First Shot is a 20’ boat that can fit up to 4 passengers per trip. Captain Mike Dates, the owner and operator, has been fishing the area waters since childhood. A native of the Destin area, Mike has been a USCG licensed captain for over 16 years.
First Shot crew primarily uses live bait, although they can easily accommodate fly and artificial fishermen as well. All the equipment and supplies necessary to clean the fish (should you decide to keep any) will be provided, along with a seasoned crew who are there to help along the way. Matter of fact, they’ll also be happy to clean the catch for you following the trip.
If you don’t want to keep the fish, Captain Mike is experienced in CPR fishing - “Catch, Photo, Release”. This way, you’ll ensure you do minimal harm to the fish you catch, which will then be safely released back into its natural habitat.
First Shot specializes in fishing the coastal waters of the Gulf of Mexico as well as the backcountry waters of the Choctawhatchee Bay. In the gulf, your targets would be King Mackerel, Cobia, Blackfin Tuna, Sharks, Red Snapper, Grouper, Triggerfish, and much more depending on the season. The bay side is teeming with Trout, Redfish, Black Snapper, Flounder, Ladyfish and Bluefish.
From the first-time angler to the skilled professional, Capt. Mike will do his best to keep you on the fish and put a smile on your face. All fishing equipment for your group is provided by the Captain, along with fishing licenses for all occupants of the boat.
Fishing License Included
You Keep Catch
Catch cleaning & filleting
Rods, reels & tackle
About this listing
Cape Horn (Center console) originally built in 2000, and restored in 2016. Powered by a 225HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 35 knots.
Types of Fishing
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 5% fee.
About the Captain
Member since September 2014
Destin Fishing Calendar
Went fishing on August 10, 2018
Did amazing with our 7 year old boy. Had good experience with captain mike. Karson loved fishing with mike.
Fished August 2018Fished August 10, 2018Josh Scheihing recommends First Shot Charters
Went fishing on August 3, 2018
Kids were excited! Captain Mike was excellent! Will use him again! Thanks Captain Mike for keeping it fun and relaxing!
Fished August 2018Fished August 3, 2018Jarrod Stone recommends First Shot Charters
Went fishing on July 26, 2018
We had a great time with Captain Mike! He was really attentive to the kids and made sure they had a great time. We caught 10 fish in the short time we were out there including Spanish Mackerel, Lady Fish and Catfish. The kids made a memory for life and are already asking when they can go out again.
Fished July 2018Fished July 26, 2018Kurt Koth recommends First Shot Charters