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Fishing charters in Rock Harbor, FL

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Rock Harbor is an excellent fishing destination for those who want to try inshore, flats, and offshore fishing.

There are a variety of options for your next fishing trip near Rock Harbor. These waters are filled with Mahi Mahi, Mangrove Snapper, Tarpon, Barracuda, and many more.

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Inshore fishing charters in Rock Harbor

Inshore fishing is one of Rock Harbor's key attractions. Anglers favorite Rock Harbor for its backcountry rivers, bays, and shallow flats.

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

Inshore fishing trips are very popular with families, 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. Captains can take 4-6 anglers depending on the length of the boat.

$200 is the lowest price for a 2-hour inshore fishing trip in Rock Harbor.

In Rock Harbor and nearby cities, there are more than 41 inshore fishing charters. So you'll have a variety of options for your next fishing adventure.

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Best time for inshore fishing

May, March and October will be your next best months for inshore fishing in Rock Harbor.

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Offshore fishing charters in Rock Harbor

Rock Harbor 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.

Rock Harbor fishing charters target variety of fish including species like Mahi Mahi, Barracuda, Sailfish, King Mackerel, 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 person fee is $50. Fishing charters can accommodate 2-6 anglers depending on the size of the craft.

$350 is the lowest price for a 4-hour offshore fishing trip in Rock Harbor.

There are about 29 fishing guides in Rock Harbor and nearby cities. It’s easy to find your next fishing outing in Rock Harbor.

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.

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

May, March and October are the best months for offshore fishing near Rock Harbor.

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Family-friendly fishing charters in Rock Harbor

Rock Harbor family-friendly fishing charters provide trips for anglers of all ages. The Captain will show you and your family various fishing techniques and teach you about different fish species.

Your party will enjoy fun fishing in waters like creeks, flats, and small bays. Since the waters are calm, your family can focus on relaxing fishing.

Family-friendly fishing trip prices

The perfect choice for a family with kids will be an inshore fishing trip. This short trip is perfect for kids because they will learn something new and won’t get tired.

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

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Shark fishing charters in Rock Harbor

Rock Harbor waters have one of the most productive shark fisheries in the US. Rock Harbor shark fishing charters have vast experience in targeting different shark species.

You can have an amazing fishing outing and a chance to catch Blacktip Shark, Bull Shark, Nurse Shark, Bonnethead 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 prefer to live in shallow coastal waters, nearshore, and even deep sea waters. Pups and juveniles occur in shallow waters, while larger sharks can be found in offshore waters.

Fresh bait is used for shark fishing. Mullet, Little Tunny, Blue Runner, and Ladyfish would be the perfect 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. Add $50 for each additional person. Captains can accommodate 4-6 persons depending on the capacity of the vessel.

In Rock Harbor and nearby cities, there are about 13 shark fishing charters. You will have a lot of choices to book your next fishing retreat.

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Best time for shark fishing in Rock Harbor

You can target sharks all year round. March through October are the best months for shark fishing in Rock Harbor.

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Tarpon fishing charters in Rock Harbor

Rock Harbor attracts ambitious anglers looking to target Tarpon. Local fishing charters specialize in Tarpon fishing. They will provide you with the best bait and show you all the productive spots.

Tarpon inhabit waters around river mouths, bays, mangroves, and shallows. Crabs, pinfish, and mullet would be the ideal bait.

Note: Tarpon are a catch-and-release-only species. It is illegal to lift Tarpon out of the water if its length is greater than 40 inches. So take a photo of a lifetime, measure your trophy, 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 guest.

15 fishing companies can help you with Tarpon fishing in Rock Harbor and nearby cities.

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Best time for Tarpon fishing in Rock Harbor

The best seasons for Tarpon fishing in Rock Harbor are spring and summer. The best months to catch Tarpon are October, September, and June.

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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, Captains clean the catch for free.

The trip price includes a saltwater fishing license. 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 book a trip with a 10-20% 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.

What are the closest boat ramps and marinas to Rock Harbor?

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

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