishing in only the way anyone can right here in South Florida. Captain Mike will welcome you aboard the "Local Knowledge," a clean, custom built 43-foot Hatteras Sport Fisher with all the amenities. You can relax, enjoy yourself and be confident that Captain Mike and his crew have vast experience fishing these fabled waters. For those who are not as experience with the equipment, don't let that stop you; the crew will help. Fishing trips on the Local Knowledge include bait, tackle, and licenses. All you need to bring is what you want to eat and drink.

Recommended for Fishing Charters because: Fishing trips on the Local Knowledge include bait, tackle, and licenses.

Dale's expert tip: Kids are welcome to join you on the Local Knowledge. Let them experience the thrill of deep sea fishing.

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Fort Lauderdale
Lady Helen Charters
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Welcome aboard the Lady Helen. Kick back, relax and begin your unique deep sea fishing experience that only those who run this amazing charter can offer. South Florida is famous for its year-round fisheries, and is one of many reasons people visit and return to live here. Fort Lauderdale's unique proximity on the Atlantic coast with the northbound flowing gulfstream current just two miles offshore makes this the ultimate spot for great deep sea fishing. On the Lady Helen you can fish for all types of species, concentrating on sailfish, dolphin, black fin tuna and kingfish. Conveniently located near Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, it's just a short trip to a wonderful day at sea.

Recommended for Fishing Charters because: Famous for its year-round fisheries, this is an ideal charter.

Dale's expert tip: Bring your friends. Prices are for the boat. You can put up to four persons aboard.

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Fort Lauderdale
Fanntastic Fishing
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Fanntastic Fishing is dedicated to offering anglers a "FaNN-tastic" Fort Lauderdale deep sea fishing experience. Climb aboard the largest and finest sportfishing vessel in Ft Lauderdale, proudly and expertly skippered by top Captain Mark FaNN (now you see where the name cleverly comes from!) Captain FaNN is a Florida native with over thirty years of local Fort Lauderdale fishing knowledge and experience, and he has been fishing the waters of South Florida all of his life. In this prestine fishing destination of South Florida, Fanntastic Fishing knows exactly where to go to allow their guests to spend the day going after blue marlin, sailfish, wahoo, and most of the popular big game species. It's the great catch that makes for great grilling – and for photos!

Recommended for Fishing Charters because: An exciting experience for deep sea fishing for the novice or the pro.

Dale's expert tip: Visit there website and tell them you did for a great discount!

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Taco's HOOKED UP Sportfishing Charters
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Captain Taco promises that his is the very best Fort Lauderdale fishing charter in South Florida! This enthusiastic Captain is a sport fishing captain who has fished the waters of Fort Lauderdale for over 25 years. He knows where to go to fish and how to fish for everyone's favorites: Sailfish, marlin, tuna, dolphin and barracuda and just about anything that has gills. Captain Taco wants his charters to be a bit different from the rest. He likes his guests to party, relax, have fun and do whatever they like to do. And don't worry if you're not a seasoned angler. Captain Taco will happily show you and those with you how to work the sport fishing equipment. He doesn't just make it look easy; he makes it easy to learn. Conveniently located at Located at the Bahia Mar Resort and Marina in Fort Lauderdale, go online and call today!

Recommended for Fishing Charters because: This captain has fished these fabled waters for over 25 years.

Dale's expert tip: 4-, 6- and 8-hour and shared fishing trips available.

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Fort Lauderdale

Top Shot Sportfishing is a particular favorite of many local avid fishing enthusiasts. This professional group offers both beginners and seasoned anglers some of the best fishing in Fort Lauderdale. Start out by boarding the Happy Day Today charter boat, a 46' Hatteras Sportfish, and place yourself in the experienced hands of Captains Rick Brady and Tom Zsak. You'll find that their enthusiasm is as contagious as their South Florida sportfishing record is impressive. The range of cutting-edge electronic radars and fishing gear on board ensures that you won't come away empty-handed from your adventure. Located just south of Las Olas Boulevard on A1A.

