Fishing in Hollywood FL

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Complete Guide to Hollywood Fl Fishing

Hollywood is a beautiful beachfront city located on the east coast of Florida, between Fort Lauderdale and Miami. This tropical beach is bordered by palm trees and a long Boardwalk which has become this area’s symbol. Hollywood is about 30 square miles in size and Broward County’s third-largest community with a population of around 153,000 residents.

This city near Fort Lauderdale, Florida is known for its bright and sunny days, tourist sights, upbeat spirit, and many other features that make it a delightful place to add to your travel destinations. Over the years, the ease with which you can get fish when vacationing in Florida earned the state the title of “The Fishing Capital of the World.” Besides being an excellent location for fishing, it offers tons of indoor and outdoor activities for everyone.

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Amazing day

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My father and I went out with Dave M. What a day we had! Captain had a great personality, we felt so comfortable, he put us right on the fish. We caught dozens of peacock bass! Just an amazing experience, and an all around great time
- Kyle Hillman

Peacock Bass Bonanza

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I spent two half days fishing for Peacock Bass in the southern Florida canals with Captain Mark was AMAZING! In two four hour days we caught 100 bass. I have fished with Mark a number of times for different species and he always puts me on the fish. He is an amazing guide. He is extremely knowledgeable about where and how to catch fish and he is also fun to fish with. I highly recommend Captain Mark Rose for a great day of fishing.”
- Rob K

Family trip

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We had a fantastic experience fishing with Mark. I've always wanted to catch Peacock bass, but didn't know who to go with or where to go. Look no further... Mark is the best. He's got the Peacocks dialed in. Nonstop action all afternoon. Really appreciate his patience with my young kids. They had a blast and can't stop talking about it.
- Cole Jansen
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Catching fish in Hollywood – Bass, Mahi Mahi, and more

There are many different types of fishing in the Hollywood, Fl area which includes its nearby cities such as Fort Lauderdale, Hallandale beach, and Dania beach. Thanks to its central location you have the opportunity to experience inshore, offshore, or inland freshwater fishing. All of them have something great and unique to offer anglers. There are also numerous fishing charters available in the area for all types of species.

Inshore Fishing

The main difference between inshore and offshore fishing is how far from the shoreline you are. Inshore fishing includes popular spots such as rocky shorelines, beaches, piers, flats, mangroves, and jetties. Inshore fishing involves being within a few miles from shore or in depths less than 30 meters. This means the water can ranch anywhere from a couple of inches to 98.4252 feet deep.

Inshore fishing is generally more fast-paced than offshore involving more casting but also more fishing action. It’s also more consistent year-round. For inshore, less equipment is needed and usually, light tackle is used.

Inshore fish species near the Fort Lauderdale area include snook, tarpon, snapper, sea trout, redfish, jacks flounder, barracuda. It entails lots of South Florida’s sport fish.

Offshore Fishing

Also known as deep-sea fishing. Waters above 99 feet deep is considered offshore and involves taking you anywhere from 30 to 130 miles away from the shoreline. Offshore fishing involves a bigger commitment and is less family-friendly. It’s a lot more seasonal and more influenced by certain weather conditions. It usually involves heavy tackle and trolling equipment.

Offshore fish species near the Fort Lauderdale area include sailfish, mahi-mahi, king mackerel, wahoo, sharks, tuna, and grouper.

Freshwater Fishing

With about a 15-20 minute drive you can reach some of Florida’s best freshwater fishing. Popular areas such as the Everglades for largemouth bass or Lake Ida in Delray or Airport lakes in Miami for famous Florida peacock bass, about a 30-40 minute drive to either from Hollywood.

Freshwater fishing is excellent year-round and very family-friendly.

