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Fishing charters in Rio, FL

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This city is one of Florida’s most visited fisheries. It never fails to mesmerize with the species of fish, and a large number of Rio fishing charters.

Local fishing charters will do whatever it takes to reel in Mahi Mahi, King Mackerel, Sailfish, Wahoo, and many more.

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Inshore fishing charters in Rio

If you’re wondering where to cast a line near Rio 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.

These waters will yield anything from Mangrove Snapper and Cobia to Mutton Snapper and Tarpon.

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 price for a 4-hour inshore fishing trip and 2 people. Add $50 for an each additional person. Fishing charters can accommodate 2-6 anglers depending on the size of the craft.

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

There are more than 41 fishing companies in Rio and nearby cities. It’s easy to book your next fishing break in Rio.

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Best time for inshore fishing

May, October and June are the best months for inshore fishing near Rio.

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Offshore fishing charters in Rio

Rio 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.

You can land Mahi Mahi, King Mackerel, Sailfish, Wahoo, 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. Captains can take 4-6 persons depending on the length of the craft.

The cheapest 4-hour offshore fishing trip in Rio found on our platform costs $350 for 2 anglers.

There are about 29 fishing guides in Rio and nearby cities. So you'll have plenty of options to find your next fishing break.

Keep in mind that it takes time to get to the best offshore fishing spots. It’s better to take a 6-hour offshore fishing trip if you want more fishing action.

The average tips are 15-20% of the total fishing charter price.

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Best time for offshore fishing

May, October and June will be your next best months for offshore fishing in Rio.

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Family-friendly fishing charters in Rio

Rio family-friendly fishing charters offer short trips for a quick outing — perfect for families with kids. Help your children catch their first fish, a memory that will last a lifetime. Your Captain will show you how to bait a hook and catch different species of fish.

You can fish in the inland waters during the fishing trip. Because of the shallower depths, the calm inland waters are great for family fishing.

Family-friendly fishing trip prices

The perfect choice for a family with kids will be an inshore fishing trip. 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 guest 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 Rio

Sharks are plentiful all year round, from the shallow flats to the offshore waters near Rio. Rio shark fishing charters are committed to providing you with an exciting fishing experience.

Depending on the season, Rio shark fishing charters will help you to target Bull Shark, Blacktip Shark, Thresher Shark, Shortfin Mako 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. But don't worry about shark identification. Your Captain will assist you.

Sharks inhabit tropical to subtropical coastal, shelf, and inland waters. Depending on the size, sharks could be found from the shallow grounds to the offshore waters.

Sharks will eat almost any live bait. Mullet, Little Tunny, Blue Runner, and Ladyfish would be the perfect bait for shark fishing. The type of bait depends on the shark species you want to catch.

Shark fishing trip prices

On average, the price for a 4-hour shark fishing trip is $522 for 2 guests. An extra guest fee is $50. Fishing charters can accommodate 2-6 anglers depending on the size of the craft.

There are more than 13 fishing companies in Rio and nearby cities. It’s easy to find your next fishing trip in Rio.

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Best time for shark fishing in Rio

Sharks are active all year round. The best months for targeting sharks in Rio are from March through October.

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Tarpon fishing charters in Rio

Tarpon are known as one of the world’s best fighting fish. Local guides are experienced in Tarpon fishing. They will provide you with the best bait and show you all the productive spots.

Tarpon reside in shallows, bays, inshore waters, and even rivers. The best fishing baits are shrimp, pinfish, mullet, and crabs.

Note: Tarpon are a protected 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 catch, take a quick photo, and let it go.

Tarpon fishing rates

$580 is the average base price for a private 6-hour Tarpon fishing charter and 2 anglers. Add $50 for each additional person.

In Rio and nearby cities, there are about 15 fishing companies specialized in Tarpon fishing.

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Best time for Tarpon fishing in Rio

Late spring and summer are the best seasons to go after Tarpon in Rio waters. The ideal months are June, May, and April.

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FAQ

What is included in the price?

Most trips are all-inclusive. Captains provide rods, reels, tackle, bait, and a cooler with ice. Usually, catch cleaning is free of charge.

A Saltwater fishing license is included in the price. 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 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 Rio?

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

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