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Fishing charters in Crystal Beach, FL

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

These waters will yield anything from Mangrove Snapper and Snook to Redfish and Tarpon.

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Inshore fishing charters in Crystal Beach

If you’re wondering where to cast a line near Crystal Beach to make the most of the inshore fishing, you’ll find there’s something to suit all tastes and budgets. Bays, inlets, and shallow flats provide excellent fishing opportunities for an experience of a lifetime.

You can reel_in Mangrove Snapper, Snook, Redfish, 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 base price for a private 4-hour inshore fishing charter is $436 for 2 anglers. Add $50 for an each additional person. Captains can accommodate 4-6 persons depending on the capacity of the vessel.

The cheapest rates start at $200 for a 2-hour inshore fishing trip near Crystal Beach.

In Crystal Beach and nearby cities, there are about 41 inshore fishing charters. It’s easy to find your next fishing getaway in Crystal Beach.

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Best time for inshore fishing

June, July and May are the best months for inshore fishing near Crystal Beach.

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Offshore fishing charters in Crystal Beach

Crystal Beach offshore fishing charters have quick access to the open waters, allowing anglers to get a taste of the fishing action on a short trip.

Cobia, King Mackerel, Gag Grouper, Jack Crevalle, and Blacktip Shark can be your next trophy.

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

$682 is the average price for a 4-hour offshore fishing trip and 2 people. An extra angler fee is $50. Captains can accommodate 4-6 persons depending on the capacity of the vessel.

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

You can find more than 29 fishing charters in Crystal Beach and nearby cities. It’s easy to book your next fishing retreat in Crystal Beach.

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.

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Best time for offshore fishing

The best time to go offshore fishing in Crystal Beach are considered to be June, July and May.

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Family-friendly fishing charters in Crystal Beach

Crystal Beach family-friendly fishing charters will help you experience a memorable fishing trip with your family. It’s the best way to introduce your children to sport fishing and show various saltwater fish species.

In-shore fishing refers to inland waters like creeks, flats, and small bays. Inshore waters offer consistent year-round fishing through seasonal changes.

Family-friendly fishing trip prices

Take a quick 4-hour inshore fishing trip. This trip is ideal for families. Your kids will learn about species of fish and won’t get tired.

$436 is the average price for a 4-hour family-friendly fishing trip and 2 guests. An extra person fee is $50. Captains can take 4-6 persons depending on the length of the craft.

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Shark fishing charters in Crystal Beach

Crystal Beach is one of the best destinations for shark fishing because a wide variety of sharks are found in local waters. Crystal Beach shark fishing charters provide safe and fun adventures for anglers looking to try their hands at shark fishing.

There are plenty of options for your next shark fishing trip near Crystal Beach. These waters are home to 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. Fishing charter Captains will help you with shark identification.

Sharks inhabit tropical to subtropical coastal, shelf, and inland waters. Shallows are a playground for juveniles, while deep waters are home to adult sharks.

Fresh bait is used for shark fishing. Ladyfish, Bonita, Mullet, and Blue Runner are the go-to bait for shark fishing. Fishing charter will prepare the correct bait for your shark fishing trip.

Shark fishing trip prices

$522 is the average base price for a private 4-hour shark fishing charter and 2 anglers. An extra person fee is $50. Fishing charters can accommodate 4-6 anglers depending on the size of the vessel.

There are more than 13 fishing companies in Crystal Beach and nearby cities. You will have plenty of choices to find your next fishing outing.

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Best time for shark fishing in Crystal Beach

Most of the non-prohibited shark species can be caught any time of the year. The best months for shark fishing in Crystal Beach are March through October.

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Tarpon fishing charters in Crystal Beach

Tarpon fishing is the most exciting fishing trip you can have in Crystal Beach. Local guides specialize in putting anglers on the best Tarpon spots. They will show you the best spots and fishing methods.

Tarpon can be found in inshore waters, sallows, and bays. Crabs, pinfish, and mullet would be the ideal bait.

Note: Catch-and-release-only when fishing for Tarpon. By law, Tarpon over 40 inches must remain in the water. So be careful with your trophy, take a few photos, and let it go.

Tarpon fishing rates

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

15 fishing companies can help you with Tarpon fishing in Crystal Beach and nearby cities.

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Best time for Tarpon fishing in Crystal Beach

Late spring and summer are the best seasons to go after Tarpon in Crystal Beach waters. The peak months for Tarpon fishing are August, July, and June.

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FAQ

What is included in the price?

Most trips are all-inclusive. You will have everything you need for a fishing trip: rods, reels, tackle, lures, and cooler with ice. Usually, catch cleaning is free of charge.

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.

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 make a reservation 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 deposit could be refunded if you cancel the trip 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 Crystal Beach?

Popular public boat ramps and marinas near Crystal Beach are:

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