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Fishing in Greater Fort Lauderdale

With ample lakes, proximity to the Gulf Stream, and deep waters just a few miles from land, Greater Fort Lauderdale offers high-quality fishing for first-time casters or professional anglers. And, since world-class fishing can be found year-round, you can almost always hook your next meal or hunt a sailfish for your trophy wall.

Did you know? Greater Fort Lauderdale is one of the few areas in the world where both fresh water and salt water fishing are within 20 minutes of the angler. In addition to more than 200 fresh water species that can be caught in the county's lakes and Everglades area canals, there are deep water fishing fleets located in Deerfield Beach, Pompano Beach, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, Fort Lauderdale, Dania Beach, Hollywood and Hallandale Beach, plus four municipal piers.

What types of fish can you catch in Greater Fort Lauderdale?

Fish with the Pros

Step aboard a drift boat to catch mackerel and grouper, or hop on a beautifully maintained modern fishing charter and move smoothly across the Atlantic with Hillsboro Inlet Fishing Center. Their staff will take you on your own, or with a group of 20 of your closest friends, on trips that last a few hours or a full day.

Captains at A1A Sportfishing have been navigating Florida’s waters for years. Along with their local knowledge, their boats are decked out with all the comforts of home—or hotel—including air conditioning and full bathrooms.

For another kind of adventure, grab a ride on an airboat with JP Outfitters and experience freshwater fishing, nighttime frogging, and even eco tours. Light-tackle anglers can opt for a canoe trip targeting largemouth bass, snook, and tarpon.

All-Inclusive Experiences

Whether it’s hooking something for lunch or for sport, Top Shot Fishing will satisfy all your seafaring needs. Set sail on a custom Hatteras yacht and let Top Shot’s team calculate wind and sea conditions, guiding you to the perfect place to catch anything and everything that’s ready to be reeled in.

Servicing more than 354 bodies of water in the state of Florida, Bass Online Fishing Outfitters will help you choose between salt or freshwater, and adventurous travelers can even cast side-by-side with the alligators!

Hoping to grill, steam, or pan fry what you’ve caught? Fish cleaning is often included with your outing when you book with some of our recommended charters. Action Sportfishing and other outfitters can arrange taxidermy services to create a one-of-a-kind souvenir from your Florida getaway. Remember, modern taxidermy doesn't need your fish so feel free to practice catch and release. Just the fish's measurements and photos are used to recreate a lifelike model. 

Need a place to park or refuel your vessel? Sands Harbor Resort and Marina has got you covered. Open seven days a week with a fuel dock, convenience store, and even live bait and tackle supplies, you’ll be delighted to park here for a couple of hours—or stay the night at the newly redecorated hotel.

Take Fishing to New Heights

Looking for a new way to pursue the ocean’s bounty? Try your hand at kite fishing with All-Inclusive Sportfishing. Popular in New Zealand, kite fishing is a terrific way to deploy live bait for predator fish like tarpon, snook, and mackerel. It is also increasingly popular with the disabled community, allowing those with mobility impairments to cast further than they may have been able otherwise.

Those interested in staying on dry land while fishing, might enjoy an afternoon on Anglins Fishing Pier. For only a few bucks you can gain access to the pier. Set up your rod and kick back with the pelicans to access some of the best fishing Florida has to offer from an elevated vantage point. The pier is open 24 hours a day, complete with ocean-viewing windows built into the deck to give strollers a peek into the waters below. You can cast your line from the other area piers including the Deerfield Beach International Fishing Pier, Fisher Family Pier in Pompano Beach and the Dania Pier. 

Whether you’re here for summer’s mahi mahi and skipjack, winter’s sailfish and kingfish, or grouper and snapper year-round, Greater Fort Lauderdale’s vast waterscape has something in store for every angler around. Book your adventure now to make memories that will last a lifetime.

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