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Cortez is an excellent fishing destination for those who want to experience backcountry, fly fishing, and deep sea fishing.
You can land Mangrove Snapper, Snook, Redfish, Tarpon, and many more.Show all fishing charters
Cortez is home to some of the best inshore fishing experiences. From the fishing on the flats to the Founder gigging, there’s something for anglers of all tastes and budgets.
You can land Mangrove Snapper, Snook, Redfish, Tarpon, and many more.
Inshore fishing trips are very popular with families, couples, and small groups of friends.Show all inshore fishing charters
On average, the price for a 4-hour inshore fishing trip is $436 for 2 people. An extra person fee is $50. Captains can take 4-6 persons depending on the length of the craft.
$200 is the lowest price for a 2-hour inshore fishing trip in Cortez.
In Cortez and nearby cities, there are more than 41 inshore fishing charters. It’s easy to book your next fishing break in Cortez.Check rates & availability
June, July and May will be your next best months for inshore fishing in Cortez.
Cortez offshore fishing charters offer easy access to some of the best fishing grounds in the open water: from nearshore reef fishing to offshore fishing at the Continental Shelf.
These waters will yield anything from Cobia and King Mackerel to Gag Grouper and Jack Crevalle.
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.Show all offshore fishing charters
$682 is the average base price for a private 4-hour offshore fishing charter and 2 anglers. Add $50 for an extra angler. Captains can take 4-6 persons depending on the length of the craft.
$350 is the lowest price for a 4-hour offshore fishing trip in Cortez found on our platform.
In Cortez and nearby cities, there are about 29 offshore fishing charters. It’s easy to find your next fishing trip in Cortez.
Tip: It’s better to take a 6-hour or 8-hour offshore fishing trip for the best fishing experience. Offshore fishing spots are away from the coast, so you will need some time to get there.
The average tips are 15-20% of the total fishing charter price.Check rates & availability
The best months for offshore fishing near Cortez are June, July and May.
Cortez family-friendly fishing trips are great for beginners, kids, and families. 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.
You can fish in the inland waters during the fishing trip. Inland waters provide consistent fishing even on windy days.
Take a short half-day inshore fishing trip. It’s a short trip for a quick outing — perfect for kids because they will learn something new and won’t get tired.
$436 is the average base price for a private 4-hour family-friendly fishing charter and 2 anglers. An extra angler fee is $50. Captains can take 4-6 persons depending on the length of the craft.Check rates & availability
A wide variety of sharks are found in the waters near Cortez, making it a perfect destination for shark fishing. Cortez shark fishing charters are experienced in targeting various species of sharks.
You can have a relaxing fishing adventure and a chance to target Blacktip Shark, Bonnethead Shark, Nurse Shark, Bull 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 can be found in offshore and inshore waters. Pups and juveniles occur in shallow waters, while larger sharks can be found in offshore waters.
Live or dead baits are great for shark fishing. The perfect live or dead bait for targeting sharks could be Mullet, Little Tunny, Landyfish, or Blue Runner. The Captain will prepare the bait depending on the type of shark that you want to catch.
On average, the base price for a private 4-hour shark fishing charter is $522 for 2 anglers. An extra guest fee is $50. Captains can take 4-6 persons depending on the length of the craft.
In Cortez and nearby cities, there are about 13 shark fishing charters. So you'll have plenty of options to find your next fishing break.Check rates & availability
Sharks are active all year round in Cortez, though they are more plentiful from March through October.
Cortez is a great destination for Tarpon fishing. Local guides are experienced in Tarpon fishing. They will show you how to use the proper fishing method in the right spot and at the right time.
Tarpon prefer to reside in shallows, bays, flats, and rivers. Pinfish, mullet, and crabs are the go-to bait for Tarpon fishing.
Note: Tarpon is exclusively a catch-and-release fishery. Also, you can’t lift a 40+ inch Tarpon out of the water. So be careful with a fish, take a few photos, and release your catch.
$580 is the average price for a 6-hour Tarpon fishing trip and 2 guests. An extra guest fee is $50.
We found 15 fishing companies specialized in Tarpon fishing in Cortez.Check rates & availability
Tarpon fishing season in Cortez is late spring through summer. August, July, and June are the best months for Tarpon fishing.
Most trips are all-inclusive. Captains provide all the necessary fishing equipment, bait, and cooler with ice. Usually, Captains clean the catch with no additional payments.
The trip price includes a saltwater fishing license. This license covers all the anglers on the vessel.
A Fishing charter has to have a federal permit if you are planning to fish in the federal waters.
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.
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.
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