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Destin Fishing Charters

Written by Noah Chanin.

  • Fishing Boats in Destin
  • Best Fishing Charters in Destin
  • Deep Sea Fishing in Destin
  • Destin Fishing Charters

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    We offer the following types of fishing boats near Destin:

    Premium Sportfish

    Many of our premium sportfish in this area are Coast Guard inspected and can take groups of over 6. Please call us for information on large groups.

    Private Deep Sea Fishing Charter
    From $880
    65' Custom Sportfish in Destin, FL
    Max Guests: 18
    Destin Sportfish
    • Trip Lengths: 4 hours to multiple days
    • Maximum Passengers: 18 (USCG Inspected)
    • Crew: Captain and Mate
    • Boat Info: Air Conditioning, Bathroom
    • Included: Boat, crew, licenses, bait, ice
    • Not Included: 15-20% Crew Gratuity,  you may bring your own food and drink
    • Common Fish: Sailfish, Swordfish, Sharks, Tuna, Mahi Mahi, Grouper, Snapper, and more...
     
    Expert Opinion:steve-headshot-100x100 "Relentless is perhaps the nicest fishing charter boat available in the Destin area. The boat has received numerous reviews and awards and recently received the "Best of Destin" award by the USCA. The boat has everything needed for hard core fishing, but also has ammenities to impress like a fully air conditioned cabin, clean bathrooms, and galley."

    Why Choose This One:
    "Great for larger groups and those who would like a larger, more stable platform than a standard sportfish. We recommend trips of at least 6 hours."

    Approximate Driving Times: Eglin Air Force Base: 60 min; Fort Walton Beach: 15 min; Ocean City: 20 min; Navarre: 40 min; Panama City: 60 min; Santa Rosa Island: 30 min 

    Price: $220 per hour for up to 6 people. 10% surcharge for each passenger over 6. For example: a 4 hour charter for 8 people would be would be $1056 ($880 (base) + $176 (additional passengers)).
     
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    Private Deep Sea Fishing Charter
    From $840
    57' Miller Marine Sportfish in Destin, FL
    Max Guests: 11
    Destin Fishing Boat
    • Trip Lengths: 4 hours to multiple days
    • Maximum Passengers: 11 (USCG Inspected)
    • Crew: Captain and Mate
    • Boat Info: Air Conditioning, Bathroom
    • Included: Boat, crew, licenses, bait, ice
    • Not Included: 15-20% Crew Gratuity, you may bring your own food and drink
    • Common Fish: Sailfish, Swordfish, Sharks, Tuna, Mahi Mahi, Grouper, Snapper, and more...
     
    Expert Opinion:steve-headshot-100x100 "Back Down 2 is one of Destin's best fishing boats. It is USCG certified for up to 11 passengers and is extremely well equipped. The boat is fully air conditioned and has clean bathrooms. Back Down 2 has top of the line rods and reels and modern electronics."

    Why Choose This One:
    "One of the larger boats in Destin that can accomodate groups of up to 11. We recommend trips of 6 hours or more."

    Approximate Driving Times: Eglin Air Force Base: 60 min; Fort Walton Beach: 15 min; Ocean City: 20 min; Navarre: 40 min; Panama City: 60 min; Santa Rosa Island: 30 min
     
    Price: $210 per hour for up to 6 people. 10% surcharge for each passenger over 6. For example: a 4 hour charter for 8 people would be would be $1008 ($840 (base) + $168 (additional passengers).
     
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    Inshore

    Please call for our inshore options in this area.
  • Destin - known as the 'World’s Luckiest Fishing Village' - is located on Florida’s Emerald Coast. Our Destin Fishing Charters will take you into the Gulf of Mexico to catch the most thrilling big game fish in the world. Millions of fish of all shapes and sizes migrate into these waters and we catch them all year long. Anglers are unable to resist the temptation of catching so many varieties of big game fish, and they catch them in large numbers. The opportunity to do the same is yours when you climb aboard our luxury fishing charters in Destin.

