Charter Boat Mary Lou

Charter Boat Mary Lou specializes in exciting fishing excursions in the “World’s Luckiest Fishing Village.” Captained by Rusty Gilbert, this fantastic fishing vessel welcomes any breed of anglers aboard. They have a Federal Permit on board to get you as far offshore as Tuna live!

The ‘Mary Lou’ is a spacious 46’ Hatteras flybridge boat, built back in 1968. She comes powered by twin 300 HP Detroit engines and has enough room to accommodate up to 6 anglers.

The Mary Lou is well-rigged with light and heavy tackle for fishing, trolling, bottom fishing. She is fitted with a GPS and a fishfinder to save your time while searching for a big one, as well as outriggers and a livewell loaded with bait to make sure no fish can resist your hooks.

The beauty features a private restroom, an air-conditioned cabin to hide from the heat, and a flybridge to spot any top-water feeders. There is a first mate on board, who will gladly hook your bait and assist you throughout the fishing trip.

Spend your day fishing the reefs and wrecks, the nearshore waters and the productive offshore grounds. Target Red Snapper and Grouper, Amberjack, Mangrove Snapper, King Mackerel, False Albacore, and Amberjack. Get your hands on Sailfish and Mahi Mahi. Sightfish for Cobia from mid-March through April. The choice is yours!

All trips include the use of quality rods, reels, tackle, bait, licenses, and a complimentary fish cleaning service.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    12 Hour Trip
      FREE Cancelation 7 days notice
    12 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $2,640
    up to 6 persons
    If you are a die-hard fisherman who wants to get the waters all to themselves, a 12-hour trip is an ideal opportunity. You will be fishing for Mahi Mahi, Snapper, Grouper, Sailfish, Tuna, and other species. Everything will be provided but food and drinks. A 15-20% tip is customary and much appreciated.
  • Private trip
    10 Hour Trip
      FREE Cancelation 7 days notice
    10 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $2,200
    up to 6 persons
    If you are up to a challenge, this is your trip. It's an all-inclusive package (minus the drinks and food) that includes trolling and bottom fishing for whatever is in season, including Tuna.
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip
      FREE Cancelation 7 days notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,760
    up to 6 persons
    This trip includes everything but food and drinks to battle Mahi Mahi, Cobia, Amberjack, Snapper, and many more. A 15-20% tip is customary and much appreciated.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip (AM)
      FREE Cancelation 7 days notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,320
    up to 6 persons
    A six-hour morning trip allows you to try your hand at trolling and bottom fishing for Snapper, Triggerfish, Grouper, and more.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip (PM)
      FREE Cancelation 7 days notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $1,320
    up to 6 persons
    If you are not an early bird, this is your chance to battle Kingfish, Snapper, Grouper, Amberjack, sight fish for Cobia, and get your hands on various other species.
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip (AM)
      FREE Cancelation 7 days notice
    5 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,100
    up to 6 persons
    If 4 hours is not enough – this is your trip! You will be fishing for Snapper, Grouper, and many other species.
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip (PM)
      FREE Cancelation 7 days notice
    5 hours trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $1,100
    up to 6 persons
    Avoid traffic on this trip and spend your afternoon trolling and bottom fishing for Grouper, Snapper, Amberjack, Kingfish, Triggerfish, and more.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip (AM)
      FREE Cancelation 7 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $880
    up to 6 persons
    Enjoy a quick trip to the morning waters, targeting Snapper, King Mackerel, and other species.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip (PM)
      FREE Cancelation 7 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $880
    up to 6 persons
    Enjoy an afternoon out on the water, fishing for Grouper, Snapper, Kingfish, and many more.

About the Captain

Rusty Gilbert
Destin, Florida, United States
4 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
3 Customer Reviews
Response time 3 hours
Member since May 2018
I have been fishing out of Destin, Florida for about 40 years, 30 plus on the deck. We have Federal Permits so we can fish state or federal waters depending on the hours of the trip. We specialize in all types of fishing. We offer bottom fishing for all Snappers species (Red, Black, Vermilion, and White), Grouper, Amberjack, and triggerfish. We also do trolling for King or Spanish Mackerals. While trolling live bait, we might also catch Sailfish, Blackfin Tuna, Bonito, Cobia or Amberjack.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Amberjack Amberjack
Barracuda (Great) Barracuda (Great)
Cobia Cobia
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Grouper (Gag) Grouper (Gag)
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Little Tunny (False Albacore) Little Tunny (False Albacore)
Sailfish Sailfish
Snapper (Red) Snapper (Red)
Triggerfish (Gray) Triggerfish (Gray)
Tuna (Blackfin) Tuna (Blackfin)
Wahoo Wahoo

Boat Specs

Hatteras (Flybridge) originally built in 1968. Powered by 2 300HP Detroit engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 12 knots.

Length
46 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
Air Conditioning
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Flybridge
Live Bait Well
Refrigerator
Outriggers
Ice Box
Toilet
Air Conditioning
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Flybridge

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate
Fishing License

Policies

FREE Cancelation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 7 days before the trip. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or canceled free of charge.
Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 15% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:
Cash
Visa
Mastercard

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 4% fee.

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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5.00
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What a day!
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Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
67%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
100%
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Dan B.
Mobile, Alabama
 5.00
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What a day!

VERIFIED   July 24, 2019
We had an awesome afternoon fishing on the Mary Lou. Captain Rusty found the fish and first mate Ernie made sure we kept pulling...
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Kent C.
Winder, GA
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5 hour trip on the Mary Lou

VERIFIED   NEW  October 4, 2019
We’ve booked the Mary Lou many times. Always a great time!  Book these guys with confidence!
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Russel C.
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Fishing with Rusty

VERIFIED   July 26, 2018
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