The Soggy Bottom II

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Harbor Boulevard
Destin FL, United States

The Soggy Bottom is a locally owned and operated Destin fishing charter. Specializing in customizable bay, gulf and inshore fishing excursions, all these charters take place on the waterways of the captain’s hometown. You’ll be fishing aboard a 22ft. 2004 Cape Horn powered by a single 225HP Yamaha engine, available for up to 5 passengers per charter. The boat is equipped with the standard in marine and navigational electronics, including a Garmin GPS, fishfinder as well as a VHF radio. It is located at the East Pass Marina on the Destin Harbor, in between The Boathouse and Brotula’s restaurants.

Many refer to Destin as the world’s luckiest fishing village, and the captains at Destin’s Ultimate Guide Service are committed to show you why. You’ll be fishing for some of the Emerald Coast’s and Florida’s favorite game fish, including Redfish, Speckled Sea Trout, Sheepshead, Black Drum, Flounder, Kingfish, Amberjack, Cobia, Red Snapper, Grouper, Triggergish and many other species, depending on the season. And since they are confident in their ability to put you on fish, Soggy Bottom also offers a Catch Fish Guarantee or you get an extra hour added to your trip for free.

The Captain will give you a call a few days ahead of your trip to discuss where the bite is best, and what the weather forecast looks like for the day you’ve reserved. Capt. Adam utilizes a variety of bait depending on the season, and the species you’d like to target, including Croakers, Cigar Minnows, Pilchards, Herrings, Hardtails and more. The tackle on board consists of Shimano and Quantum rods and reels, as well as appropriate spinning rods for bottom fishing.

The trip price includes everything you need for the day including your fish being cleaned at the end of the trip along with ice to keep them cold on the way home. All you are responsible for is your drinks, snacks, and sunscreen.


Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    The Best of Both Worlds!
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    10 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    US$ 1300
    up to 5 persons
    This is an all day special charter for the serious fishermen. Start by leaving the dock at 6:45 for 5 hours of gulf fishing. We will return to the harbor by noon where the Captain will escort your group to your choice of one of the fine Harborside restaurants from noon-1pm. Then get back after the fish with 5 more hours of great bay fishing. You will return to the dock somewhere around 6pm. This is a long day so make sure to bring lots of drinks, sunscreen, snacks and of course your lucky fishing hat!
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip - Bay/Gulf Charter
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    US$ 1040
    up to 5 persons
    This is a 8 hr fishing charter in either the bay, or the gulf (your choice) . The Captain will contact you a few days ahead of time to discuss where the bite is best, and what the weather forcast looks like for the day you've reserved. Price includes everything you need for the day including your fish being cleaned at the end of the trip along with ice to keep them cold on the way home! All you are responsible for is your drinks, snacks, and sunscreen. *CATCH FISH GUARANTEE OR AN EXTRA HOUR FREE!
  • Private trip
    Morning 6 Hour Fishing Charter
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    US$ 840
    up to 4 persons
    + US$ 50
    each additional person
    This is a 6 hr fishing charter in either the bay, or the gulf (your choice) . The Captain will contact you a few days ahead of time to discuss where the bite is best, and what the weather forcast looks like for the day you've reserved. Price includes everything you need for the day including your fish being cleaned at the end of the trip along with ice to keep them cold on the way home! All you are responsible for is your drinks, snacks, and sunscreen. *CATCH FISH GUARANTEE OR AN EXTRA HOUR FREE!
  • Private trip
    Morning Trip *Capt. Recommended*
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    US$ 700
    up to 4 persons
    + US$ 50
    each additional person
    This is a 5 hr fishing charter in either the bay, or the gulf (your choice) . The Captain will contact you a few days ahead of time to discuss where the bite is best, and what the weather forcast looks like for the day you've reserved. Price includes everything you need for the day including your fish being cleaned at the end of the trip along with ice to keep them cold on the way home! All you are responsible for is your drinks, snacks, and sunscreen. *CATCH FISH GUARANTEE OR AN EXTRA HOUR FREE!
  • Private trip
    Shark Fishing Charter
    In demand!
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    US$ 700
    up to 4 persons
    + US$ 50
    each additional person
    This is a shark fishing charter for those who like to chase a thrill! We target several different species of sharks ranging from 3 ft to sometimes over 10ft! We know how to put you on some good shark fishing, and if you like catching monsters this is the trip for you! This trip is also available at night!
  • Private trip
    Afternoon Bay/Gulf Charter
    In demand!
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    US$ 560
    up to 4 persons
    + US$ 50
    each additional person
    Afternoon bay or gulf fishing charter. Departure time may vary. This trip is also available in 5 or 6 hour charters.
  • Private trip
    Bay Fishing Night Trip
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 8:00 PM
    US$ 560
    up to 4 persons
    + US$ 50
    each additional person
    Not a morning person? The great news about the trout and redfish is they typically feed even better at night! Join our captains for a trip around the Choctawhatchee Bay fishing under the lights for big trout and redfish, as well as flounder and other fun fish! This is bay fishing at its finest!
  • Private trip
    Kid's Fun Trip
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    3 hours trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    US$ 420
    up to 5 persons
    This trip is just for the kids!! Spend a few hours targeting lots of different types of small species of fish that inhabit the local waters. This trip is great for beginner anglers that are just learning to fish. Captain J.J. will turn them into pro anglers in no time! This trip is catch and release and mostly small species of fish are targeted for lots of action to keep the kids having fun!
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About this listing

