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Best Palm Beach County Fishing Charters in 2019

Posted by Lacey Hagler on Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019 at 8:18am.

Photo Credit: Lemieux Charters

Palm Beach County is one of the fishing capitals of the world for good reason. The Gulf Stream, a warm and swift Atlantic Ocean current that originates in the Gulf of Mexico, is closest to land near Palm Beach and Jupiter Inlet, providing abundant amounts of pelagic fish species as close as ¼ mile offshore.

If you don’t have a boat of your own, we have compiled this list of friendly local fishing charters for your convenience. The main target species in our area are mahi-mahi, kingfish, wahoo, tuna, sailfish, snook, snapper, grouper, and tripletail. Swordfish charters are also available for a pricier fee since a lot more specialty knowledge and work goes into a successful trip.

Charter services and accommodations vary widely, so hopefully this guide helps narrow down your choice. Most charter trips include everything you need to fish except for optional live bait, food, drinks, and gratuities. If you're lucky, a charter captain may decide to throw in live bait, but this is very rare. If they do, remember to tip a little extra for their trouble. Catching live bait isn't easy, and buying it from bait fisherman isn't cheap. 

Be sure to tip your captain and crew if you have a great experience! As with any service, customary tip is 15-20% added to the total price of the charter. We hope you have an opportunity to explore our area and see why this is one of the best fishing destinations in the world. 

Absolute Action Sportfishing

  • Captain Austin Rowe
  • Address: 98 Lake Drive, Singer Island
  • Phone: 561.876.7634

Absolute Action Sportfishing is located at Sailfish Marina minutes from some of the best fishing grounds Florida has to offer. Jump aboard 36’ Legend "Angler Management" (a very rare hull with only 19 ever built by Jupiter & Venture), for the fishing trip of a lifetime. Captain Austin has been fishing his entire life, and participates in many fishing charity tournaments throughout the year. Whether you're targeting sailfish, mahi-mahi, kingfish, tuna, or want to bottom fish for some tasty table fare, this crew will take very good care of you and your family. 

Adrenaline Rush Charters

  • Captain Timothy Mackay
  • Address: 1095 Florida A1A, Jupiter
  • Phone: 561.427.4913

Captain Timothy Mackay is an experienced captain who has been offshore fishing in Jupiter his entire life. He offers offshore trips, including swordfishing trips for small parties of 4 or less. All trips include bait, tackle, ice, and water, with live bait for an additional charge. He also offers Gulfstream “Run-and-Gun” trips if you’re looking for big mahi-mahi.

A & W Marine and Charters

  • Captain William Schmitt
  • Address: West Palm Beach
  • Phone: 561.899.9009

Captain William (Willy) Schmitt offers bass fishing charters on Lake Okeechobee and inshore fishing charters out of West Palm Beach Florida. He has been fishing his whole life, and participates in many professional bass fishing tournaments throughout the year.

Bahama Mama Charters

  • Captain Henry Dombroski
  • Address: 2010 N Federal Hwy, Boynton Beach
  • Phone: 561.704.7721

Capt. Henry Dombroski runs the Bahama Mama, a 32’ Contender, out of Boynton Inlet and offers a variety of charters, including mahi, tuna, wahoo, kingfish, sailfish, and even swordfish day or night trips. He’s been fishing since he was 4 years old, he enjoys sharing his passion and knowledge with others including young anglers, and you’ll also know you’re in safe hands since he is a firefighter and paramedic when he’s not fishing.

Black Dog Fishing Charters

  • Captain Bill Taylor
  • Address: 1111 Love Street, Jupiter
  • Phone: 561.744.5700

Capt. Bill Taylor is a very friendly captain known to always have a successful charter. The Black Dog departs from Jupiter Inlet twice daily, and is licensed for up to 20 passengers. This charter specializes in drift fishing, and always catches loads of snapper, grouper, triggerfish, and cobia, but can put you on mahi or other pelagics if that's what you're looking for.

