Offshore kayak fishing has become the most requested kayak fishing charter that we receive. I thought of catching a fish as big as your kayak has people jumping at the chance to experience the thrill. Different parts of Florida offer different offshore experiences. For Example, The panhandle offers some great bottom fishing and occasional pelagics. Within kayak range, the west central area offers shots at the mackerel species, tarpon and some reef species. Here in South Florida we have most everything available all within a mile of shore. When it is time to book your offshore kayak fishing charter in Florida here are a few things to help get you the experience you are after.
- Figure out what species you want to target
If you have a family vacation planned to visit Jacksonville and want a day alone on the water don’t get your hopes up to hook into a sailfish. No matter how much the guide tells you there is a chance.
- Figure out the best time of year to catch the fish you are after
In South Florida a lot of species are seasonal. For example, if you are looking to catch Mahi Spring and Fall are your best options. If you are searching for that fat Blackfin Tuna, May through June would be the time to book a trip.
3. Research your guide
The good old phrase of “you get what you pay for” comes into play here. There are many so called kayak fishing guides around the state of Florida. Take your time and research them, how long have they been in business, ask friends for recommendations, ask local tackle shops who they know is a reputable guide, look for reviews on social media, trip advisor etc. Jumping into a trip with the first outfitter that pops up on google could set you up for disappointment.
Hopefully the day will come when you get the chance to chase your dream fish from a kayak. Hopefully some of this info will help steer you in the right direction of a quality offshore kayak fishing charter in Florida.