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Fort Lauderdale Fishing

Fort Lauderdale Fishing

Fort Lauderdale has the nickname "Venice of America" due to the over 300 miles of canals that weave through the city. Not only are there a lot of fish to catch in those canals, but there is also very good nearshore fishing on the many reefs and shipwrecks off the beach, and many different offshore species for anglers to target.

Offshore fishing out of Fort Lauderdale offers anglers the ability to catch many different species off billfish, including Blue Marlin, White Marlin, Sailfish, and Swordfish. Tuna fishing the Gulf Stream can be rewarding with Blackfin, Yellowfin, and Skipjack Tuna. Ther eis also excellent Mahi-mahi and Wahoo fishing nearly all year long.

Fishing the many reefs and wrecks near Fort Lauderdale provides fishermen with excellent catches of Grouper and Snapper most of the year. Trolling these waters will produce King Mackerel and Baracuda. Fishing the many canals, bridges, and inshore waters in Fort Lauderdale gives anglers the opportunity to target Tarpon, Pompano, Jacks, Drum, and Flounder much of the year.



Top Fort Lauderdale Fishing Spots

  1. RODEO SITE - JOHNNY MORRIS
    3/27/2011 3:24:42 AM - RODEO SITE - JOHNNY MORRIS IN BROWARD CONSIST OF 237 FEET LONG  STEEL SHIP M/V SUCRE AKA JOHHNY MORRIS. BUILT IN GERMANY IN 1957, THE SHIP NOW SITS UPRIGHT ON THE SLOPE


  2. Yamato Rock
    1/13/2018 11:04:07 PM - Limestone rocks on Atlantic S Highland Beach that hold lots of fish on the shoreline. 


  3. SITE D - JOE'S NIGHTMARE BARGE
    4/13/2011 4:21:10 PM - Name SITE D - JOE'S NIGHTMARE BARGE IS A 90 FT. BY 30 FT. STEEL BARGE Date of Deployment December 31 1996 


  4. Sheepshead Rock
    3/23/2017 3:19:20 PM - Close to the dock at 17th Street Bridge is a rock that holds Sheepshead at low tide.


  5. Fink's Grouper Hole
    1/13/2018 11:03:53 PM -


  6. Gary's Spot
    9/12/2016 11:14:16 PM - Good grouper fishing spot.


  7. Mashed Potatoes
    1/20/2017 1:32:32 PM - Lots of lumps in this area. This spot marks a rise.


  8. Offshore Hump
    9/12/2016 11:12:57 PM - Good deep drop area for Swordfish.


  9. Miami Terrace
    4/26/2017 1:08:53 AM -


  10. Artificial
    6/10/2012 4:02:52 AM -



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Fort Lauderdale Fishing Forecast

Target Species of Fish

Based on historical data for fishing Fort Lauderdale, you should target one of the following species for this time of year:
  1. White Grunt

  2. White Grunt

    There is a 14.31% catch rate for White Grunt, based on 626 White Grunt counted.

    Fort Lauderdale White Grunt Counts Chart
    White

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  3. Scaled Sardine

  4. Scaled Sardine

    There is a 12.52% catch rate for Scaled Sardine, based on 548 Scaled Sardine counted.

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  5. Largemouth Bass

  6. Largemouth Bass

    There is a 9.89% catch rate for Largemouth Bass, based on 433 Largemouth Bass counted.

    Fort Lauderdale Largemouth Bass Counts Chart
    Largemouth

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  7. Blue Runner

  8. Blue Runner

    There is a 5.39% catch rate for Blue Runner, based on 236 Blue Runner counted.

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    Blue

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  9. Ballyhoo

  10. Ballyhoo

    There is a 4.09% catch rate for Ballyhoo, based on 179 Ballyhoo counted.

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    Ballyhoo

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  11. Yellowtail Snapper

  12. Yellowtail Snapper

    There is a 3.98% catch rate for Yellowtail Snapper, based on 174 Yellowtail Snapper counted.

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  13. Mahi-mahi

  14. Mahi-mahi

    There is a 3.84% catch rate for Mahi-mahi, based on 168 Mahi-mahi counted.

    Fort Lauderdale Mahi-mahi Counts Chart
    Mahi-mahi

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  15. Bigeye Tuna

  16. Bigeye Tuna

    There is a 3.75% catch rate for Bigeye Tuna, based on 164 Bigeye Tuna counted.

