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Fishing charters in Bay Harbor Islands, FL

Top 5 fishing charters in Bay Harbor Islands, FL

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Bay Harbor Islands can be considered the fishing capital of Florida as it's home to a variety of exotic fish and a large fishing charter fleet.

You can land Mahi Mahi, King Mackerel, Sailfish, Wahoo, and many more.

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Inshore fishing charters in Bay Harbor Islands

Bay Harbor Islands is popular with anglers, who come to explore the calm inshore waters. From the exciting Tarpon fishing to the night Snook fishing trips, there’s something for anglers of all tastes and all ages.

Local fishing charters can help you reel in Mangrove Snapper, Cobia, Mutton Snapper, Tarpon, and many more.

Inshore fishing trips are good for families with kids, couples, and small groups of friends.

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Inshore fishing trip prices

On average, the price for a 4-hour inshore fishing trip is $436 for 2 people. An extra person fee is $50. Captains can accommodate 4-6 persons depending on the capacity of the vessel.

$200 is the lowest price for a 2-hour inshore fishing trip in Bay Harbor Islands.

In Bay Harbor Islands and nearby cities, there are about 41 inshore fishing charters. So you'll have a variety of options for your next fishing adventure.

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Best time for inshore fishing

The best months for inshore fishing near Bay Harbor Islands are May, October and June.

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Offshore fishing charters in Bay Harbor Islands

Bay Harbor Islands offers unique offshore fishing experiences. Some of the most coveted fishing spots in the world can be found along the coast. It is an excellent opportunity to spend a day on the water, catch a big fish, and perfect your angling skills.

There are a lot of options for your next fishing trip near Bay Harbor Islands. These waters a home to Mahi Mahi, King Mackerel, Sailfish, Wahoo, and many more.

Offshore fishing trips are good for experienced anglers, groups for friends, and those who want to reel in a bigger catch. Be ready to travel into the federal waters miles off the coast.

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Offshore fishing trip prices

On average, the base price for a private 4-hour offshore fishing charter is $682 for 2 anglers. An extra angler fee is $50. Captains can take 4-6 anglers depending on the length of the boat.

The cheapest 4-hour offshore fishing trip in Bay Harbor Islands found on our platform costs $350 for 2 anglers.

There are more than 29 fishing companies in Bay Harbor Islands and nearby cities. It’s easy to find your next fishing getaway in Bay Harbor Islands.

Keep in mind that it takes time to get to the best offshore fishing spots. It’s better to take a 6-hour offshore fishing trip if you want more fishing action.

The average tips are 15-20% of the total fishing charter price.

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Best time for offshore fishing

May, October and June will be your next best months for offshore fishing in Bay Harbor Islands.

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Family-friendly fishing charters in Bay Harbor Islands

Getting kids on the water for a family-friendly fishing trip is a great way to spend your time in Bay Harbor Islands. Local Captains know a lot about the species of fish you will be targeting. They can answer your questions about fishing and show you various fishing techniques.

Inshore fishing could be your next choice if you prefer to be close to land and away from the wild seas. Inshore waters offer consistent year-round fishing through seasonal changes.

Family-friendly fishing trip prices

A family-friendly 4-hour fishing trip could be a perfect choice for a group with kids. This trip is ideal for families. Your kids will learn about species of fish and won’t get tired.

On average, the base price for a private 4-hour family-friendly fishing charter is $436 for 2 anglers. An extra guest fee is $50. Captains can take 4-6 persons depending on the length of the craft.

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Shark fishing charters in Bay Harbor Islands

A wide variety of sharks are found in the waters near Bay Harbor Islands, making it a perfect destination for anglers who want to catch game fish. Bay Harbor Islands shark fishing charters are perfect for families with young children or those who are looking to try their hands at shark fishing.

Bay Harbor Islands shark fishing charters can help you reel in Bull Shark, Blacktip Shark, Thresher Shark, Shortfin Mako Shark, and many more.

Note: you can keep certain Florida shark species, but most sharks are off-limits for harvesting. These sharks have to be released. But don't worry about shark identification. Your Captain will assist you.

Sharks are known to inhabit shallows, reefs, shipwrecks, sandy bottoms, and even deep sea waters. Shallows are a playground for juveniles, while deep waters are home to adult sharks.

Fresh bait is used for shark fishing. Mullet, Ladyfish, Bonita, and Blue Runner would be the ideal bait for shark fishing. Fishing charters prepare the best bait depending on the targeted shark species.

Shark fishing trip prices

$522 is the average base price for a private 4-hour shark fishing charter and 2 anglers. An extra guest fee is $50. Captains can take 4-6 persons depending on the length of the craft.

You can find more than 13 fishing companies in Bay Harbor Islands and nearby cities. You will have a variety of choices for your next fishing getaway.

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Best time for shark fishing in Bay Harbor Islands

Sharks are active all year round. March through October is the best time for shark fishing in Bay Harbor Islands.

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Tarpon fishing charters in Bay Harbor Islands

Tarpon are known as one of the world’s best fighting fish. Many local charters specialize in putting anglers on Tarpon. They are ready to share the best fishing practices with all the customers on their charter.

Tarpon inhabit inshore waters and even rivers. Pinfish, mullet, and crabs are the go-to bait for Tarpon fishing.

Note: Tarpon is exclusively a catch-and-release fishery. Tarpon over 40 inches must remain in the water. So be very delicate with your trophy, take a few photos, and let it go.

Tarpon fishing rates

On average, the price for a 6-hour Tarpon fishing trip is $580 for 2 guests. An extra person fee is $50.

15 fishing guides can arrange Tarpon fishing near Bay Harbor Islands.

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Best time for Tarpon fishing in Bay Harbor Islands

Tarpon fishing season in Bay Harbor Islands is late spring through summer. June, May, and April are the ideal months.

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FAQ

What is included in the price?

Most trips are all-inclusive. Captains provide everything you need for a fishing trip: tackle, rods, reels, bait, and a cooler with ice. Usually, Captains clean anything that you catch.

Captains provide a saltwater fishing license. This license covers all the people on the vessel.

A Fishing charter has to have a federal permit if you are planning to fish in the federal waters.

What to bring on a fishing charter trip?

Depending on the weather, Captains recommend bringing sunscreen, polarized sunglasses, long sleeve shirt, hat, windbreaker, waterproof jacket, waterproof pans, appropriate non-skid footwear, gloves, your medicines, bug bite cream, sanitizer, drinks, and snacks.

Bring your freshwater license if you are planning to fish in the freshwater.

Some Captains don’t recommend bringing spray sunscreen, liquor, weapons, fireworks, and inappropriate footwear.

How to book a fishing charter trip?

You can reserve a trip with a 10-30% deposit.

The remaining balance has to be paid directly to the Captain on the day of your trip or upon arrival.

The majority of the fishing charter deposits are refundable if you can cancel before the cancellation deadline. It's usually within 2-14 days of your trip date. Keep in mind that some of the bookings could be non-refundable.

What are the closest boat ramps and marinas to Bay Harbor Islands?

Popular public boat ramps and marinas near Bay Harbor Islands are:

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