    The Gulf of Mexico is home to fish such as tuna, swordfish, shark, blue marlin, sailfish, white marlin, mahi-mahi, wahoo, snapper and grouper, so there is no such thing as a bad day of fishing here. There are always a number of fish biting and you can chase them to your heart’s content. For the ultimate experience in exhilaration, challenge and adrenalin, anglers come to Destin to catch the most spectacular fish on the planet. Fishing is so popular that various sports fish tournaments are held here annually – such as the Crab Cruncher Classic and the Destin Fishing Rodeo.

    There is no shortage of fish to catch and there are many ways that they can be caught from our fishing boats in Destin. Our captains and crews all specialize in catching every type of fish that swims in the Gulf of Mexico and they are experts at the techniques required to catch them. Their knowledge is extremely beneficial to all anglers onboard and every fishing yacht in our fleet is outfitted with tournament grade equipment. This means that you will be able to catch the fish of your dreams, using the correct tackle and equipment, while fishing in pure comfort. Our luxury fishing boats in Destin are also superior when it comes to cleanliness, appearance and safety – with all of them exceeding the required safety regulations.

    When you are not out on the water catching fish with us, there are a number of exciting activities on offer in Destin. Emerald green waters compliment white, sugary sand beaches and draw visitors by their thousands. At least eighty percent of all tourists to the Emerald Coast visit Destin. During October, the Destin Seafood Festival highlights local artists and cuisine. Golfing estates, shopping areas, spas, nature trails, diving, snorkelling and adventure sports are only some of the activities keeping guests entertained. Every type of person that enters Destin has much to keep them occupied.

    Our Destin Fishing Charters are customizable. Any fish that you wish to catch can be the focus of your trip, as well as any methods you may wish to try. With so many phenomenal sports fish swimming in the Gulf of Mexico, fishing comes highly recommended. Climb aboard our luxury fishing boats in Destin.

    Call today to book your Destin Fishing Charter and thrill in the explosive adventure awaiting you.

  • We're happy to answer any questions you have before, during, or after your charter. We've compiled a list of our frequently asked questions below, but if you can't find what you're looking for, feel free to contact us.

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    Air Conditioning

    • Most boats in our fleet are air conditioned and have generators that allow the A/C to operate even when the boat leaves the dock
    • Our small inshore boats and center consoles do not have air conditioning
    • See the boat info section of our boat profiles for information specific to the boat you are considering

    Alcohol

    • You are welcome to bring alcohol on board any of our charters, but please avoid bringing glass on board as it poses a safety hazzard
    • Excessive consumption of alcohol can amplify the inherent risks associated with fishing and can also contribute to seasickness.
    • The Captain's top priority is the safety of all crew and guests and therefore reserves the right to return to shore if he is concerned about the safety of any crew member or passenger.

    Bait (Live Bait)

    • Standard bait is included unless otherwise specified
    • Live bait is typically not included in the price and the cost is the responsibility of the charterer.
    • Live bait is used for targeting certain species of fish during certain seasons. Your Captain will explain this in detail.
    • The price for live bait normally varies between $50 and $100.

    Bathroom

    • Most of our boats have a bathroom ("head") on board
    • Some of our smaller boats and center consoles do not have a bathroom
    • Please see our boat profiles for specific information

    Cancellations & Refunds

    • Our cancellation window for each boat is listed on the first page of the booking process
    • If not otherwise specified, our cancellation window is 72 hours or more prior to the charter for standard trips and 14 days or more for over six and yacht trips.
    • Customers who cancel within the cancellation window will receive a full refund of any amounts paid.
    • Customers who cancel after the cancellation window expires are responsible for the full amount of the charter, any catering or add ons that have been purchased, plus a 20% gratuity.

    Catering

    • We can arrange custom catering on most trips ranging from drinks and snacks to ellaborate platters
    • We can even arrange to have a chef prepare meals on most of our boats
    • Please contact us at 954-881-1081 for a catering quote or visit our Add Ons page.

    Children

    • Children are permitted on our charters and there is no minimum age
    • For younger children we recommend choosing a boat with an air conditioned cabin and bathroom
    • All children must be supervised by a parent or legal guardian at all times and parents should be aware of the inherent risks associated with fishing
    • Please let your captain know ahead of time if there will be small children on board so he can make sure we have the proper size life jackets.