    Fort Lauderdale Bigeye Tuna Counts Chart
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  17. King Mackerel

  18. King Mackerel

    There is a 3.72% catch rate for King Mackerel, based on 163 King Mackerel counted.

    Fort Lauderdale King Mackerel Counts Chart
    King

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  19. Grey Triggerfish

  20. Grey Triggerfish

    There is a 2.93% catch rate for Grey Triggerfish, based on 128 Grey Triggerfish counted.

    Fort Lauderdale Grey Triggerfish Counts Chart
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Recommendations above based on 92 species of fish and 4376 fish counted for February around Fort Lauderdale.

To date, there are 169 species of fish and a total of 380398 fish counted for Fort Lauderdale and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 1/1/1856 (167 years).

Last Update: 2/1/2023 1:18:38 AM

*** PLEASE NOTE ***
Please check local, state/province, and federal laws before fishing for any species found on this site. All data is based on historical data found for this area, and in some cases as far back as the year 1600.

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Latest Fort Lauderdale Fishing Reports

  • The big close out. January 31 2023
    1/31/2023 7:31:00 PM - After yesterday's bonefish insanity I was holding my breath hoping it would continue for first time client Robert.  We were working with fly gear again today and the first fl


  • Living in a dream! January 30 2023
    1/30/2023 7:26:00 PM - Um yeah I don't know what to say right now.  I had Ted back on the skiff this morning and thought the pattern of slow fishing in the AM and then a big push of fish the aftern


  • February Fort Lauderdale Fishing Charters
    1/28/2023 4:12:29 PM - February Fishing Report We are coming into the time of year where opportunity meets preparedness. Many of our bigger fish will be caught in the coming months. The big game sha


  • Warmer temps produced good action.
    1/28/2023 11:59:15 AM - I spent a few days fishing offshore and the patch reefs in Key Largo last week. I along with everyone else were trolling for Wahoo on the New Moon. We did have a Tuna eat but


  • Top 10 Fish Caught on a Miami Beach Fishing Charter
    1/27/2023 4:44:04 PM - Miami Beach Florida is a prime location for fishing Charters. With its warm waters and diverse marine life there are plenty of species to catch on a fishing charter. Whether…


  • Holy Smokes!!! January 27 2023
    1/27/2023 9:52:00 AM - The last time Ted and I fished (for the first time) it was an absolute grind and we managed one snook on top water.  Today as he jumped aboard my skiff that was a topic of co


  • My how things have changed! January 25 2023
    1/25/2023 9:51:00 AM - It's incredible to me how the inshore fishery in Biscayne Bay has changed.  In past January's I'd be cast netting bait and primarily fishing for mackerel bluefish mutton snap


  • Up and Down January 23 2023
    1/23/2023 9:39:00 AM - Alex and his brother Bombino booked me again today for some food fishing.  Step one was to look for schools of pilchards (bait) that I could cast net and then hit some spots


  • It's getting better January 21 2023
    1/21/2023 7:26:00 PM - Today I had repeat client Dave and he is usually up for anything especially bonefish.  Once again we had perfect conditions with clear skies and zero wind allowing us to take


  • Incredible Eat January 20 2023
    1/20/2023 7:22:00 PM - I was looking forward to fishing with long time client Maria and throwing a fly with her.  We started off focusing on bonefish and 5 minutes into the trip she hooked and land


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Top Fort Lauderdale Bait & Tackle Stores

  1. Ace's Bait & Tackle Marine, Co.
    Live Bait , live shrimp. live goggle eyes, live pilchards.

  2. Bill Boyds Tackle and Gun Shop
    We are located in Downtown Ft Lauderdale in the old AA Lock & Gun building. We have a Gunrange available as well as Gunshop & Tackle Store. If we don't have an item in stock we can special order anything you want. We offer New & Used

  3. Atlantic Bait & Tackle Inc
    Bait, Tackle and Services for Fresh and Saltwater Fishing.

  4. Anglers Bait & Tackle
    Established for more than 45 years, Anglers Tackle, Inc., has established a reputation of honesty, affordability, and quality bait and tackle. Our expert fisherman can provide you with the tips, tools, and techniques you need to catch yellowtail, kin

  5. Blue Ocean Tackle Inc
    Saltwater Fishing Supply, Frozen Bait, Monofilament, Lead Sinkers, Buoys, Commercial Fishing Reels

