Tarpon Specialist is a charter service that runs inshore trips out of the Fort Walton Beach and Destin areas. Captain Sam Rudder aims to provide all his guests with a truly unique and thrilling Florida experience. As the name itself implies, Capt. Sam is wholly focused on going after the prize catch of Florida inshore fishing - the Silver King.
His purpose-outfitted skiff is an extremely stable and well-built boat with a flawless safety reputation. It’s an 18’ Cape Horn bay boat outfitted with a single 115 HP Yamaha outboard engine. Its shallow draft and stealthy hull allow you to access and hunt anything that swims in the local waters.
Tarpon fishing is easily the most exciting and challenging fishing that the Emerald Coast has to offer. These fish put up a massive fight, all of them are hard earned, and each one of them is the fish of a lifetime. You will usually sight fish for these giant fish in shallow water, using top of the line, battle-tested, light tackle spinning gear. You may also encounter Kingfish or Jacks along the way.
Captain Sam will provide you with all the rods, reels, and tackle needed for quality Tarpon fishing. There’s always water and beer aboard, but you’re more than welcome to bring your own drinks and snacks if you’re so inclined. Let Capt. Sam show you why so many anglers choose to call Destin home.
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Cape Horn (Bay boat) originally built in 2004. Powered by a 115HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 35 knots.