Get hooked with fresh or saltwater fishing in Greater Fort Lauderdale. Within 20 minutes, novice or advanced anglers can find world-class fishing - whether for largemouth and peacock bass in the Everglades or sailfish in the Atlantic. The area is a leader in catch-and-release sustainability programs - including "replica" taxidermy, so anglers can get a trophy likeness of their catch. From a boat, pier or canal bank, there's fishing for all.
In addition to the many fresh-water species that can be caught in the region's lakes and inland waterways, deep water fishing fleets located in Fort Lauderdale Deerfield Beach, Pompano Beach, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea and Dania Beach will take you out for offshore action. There are also four municipal fishing piers.
Seasoned guides and captains take anglers to battle sail and swordfish, troll amid schools of dolphin (mahi mahi), wahoo and tuna, or bottom fish for grouper and snapper. Whether light or heavy tackle, inshore or offshore, beginner or professional, aboard individual charter sport fishing yachts or "party" boats, anglers are likely to tap into the bounty of the seas.
Among the fish common to South Florida's waters offshore waters include sailfish, tuna, swordfish, dolphin (mahi mahi), wahoo, grouper, snapper, barracuda, sharks and more. (Click here for a more complete list). Inshore in the Intracoastal Waterway and surrounding rivers you'll find tarpon, snook, barracuda and more.
For a change of venue, try "boatless fishing" at any one of four piers along the coast. Even if you don't fish, it's an inexpensive, fun outing for the whole family. Piers include Anglin's Pier, Dania Beach Fishing Pier (954-924-3613), the Deerfield Beach International Fishing Pier and the Fisher Family Pier in Pompano Beach.