  6. Bionic Bait
    Known for being the largest producer of ballyhoo in the world, Bionic Bait is a top saltwater bait company. High quality products, consistent supply and on time deliveries are the cornerstones of Bionic Bait’s dedication to excellent customer service

  7. B J's Bait & Tackle
    We are located in Plantation Florida just 15 minutes from the Everglades or your favorite fishing hole. Our staff is very friendly and helpful. We have been serving the community for 33 years in this location. If you are a serious tournament fisherma

  8. Competition Tackle & Marine


  9. Chaos Rods


  10. Stuart Industries


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Top Fort Lauderdale Fishing Charters & Guides

  1. Lady Pamela II
    Enjoy Lady Pamela's latest Fort Lauderdale fishing action in the beautiful aqua blue waters just off the coast of Ft Lauderdale Florida. Witness the fast paced action of south Florida sportfishing with Captain David Ide and crew aboard Lady Pamel

  2. Fishing Headquarters
    Let's go fishing in Fort Lauderdale on one of our sportfishing charter boats, or join us for a drift fishing trip aboard our 85' Catch My Drift party boat. Bring the family or host your company convention with South Florida's premier fish

  3. Hooked Up Sportfishing Charters
    My name is Taco and I run the best Fort Lauderdale fishing charter in South Florida! Heck, you won't have a better time on any fishing boat from West Palm to Miami. Why, because you get a sport fishing captain who has fished the waters of Fort La

  4. Reel Work Sport Fishing Charters
    For the best deep sea fishing Fort Lauderdale has to offer, the REEL WORK is the charter fishing boat for you! Located in the marina on Seabreeze Boulevard at East Las Olas Boulevard, the REEL WORK is within easy walking distance of the world famous

  5. Everglades Fishing with Tony
    Florida Everglades Bass Fishing is rated #1 in the Country for number of fish caught per hour. Don’t miss out on the incredible action pack Everglades fishing trips!

  6. Caught Lookin Charters
    16 years guiding experience and a kid friendly charter. Fishing out of Government Cut, Biscayne Bay, and Flamingo.

  7. Hawg Hunter Guide Service
    merica’s Original “Hawg Hunter Guide Service” for Florida Bass Fishing guides, the official website as viewed on ESPN and many other Outdoor fishing shows. Often seen fishing with our professional North, South & Central Florida bass fishing guide

  8. Happy Day Today Charters
    Specializing in offshore fishing charters out of Fort Lauderdale FL since 1975

  9. All-Inclusive Sportfishing
    Charter fishing in Ft Lauderdale, Fl

  10. Fish Local Knowledge
    Hi I’m Capt. Mike and I’ve been fishing Ft Lauderdale my whole life and I love what I do. Whether you are a first timer or a seasoned pro, the knowledge I and my crew have of fishing the local Fort Lauderdale area will help make sure your Ft Lauderda

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Top Fort Lauderdale Marinas

  1. Hillsboro Inlet Fishing Center
    The Hillsboro Inlet Fish Center in Pompano is known for their amazing fishing charters and their impressive modern fishing charter fleet that includes a variety of perfectly maintained boats. We specialize in deep sea fishing, Sailfish fishing, Mahi

  2. Sands Harbor Resort & Marina
    The marina at Sands Harbor Resort provides dockage for 50 boats up to 100 feet and is minutes from ocean access via Hillsboro Inlet in Pompano Beach, Florida. Our full-service marina includes a fuel dock with the lowest gas prices in town, Miller&

  3. Miami Beach Marina
    The magic of Miami Beach is yours when you plan your waterfront stay at the Miami Beach Marina. Located adjacent to Government Cut, with no fixed bridges and plenty of deep water, Miami Beach Marina affords easy accessibility to great fishing...saili

  4. Dinner Key Marina
    Our flagship facility is located just south of downtown, in historic Coconut Grove. The 582 slip marina (Florida's largest wet slip marine facility) provides modern comfortable berthing accommodations in a park-like setting to transient, long-ter

  5. Sea Isle Marina & Yachting Center
    Situated on the northern side of Downtown Miami—in the heart of the city’s arts, entertainment, and cultural district—this full-service facility features boat slips large enough to accommodate yachts up to 110 feet. However, our docks are just the on

  6. Loggerhead Marina
    Conveniently located a short distance from the upper Florida Keys and immediately adjacent to the vast Biscayne National Park, referred to as Black Point Park. Loggerhead Marina – South Miami offers South Florida dry rack boat storage for vessels up

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