Fishing Destin Guide©

      Charter Boats

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

This web site is updated as I have time from other things going on. As there are a 1000 + different ways to do things, this is only
my way of fishing, nothing else,  and it is not the last word in fishing the area. I am by no means an expert but if you would like my opinion on something
related to fishing the area, please email me at  It may take a few days before I get to it, so be patient. Thanks.....

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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.  he  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!
Types of Charter Boats Available

Charter boat fishing is probably the most convenient and easiest way to
catch fish in the Destin area. They provide everything - fishing license,
rod/reels/tackel, bait, etc. You just walk on with what you would like to eat
and drink while on the water, do your fishing, and walk off with a bag of
fish fillets. They have the experience to put you on the type of fish you
want to catch. There are several types of charter boats available in Destin.
Charter Boats

With Destin's location next to the East
Pass, the Gulf of Mexico is just a few
minutes away. Home of Florida's largest
charter boat fleet, over 100 boats are
available to take you on a wide range of
fishing adventures.  
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.
Offshore Private Charters: These are the big sport fishing boats you normally think of when someone talks about
charter boats. They all have the capacity to take a minimum of 6 fishermen ("six packs") but others carry more. And they
can pretty much do any type of fishing you want to do, short day trips to overnight or longer trips.  Trolling for King
Mackerel, tuna, big game fish or bottom fishing for grouper, snapper, amberjack, triggerfish etc. They normally have an
air conditioned cabin and bathroom (head). Click on the picture below for more information.

Inshore Private Charters: These are usually smaller center console boats
that normally take up to six fishermen to fish in the bay, around the
bridges, the jetties or just offshore. Normally you are targeting Spanish
Mackerel, King Mackerel, Seatrout, Redfish, Flounder, etc in these boats.
Click on the picture below for more information.
Party (Head) Boats: These are the big boats that carry up to 60 people
lining the sides. You will have about 3 feet of rail to fish from, sharing the
boat with others. They all have a cabin (not always air conditioned) and a
head. Since you share the cost with other individuals, it is normally the
cheapest. Click on the picture below for more information.