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Fishing charters in Pretty Bayou, FL

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

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

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Inshore fishing charters in Pretty Bayou

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

There are a plenty of options for your next fishing trip near Pretty Bayou. 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

On average, the price for a 4-hour inshore fishing trip is $436 for 2 people. Add $50 for an extra angler. Fishing charters can accommodate up to 6 persons depending on the capacity of the boat.

The most affordable rates start at $200 for a 2-hour inshore fishing trip near Pretty Bayou.

There are more than 41 fishing companies in Pretty Bayou and nearby cities. You will have plenty of choices to find your next fishing outing.

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Best time for inshore fishing

The best months for inshore fishing near Pretty Bayou are September, August and July.

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Offshore fishing charters in Pretty Bayou

Pretty Bayou is the perfect place to enjoy some of the best offshore fishing experiences. We have many charter companies to choose from, so you can find the perfect one for you.

Pretty Bayou 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 price for a 4-hour offshore fishing trip and 2 people. An extra angler fee is $50. Fishing charters can accommodate 2-6 anglers depending on the size of the craft.

The cheapest rates start at $350 for a 4-hour offshore fishing trip near Pretty Bayou.

There are about 29 fishing guides in Pretty Bayou and nearby cities. So you'll have a lot of options to book your next fishing trip.

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.

Standard tips are 15-20% of the price you paid for your charter if the crew did a good job.

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Best time for offshore fishing

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

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Family-friendly fishing charters in Pretty Bayou

Pretty Bayou family-friendly fishing charters specialize in trips for anglers of all ages. Your Captain will show you how to use the tackle and catch different species of fish.

Try inshore fishing because it takes place in waters like bays, harbors, flats, and creeks. Inshore waters offer consistent year-round fishing through seasonal changes.

Family-friendly fishing trip prices

Take a quick 4-hour inshore fishing trip. It won’t be an exhausting trip, so your kids will learn more about fish species and fishing techniques.

$436 is the average price for a 4-hour family-friendly fishing trip and 2 guests. An extra angler fee is $50. Fishing charters can accommodate 4-6 anglers depending on the size of the vessel.

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Shark fishing charters in Pretty Bayou

Pretty Bayou waters have one of the most productive shark fisheries in the US. Pretty Bayou shark fishing charters are an excellent option for anglers looking for an actionable and affordable fishing trip.

You can have an amazing fishing outing and a chance to 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. Fishing charter Captains will help you with shark identification.

Sharks prefer to live in shallow coastal waters, nearshore, and even deep sea waters. Shallows are a playground for juveniles, while deep waters are home to adult sharks.

Oily and bloody bait is the best bet for appealing to sharks. Ladyfish, Bonita, Mullet, and Blue Runner are the go-to bait for shark fishing. Fishing charters prepare the bait depending on what shark species you want to catch.

Shark fishing trip prices

$522 is the average base price for a private 4-hour shark fishing charter and 2 anglers. An extra person fee is $50. Fishing charters can accommodate 4-6 anglers depending on the size of the vessel.

There are about 13 fishing guides in Pretty Bayou and nearby cities. It’s easy to find your next fishing getaway in Pretty Bayou.

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Best time for shark fishing in Pretty Bayou

Most of the non-prohibited shark species can be caught any time of the year. The best months for shark fishing in Pretty Bayou are March through October.

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Tarpon fishing charters in Pretty Bayou

Pretty Bayou is a great destination for Tarpon fishing. Pretty Bayou guides specialize in Tarpon fishing. They are ready to share the best fishing practices with all the customers on their charter.

Tarpon can be found in inlets, shallows, and bays. It loves mullet, crab, and 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 delicate with your catch, take a memorable photo, and let it go.

Tarpon fishing rates

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

In Pretty Bayou and nearby cities, there are around 15 fishing guides specialized in Tarpon fishing.

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Best time for Tarpon fishing in Pretty Bayou

Tarpon fishing season in Pretty Bayou is late spring through summer. The best 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.

The trip price includes a saltwater fishing license. 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 deposit could be refunded if you cancel the trip before the cancellation deadline. The average free cancellation deadline is 2-14 days before the trip date. Keep in mind that some of the bookings could be non-refundable.

What are the closest boat ramps and marinas to Pretty Bayou?

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

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