First Class Fishing Charters

Capt. Ray Peterson Fort Lauderdale, FL Incorporated Licensed Insured

Fishing inshore calm water in South Florida’s intercoastal and Everglades estuaries targeting primarily Tarpon, Snook, Peacock, and Largemouth bass with a very high success rate. Lots of action from a variety of other species while we are waiting for our big Tarpon bite such as snapper, jacks, sharks, and grouper.

First Class Fishing Charters offers several South Florida fishing trips, including a Lake Okeechobee fishing trip, an Everglades fishing trip, as well as a morning and evening Tarpon fishing trips. Prices include three anglers, your fishing licenses, and all rods, reels, and tackle.

Whether it’s freshwater fishing for bass, or the saltwater inshore fishing trip you’re looking for, First Class Fishing and Captain Ray Peterson can get you on the fish! Aboard the 19’ Shipoke Flats Skiff, your group of three will fish comfortably. This is a clean and safe vessel that gets us to the fishing grounds quickly with a 150 HP Mercury engine. All Safety Features are U.S. Coast Guard Certified.

An inshore fishing trip is right for you if you’re looking for calm waters with big fish! We target tarpon year round, along with snook, speckled trout, redfish, mangrove snapper, goliath grouper, and jack crevalle. The best time for the Silver King (tarpon) is March – July.

Fort Lauderdale fishing charters are a great way for your group of three to spend the day! It’s exciting and memorable for sure! First Class Fishing Charters offers four hour trips – and we can customize the perfect fishing trip that you’re looking for! You will want to bring your sunglasses, hat, sunscreen, and food/drink (with plenty of water for those hot Florida days). We have a small cooler available onboard if needed.

South Florida is a top fishing destination, and Captain Ray has over 20 years of experience fishing these inshore, offshore, and intercoastal waters. A true professional, his main goal is showing his customers a great time on the water while making life-long memories. Close to all the action, First Class Fishing Charters is close to every gamefish Florida has to offer.

Let Captain Ray and First Class Fishing Charters take you on your next Florida fishing charter – it’ll be a great day of fishing you won’t soon forget!

833-I-GO-FISH (446-3474)

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  Launch Location

Southeast 15th Street, Fort Lauderdale

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Trips start at $450

4 Trips

1-3 guests

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2009 18' Flats Boat/Skiff

150 HP engine(s)

  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Catch And Release Only



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Includes 3 guests

Trip time: 7:00pm to 11:00pm (4 hours)

30 Day Cancellation Policy

South Florida's intercoastal with calm water targeting primarily Tarpon but catching a lot of different species in the process. A combination of live and dead bait either trolled or on anchor.

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Includes 3 guests

Trip time: 7:00am to 11:00am (4 hours)

30 Day Cancellation Policy

Half day bass fishing in the Everglades. Peacock and largemouth bass along with a wide variety of exotic invasive species. Abundant Alligator and bird species makes for a great experience.  You will love it!

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Includes 3 guests

Trip time: 6:00am to 10:00am (4 hours)

30 Day Cancellation Policy

Morning Tarpon trip with very high success rate.  Average size fish is 60-100lb. Live bait and dead bait with heavy and light tackle. Early bird gets the worm!

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Includes 3 guests

Trip time: 7:00am to 3:00pm (8 hours)

30 Day Cancellation Policy

All day bass fishing on legendary lake Okeechobee.  Live bait and artificial.  Two dozens live shiners will be provided.  Home of true giant trophy Florida Largrmouth bass.  

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Latest Fishing Report

    Fish Species

    Jack Crevalle
    Largemouth Bass
    Peacock Bass

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    Safety Features

    • Life Jackets
    • Fire Extinguishers
    • First-Aid Equipment
    • Flares


    • GPS
    • Fishfinder

    Boat Features

    • Cooler

    Fishing Techniques

    • Bottom Fishing
    • Drift Fishing
    • Light Tackle

    Fishing Policies

    • Catch And Release Only

    Price Includes

    • Fishing License
    • Fresh or Live Bait
    • Lures
    • Rods, Reels & Terminal Tackle

    Fishing Location

    • Backcountry
    • Flats
    • Inshore

    About the Vessel


    Capt. Ray Peterson

    Boat Type

    Flats Boat/Skiff

    Boat Length


    Year Built


    Engine Manufacturer


    Number of Engines


    Engine Horsepower

    150 HP