Get hooked with fresh or salt-water fishing in Greater Fort Lauderdale. Within 20 minutes, beginner or professional anglers can find world-class fishing - whether for bass or blue marlin. The area also is a leader in catch-and-release sustainability programs - including "replica" taxidermy, so anglers can get a trophy likeness of their catch. From a boat or a pier, there's fishing for all.

In addition to more than 200 fresh-water species that can be caught in the county's lakes and inland waterways, deep water fishing fleets located in Deerfield, Pompano, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea and Dania Beach and other coastal cities lining the Atlantic coast plus four municipal piers.

Seasoned guides and captains take anglers to battle sail and swordfish, troll amid schools of dolphin, or bottom fish for grouper or snapper. Whether light or heavy tackle, inshore or offshore, beginner or professional, aboard individual charter sport fishing yachts or "party" boats, anglers are likely to land bounty of the seas.

Among the fish common to South Florida's waters: sailfish, tuna, swordfish, mahi (dolphin), wahoo, grouper, snapper, barracuda, sharks and more. (Click here for a more complete list)

For a change of venue, try "boatless fishing" at any one of four piers along the coast. Even if you don't fish, it's an inexpensive, fun outing for the whole family. Piers include Anglin's Pier, Dania Beach Fishing Pier (954-924-3613), Deerfield Beach Fishing Pier, and Pompano Beach Fishing Pier.

To learn more about our waters, visit the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum (300 Gulf Stream Way, Dania Beach, 954-924-4370). Visitors are immersed in an underwater world filled with world record fish, as well as The Wetlands exhibit offering a glimpse into the natural environment of marshlands - complete with live alligators.

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