Blue Heron Fleet Drift Fishing

  • Address: 1075 N Highway A1A, Jupiter
  • Phone: 561.747.1200

The Blue Heron was established in 1955 by Capt. Harry Nagel. This three-vessel fleet is family-owned and operated, and offers indoor cushioned seating, ladies' and men's restrooms, and settees for catering. "Miss Blue Heron" is an 88' Breaux Brothers out of Riviera Beach, the "Blue Heron II" is a 72' Breaux Brothers, and a 35' Contender is also available for a six-person private charter by reservation only. The Blue Heron Fleet departs twice daily and catches kingfish, snapper, grouper, mahi-mahi, sailfish, cobia, barracuda, sharks, bonita and wahoo.

Captain Jack's Fishing Charters

  • Captain Jack Porcelli
  • Address: 106 US Highway 1, North Palm Beach
  • Phone: 561.308.7578

Captain Jack Porcelli was born and raised in Palm Beach County, Florida and has been fishing this area his entire life. He has worked with people with little to no fishing experience as well as experienced anglers, and he particularly enjoys taking families. Capt. Jack can accommodate parties of six on one boat, but can arrange a second boat for larger groups. He offers inshore charters as well as offshore on his 26' center console for species including wahoo, kingfish, dolphin, cobia, grouper, and snapper. He also offers sportfishing for sailfish, swordfish, sharks, and barracudas.

Country Club Drift Fishing

  • Captain Jim Barton
  • Address: 111 Love Street, Jupiter, FL
  • Phone: 561.262.5329

"Country Club" is a 44' charter fishing boat licensed for 30 passengers, and walk-ons are welcome. Capt. Barton has 40 years of experience and specializes in drift fishing off the coast of Palm Beach and Jupiter, Florida. Catches include snapper, grouper, kingfish, dolphin, wahoo, tuna, cobia and sailfish. Located near the mouth of the Jupiter Inlet, this boat departs twice daily and is also available for private sightseeing cruises, sand bar excursions, and burials at sea.

Dog House Fishing Charters

  • Address: 18487 SE Federal Highway, Jupiter
  • Phone: 561.701.3284

"Dog House" is a 33' L&H Custom available for full, ¾, or ½ days for up to six passengers, and they specialize in catching sailfish, mahi-mahi, wahoo, and tuna. They also catch snapper, kingfish, Spanish mackerel, swordfish, and shark if you're so inclined. Dog House charters must be scheduled in advance, and they depart in the morning from Jupiter Inlet. They are also available for overnight Bahama trips.

Do Stay Sportfishing Charters

  • Captain Lou Mauro
  • Address: 18487 SE Federal Highway, Jupiter
  • Phone: 561.248.3050

Captain Lou Mauro was born in New Jersey, but has been fishing in Jupiter since 1991. He has been sportfishing all over the world, and he shares his world-class fishing knowledge by offering offshore charters on his 37’ Merritt named “Do Stay” to honor his children, Douglas (“Do”) and Stacy (“Stay”). Capt. Lou will put you on sailfish, wahoo, dolphin, cobia, kingfish, and blackfin tuna, and offers Bahamian charters and sandbar cruises as well.

E-Money Fishing

  • Captain Eric Rietwyk
  • Address: Palm Beach Gardens
  • Phone: 561.718.6937

Captain Eric has been fishing in Palm Beach County for 20 years, and offers fishing charters for people who have a boat, but want to learn how to fish. He enjoys teaching both seasoned pros and new anglers alike the particular tactics that are most effective in our region based upon conditions and time of year. He has helped his clients win or placed in several prestigious fishing tournaments throughout South Florida!

El Cazador Sportfishing Charters & Services

  • Captain Stan Crooks
  • Address: 1111 Love Street, Jupiter
  • Phone: 561.602.9060

Captain Stan has 25 years of fishing experience, and offers half day, full day, Bahamas, and Florida Keys charters on "El Cazador", a 34' Yellowfin center console. He specializes in kite fishing, trolling, drift fishing, deep dropping, and bottom fishing to target billfish, wahoo, tuna, kingfish, sailfish, snapper, and grouper. El Cazador is also the "Anglers For The Cure" fishing team, and 5% of his charter fees are donated to non-profit charities assisting those in treatment for prostate cancer.

Fish On Sportfishing Charters

  • Captain Andrew Dotterweich
  • Address: 98 Lake Drive, Singer Island
  • Phone: 678.372.8818

Captain Andrew has been sportfishing his entire life, and he runs charters out of Sailfish Marina on a 48’ Viking Yacht. Fish On is only available for charter in Palm Beach from November through April, and caters to up to 6 passengers, however there will be plenty of room for everyone. He specializes in sailfish, wahoo, mahi, kingfish, cobia, and snapper.

