I am new to charter fishing, what do I need to know?
You just need to relax and listen to the crew. Our charter captains’ and crew are experienced and ready to assist you and make your charter trip as enjoyable as possible. If you have a question or concern, don’t hesitate to ask for their assistance.
Do I need a fishing license?
No. The charter boat has a license and that is already included in your fee.
What should I bring with me?
The charter boat will have the rods and reels, cold storage for the fish, fishing license the mate will clean your fish at the end of the trip. You should bring a cooler with snacks and/or lunch and drinks. Also don’t forget personal items such as sun block, sunglasses, hat, camera, plenty of water and climate appropriate clothing. Hand wipes and/or a towel is also suggested to bring. With private charters you can request that we supply drinks & snacks for an additional fee.
How long are the trips and how far out will we go?
Trip lengths range from 4,5,6,8,10,12 hours and overnight, depending on the season as well as what type of fish you are trying to catch.
What do we catch?
There are over 30 kinds of edible reef fish in the Gulf. Red snapper, vermillion snapper (mingo), black and white snapper and lane snapper, trigger, grouper and amberjack to name a few. Add to that trolling fish such as king mackerel, bonita, cobia, wahoo and mahi mahi. You can specialty fish for shark, swordfish, tuna and more. If you have something you want to fish for let us know and we will let you know what is in season, how long of a trip you need to get there and when is the ideal time of year for that species.
Will I get seasick?
Everyone is different. If you tend to get motion sickness riding in a car or at amusement parks etc, there is a good possibility you might on a charter boat. The best advice is to be prepared. Dramamine, Bonine, Motion Eaze or a patch can be found at your favorite pharmacy. If using any of these medications they need to be in your system before you get on board the vessel. Non medical options include Sprite or Ginger Ale and crackers.
Can I bring my own fishing equipment?
You can however the captain and mate will review/approve your equipment because there is equipment that can cause damage to the boat as well as it may not suitable for certain types of fish.
What if it rains while we are fishing?
We do fish in the rain. Usually it will not affect the fishing! It is always best to come prepared with rain gear should rain be forecast for the day of your trip. Please keep in mind that just because it is raining on land, it does not mean it will be raining where you will be fishing.
Do I need reservations?
Yes. Especially when wanting a group (please change this word to shared) charter. We will only send out a boat if our minimum is met. If you find yourself on the dock spur of the moment and want to head out for some fishing with short notice we are usually able to round you up a captain and crew in short order however, the more advance notice you provide, the more we are able to accommodate particular requests. Also consider the time of year you are here as during our peak summer season this can be rather difficult.
What is customary when tipping?
It is customary to tip the first mate at the end of your charter. The mate will work hard the entire trip to make sure that your hooks stay baited, fish are removed quickly and that your catch is cleaned and bagged and ready for you to take home at the end of your charter. A standard gratuity is anywhere from 15-20% of your total charter dependent upon the level of service you received.
I'd like to give a big THANK YOU to Capt. Reed, Mike and all the deckhands for an awesome day on the water. Thanks for puttin' us on em, Cap'n. Thank you to the ladies at the Destin Charter Service...Jami and Jonelle for making things happen!!! We had a great day on the Destin Princess! Sincerely, Mike & Ken
Last Thursday we took a six hour charter on the Al-Lin. It was awesome! Although we didn't reel in any big ones we had a great time and I cannot say enough about Caleb, our first mate. Whatever you're paying him isn't enough. He did an exceptional job. We will book again soon but want to be on whatever boat he's on! Thanks Caleb!
I went on a charter with my girlfriend and her parents pharmacy reviews and it was amazing. We were so exicted to catch nine cobia fish in under two hours. The Capt also taught us how to fly fish. This was a great trip for my brother in laws, both of whom had never fished before but they had such a good time. We've already set up our next date for this summer and can't wait to go again!
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