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Hollywood Fl fishing charters – Hiring a local expert

Make the most of your Hollywood fishing experience with a captain. Our South Florida guides specialize in providing the full experience for inshore, offshore, or freshwater. Whichever location you prefer they will always take you to the best spots while providing essential information to make you a better angler while allowing you to get a boat ride tour of the beauty and wildlife of the area. Fishing with a guide is for anglers of all experience levels, whether you’re a first-timer or have been fishing your whole life your guide will have information to share and make your Florida experience a good one. Going on a fishing charter will take away the pressure of finding the best spots, navigating, and catching fish while taking in the scenery. Taking you to spots only the locals know about. Whether you do half-day trips or full, it’ll be filled with fish and scenic views.

Things to do in Hollywood, Florida

Hollywood, Florida is full of beauty and excitement. The spirit of this South Florida city can put a smile on your face. It’s home to over 60 parks, seven golf courses, and seven miles of beautiful tropical beaches. The thing it’s most known for is its beach boardwalk. The boardwalk contains a promenade that stretches over 2.5 miles along the Atlantic Ocean. It’s the perfect spot for those looking to be active to jog, bike ride, and rollerblade. The boardwalk is full of eateries and small local hotels. There are many other attractions such as a theatre and a children’s water playground at Charnow Park.

Here are a few places for you to check out nearby in South Florida:

  • Holland Park
  • Anne Kolb Nature Center
  • Hollywood Lions Park
  • Topeekeegee Yugnee Park
  • Dine at Margaritaville’s 5 o’clock somewhere
  • Dania Beach
  • Fort Lauderdale Beach
  • Everglades Holiday Park in Fort Lauderdale
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Best fishing grounds and tackle information

There are many fishing spots in the area to check out while not on charter trips. Having a clear understanding of the best places to look is one major step toward making sure that you have a successful experience of fishing. This area also has some of the best bridge and pier fishing so it’s always worth throwing some casts from these as well.

A few spots in Hollywood you may want to give a try.

  • Holland Park (3.9 miles)
  • Anne Kolb Nature Center (4.2 miles)
  • Fishing Headquarters (8.4 miles)
  • Hollywood Lions Park (1.1 miles)
  • Chasing Finz (4.1 miles)
  • Taco Hooked Up Fishing Charters (8.1 miles)
  • Hollywood North Beach Park (4.4 miles)

Also, there are specific spots to search in these waters that you would want to let down your fishing rod into. Here are a few of the spots where fishes are likely to be found

  • In the shallow waters of the beachside, you are likely to find different trouts, snook, snapper.
  • You are likely to find Redfish/Red drum and barracuda in the salt waters of Hollywood. 
  • Let down your fishing pole in freshwater reefs because you are likely to find Bass fish of different species here. 
  • Use your sinkers to look for the grouper that tends to hide in the deepest parts of the waters. 
  • Mackerel can be found in the Western Atlantic Ocean and other bodies in Hollywood.


Not having the right tools is one of the first mistakes people make when they set out to fish. Here is a list of the fundamental tools you should possess when you go fishing in Hollywood; 

  • Fishing rod and a functional reel for your targeted species
  • A strong fishing line.
  • Different types of fishing hooks for the different types and sizes of fish in Hollywood.
  • The right type of baits/lures. This is what will call the attention of the fishes.   
  • Bobbers. These alert you to when a fish has zeroed in on the bait.
  • Sinkers that make sure that your bait gets to the bottom and as a result, can get the attention of the bigger fishes that tend to hide toward the water bed. 

There are many other tools you need for a successful fishing trip in Hollywood, but these are just enough to get you started. When participating in fishing charters with a guide you do not need to bring anything with you, your guide will have all the equipment and tackle you need.

Florida fishing license

The waters you fish will determine which kind of license to get, freshwater, saltwater, or both. If you participate in any inshore or deep sea fishing charter trips you do not need a license as it falls under the captain’s license. For freshwater, you need a license whether fishing on your own or with a captain.

A fishing license is vital because:

  • It is the law. Fishing without a license (even if all you want to do is to catch and release the fish into the water again) will attract a fine to you. The fine usually starts at $50, in addition to the money for the license. 
  • This law helps make sure that the fish are protected as well, and that aquatic life does not go into extinction due to abuse of fishing by people. 
  • The money from the licenses usually goes into programs that ensure the continued health and stability of aquatic life.

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