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Summertime Florida Fishing Report (Late July)

Written by Captain Jason "JP" Peters on Wednesday, 30 July 2014. Posted in Fishing Reports

Summertime fishing in Florida is here!


The water is hot and the levels are rising. This is great for Peacock Bass and Snakeheads. Early morning and evening is best. The panfish are showing signs of getting ready to spawn. The large bass are moving up out of the canals and into the flats with an awesome bite just before sundown. The frogs are not too thick yet but plenty for gigging.


Bonefish and Tarpon are appearing every morning just after sunrise on the beautiful flats of Biscayne. Fishing diminishes as the heat of the day builds. Not a problem, the sharks are plentiful all times of day and the Sea Trout will bite as well.


The offshore bite has been consistant with catches of nice schoolie Dolphin, Blackfin Tuna, and occassional Wahoo. Deep dropping has produced some nice Tile fish and Rosy Rockfish. Sailfish and Kingfish can be found if targeted.

So book a trip with VIP Fishing charters and feel free to ask to speak with me personally!

- Capt. JP

Blue Dolphin

Written by Capt. Steve on Tuesday, 06 November 2012. Posted in Fishing Reports

Blue Dolphin

Check out this cool blue bull dolphin caught off of Fort Lauderdale by Captain Doug Kelley!

Mahi Fishing in Florida is Hot!

on Monday, 08 October 2012. Posted in Fishing Reports

Good news boys and girls, our captains are reporting awesome mahi fishing (aka Dolphin Fishing) up and down both coasts of Florida. Not only are we catching a lot of Mahi, we're catching big ones too.

Captain Ralph on our Hollywood sportfishing boat Outta Control sent us these awesome photos last week. I lost count at about 30 dolphin between these two photos. Come on Ralph, leave some for the rest of us!

hollywood mahi fishing charters

hollywood dolphin fishing charter

And then there's Captain Mike on our Fort Lauderdale fishing charter boat Local Knowledge. He sent us this sweet picture of a young angler who caught a huge bull dolphin last week off of Fort Lauderdale. Always a cool feeling when the fish weighs more than you do!


We've also been getting reports from our Destin fishing fleet that they're finding a lot of Mahi up there too! Wow, I wish I were out fishing right now myself instead of writing these blog posts!!

Fishing Trips Miami

Written by Capt. Steve on Tuesday, 25 September 2012. Posted in Fishing Reports

Miami Fishing Trips

Miami is great destination for anglers looking for a variety of fishing trips.  The unique ecosystem of Miami provides a variety of fishing trips available.  There a three main type of fishing trips in Miami and within each of those are a separate set up trips an angler can choose from.

The first type of fishing trip in Miami is an offshore deepsea fishing trip.  These trips take passengers out in the ocean off the coast of Miami. Available offshore fishing trips include Miami sailfish trips, Miami swordfish trips, wreck and reef fishing trips for snapper and grouper, and even shark fishing trips.

Another type of fishing trip in Miami is the inshore bay fishing trip.  On these types of fishing trips anglers can fish in Biscayne Bay never having to venture out in to the Atlantic Ocean.  Some of these Miami fishing trips target tarpon, snook and jacks.  We often suggest this type of fishing trip in Miami for small groups or families with young children.

The third fishing trip available in Miami is a flats trip.  These Miami fishing trips are perfect for two or few anglers.  We consider flats fishing sight fishing because the guide leading the fishing trips actually spots the fish in the shallow waters off the Miami shore.  This is a unique fishing trip to Miami and few other location in Florida.

All of these types of fishing trips are also available with fly fishing gear for fly fishing enthusiasts.  Check out all of our different miami fishing trip options!

Local Knowledge Fishing Charters Fort Lauderdale, FL Review

Written by Capt. Noah on Monday, 06 August 2012. Posted in Fishing Reports

The A-Dock of Bahia Mar Marina is the long time home of Fort Lauderdale’s sport fishing fleet. Here, two dozen or more sport fishing boats entice tourists with mounted sharks, dolphin, sailfish, and more, whetting want to be anglers appetites for the bounties that the Atlantic Ocean has to offer.

Unfortunately, rumors about unscrupulous fishing charter operations abound. Even as a professional fishing concierge, the task of trying to select the best of these boats is daunting, because if you look at them as most visitors do, just by walking down the docks, it’s hard to notice anything that sets them apart. The oft manipulated Yelp and Google reviews aren’t much help, nor are the hotel concierges who are usually on the take. You’ll notice that some of the boats have a few more rust stains than others, but although this is somewhat of a reflection for how much pride a captain takes in maintaining his boat, what’s really important is the crew.

mike guests 250x188After walking the docks and shooting the sh#t with captains and mates on different boats, I reached the southern end of A Dock and struck up a casual conversation with Captain Mike Johnson on the sport fishing vessel Local Knowledge. Twenty seconds into my conversation with Mike, I realized something was a little odd. Besides the fact that he was a friendly guy and could compose grammatically correct sentences (that’s something new for A dock), Mike was singing a song very, very different than the other Captains on the dock.

