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Fishing charters in Port St. Joe, FL

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

Local fishing charters can help you reel in Red Snapper, King Mackerel, Amberjack, Cobia, and many more.

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Inshore fishing charters in Port St. Joe

If you’re wondering where to cast a line near Port St. Joe 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 great trip.

There are a plenty of options for your next fishing trip near Port St. Joe. Local waters a playground for 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 extra angler. Captains can take 4-6 anglers depending on the length of the boat.

The most affordable 2-hour inshore fishing trip in Port St. Joe costs $200 for 2 anglers.

There are about 41 fishing guides in Port St. Joe and nearby cities. It’s easy to find your next fishing adventure in Port St. Joe.

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Best time for inshore fishing

September, August and July are the best months for inshore fishing near Port St. Joe.

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Offshore fishing charters in Port St. Joe

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

Port St. Joe 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

On average, the price for a 4-hour offshore fishing trip is $682 for 2 people. Add $50 for an extra angler. Fishing charters can accommodate 2-6 anglers depending on the size of the craft.

The most affordable 4-hour offshore fishing trip in Port St. Joe costs $350 for 2 anglers.

There are more than 29 fishing companies in Port St. Joe and nearby cities. You will have a variety of choices for your next fishing getaway.

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

September, August and July will be your next best months for offshore fishing in Port St. Joe.

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Family-friendly fishing charters in Port St. Joe

Port St. Joe family fishing charters allow families to have a fantastic fishing experience on a budget. Your family can learn various fishing techniques and catch different species of fish.

The beautiful inshore waters of Port St. Joe allow for a great amount of fishing and fun. Since the waters are calm, your family can focus on relaxing fishing.

Family-friendly fishing trip prices

A half-day inshore fishing trip is a perfect trip for a family. The kids will learn more about fish species and won’t get bored.

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

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Shark fishing charters in Port St. Joe

Port St. Joe 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 Port St. Joe shark fishing charters.

Depending on the season, you can catch Blacktip Shark, Bull Shark, Shortfin Mako Shark, Nurse Shark, and many more.

Note: some shark species are considered prohibited in Florida and cannot be kept as a trophy. These sharks have to be released. But don't worry about shark identification. Your Captain will assist you.

Coastal, shelf, and island waters are home to various species of sharks. Young sharks reside in shallow waters, while deep waters are home to adult species.

Live or dead baits are great for shark fishing. Preferred live baits for shark fishing could be Blue Runner, Mullet, Bonita, or Ladyfish. 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. An extra angler fee is $50. Fishing charters can accommodate up to 6 persons depending on the capacity of the boat.

There are about 13 fishing guides in Port St. Joe and nearby cities. It’s easy to find your next fishing adventure in Port St. Joe.

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Best time for shark fishing in Port St. Joe

Sharks are active all year round. March through October is the best time for shark fishing in Port St. Joe.

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Tarpon fishing charters in Port St. Joe

Tarpon is one of the most desired trophy fish in Port St. Joe. Local guides specialize in putting anglers on the best Tarpon spots. They will show you all the productive spots and efficient methods.

Tarpon reside in shallows, bays, inshore waters, and even rivers. Shrimp, pinfish, mullet, and crabs would be the ideal fishing bait.

Note: Tarpon is a catch-and-release-only fishery. Tarpon over 40 inches must remain in the water. So be very delicate with your trophy, take a few photos, and let it go.

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 Port St. Joe and nearby cities, there are around 15 fishing guides specialized in Tarpon fishing.

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Best time for Tarpon fishing in Port St. Joe

Tarpon season starts in late spring and lasts until the end of summer. The peak months are September, August, and July.

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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 the catch with no additional payments.

A Saltwater fishing license is included in the price. It covers all the people 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 majority of the fishing charter deposits are refundable if you can cancel 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 Port St. Joe?

There are several boat ramps and marinas near Port St. Joe. Most of the fishing charters launch from:

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