Whether you’re a first time angler or an old pro, the fishing in Fort Lauderdale is pretty fantastic all year-round. It’s one of the few places in the world where it’s only 20 minutes to fresh water or salt water, with ample lakes, the Atlantic Ocean and deep waters very close to land. With proximity to the northbound Gulf Stream, the city’s nutrient-rich waters that are teeming with open-water sport fish.
If you’re lucky enough to own a boat, Pier Sixty-Six Marina is the perfect place to dock her so she’s ready to go whenever you’re hankering for your next fishing adventure. Our marina features 157 slips up to 25 feet in depth, floating and fixed concrete docks, with high-speed fueling, power and concierge services. Here’s a pro tip for you, definitely buy your bait from Juli Krebs. She’s been selling bait here from her boat, for 35+ years and she knows what makes the fish bite. If you don’t have a boat, well Fort Lauderdale also offers great fishing right from the beach. All public beaches allow fishing from the shore and it is quite common to see people with their poles and cast nets working the calm surf.
Once you’re all set and in the angling mood, there are 200+ species of fresh water fish waiting for you to catch in the area plus salt water fish of course. Fort Lauderdale is famous for its rich coral reef system and numerous random shipwrecks. This makes for a fishing haven, with Amberjack, Barracuda, Blue Marlin, Bonita, Cobia, Grouper, Hammerheads Kingfish, King Mackerel, Mahi Mahi, Mutton Snapper, Sharks: Blacktip Duskys and Silkys Hammerheads, Snook, Tarpon, Tuna (Black Fin), Tuna (Skip Jack), Wahoo, White Marlin, Yellowtail Snapper and a whole list of other species living and feeding around these underwater honey holes.
Not to mention the mighty Sailfish. Fort Lauderdale is often called the “Sailfish Capital of the World.” The period from Fall through Spring sees huge numbers of Sailfish come just within a couple of miles of the coastline. The schools come here via a stretch of water known as “Sailfish Alley,” which passes just a mile offshore and has waters 120-180 ft deep. Located just beyond the reefs and on the inner edge of the Gulfstream, this is where almost all of Fort Lauderdale’s Sailfish are caught, with high season running from December to January.
Don’t forget you need a license whether you’re a resident or a visitor. Unless you’re a visitor under the age of 16 or if you’re fishing from a for-hire vessel with a charter license. You can find more information on licenses here. If you need information on a charter or the Marina in general, use our contact form or email email@example.com and good luck out there!