Planning a Fort Lauderdale sport fishing expedition? The city and its surrounding areas offer anglers both deep sea saltwater fishing and freshwater fishing. So, whether you want to go bottom or drift-boat fishing or take a deep sea charter, the city and surrounding area has something for everyone.
Because sport fishing is so popular in Fort Lauderdale, you won’t have a hard time locating a charter boat or fishing guide company. However, for the most current information on prices, quality companies and pier locations, try the resources below.
The IGFA (International Game Fish Association) – World Fishing Center
The World Fishing Center, run by the IGFA (International Game Fish Association) is an incredible 3-acre park, museum and library that’s also home to a virtual reality sport fishing simulator. Anglers can practice reeling in a computer-generated catch, browse the library resources or even find a list of recommended local guides and charter companies.
You can visit the World Fishing Center daily between 10am and 6pm, or you can call them at 1-954-927-2628 and ask to speak with a librarian. The IGFA has a website at igfa.org. The site even lets you search for IGFA-certified captains in the Fort Lauderdale area.
Fort Lauderdale’s Hall of Fame Marina
The Hall of Fame Marina, on Seabreeze Boulevard, is full of captains and charter fishing companies, all clamoring for your Fort Lauderdale sport fishing business. Going down to take a look lets you inspect the boats in person, develop a rapport with local captains and often garner a better price.
Fort Lauderdale’s Pier 66
The Pier 66 Marina is another hot spot for charter fishing boats. So, take a stroll down SE 17th Street and visit the boats, meet the crews and negotiate a price. If you’re still unsure, try asking at the IGFA or even your hotel concierge desk for a recommendation.
Hillsboro Inlet Charters
Trusted by Fodor’s, Frommer’s and Forbes Traveler, the Hillsboro Inlet Charter Fleet has built a strong reputation for high-quality fishing charters that get results. The company has over 12 vessels, each specifically designed for pompano, sailfish, marlins and even shark. To make a reservation or an inquiry, contact them at (954) 943-8222.
Average Prices and Charter Rates
Your average bottom fishing boat trip will cost around $40 to $60 for a half-day trip, but that usually includes your basic fishing equipment and bait. Expect to pay more for a private charter, which usually ranges from $350 for a half day to about $600 for a full-day.
For the frugal fisher or those looking for a quieter Fort Lauderdale sport fishing experience, pier fishing may be the way to go. Places like Pompano Beach, Lauderdale by the Sea and Deerfield Beach all offer fishing piers that range from free to $5 for a full day of use. Rod and reel rentals are also available.
Whichever option you select, you will enjoy one of the most fun fishing excursions of your lifetime.