Greater Fort Lauderdale is a catch when it comes to reeling in prized fish. Whether you’re an avid angler or a first-time fisher, you’re in for a treat when it comes to fishing in the waters of Greater Fort Lauderdale. It’s where grand fishing tales happen year-round, and with so many ways to fish here, you can easily find a new fishing adventure every day of your vacation.
You don't have to look very far. We have deep Atlantic waters right offshore, plenty of fresh-water lakes, tucked-away canals, and are near the bustling Gulf Stream. One day, you can go on a deep-sea fishing charter and reel in a trophy fish for display or dinner, and the next, toss a line from a municipal pier and jetty or fish for bass in the Everglades or a local lake.
You don’t need a boat to catch the “big one” in Greater Fort Lauderdale. Try your luck at one of the area’s many piers, where you’ll find everything you need to fish.
A favorite spot is Anglins Fishing Pier at Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, where there’s a bait shop, and the fishing fee is $7. Open 24-hours a day, hook pompano, mackerel, jacks, and maybe even a shark during your visit.
Just a few miles north is the newly revamped Fisher Family Pier in Pompano Beach. The end of the landmark pier is shaped like the head of the city’s namesake pompano fish. There’s a peep-hole into the water where the fish’s eye would be, plus plenty of shade to hide from the sun. Catch snapper, mackerel, snook, and cobia here. If the fish don't bite, you don’t want to miss out on a delicious seafood meal found at nearby restaurants like Beach House Pompano and Lucky Fish.
Over at the Deerfield Beach International Fishing Pier, you can rent rods, bait, and other fishing accessories. Check for conditions at this pier’s three live cameras with views of the pier, the beach and even an underwater camera! And in laidback Dania Beach, the fishing pier is a relaxing spot to cast your line or look at what the locals are catching.