“I heard the mahi are running today,” I told him.

He laughed. “Oh yeah, who told you that?”

“A few of the guys down there told me,” I told him pointing north past the Jungle Queen reservations office. (Side note: although the Jungle Queen is the biggest tourist trap Fort Lauderdale has to offer, I highly recommend it!)

“Listen, man,” Mike responded, looking at me straight in the eye. “I would love to take you out fishing today, but that’s total bullsh#t about the Mahi. You are probably not going to catch one today. We can try, but they’ve been running far offshore and even on a full day charter, we probably couldn’t find them. If you want to catch Mahi, give me your number and I’ll text you when I know they’re back.”


A few weeks later, I got a text from Mike. It said, “Mahi are back! Call me! It’s Capt. Mike.”

I went out on a trip with him and we had a great time. We caught a few Mahi, although not quite as many as I had hoped, but we also spent time kite fishing and landed a beautiful sailfish. All in all, for a four hour trip, I was happy with the catch. Unless you’re on a tight budget or limited for time, I think a six hour or eight hour trip is much preferable to a four.

Mike was extremely personable and you can tell he just likes talking to people. His mate Brandon was equally fun. Both of them were extremely knowledgeable and easy to get along with.

We had lines in the water just a few minutes outside the channel and we spent our entire time trolling. This is a notable thing about Local Knowledge and Mike’s attitude in general. He will move his boat around as much as he needs to in order to get you on the fish. This is a departure from several other fishing charters I’ve been on in Fort Lauderdale and elsewhere where it becomes pretty apparent that the Captain is trying to conserve fuel. On my day on Local Knowledge, we drove by other fishing boats a few times, clearly due to the fact that they were idling around a specific spot, while we tried different spots and speeds.

Mike’s boat, a 43’ Hatteras, I believe built in the 80s, is spacious and well equipped for fishing. It’s not luxurious, after all not many charter boats are, but it is clean and comfortable. The boat is in above average shape, and recently, Mike has undertaken some improvements that really make the boat stand out at the dock, including replacing windows and doors that were in need of some TLC.

All the equipment on Local Knowledge is high quality and in good shape. And more importantly, Brandon and Mike know how to use it all to their maximum advantage.

It was after the trip that I revealed to Mike that I was starting a business for reviewing and directing people to the best fishing charters.

“I’m in,” Mike responded, without asking any more questions. Again, his positive attitude shining through.

Mike ended up being the first boat in the VIP Fishing Charters fleet. After scores or possibly hundreds of trips I have sent to Mike, I have received only one bad review. When I called him to tell him, he was extremely apologetic and embarrassed and offered to do anything to make it right. I know things don’t always go right, but it is owners that react like this when things go wrong that win my business for life. And in Mike’s case, he has now won not only my business personally, but my endorsement for my customers as well

VIP Fishing Charters provides advice on the best fishing charters in Ft Lauderdale. Click here to request a free quote on Ft Lauderdale fishing charters.

Best Deep Sea Fishing Miami

Written by Capt. Noah on Wednesday, 20 June 2012. Posted in Fishing Reports, Tourist Info, Fishing Advice


If you're looking for the best deep sea fishing Miami has to offer you can get caught up searching for the closest boats to your hotel on Google and  trying to sort through the (mostly phoney) reviews. Or, you can try our fishing concierge service out. We know all the best boats and can match you with a boat that is the best fit for you. Looking for a great day on the water with kids - we've got a perfect boat and captain for that. Looking to impress clients - we've got one there too.

You will pay no fees for our Miami fishing charter concierge service and better yet, you will book at local, boat direct prices. In fact, we guarantee that you will always get the best price on any boat in our Miami fishing boat fleet when you book through us.

One thing to keep in mind when you are looking for Miami deep sea fishing is that even if you find a boat close to your hotel, that boat may not be conveniently located to Haulover Inlet or Government Cut, the two ocean inlets in the Miami area. That means that even if you save a little time getting to the boat, it's going to take quite a bit longer to get out to sea. Especially on our half day charters that extra half hour in and out, could easily add up to 25% or more of your time. Since even fast boats go slower than cars, we highly recommend you plan your Miami fishing trip with a boat located near the inlet. Needless to say, all the boats in our fleet are located very close to the inlets. In fact, our primary Miami fishing is located directly at the inlet. Can't get much better than that!

Beyond location, you should consider the type of experience you want. Some people are looking for a no frills hardcore fishing experience, others would like something comfortable but economical, and especially in Miami, some people just want a luxury fishing charter on a top of the line fishing yacht. It can be hard to discern which is which on a website, which is why whether your Miami fishing charter through us, or with someone else, it's always a good idea to explain exactly what you're looking for so you're not disappointed.

