Clearly, if you live in Florida and enjoy outdoor sports, taking to the water is on the top of your recreation list! Those who choose to live in Florida are naturally drawn to the beauty of our beaches and our magnificent ocean and waterways. For any level fisherman, there are endless inshore and offshore fishing opportunities which are certain to keep you entertained and hauling in fresh fish month after month for your dinner table!
Coastal, Inland and Fresh Water Fishing
As October brings cooler weather, the coastal and inshore fishing heats up! Expect great beach fishing from Palm Beach Inlet to Jupiter Inlet, where catching Tarpon and Mullet during migrating this time of year triggers big schools of predator fish (such as snook, tarpon, jacks, sharks, drum, snapper, etc.) to be on the prowl.
For the adventurous and more seasoned fisherman, kayaking the inlets is also a popular choice. For those who want to stay a bit more grounded, stick to the beaches, reefs, bridges and inlets. Palm Beach also offers plentiful options to fly fish the fresh water canals and lakes, although many who cast with a fly rod also enjoy a favorite bridge. There are plenty of local fishing guides to be hired who can take you out on foot or in a kayak to their favorite spot. Finding the perfect guide is one quick google search away – check out this 2019 review of the Top 10 West Palm Fishing Charters, as featured in FishingBooker.com!
Hit the High Seas
If you want to go deep sea fishing and you’re not a boat owner, not to fret as Coastal Angler Magazine is an enormous source of fishing charters in the Palm Beach region. We’ve found that is a great resource for reports on current fishing news, upcoming events and local businesses that support the industry. In addition, we’ve asked our friends who are avid sport fishermen (and women) to give us their picks for the best local charters, which we’ve listed below!
Sailfish Marina is located on Singer Island, approximately a 30 minute drive from Wellington. The majority of fishing charters and sailing excursions will go out of this location, which is a marina rich in history. The following excerpt is from their website:
“Big game sport fishing came to Palm Beach County in the early 1900′s, initially in the form of small skiffs rowed from the surf. Later the first cabin cruisers arrived on the scene, as Palm Beach boat builders designed the first sport fishing boats made especially for offshore trophy fishing.
“In the late 1940′s a dock for the area’s burgeoning charter fleet was constructed just north of the inlet. The dock was known first as Roy’s Dock; then as Bills Marina, after long time owner Bill Bachstedt. Even to this day, there are still many old timers who frequent our establishment and refer to the Marina as “Bill’s” as they share fish stories from the past. In 1977, the marina was purchased by Palm Beach inventor and entrepreneur Alex Dreyfoos.
“Immediately south of Bill’s Marina was another large dock, originally called Bahia Mar, and later, the Sailfish Center (located where our dining room now stands). Dreyfoos acquired this business as well in 1977 and combined the two to form The Sailfish Marina & Resort. During this time the Sailfish Marina & Resort became synonymous with big game sport fishing in the Palm Beaches and gained a national reputation as the “Yankee Stadium” of the sport.”
Singer Island is a destination within itself, with sailing, snorkeling and parasailing. The Sailfish Marina and Resort also has a restaurant, motel and features plenty of entertainment and live music. If you do own a boat, this is the central hub for fishing and water sports, offering year round slips to owners.
If you are looking to charter a boat for a day of guided fishing, here is our in-house recommendations:
1) Angler Management:
Offering offshore, inshore, fly fishing, kayak and eco tours – this charter company has been ranked “Trip Advisors #1 Charter in South Florida”! Their seasoned anglers offer an incredible fishing charter experience for the inexperienced to tournament level enthusiast.
Rates are for an entire boat charter, for up to 6 people – and your group can charter a 4-8 hour tour. Rates range from $600-$1100 per deep sea charter and inshore rates range from $400-600. http://anglermanagementfishing.com
2) Reel Deel Sport Fishing:
This is a smaller outfit run by owner, Captain Bob, who happens to have great reviews as a fantastic angler with a sense of humor! Testimonials of this charter look outstanding – as every review on Trip Advisor is 5 stars! Charter prices range from $700 – $1400 and Captain Bob guarantees you’re going to be thrilled with your experience.
“We want to help you have the best fishing experience possible. We make this a reality by having top-of-the-line gear along with some of the best fishing spots around. An experience like this will be something you’ll remember and want to do again time after time. Whether you’re in the Palm Beach area for a day or a lifetime, give us a call to talk all things about fishing and get you out there.” http://palmbeachfish.com
3) Reel Candy SportFishing:
Captain Marvin Steiding founded his charter business in the 1990’s with the Reel Candy Yacht standing as the centerpiece of this charter operation. “The Jersey 47 foot Reel Candy is the largest boat ever offered by this small, well-regarded New Jersey luxury sport fishing boat builder. Recently refurbished to the highest standards she offers opulent luxury to all who charter her.”
Half day to full day rates range from $650-$1400 and they will also arrange to split your charter with another group if you can’t fill the boat. They also offer charters to the Bahamas! https://reelcandyfishing.com
Check out this promotional video from Reel Candy – which will certainly tempt you to get out on the water!