Charter Boats

With Destin's location next to
the East Pass, the Gulf of
Mexico is just a few minutes
away from the docks of Destin.
Home of Florida's largest
charter boat fleet, over 100
boats are available to take you
on a wide range of fishing

You can stay in the
Choctawhatchee Bay for your
shot at a Redfish, Spanish
Mackerel, Sheepshead,  or
Speckled trout. Or go 23 miles
offshore to the "Edge", home of
some of the best fishing in the
world. Reel in a red snapper,
mingo snapper, Grouper,
Amberjack, or shark while
bottom fishing.

 This is the most expensive but probably the most rewarding   
and enjoyable way to fish Destin. Here you rent a large fishing
boat, from 36 to over 60' long. You and your group have the
boat to yourselves and the will coordinate with the Captain
when you book the trip what type of fishing you want to do.

The price of a private charter averages between $150 and
$180 dollars per hour, for up to 6 people. If there are more
than 6 people in your group it will cost an additional 10% for
each person over 6. Some boats only take 6 passengers, so
make it clearly understood how many people you have and
how many your boat can hold.

A professional crew comes with your charter, usually
consisting of a Captain and a mate. Of course the Captain is
in charge and will be driving the boat and putting you on the
fishing spots.

The mate will be on deck with you and will probably be the one
you work with. He will show you how to bait the hooks, operate
the rod and reels and catch fish. He will also bring your fish
into the boat and place it in on ice for the trip home. Once you
get back to dock, he will also clean your fish for you and hand
the fillets to you  in a plastic bag.

If you do not have enough people in your group and want to
split the costs with other people, that is ok. They call this a
Group Charter. To sign up for a group charter, walk up to one
of the several dockside ticket booths and ask if they have any
lists for a group charter.  You will be joined up together with
other people to split the boat equally. Typically there has to be
a total of 6 fisherman signed up to make a group charter go,
or you agree to pay the cost for six people. Group charters are
a good way to go if there are only a few people and they do
not want to charter the whole boat.

But!!!!!!! There is no guarantee that you will get out fishing on
a group charter. Several things can keep a group charter from
going out. If there are not very many people in town, it is hard
to get a group together, or if the weather is bad before the trip,
people will not be walking the dock looking to sign up.

Grouping up with other people can also be a problem if you
want a specific type of trip (i.e. a ½ day) and everyone else
signed up wants to go all day or vice versa. If you are a little
flexible you stand a much better chance. The biggest problem
is that you cannot make a reservation for a group charter. It is
strictly a wait and see situation with most groups being
completed the afternoon or evening before the trip. During the
busy summer month's group charters are put together very
quickly and it is usually not a problem. In the early spring and
late fall it is more difficult. In the off season it is practically

One way to guarantee your fishing trip is if you go ahead and
charter the boat, but ask to have other people put on the trip.
That way, you go ahead and get your boat locked in and are
assured going fishing. The down side to that is you may not get
the full 6 people. Then you are stuck paying for the boat with a
smaller group.

Group charters are the same price as private charters; it's just
divided between everyone on the boat. The groups are usually
kept down to 6 people
Fishing Destin Guide©

Charter Boats

A local's guide to fishing around Destin and the Florida Panhandle    

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Types of charters you can take out of Destin

Known as the "luckiest fishing village", Destin is the home to some of the best saltwater fishing in the United States. The 100 Fathom  (600' depth) Curve of the Gulf of Mexico draws closer
to Destin than any other spot in Florida. This, along  with  Destin's close  proximity  to  the East  Pass  and  the Gulf  of Mexico, allows quick access to the Gulf of Mexico's  fishing bounty.  
The  purpose  of  this site  is  to acquaint a new fisherman  to  the Destin area  -  our local facilities, fish, waters and fishing methods. Tight lines and good fishing!

 Offshore Private Charters

 These are the big sportfishing boats you normally think of when charter

 Inshore Private Charters

These are normally smaller, open center console boats that will take you
fishing in Choctawhatchee bay, around the bridges, the jetties,  and within a
few miles off the coast

  Party (Head) Boats

 These are the big boats that can carry up to 60 people. Excellent way to get
out on the water and catch some fish.