    Credit Cards

    • We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express
    • We charge no credit card fees on money we collect online, but some boats charge a 3-5% processing fee when you pay the balance the day of.
    • Most crew prefer cash if possible.

    Deposits

    • We collect a deposit at the time of booking to reserve the trip. This ranges from 15% to 100% of the charter and varies by the boat.
    • The balance due is paid the day of when you arrive at the boat.
    • The deposit is refundable in accordance with the boats cancellation policy, which you can find on the booking page. If not otherwise specified, our normal refund policy is 72 hours prior to the charter.

    Fish Caught

    • Any fish that are caught on your charter and are legal to take belong to you
    • At the end of the charter our crew will clean and filet your catch and package it in sealed bags so you can take it home or to a restaurant
    • In most locations, we can arrange to have your catch professionally packaged, frozen, and shipped to you. Please speak directly with your captain for information on shipping fish.
    • We typically release all species that are inedible (sailfish, sharks, etc.) unless you request otherwise. If you would like to "mount your catch" as a trophy our crew has been profesionally trained to measure and photograph the fish so a taxidermist can create an exact replica. This allows the fish to survive and contributes to sustainable fisheries and environmental conservation.

    Food & Beverage

    • Most of our charters provide a cooler with ice for you to store any food or beverage you bring on board
    • Some of our trips include catering, this will be specified in the boat profile and on the first page of the booking process
    • Please contact us if you would like to arrange for custom catering or visit our add ons page.

    Gratuity

    • A 15-20% gratuity for your crew is customary and not included in the price
    • You should present the gratuity to the captain or the mate at the end of the charter. On most boats, the crew has an arrangement to split the tips received no matter who it's handed to.
    • We collect a 20% gratuity in advance for all yacht charters and this makes up the majority of compensation for the crew. You are welcome to reward outstanding service with an additional tip, but this is not expected or required.

    Fishing Licenses

    • Every one of our boats has a blanket charter license that applies to all guests and crew
    • You do not need to purchase a fishing license separately

    Location

    • We will provide the exact address of the boat with your confirmation or upon request
    • All our deep sea boats are located as close to the ocean inlets to maximize fishing time.
    • Our boats are usually within a 30 minute drive of the city they are listed on; however, sometimes they are not in the same city.

    Maximum Passengers

    • Due to US Coast Guard regulations most charter boats are limited to a maximum of six passengers. Many of our boats are large enough to accomodate many more, but Federal regulations limit us to six.
    • In some locations we offer an "Over 6" option on boats that have a special permit from the Coast Guard to take additional passengers. These boats have similar ammenities to our other sport fishing boats.
    • Some of our yacht charters can take over six passengers by using a special charter contract that allows them to accomodate extra passengers while still complying witht the law. Please contact us for more information.
    • Children of any age count towards the limit.
    • Crew members do not count towards the limit.

    Price

    • Unless otherwise stated, our prices are for chartering the whole boat and there is no additional charge per person
    • Some exceptions exist such as with our boats that take over six passengers. On these boats there may be a charge for each passenger over 6
    • We guarantee the lowest price on every boat in our fleet. That means that if you are quoted a lower price for the same trip on the same day on the same boat, we will beat that price by 10%.

    Seasickness

    • Seasickness is another term for motion sickness and typically manifests itself in the form of fatigue, nausea, and vomitting. In severe cases seasickness can lead to unconciousness and requires profesional medical treatment.
    • If you have suffered from seasickness in the past, we recommend preparing for your trip starting the day before by hydrating, getting plenty of sleep, and avoiding alcohol consumption. There are several over the counter remedies and a host of prescription remedies that must be obtained through a doctor.
    • If you are concerned about seasickness please speak with your captain prior to the charter for advice.
    • Most charters, unless otherwise specified, are private which means you are free to return to the dock at any time if you are uncomfortable.
    • We can not guarantee that you will not get seasick, nor do we provide refunds for charters that are ended early at the request of the charterer.