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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.

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. Swordfish

  2. Swordfish

    There is a 25.05% catch rate for Swordfish, based on 1476 Swordfish counted.

    Fort Lauderdale Swordfish Counts Chart


  3. Sailfish

  4. Sailfish

    There is a 8.03% catch rate for Sailfish, based on 473 Sailfish counted.

    Fort Lauderdale Sailfish Counts Chart


  5. Ballyhoo

  6. Ballyhoo

    There is a 5.99% catch rate for Ballyhoo, based on 353 Ballyhoo counted.

    Fort Lauderdale Ballyhoo Counts Chart


  7. Mahi-mahi

  8. Mahi-mahi

    There is a 5.33% catch rate for Mahi-mahi, based on 314 Mahi-mahi counted.

    Fort Lauderdale Mahi-mahi Counts Chart


  9. Blue Runner

  10. Blue Runner

    There is a 4.45% catch rate for Blue Runner, based on 262 Blue Runner counted.

    Fort Lauderdale Blue Runner Counts Chart


  11. White Grunt

  12. White Grunt

    There is a 4.09% catch rate for White Grunt, based on 241 White Grunt counted.

    Fort Lauderdale White Grunt Counts Chart


  13. Largemouth Bass

  14. Largemouth Bass

    There is a 4.02% catch rate for Largemouth Bass, based on 237 Largemouth Bass counted.

    Fort Lauderdale Largemouth Bass Counts Chart


  15. Yellowtail Snapper

  16. Yellowtail Snapper

    There is a 3.65% catch rate for Yellowtail Snapper, based on 215 Yellowtail Snapper counted.

    Fort Lauderdale Yellowtail Snapper Counts Chart


  17. King Mackerel

  18. King Mackerel

    There is a 3.28% catch rate for King Mackerel, based on 193 King Mackerel counted.

    Fort Lauderdale King Mackerel Counts Chart


  19. Little Tunny

  20. Little Tunny

    There is a 2.38% catch rate for Little Tunny, based on 140 Little Tunny counted.

    Fort Lauderdale Little Tunny Counts Chart


Recommendations above based on 102 species of fish and 5893 fish counted for February around Fort Lauderdale.

To date, there are 186 species of fish and a total of 378619 fish counted for Fort Lauderdale and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 1/1/1856 (168 years).

Last Update: 2/22/2024 1:33:51 PM

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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Top Fort Lauderdale Fishing Spots

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The Top 10 Fishing Spots for Fort Lauderdale are the following:

  1. Miami Terrace

  2. Artificial

  3. wreck-1476

  4. Key Biscayne [SMZ] - NE Corner

  5. Snapper Creek Canal
    Great location for Largemouth and Peacock Bass and Blue Gill

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  8. Julia Tuttle Causeway
    Julia Tuttle Causeway

  9. wreck-8442

  10. OU812
    Good deep ledge for swordfish.

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

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

  10. Old Hat Fishing Charters
    Old Hat Deep Sea Fishing Charters provides the cleanest charter boat, the finest sport fishing tackle and a great crew. Located between Miami and Hollywood.

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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
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