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Fishing charters in Gulf Harbors, FL

Top 5 fishing charters in Gulf Harbors, FL

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Gulf Harbors fishing charters have easy access to backwater and deep sea fishing grounds.

There are a plenty of options for your next fishing trip near Gulf Harbors. Local waters a playground for Redfish, Southern Flounder, Spanish Mackerel, Cobia, and many more.

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Inshore fishing charters in Gulf Harbors

Gulf Harbors is popular with anglers, who come to explore the calm inshore waters. Bays, inlets, and shallow flats provide excellent fishing opportunities for a relaxing outing.

Local fishing charters will do whatever it takes to reel in Redfish, Southern Flounder, Spanish Mackerel, Cobia, 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. Add $50 for an each additional person. Captains can take 4-6 persons depending on the length of the craft.

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

There are about 41 fishing guides in Gulf Harbors and nearby cities. It’s easy to find your next fishing getaway in Gulf Harbors.

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Best time for inshore fishing

The best time to go inshore fishing in Gulf Harbors are considered to be August, May and September.

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Offshore fishing charters in Gulf Harbors

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

You can land Cobia, King Mackerel, Red Snapper, Gag Grouper, 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 persons depending on the length of the craft.

The most affordable 4-hour offshore fishing trip in Gulf Harbors costs $350 for 2 anglers.

You can find 29 fishing charters in Gulf Harbors and nearby cities. It’s easy to book your next fishing break in Gulf Harbors.

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 Gulf Harbors are considered to be August, May and September.

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Family-friendly fishing charters in Gulf Harbors

Gulf Harbors family-friendly fishing charters offer short trips for a quick outing — perfect for families with kids. Your Captain will show you how to use the tackle and catch different species of fish.

The beautiful inshore waters of Gulf Harbors allow for a great amount of fishing and fun. Inshore waters are ideal for family fishing because of the shallow depths and calm waves.

Family-friendly fishing trip prices

Take a quick 4-hour inshore fishing trip if you are traveling with your family. Your kids will learn something new and won’t get tired.

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

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Shark fishing charters in Gulf Harbors

Gulf Harbors is one of the best destinations for shark fishing because a wide variety of sharks are found in local waters. Gulf Harbors shark fishing charters are committed to providing you with an exciting fishing experience.

Blacktip Shark, Bull Shark, and Bonnethead Shark could be your next catch.

Note: not all shark species can be caught or landed in Florida. Some species are considered prohibited. These sharks have to be released. Fishing charter Captains will help you with shark identification.

Sharks can be found in offshore and inshore waters. Juveniles are typically found in shallow water, while adults are located at greater depths.

Bait is an essential component of any shark fishing adventure. Live or dead bait may include Mullet, Ladyfish, Bonita, and Blue Runner. Your Captain will provide the proper bait for your shark fishing trip.

Shark fishing trip prices

On average, the price for a 4-hour shark fishing trip is $522 for 2 guests. Add $50 for each additional person. Captains can take 4-6 persons depending on the length of the craft.

You can find about 13 fishing charters in Gulf Harbors and nearby cities. So you'll have a lot of options to book your next fishing trip.

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Best time for shark fishing in Gulf Harbors

You can catch sharks all year round. The months of March and October could be considered as the best time for shark fishing in Gulf Harbors.

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Tarpon fishing charters in Gulf Harbors

Tarpon is one of the most desired trophy fish in Gulf Harbors. Gulf Harbors guides specialize in Tarpon fishing. They will show you how to use the proper fishing method in the right spot and at the right time.

Tarpon are primarily found in coastal waters, bays, and shallows. The go-to bait for Tarpon fishing would be shrimps, pinfish, mullet, and crabs.

Note: Tarpon are a catch-and-release-only species. You are not allowed to lift Tarpon out of the water if its length is greater than 40 inches. So be careful with your trophy, take a memorable photo, and release the fish.

Tarpon fishing rates

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

In Gulf Harbors and nearby cities, there are around 15 fishing guides specialized in Tarpon fishing.

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Best time for Tarpon fishing in Gulf Harbors

Tarpon season starts in late spring and lasts until the end of summer. August, July, and June are the best 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, 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 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. 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 Gulf Harbors?

There are several boat ramps and marinas near Gulf Harbors. Most of the fishing charters launch from:

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