Targeted Species

Amberjack
Cobia
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Flounder

Grouper (Black)
Grouper (Red)
King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Redfish

Sheepshead
Snapper (Red)
Spotted Seatrout
Triggerfish (Gray)

Boat Specs

Cape Horn 22 Bay Series (Center console) originally built in 2004. Powered by a 225HP Yamaha 4 Stroke engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 40 knots.

Length
22 ft
Capacity
5 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Jigging
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing

Amenities

Air Conditioning
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
Air Conditioning
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Fishing License Included

Policies

FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 3 days before the trip date.
Pickup included in price
Transfer from hotels or jetties in Destin to departure site is available and 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
American Express
Checks

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 3% fee.

About the Charter Operator

Destin's Ultimate Guide Service
Destin, Florida, United States
Member since March 2015
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Destin Ultimate Guide Service is a local company in Destin, Florida. It is operated by Captain JJ Botelho and Captain Adam Schroeder, who are both experts in fishing the local waters. Nothing makes their day more than taking others fishing, especially the kids, and watching their excitement when the bite happens and the fight is on!
Response time: within an hour
Response rate: 96%

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Customer Reviews

4.71 out of 5 stars from 99 reviews

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Fished August 10, 2018
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Awesome day on the water!  Caught our limits on mingos then focused on big fish. Caught red snapper, cobia, gag grouper, and finished in the bay with 2 huge redfish, lost 3 reds as well.  We were able to cover a lot of water, and we tried a lot of different baits and techniques.  Great experience!  Very knowledgeable captain!  We will definitely do this trip again.

Fished July 25, 2018
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Upon meeting the boat captain without initiating conversation, none was given.  This continued during the entire fishing trip.  The fishing reels were worn out and needed maintenance, oiled, etc….  the captain needs to decide if he is going to play on his phone or tend to his customers.  We had 2 adults and 3 boys under 13 years of age and my husband did most of everything including taking fish off of the hooks and casting out.  We were under the impression that we were going to be able to catch and keep some fish to eat.  We caught very few “catfish” which we had to release because evidently we can’t keep catfish!  We wanted our boys to experience a deep sea fishing trip and was very misinformed on this trip.  We are very unhappy and disappointed.

Fished July 23, 2018
Destin's Ultimate Guide Service (The Captain)
Replied to this review on August 4, 2018

Let me first say you booked a 3hr kids fishing trip that clearly states this is a catch and release trip that targets fish that bite more frequent to keep the kids entertained, as in our experience… this is the best trip for young kids who don’t have much experience fishing. They get bites often and that is the best way to keep their attention and their head in the game. I just called you to see what went wrong and you told me you caught 10-11 catfish before you asked our captain to target redfish for you, and even though he wasn’t set up to do so he still tried for you…. Even though keeper redfish are not prescribed in the trip you booked he did it anyways. It was July. The water is as warm as it gets and keeper redfish and trout are tough to come by this time of year as the lack of oxygen in the water caused by the heat and slow tidal currents really makes bay fishing tough this time of year. Ask any guide in Destin. If it was a deep sea trip you wanted we offer plenty of those I wish you would have told me before the trip I would have recommended our longer trips that target the species you were looking for, but I was never informed. There isn’t a boat in the fleet that takes people deep sea fishing on a 3 hr trip. As far as the phone goes I will look into it, and I can assure you that is not a complaint we’ve ever had before nor will we ever have again. Capt. Bobby fished 11 hours today, and has 10 tomorrow, and 10 the next day. I’m sorry if he seemed sluggish, but we work our tails off to do our best for everyone of our customers. I imagine he was frustrated when your kids are catching fish, and you tell him to move spots because you want dinner fish and you booked a catch and release trip.

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