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Fishing charters in Okaloosa Island, FL

Top 5 fishing charters in Okaloosa Island, FL

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Okaloosa Island fishing charters have easy access to backwater and deep sea fishing grounds.

Okaloosa Island fishing charters will put you on Red Snapper, King Mackerel, Amberjack, Cobia, and many more.

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Inshore fishing charters in Okaloosa Island

If you’re wondering where to cast a line near Okaloosa Island to make the most of the inshore fishing, you’ll find there’s something to suit all tastes and budgets. From backcountry fishing to the night Snook fishing trips, there’s something for anglers of all tastes and all ages.

Okaloosa Island fishing charters target variety of fish including species like 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

On average, the price for a 4-hour inshore fishing trip is $436 for 2 people. An extra person fee is $50. 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 Okaloosa Island.

You can find more than 41 fishing companies in Okaloosa Island and nearby cities. It’s easy to book your next fishing break in Okaloosa Island.

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Best time for inshore fishing

The best months for inshore fishing near Okaloosa Island are September, August and July.

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Offshore fishing charters in Okaloosa Island

If you’re looking for a offshore fishing adventures, you’ll find that there are some excellent fishing opportunities 15-50 miles offshore. Okaloosa Island offshore fishing charters can take you there for a whole day.

Okaloosa Island fishing charters target variety of fish including species like 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. 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 Okaloosa Island costs $350 for 2 anglers.

You can find 29 fishing charters in Okaloosa Island and nearby cities. It’s easy to find your next fishing trip in Okaloosa Island.

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

September, August and July will be your next best months for offshore fishing in Okaloosa Island.

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Family-friendly fishing charters in Okaloosa Island

Okaloosa Island family-friendly fishing charters offer a great opportunity to bring your family together and have a fun fishing trip. Local Captains will educate you and your family on how to use the tackle and catch various fish species.

In-shore fishing refers to inland waters like creeks, flats, and small bays. Your family can focus on peaceful fishing, thanks to the clear inshore waters.

Family-friendly fishing trip prices

If you are planning a vacation to Okaloosa Island, take a quick 4-hour inshore fishing charter. The kids will learn more about fish species and won’t get bored.

$436 is the average base price for a private 4-hour family-friendly fishing charter and 2 anglers. An extra guest fee is $50. Captains can take 4-6 persons depending on the length of the craft.

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Shark fishing charters in Okaloosa Island

One of the world’s most famous game fish, sharks, are plentiful in the waters near Okaloosa Island. Okaloosa Island shark fishing charters are experienced in targeting various species of sharks.

There are a variety of options for your next shark fishing trip near Okaloosa Island. These waters are a playground for 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. Fishing charter Captains will help you with shark identification.

Sharks inhabit inshore and deep water near reef dropoffs. Juvenile sharks use estuaries and lagoon areas as nursery grounds, while adults could be found in deeper waters.

Bait is an essential component of any shark fishing adventure. Ladyfish, Bonita, Mullet, and Blue Runner are the go-to bait for shark fishing. 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 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 Okaloosa Island and nearby cities. So you'll have a variety of options for your next fishing adventure.

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Best time for shark fishing in Okaloosa Island

You can target sharks all year round. March-October tends to be the best time to catch sharks in Okaloosa Island.

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Tarpon fishing charters in Okaloosa Island

Tarpon is a game fish that attracts anglers from all over the world. Local fishing charters specialize in Tarpon fishing. They will provide you with the best bait and show you all the productive spots.

Tarpon inhabit inshore waters and even rivers. You can catch it on live bait with crabs, pinfish, or mullet.

Note: Tarpon is a catch-and-release-only fishery. It is illegal to lift Tarpon out of the water if its length is greater than 40 inches. So be careful with a fish, take a few photos, and release your catch.

Tarpon fishing rates

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

You can find 15 fishing companies specialized in Tarpon fishing in Okaloosa Island and nearby cities.

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Best time for Tarpon fishing in Okaloosa Island

Tarpon fishing season in Okaloosa Island is late spring through summer. The peak months for Tarpon fishing are September, August, and July.

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FAQ

What is included in the price?

Most trips are all-inclusive. Captains provide all the necessary fishing equipment, bait, and cooler with ice. Usually, catch cleaning is free of charge.

The trip price includes a saltwater fishing license. It covers all the anglers on the boat.

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 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 Okaloosa Island?

Fishing charters launch from marinas or public boat ramps. Popular meeting points near Okaloosa Island are:

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