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Fishing charters in Fort Walton Beach, FL

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This city is one of Florida’s most visited fisheries. It never fails to mesmerize with the species of fish, and a large number of Fort Walton Beach fishing charters.

Red Snapper, King Mackerel, Amberjack, Cobia, and Red Snapper can be your next catch.

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Inshore fishing charters in Fort Walton Beach

Fort Walton Beach is famous for its inshore fishing grounds. Anglers favorite Fort Walton Beach for its backcountry rivers, bays, and shallow flats.

There are a variety of options for your next fishing trip near Fort Walton Beach. These waters are filled with Cobia, Redfish, Spanish Mackerel, Gag Grouper, 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

$436 is the average base price for a private 4-hour inshore fishing charter and 2 anglers. Add $50 for an each additional person. Fishing charters can accommodate 4-6 anglers depending on the size of the vessel.

The most affordable rates start at $200 for a 2-hour inshore fishing trip near Fort Walton Beach.

In Fort Walton Beach and nearby cities, there are about 41 inshore fishing charters. You will have a lot of choices to book your next fishing retreat.

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Best time for inshore fishing

The best months for inshore fishing near Fort Walton Beach are September, August and July.

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Offshore fishing charters in Fort Walton Beach

Fort Walton Beach offers some of the best offshore fishing in the country. With knowledgeable guides, you'll be sure to have a great time.

There are a lot of options for your next fishing trip near Fort Walton Beach. These waters a home to Red Snapper, King Mackerel, Amberjack, Cobia, 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

$682 is the average base price for a private 4-hour offshore fishing charter and 2 anglers. Add $50 for an each additional person. Fishing charters can accommodate 2-6 anglers depending on the size of the craft.

The most affordable rates start at $350 for a 4-hour offshore fishing trip near Fort Walton Beach.

You can find more than 29 fishing charters in Fort Walton Beach and nearby cities. You will have plenty of choices to find your next fishing outing.

Tip: It takes some time to get to the offshore fishing spots. So it’s better to take a 6-hour or 8-hour offshore fishing trip for the best fishing experience.

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

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Best time for offshore fishing

The best months for offshore fishing near Fort Walton Beach are September, August and July.

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Family-friendly fishing charters in Fort Walton Beach

Fort Walton Beach is an excellent fishing destination for families with kids. It’s the best way to introduce your children to sport fishing and show various saltwater fish species.

Inland waters include creeks, flats, harbors, and small bays. Your family can focus on peaceful fishing, thanks to the clear inshore waters.

Family-friendly fishing trip prices

The perfect choice for a family with kids will be an inshore fishing trip. Your children will learn more about fish and won’t feel exhausted after a quick adventure.

On average, the base price for a private 4-hour family-friendly fishing charter is $436 for 2 anglers. An extra person fee is $50. Fishing charters can accommodate up to 6 persons depending on the capacity of the boat.

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Shark fishing charters in Fort Walton Beach

Fort Walton Beach is one of the best destinations for shark fishing because a wide variety of sharks are found in local waters. You can target these famous ocean predators by hiring one of the Fort Walton Beach shark fishing charters.

Depending on the season, Fort Walton Beach shark fishing charters will help you to target Blacktip Shark, Bull Shark, Shortfin Mako Shark, Nurse Shark, and many more.

Note: not all shark species can be caught or landed in Florida. Some species are considered prohibited. These sharks have to be released. But don't worry about shark identification. Your Captain will assist you.

Sharks inhabit offshore and inshore waters, from mangrove swamps to reef dropoffs. Juveniles are typically located inshore, while adults can be found in the deep waters.

Live bait is preferred for shark fishing. Mullet, Little Tunny, Blue Runner, and Ladyfish would be the perfect bait for shark fishing. Fishing charter will prepare the correct bait for your shark fishing trip.

Shark fishing trip prices

$522 is the average price for a 4-hour shark fishing trip and 2 guests. Add $50 for an extra angler. Captains can take 4-6 anglers depending on the length of the boat.

You can find more than 13 fishing charters in Fort Walton Beach and nearby cities. It’s easy to book your next fishing retreat in Fort Walton Beach.

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Best time for shark fishing in Fort Walton Beach

Sharks are active all year round in Fort Walton Beach, though they are more plentiful from March through October.

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Tarpon fishing charters in Fort Walton Beach

Tarpon are known as one of the world’s best fighting fish. Local fishing guides can help you to target Tarpon. They will show you all the productive spots and efficient methods.

Tarpon inhabit flats, inshore, and backcountry waters. The best fishing baits are shrimp, pinfish, mullet, and crabs.

Note: Tarpon fishing is catch-and-release-only. By law, Tarpon over 40 inches must remain in the water. So take a photo of a lifetime, measure your trophy, and let it go.

Tarpon fishing rates

$580 is the average base price for a private 6-hour Tarpon fishing charter and 2 anglers. An extra angler fee is $50.

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

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Best time for Tarpon fishing in Fort Walton Beach

The best seasons for Tarpon fishing in Fort Walton Beach are spring and summer. September, August, and July are the best months for Tarpon fishing.

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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.

A Saltwater fishing license is included in the price. This license covers all the people on the vessel.

An offshore fishing charter has to have a federal permit 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 majority of the fishing charter deposits are refundable if you can cancel before the cancellation deadline. The cancellation deadline is usually 2-14 days before your trip date. Keep in mind that some of the bookings could be non-refundable.

What are the closest boat ramps and marinas to Fort Walton Beach?

There are several boat ramps and marinas near Fort Walton Beach. Most of the fishing charters launch from:

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