Recommended for Fishing Charters because: Cutting-edge electronic radars and fishing gear ensures that you won't come away empty-handed.

Dale's expert tip: Since the early 1970s Top Shot Sportfishing has been showing us how it's done.

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Action Sportfishing Florida
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At Action Sportfishing, Captain Ron Mallet spearheads some of the most engaging Fort Lauderdale deep sea fishing charters for incredibly affordable rates to boot. This is Fort Lauderdale's original light tackle fishing charters. Captain Ron has over 31 years fishing experience in South Florida alone. From Miami to Pompano Beach, Fort Lauderdale is perfectly situated close to the blue ocean fishing waters of the gulf stream where the big fish live. Whether you're looking for light tackle, inshore or offshore/deep sea fishing, this is a great option. The modern fiberglass sportfishing boat with a new 4 stroke outboard, named Just Add Water, is kept in top condition, and it's fully equipped with all the fishing gear you'll need. Try your hand at a new sport while doing some one-of-a-kind sightseeing!

Recommended for Fishing Charters because: Deep sea fishing for the entire family at affordable rates.

Dale's expert tip: This really is where the action is!

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A1A Sportfishing
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Boasting one of the most experienced crews in Fort Lauderdale, A1A Sportfishing's deep sea fishing charters offer a great way to experience the Atlantic with friends, family or business associates. Fully equipped sportfishing boats leave from the bustling Port Everglades cruise port and strike out along the coastal inlets or into the deep sea. Air-conditioned cabins and tidy bathrooms ensure comfort and convenience, and highly trained crewmembers are on hand to offer instruction to beginners. Catering is also available at an additional cost as well as impressive to friends and family. Call ahead and plan a pick up and drop off at one of many hotels and marinas on the water.

Recommended for Fishing Charters because: Comfortable cabins, experienced crew and satisfied customers right here in Fort Lauderdale.

Dale's expert tip: Offering three-hour family trips for two adults and two small children fishing inshore/nearshore.

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Fishing Headquarters is one of the Fort Lauderdale area's premier deep sea fishing charters, offering three daily fishing trips aboard the impressive and aptly named Catch My Drift, their 85' party boat. Paul Roydhouse, a veteran angler with 40 years of collective experience in South Florida, oversees the operation and ensures that services are top-notch. The price of each trip (a mere $35 per person) includes fishing equipment, licenses, bait and tackle. Keep in mind to plan your fishing trips during certain times of year and you will catch kingfish, tuna, wahoo, sailfish, marlin, swordfish, dolphin, snapper, grouper, cobia, amberjack, barracuda, or big game sharks. Contact them to ask for details.

Recommended for Fishing Charters because: This crew knows where to go for the best fishing.

Dale's expert tip: Great for a family trip or a company outing!

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Harbor Beach

For when only fishing will do, Flamingo Fishing in Fort Lauderdale offers three drift fishing trips daily, launching out into the Atlantic and around South Florida inlets for four hours of sightseeing and fishing. Being only twenty minutes from the fishing grounds allows your time on board to be spent fishing and not riding. Free all-day parking, on-board snacks (included in the price of the trip), air-conditioned cabins and clean restrooms serve to make the adventurous trip comfortable and convenient. Family-owned and operated for over 40 years, this charter is known for helping anglers catch the "big ones." And as they say, fish can't hide from the Flamingo!

Recommended for Fishing Charters because: Family-owned for over 40 years, the experience speaks for itself.

Dale's expert tip: Flamingo Fishing has a separate ladies accommodations and even a glass enclosed lounge out of weather.

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Meet Dale Mack

Dale Mack has been involved in Fort Lauderdale tourism and promotions for over twenty years. Working for Travelhost Magazine in Dallas, Texas, he was especially drawn to the edition...  More About Dale