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Fishing charters in West Melbourne, FL

Top 5 fishing charters in West Melbourne, FL

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Whether you are planning an inshore fishing trip or a reef fishing, you’ll easily find a fishing charter in West Melbourne.

West Melbourne fishing charters will put you on Snook, Mangrove Snapper, King Mackerel, Mahi Mahi, and many more.

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Inshore fishing charters in West Melbourne

West Melbourne is popular with anglers, who come to explore the calm inshore waters. From the exciting Tarpon fishing to the night Snook fishing trips, there’s something for anglers of all tastes and all ages.

You can reel_in Snook, Mangrove Snapper, Cobia, Redfish, 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 angler fee is $50. 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 West Melbourne.

You can find 41 fishing charters in West Melbourne and nearby cities. So you'll have plenty of options to find your next fishing break.

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Best time for inshore fishing

The best months for inshore fishing near West Melbourne are November, October and April.

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Offshore fishing charters in West Melbourne

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

There are a lot of options for your next fishing trip near West Melbourne. These waters a home to King Mackerel, Mahi Mahi, Cobia, Sailfish, 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 base price for a private 4-hour offshore fishing charter is $682 for 2 anglers. An extra angler fee is $50. Captains can take 4-6 anglers depending on the length of the boat.

The most affordable 4-hour offshore fishing trip in West Melbourne costs $350 for 2 anglers.

You can find more than 29 fishing charters in West Melbourne and nearby cities. So you'll have a variety of options for your next fishing adventure.

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

The best months for offshore fishing near West Melbourne are November, October and April.

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Family-friendly fishing charters in West Melbourne

West Melbourne family-friendly fishing charters offer a great opportunity to build relationships with the members of your family. Your family can learn various fishing techniques and catch different species of fish.

Try inshore fishing because it takes place in waters like bays, harbors, flats, and creeks. Since the waters are calm, your family can focus on relaxing fishing.

Family-friendly fishing trip prices

A family-friendly 4-hour fishing trip could be a perfect choice for a group with kids. 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. An extra person fee is $50. Fishing charters can accommodate 2-6 anglers depending on the size of the craft.

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Shark fishing charters in West Melbourne

Millions of sharks migrate through West Melbourne waters, making it a perfect shark-fishing destination. If you want to target these famous ocean predators, then hire a West Melbourne shark fishing charter.

These waters will yield anything from Blacktip Shark and Bull Shark to Nurse Shark.

Note: you can keep certain Florida shark species, but most sharks are off-limits for harvesting. 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. Shallows are a playground for juveniles, while deep waters are home to adult sharks.

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

On average, the price for a 4-hour shark fishing trip is $522 for 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 West Melbourne and nearby cities. It’s easy to find your next fishing adventure in West Melbourne.

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Best time for shark fishing in West Melbourne

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

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Tarpon fishing charters in West Melbourne

Tarpon is one of the top trophy fish you can target on West Melbourne fishing charters. Local fishing guides can help you to target Tarpon. They will show you all the productive spots and fishing methods.

Tarpon occur in shallow waters, passes, inlets, channels, bays, and river mouths. The go-to bait for Tarpon fishing would be shrimps, pinfish, mullet, and crabs.

Note: Catch-and-release-only when fishing for Tarpon. By law, Tarpon over 40 inches must remain in the water. So be careful with a fish, take a few photos, and release your catch.

Tarpon fishing rates

$580 is the average base price for a private 6-hour Tarpon fishing charter and 2 anglers. An extra guest fee is $50.

You can find 15 fishing charters in West Melbourne and nearby cities.

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Best time for Tarpon fishing in West Melbourne

The best seasons for Tarpon fishing in West Melbourne are spring and 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. You will have everything you need for a fishing trip: rods, reels, tackle, lures, and cooler with ice. Usually, Captains clean anything that you catch.

The trip price includes a saltwater fishing license. 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 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. 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 West Melbourne?

Popular public boat ramps and marinas near West Melbourne are:

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