South Florida Fishing Charters
Ft. Lauderdale, Miami & Biscayne Bay
My name is Carl Ball and I'll be your Captain, navigating you through my web site and on the water. I'm an amicable and patient guide who will work hard to make your day on the water a success. AWOL Fishing Charters serves all of South Florida - including: Fort Lauderdale, Miami & Biscayne Bay.
About the Captain
As a South Florida native of Fort Lauderdale, I followed in the footsteps of my grandfather, who was a local charter boat captain in the early 1950's on his boat "AWOL'. We both shared the same love of the sport, and I grew up fishing from the Florida Keys and Flamingo to Palm Beach, and from the Bahamas to other parts of the Caribbean. My passion ultimately led me to a career as a full-time backcountry fishing guide for the past 8 years, and has afforded me the opportunity to introduce other enthusiastic anglers to such an engaging sport.
South Florida boasts some of the best inshore and offshore fishing in the world. My passion is in Florida backcountry fishing and the hunt for bonefish, permit and tarpon (just to name a few) on the flats of Miami's Biscayne Bay and the waterways of Fort Lauderdale.
When fishing on my 18' Hells Bay Marquesa, the customer does the fishing. I'll be there to put you on the fish and keep the tackle going. Both fly fisherman and bait fisherman are welcome. I'll even supply the flies and/or the bait.
My goal is your goal – to make your day on the water a success. I am passionate about catching fish for my customers, and will patiently provide instruction as needed to accomplish our goal. It also means having a good time regardless of the fishing conditions. Any day on the water beats any day at work!
For the novice fisherman, I'll provide friendly fly fishing or light tackle instruction. For the accomplished angler, I can help fine tune your skills. Fishing times will vary depending on your schedule, my availability, and the fish. SEE OUR LOCATION PAGE FOR OUR DEPARTURE LOCATIONS.