Game on Charters

  • Captain James Fedor
  • Address: 18487 SE Federal Highway, Jupiter
  • Phone: 561.316.8508

Game On Charters offers a variety of trips with five different boats to choose from including a 32' Mirage and a 47' luxury yacht. Captain Fedor specializes in drift fishing, trolling, and sailfishing, as well as custom Bahama trips. Choose from a larger boat with 40-50 other anglers, a smaller boat with 10 passengers, or a private boat for six passengers. Game On departs from Jupiter Inlet and Palm Beach Inlet daily.

Gettin Lucky Sportfishing

  • Captain Scott Collins
  • Address: 19157 SE Federal Highway, Jupiter
  • Phone: 561.214.2271

Capt. Scott has more than 18 years of experience, and can put you on the fish day or night, rain or shine. He caters to everyone from the seasoned fishing pro to new junior anglers, and is available inshore and offshore for charters with up to four passengers. Charters are scheduled for full day, ½ day, and night fishing, and live bait is included with price.

Gin Clear Charters

  • Captain R.J. Torsey
  • Address: 105 Lake Shore Drive, Lake Park
  • Phone: 561.319.0270
  • Email: ginclearcharters@gmail.com

The Gin Clear, a 38' custom sportfish, is available for parties of six for half and full day fishing charters, Bahamas trips, tournament fishing, offshore legal signings, burials at sea and corporate outings. Trips are based out of Lake Park Marina in Lake Park, FL, and include everything except optional live bait, food, drinks, & gratuities.

Good Time Charter Fishing

  • Captain Byron Allen
  • Address: 1111 Love Street, Jupiter
  • Phone: 561.277.5941

"Good Time" Charter Fishing offers a maximum of 12 passengers aboard the "Good Time II", a 46' Newton that departs from Jupiter Inlet twice daily, or six passengers aboard the "Good Time I", a 36' Henriques that departs from Riviera Beach twice daily. Private charters are also available for fishing trips, cruises, and sandbar excursions. They are also a Gray Taxidermy agent if you'd like your catch mounted on your wall!

Lemieux Fishing Charters

  • Captain Chris Lemieux
  • Address: 7848 S Federal Highway, Hypoluxo
  • Phone: 561.767.6211

Also a Boynton Beach Firefighter, Captain Chris Lemieux is well-known in the charter fishing community as a knowledgeable and versatile captain proven to help his clients catch kingfish, dolphin, wahoo, sailfish, swordfish, snapper, grouper, and sharks. He welcomes anglers of all experience levels and ages, and runs his charter on a beautiful custom-rigged 27-ft Conch center console.

Mad Son Fishing Charters

  • Captain George
  • Address: 105 Lake Shore Drive, Lake Park
  • Phone: 561.324.3454

"Mad Son", a 38' Young Brothers lobster boat, is available for individuals or group trips, or for private parties of six for a discounted rate. Located in Lake Park, Florida—convenient to Palm Beach Island, Singer Island, Juno Beach, Jupiter and West Palm Beach - you may choose from one of three types of private trips; drift fishing, sailfishing, or trolling. All trips include everything except optional live bait, food, drinks, & gratuities.

Miss Annie Sportfishing

  • Captain Randy Yates
  • Address: 98 Lake Drive, Singer Island
  • Phone: 561.927.7967

The Miss Annie is a 52 foot sportfishing machine. Outfitted with all state-of-the-art electronics, custom tackle, and a professional crew, these guys will put you on fish. From all pelagic species such as Sailfish, Blue Marlin, White Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna, Bluefin Tuna, Swordfish, Shark, Mahi Mahi, and Wahoo to all others including Mutton Snapper, Yellowtail Snapper, Grouper and Cobia, the Miss Annie is ready to fish in Palm Beach from October until June. They are also available for overnight Bahamas trips and swordfishing trips.

