There is nothing quite like a deep sea fishing trip. From grabbing your gear to reeling in that big catch to the stories told for years after, nothing beats it. Central Florida, world renowned as a top tourist destination, is also a force to be reckoned with when it comes to deep sea fishing. While the reasons why could fill a book, here are several of the most compelling.
All of the Central Florida deep sea fishing options are easy to get to, particularly from Orlando International Airport. Located about an hour from the eastern coast of Florida, Orlando International puts fishermen from out of town in close proximity to the hottest Central Florida deep sea charter spots. This way, if you want, you can arrive in the morning, and be out to sea before lunch. Nothing beats convenience.
Safety is always a priority. Regardless of how fun and entertaining an activity is, safety cannot be compromised. With a Central Florida deep sea fishing charter, a safe trip is a priority and fairly easy to attain, given the location. While storm systems can hit anywhere, those that travel along a southwesterly course past the southern tip of Florida often leaving Central Florida unaffected. This means that a system that hits Cuba, Jamaica, and even the Bahamas may not have as a significant effect on the waters off Central Florida.
It’s nice to know you can go out and focus on relaxation instead of surprise storms. And if a storm does decide to swing through the area, an experienced fishing charter will get advance warning to keep everyone safe and sound. After it passes, the fish will still be there, waiting for the bait
Huge Variety of Fish
The variety of fish you will have access to on a Central Florida deep sea charter may be the most diverse in the world. Central Florida’s waters are well-suited for a broad range of unique catches. The currents help. As different currents converge, they encourage the migration of fish from one area to the next. The currents in the waters off Central Florida make it so fish from several different areas converge in a few central locations.
The temperature of the waters helps as well. The tropical temps experienced in Southern Florida combine with the more moderate temps seen in the Carolinas. This creates an ideal environment for many different types of fish. These fish attract a variety of predators, which attract us, the fishermen.
The underwater topography of Central Florida’s waters also makes for a nice, diverse catch. The combination of deep, more shallow, and super deep waters makes for the cross-migration of overlapping species, and this means many more choices for deep sea fishermen.
There is nothing quite like the weather in Central Florida. Being slightly more north than Miami and other Southern Florida locales, some of the Florida heat is tempered by slightly cooler temps and temperate coastal breezes. The average temperature is 82 degrees Fahrenheit, and even in the winter time, the mercury still reaches up to an average a little over 60 degrees. There are very few “bad days” in Central Florida, and this makes for consistently great deep sea fishing charters.
If the weather does get a little choppy, you can depend on your guide to give you advanced warning and have the confidence that the experience overall will be safe. Because the weather systems are more straightforward than those of, say, the Northeast, a good day for fishing typically stays a good day for fishing, and there are fewer surprises. The convergence of weather systems seen in the New England area is not an issue in Central Florida. There is some rain, however, but rainfall is fairly easily predicted. The most rain falls during the month of July, and August comes in second place as the wettest month. Even so, July and August are also among the sunniest months, partially because the rainfall is often short-lived. So, regardless of the time of the year, Central Florida deep sea charters offer overall great weather, so you can enjoy a nice day angling.
Many Places to Stay
Another advantage of choosing Central Florida as your deep-sea charter destination are the many options you have for places to stay. There are literally hundreds of hotels in the Central Florida region. Each has its own flavor and panache—or lack thereof if you feel like something more simple.
One of the benefits of being in the Central Florida area is you can choose from established, household name hotels and some more boutique spots as well. If you would like to play it safe and stay in something like a Ramada, La Quinta, or Best Western, there are tons of options. On the other hand, you can choose a more specific style of hotel to custom fit the experience.
There are even fishing lodges designed to cater to the needs and tastes of fishermen. This allows you to get in the spirit from the moment you check in. Naturally, there is also a long list of hotels on or near the water. Choosing a place with a location this convenient has several benefits. You can wake up a little later, which makes for a more relaxing day overall. Also, after a long day of deep sea fishing, your trip back to the hotel will be shorter. And that’s a good thing because after a nice day out at sea, you don’t want to be driving long distances--all you’re going to want to do is kick back and crack open a cold one.
Close to World Famous Attractions
One of the biggest perks about deep sea fishing charters in Central Florida is the area’s proximity to some of the most famous attractions in the world. The variety of world famous attractions nearly rivals the variety of fish.
The Kennedy Space Center was built in 1967, and is the destination of choice for 1.5 million guests every year. If you have kids who are coming along for your fishing trip to Central Florida, they are going to love all of the different facets of the Space Center, whether it be the Shuttle Launch Experience of the gigantic IMAX shows. And even if you don’t have kids, you can fish one day and then get a little history lesson about the space program the next. It’s open seven days a week starting at 9:00 a.m.
Walt Disney World is an adventure as deep and awe-inspiring as the ocean in which you’ll be reeling in fish. You may want to incorporate two days into your fishing trip in order to get the full Disney experience—or perhaps you can do just one and then go back the following year to get the rest. Covering 39 square miles and almost 25,000 acres, Disney is larger than life. There’s even a feature that’s a perfect match for your Central Florida deep sea charter experience: The Seas with Nemo & Friends. Maybe you or your kids can spot some of the fish you were reeling in the day before.
The Kennedy Space Center and Walt Disney World are just two of the many, many auxiliary attractions that can help spice up your Central Florida deep sea fishing charter experience. You can go on what amounts to a U.S. safari as you explore wild Florida, checking out the gators the area is famous for. Of course, you can take an exciting yet beautiful airboat tour and skim your way through the Everglades. There’s even the option of swimming with the manatees or indoor skydiving. You get the point: there's so much more to do than just fishing—although that is awesome in and of itself, especially considering what you’ll be reeling in.