Good luck with your Miami deep sea fishing experience. If you're interested in getting a free quote from us, fill out the form on the right side of this page, or click get a quote at the top of the page. We'll do everything we can to plan your dream fishing trip, exceed your expectations and save you money.


Written by Capt. Steve on Tuesday, 24 April 2012. Posted in Fishing Reports

Tuna Caught Off Jupiter Inlet

jupiter tuna fishing

Miami Mahi-Mahi

Written by Capt. Steve on Tuesday, 24 April 2012. Posted in Fishing Reports

Life Is Good

mahi miami

No Big Deal

on Tuesday, 24 April 2012. Posted in Fishing Reports

Fort Lauderdale Swordfish


Clients Have A Blast Fishing In Choppy Waters Off Miami

Written by Capt. Steve on Monday, 16 April 2012. Posted in Fishing Reports

Eight Mahi-Mahi and Three Black Fin Tunas

andrews mahi-mahi

The weather conditions haven't been ideal for fishing the last couple of weekends.  The seas have been rougher than normal.  Some of our trips have been postponed, but others clients have decided to go out despite the big seas.  Andrew is one such angler.  I just wanted to give him a shout for a job well done last weekend.  Andrew reeled in 8 mahi-mahi and three black fin tunas.  Our Miami fishing guides Ron and Howard did a great job getting on the fish.  I'm posting Andrew's email about his fishing experience below.

Dear Captain Ron and Captain Howard,


Thanks for a wonderful time today. Ezaki san and I had a wonderful time despite the choppy waters.

It’s the first time I got to fish in such conditions and it’s quite an experience.


Thanks for making the trip a pleasant and memorable one for both of us.


I look forward to doing this again soon, hopefully this time, with calmer waters.





Andrew Mui

Our Captain Catches 350 lb Swordfish off Fort Lauderdale

Written by Capt. Steve on Friday, 06 April 2012. Posted in Fishing Reports

Congratulations to VIP Fishing Charters' own Captain Mike on Local Knowledge for catching a 325lb Swordfish off Fort Lauderdale. Mike received national attention and received a long write up in the Sun Sentinel. Mike's catch proves that Fort Lauderdale Fishing Charters and Deep Sea Fishing in Fort Lauderdale are still hot!

Click the image below for a link to the article!

Fort Lauderdale 350 lb Swordfish Catch


Pompano Beach Deep Sea Fishing Charters

on Monday, 06 February 2012. Posted in Fishing Reports

Pompano Beach Deep Sea Fishing Boats Recent Catches

The majority of our Pompano Beach fishing charters are coming back to the Hillsboro Inlet Marina with some wahoo, kingfish, and tunas.  As of now the sailfish haven't come far enough south to reach our Pompano Beach fishing boats and charters.  The drift boats out of Pompano Beach are reporting yellowtail, mutton and magrove snappers.  Any day now a nice cold front could drive all the sailfish south off the coast of Pompano Beach.

510 Pound Swordfish Caught off Jupiter

Written by Capt. Noah on Thursday, 26 January 2012. Posted in Fishing Reports

Time to go fishing near Palm Beach!

Congratulations to Mark Deblasio and Joe Miele for their awesome catch. According to WPTV news, these intrepid anglers caught a 510 pound swordfish off of Stuart, Florida. One hundred and two pounds short of a record, but still the type of catch we all dream about! Check out the video embedded below!

Palm Beach Fishing Charters

It's a great sign that the big fish are biting and this is a perfect opportunity to go fishing for this swordfish's brothers! Our Palm Beach Fishing Charters are located close to where this fish was caught. Since fish are perpetually in motion - particularly swordfish, which migrate - this is a perfect time to go fishing in Palm Beach.

Pompano Beach Sailfishing

Written by Capt. Steve on Thursday, 05 January 2012. Posted in Fishing Reports

Starting to See the Sailfish Bite in Pompano Beach

sailfish catch

Take a look at this Sailfish caught out of Hillsboro Inlet in Pompano Beach!  We are starting to see sailfish season pick up and it is getting exciting

South Florida Cold Front Means Great Fishing

Written by Capt. Noah on Tuesday, 03 January 2012. Posted in Fishing Reports

True: it's freaking cold for us Floridians now. True: the NW wind has the Gulfstream looking gnarly. But if you're reading this you're most likely interested in cleaning up and catching some fish!

Our past experience has shown us that this unusually cold weather leads to great fishing - especially if you get on a boat with one of our expert captains who know where the fish hide when it's cold.

If you're thinking about taking a fishing trip in Florida, layer up and give it a try!

Check out our Miami Fishing Charters.

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