Reel Candy Sportfishing

  • Captain Marvin Steiding
  • Address: 1095 Florida A1A, Jupiter
  • Phone: 561.797.9769

"Reel Candy" is based at one of the most picturesque locations in Southern Florida, opposite of the historic Jupiter Lighthouse in the Jupiter Inlet at U-Tiki Beach Restaurant. Reel Candy is available for full day ¾ day, and ½ day charters with a maximum of six passengers. If you're looking to go big, all-inclusive package pricing is available for any charter package to include gratuity, food, beverages, multiple boats, and even limo service. Reel Candy specializes in kite fishing, trolling, live baiting, and deep dropping, and can put you on dolphin, sailfish, wahoo, shark, kingfish, swordfish, tuna, and even marlin.

Reel-E-Sea Fishing Charters

  • Captain Rick
  • Address: WPB, Jupiter, Pt. St. Lucie, Boca Raton, Pompano, Lake Worth, Palm Beach, Stuart
  • Phone: 561.396.5293

Captain Rick has 20 years of experience conducting successful fishing charters. He offers trips for up to five guests on a 28’ Contender, and can troll, kite fish, or bottom fish for a wide variety of species including tuna, kingfish, sailfish, and mahi-mahi. A father himself, Captain Rick is great with kids and families.

Rip Raft Fishing

  • Captain Mark Akus
  • Address: Jupiter Pointe Marina 18701 SE Federal Highway, Tequesta
  • Phone: 561.452.8552

Captain Mark Akus has over 30 years of professional fishing experience, and is available for up two three passengers for 2/3 day inshore or offshore fishing trips. Live bait and water are included- just bring any food or other drinks you'd like!

Samana Expert Fishing Charters

  • Address: Blowing Rocks Marina 18487 SE Federal Highway, Jupiter
  • Phone: 561.309.3328

Samana charters depart twice daily from Jupiter Inlet, and are available for a six passenger charter aboard a 38' Holland or a 10 passenger charter aboard a 44' Duffy. Both boats are available for half day and full day charters, as well as private reservations. Ask about their night fishing twilight trips as well!

Seacretspot Guide Service

  • Captain Cliff Budd
  • Address: 103 US Highway 1 Suite F5, Jupiter
  • Phone: 561.262.1617

Capt. Budd is a tournament-winning Florida native who is passionate about teaching beginners, as well as guiding seasoned experts. His specialty is grandparent-grandchildren trips, and is very patient when teaching children and seniors. He is also available to guide you in your boat or sportfishing yacht. Capt. Budd is available for Full, 1/2, 3/4, or full day trips for up to four passengers, as well as night fishing trips, cruising trips, and even 2-hour "mini-trips" out of Jupiter Inlet.

Seapremacy Fishing Charters

  • Captain Alex Burgess
  • Address: Lake Worth
  • Phone: 561.295.8155

Seapremacy Fishing Charters offers private offshore and deep sea fishing trips for anglers of all experience levels out of West Palm Beach and surrounding areas. A tournament-rigged 29’ SeaVee, Seapremacy offers ½ day or full day trips, and targets a wide variety of species including kingfish, dolphin, wahoo, cobia, blackfin tuna, bonito, sailfish, snapper, grouper, amberjack, African pompano, and shark.

Slob City Charters

  • Captain Carl Torresson
  • Address: West Palm Beach, Jupiter, Port St. Lucie, Stuart, Lake Worth, Palm Beach
  • Phone: 772.209.3706

Whether it’s sport fishing for the serious angler or a leisurely day for the family, Capt. Carl prides himself in providing personal attention, customized trips, a knowledgeable and friendly captain and mate, and dependability that they will do whatever it takes to make you happy. Slob City Charters has won multiple fishing tournaments, and all charters include a dozen and a half live baits. Aside from the usual pelagic and bottom species, Slob City also offers charters targeting Goliath Grouper.

Tom Cat Fishing Charters

  • Captain Tom Schwier
  • Address: Blowing Rocks Marina 18487 SE Federal Highway, Jupiter
  • Phone: 561.262.2301

Captain Tom Schwier departs Jupiter Inlet daily aboard "Tom Cat", a 34' Sea Vee center console, and is available for a charter of up to six passengers. He takes care of tackle, bait, license, ice, and fish cleaning, and specializes in bottom fishing, live baiting, and site fishing along the Florida coastline. Aboard the Tom Cat, you have the possibility of catching snapper, grouper, dolphin, cobia, kingfish, sailfish, sharks, snook, tarpon, and wahoo, depending on season and what's biting. He is also a Gray Taxidermy agent if you'd like your catch mounted on your wall!

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