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.
The area is teeming with fishing charter companies and crews that can change every year. For the best experience, check out the resources below to find up-to-date referrals and fishing information.
The IGFA (International Game Fish Association) – World Fishing Center
Probably the best resource at the World Fishing Center are the on-site librarians who can offer you a complete list of highly recommended and IGFA (International Game Fish Association) endorsed fishing guides and boat captains. The complex also houses a 3-acre park, library, museum and a state-of-the-art fishing simulator.
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
Located on Seabreeze Boulevard, the Hall of Fame Marina is packed with charter fishing boat companies, offering a range of choice and packages for your Fort Lauderdale sport fishing experience. It’s possible to book ahead with your hotel or ask at the IGFA for a recommended company.
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.
Nearby cities and municipalities like Dania Beach, Pompano Beach, Lauderdale by the Sea and Deerfield Beach also offer free or very reasonably priced fishing piers for anglers who prefer a more relaxed, Fort Lauderdale sport fishing experience. Most also offer visitors rod-and-reel rentals for less than $10 a day.