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Whether you are planning a family-friendly fishing charter or a deep sea fishing adventure Merritt Island fishing charters will show you the best fishing spots.
There are a lot of options for your next fishing trip near Merritt Island. These waters a home to Snook, Mangrove Snapper, King Mackerel, Mahi Mahi, and many more.Show all fishing charters
If you’re wondering where to cast a line near Merritt Island 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 a relaxing outing.
Merritt Island fishing charters will help you to land Snook, Mangrove Snapper, Cobia, Redfish, and many more.
Inshore fishing trips are very popular with families, couples, and small groups of friends.Show all inshore fishing charters
$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 cheapest rates start at $200 for a 2-hour inshore fishing trip near Merritt Island.
You can find more than 41 fishing charters in Merritt Island and nearby cities. So you'll have plenty of options to find your next fishing break.Check rates & availability
The best time to go inshore fishing in Merritt Island are considered to be November, October and April.
Merritt Island 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.
King Mackerel, Mahi Mahi, Cobia, Sailfish, and King Mackerel can be your next catch.
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
On average, the price for a 4-hour offshore fishing trip is $682 for 2 people. Add $50 for an each additional person. Fishing charters can accommodate 4-6 anglers depending on the size of the vessel.
$350 is the lowest price for a 4-hour offshore fishing trip in Merritt Island.
You can find more than 29 fishing companies in Merritt Island and nearby cities. It’s easy to book your next fishing break in Merritt Island.
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 time to go offshore fishing in Merritt Island are considered to be November, October and April.
Merritt Island family fishing charters allow families to have a fantastic fishing experience on a budget. Local Captains will educate you and your family on how to use the tackle and catch various fish species.
Usually, family-friendly fishing trips take place in calm waters like creeks and small bays. Inshore waters offer consistent year-round fishing through seasonal changes.
Take a quick 4-hour inshore fishing trip. Your children will learn more about fish and won’t feel exhausted after a quick adventure.
$436 is the average base price for a private 4-hour family-friendly fishing charter and 2 anglers. An extra person fee is $50. Fishing charters can accommodate 2-6 anglers depending on the size of the craft.Check rates & availability
One of the world’s most famous game fish, sharks, are plentiful in the waters near Merritt Island. Merritt Island shark fishing charters are perfect for families with young children or those who are looking to try their hands at shark fishing.
Merritt Island shark fishing charters will do whatever it takes to reel in Blacktip Shark, Bull Shark, Nurse Shark, Bonnethead 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 are known to inhabit shallows, reefs, shipwrecks, sandy bottoms, and even deep sea waters. Juveniles are typically located inshore, while adults can be found in the deep waters.
Sharks will eat almost any live bait. Preferred live baits for shark fishing could be Blue Runner, Mullet, Bonita, or Ladyfish. Usually, fishing charters prepare the bait before they take off on the water.
On average, the base price for a private 4-hour shark fishing charter is $522 for 2 anglers. Add $50 for each additional guest. Captains can accommodate 4-6 persons depending on the capacity of the vessel.
You can find about 13 fishing charters in Merritt Island and nearby cities. It’s easy to find your next fishing trip in Merritt Island.Check rates & availability
You can target sharks all year round. March-October tends to be the best time to catch sharks in Merritt Island.
Tarpon are known as one of the world’s best fighting fish. Local fishing guides can help you to target Tarpon. They are ready to share their knowledge and fishing techniques with any potential angler on their fishing charters.
Tarpon prefer to reside in shallows, bays, flats, and rivers. The perfect bait for targeting the silver king could be crabs, shrimps, mullet, or pinfish.
Note: Tarpon fishing is catch-and-release-only. 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 few photos, and let it go.
$580 is the average base price for a private 6-hour Tarpon fishing charter and 2 anglers. An extra angler fee is $50.
In Merritt Island and nearby cities, there are around 15 fishing charters specialized in Tarpon fishing.Check rates & availability
Late spring and summer are the best seasons to catch Tarpon in Merritt Island. The perfect months are September, August, and July.
Most trips are all-inclusive. Captains provide all the necessary fishing equipment, bait, and cooler with ice. Usually, Captains clean the catch for free.
Captains provide a saltwater fishing license. It covers all the people on the vessel.
An offshore fishing charter has to have a federal permit 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 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. On average, a free cancellation deadline is 2-14 days before the trip date. Keep in mind that some of the bookings could be non-refundable.
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