Bottom Fishing in Stuart, FL

Experience the Bottom Fishing fishing charter of a lifetime in Stuart, FL.

Due to recently implemented closed season for shallow water grouper and snapper on the East Coast of Florida certain species will no longer be able to be targeted at certain times of the year (for more information on Florida’s state regulations on saltwater recreational fishing, visit the FWC website).  Closed seasons will force fishermen to change methods and times of year to target certain species.  But if a great fisherman is one thing he is adaptable.  Fish will be caught regularly out of these closed seasons with a little more fuel burned and some extra effort by your Captain.

Anchoring and drifting methods are used for local bottom fishing charters.  A variety of species can be caught including: Mangrove, Mutton, Vermillion, Lane and True Genuine Red Snapper.  Snapper range in weight from 1-20lbs depending on the species.  The biggest of these would be the Genuine and the Mutton.  Grouper species include Gag (grey), Scamp, Black, Red, Warsaw and Snowy Grouper.  The most commonly caught Grouper is the Gag and can reach weights in excess of 40lbs.  Warsaw would be the biggest grouper that we encounter and can reach weight in excess of 70lbs.  Red and Scamp would be the 2nd and 3rd most common group caught in shallow water (less than 200ft).  Scamp Grouper would be the tastiest in my opinion.

Explore the bottom of the ocean! Call (772) 380-3455‬ or book your charter on our website. Trips depart from Stuart, FL.

All species of Grouper and Snapper are excellent eating and the meat freezes well.  Around Stuart, the best Grouper fishing occurs in the Fall and again in May and June right after the season opens back up. Snapper fishing is good year round but if you wish to target muttons the best time would be late Spring and early Summer.  Grouper and Snapper are extremely powerful and you feel every pull they make.  We fish a locked down drag to keep the fish from getting back into the reef so when he pulls he pulls you.  It is a true battle of strength.

Other great eating bottom fish that we catch are Golden Tile fish and Amberjack.  Golden Tiles are caught using an electric reel and the fishing is done in water depths exceeding 650ft.  Excellent table fare and a unique way to catch a fish.

Amberjacks are the toughest fighters we have on the bottom.  Unlike Grouper that can not adjust to the pressure changes when you pull them off the bottom Amberjack will fight all the way to the surface.  Amberjack are good eating and reach a weight in excess of 75lbs.  The average fish weighs around 35lbs and you will remember the day after your fishing charter that you battled an Amberjack.

If you like bottom fishing, you might want to try out deep dropping!

Charter FAQ's

Book the perfect fishing adventure for you with DayMaker Fishing Charters in Stuart, Florida. We have a charter option for every angler’s preference and schedule.
What is included in my charter?
The “DayMaker” will provide 110% effort, professional and courteous service from your Captain. All bait, tackle, foul weather gear, ice, cleaning of your fish and fishing licenses that are required for you to fish are provided by the boat at no additional cost. Lunch and beverages for your fishing charter can be picked up and loaded on the boat for you by your Captain. Reimbursement of the food and drinks will be required at the conclusion of the trip. A receipt will be provided for you at that time.

A deposit will be charged to your card if you do not show for your fishing charter and it has not been cancelled within a 14 day window proceeding your trip departure time.  All trips cancelled at the Captain’s discretion because of weather or boat issues will not be charged a deposit.  The deposit rate for a 1/2 day is $500 and the deposit rate for all other trips is $750 per day.

Weather Issues: Any trip decisions involving the weather are at the sole discretion of the Captain. If the Captain determines the weather is not suitable for fishing anywhere, your deposit will be returned


We offer a range of charters including half-day, three-quarter day, and full-day trips. Each is designed to cater to different fishing experiences, from quick trips to full-day adventures targeting specific species. You can see pricing and book a charter here.

No, beginners are welcome! Our experienced crew will provide guidance and assistance for all skill levels, ensuring a great experience for everyone on board.
  • a still or video camera
  • sunscreen, hat and polarized sunglasses
  • sweatshirt during the winter months
  • a cooler to take your catch home
  • food and drink (alcohol permitted)
  • Flip Flops or boat shoes with non black soles
  • If prone to seasickness it is strongly recommended that you take medicine the night before your trip and again in the morning with a light breakfast.
Yes, within legal limits and regulations. Our crew will inform you about the catch limits and help with cleaning and bagging your catch.
We provide water, but you should bring your own snacks and drinks. Alcoholic beverages are allowed in moderation.
We can accommodate up to 6 anglers on a charter.
Safety is our priority. We closely monitor weather conditions and may reschedule the trip if necessary. In cases of severe weather, we offer a full refund or rescheduling option if we are unable to fish due to inclement weather.
Tipping isn’t required, but greatly appreciated. Most clients tip 20% of the charter rate.

You recommend that you book directly through our website but you can also call us if you have questions before booking. We recommend booking in advance, especially during peak season, to ensure availability.

Depending on the season and charter type, you can target Sailfish, Dolphin, Tuna, Snapper, Grouper, Kingfish and much more. Our experienced crew will guide you to the best spots for the day’s conditions.

Yes, children are welcome! We ensure a safe, family-friendly environment. However, we advise parental discretion for very young children due to the nature of the sea conditions.

The distance varies based on the charter type and target species, but typically, we travel anywhere from 3 to 15 miles offshore.
Absolutely! Let us know your preference, and we’ll do our best to tailor the trip to your fishing goals, subject to seasonal availability and regulations.
The cost of your charter covers most necessities. However, gratuities for the crew are always appreciated for exceptional service and are not included in the charter price.
Fishing is world class year round in Stuart, FL. Each season offers a different and new variety of fish to catch.