palm beach county fisherman on a charter with peacock bass

Capt. Patrick Smith

​​Ph: 561-503-0848


Important Charter Info for S. Florida 

Unfortunately, there is a new trend with new/inexperienced guides using online booking agencies to book trips. We are seeing them paying 25-35% per trip to the booking service.

and also pricing the charter too low to begin with. What this equates to for the client is most likely going to be a Capt that cannot afford to go the extra mile for you, maintain their equipment or vessels. Professional independent guides are actually pretty affordable in comparison and will work harder to make your day enjoyable. I strongly urge anyone considering booking a fishing charter in Florida whether its Offshore,Inshore or freshwater to do a little research ahead of time. Im always willing to provide a referral to a professional guide anywhere in the state when asked.

Summertime means prime fishing season in South Florida, where anglers have access to a variety of species and fishing techniques. Here are some of the top summertime fishing opportunities in the region.
One of the most popular summertime fishing opportunities in South Florida is peacock bass fishing. These brightly colored and aggressive fish can be found in freshwater canals and lakes around Miami and are a favorite among catch-and-release anglers. Anglers can use a variety of lures and techniques to target these fish, including topwater plugs and jerk baits.
For those looking for a more challenging experience, there is goliath grouper fishing. These massive fish, which can reach up to 800 pounds, are found in both nearshore and offshore waters and require heavy tackle and plenty of patience. Grouper fishing is challenging in the Florida Keys, and South Florida and anglers will need to use heavy line and big baits to catch these fish.
Snook and tarpon are two more species that anglers can target during the summertime in South Florida. These fish can be found around docks, bridges, and inlets, and can be caught using live bait or lures like surface plugs or soft plastics. Tarpon can also be caught offshore by trolling live bait or using artificials.
Anglers looking for near shore fishing opportunities in South Florida can target false albacore and kingfish. These fish are found within a few miles of the coastline and can be caught by trolling lures or using live bait. False albacore are known for their hard fights, while kingfish can be targeted using planers and wire leaders.
If you're planning a summertime fishing trip to South Florida, be sure to check out Swamp to Sea. We offer a variety of guided fishing trips in the region and can help you target some of the top species in the area. From peacock bass to goliath grouper and everything in between, we've got you covered for an unforgettable fishing experience. 


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