Come and explore some of the best fisheries in the world out of Destin with The Soggy Bottom II. Captains JJ Botelho and Adam Schroeder are both experts in fishing the local waters, and they’ll make sure to take you to all the best spots in the area!

You’ll be fishing aboard a 22’ Cape Horn center console boat powered by a single 225 HP Yamaha engine. It can accommodate up to 5 passengers. The boat has the standard navigational electronics, including a Garmin GPS, a fishfinder as well as a VHF radio.

The Soggy Bottom is a locally owned and operated fishing charter. Specializing in customizable bay, gulf, and inshore fishing excursions, all these charters take place on the waterways of the captain’s hometown.

The tackle on board consists of Shimano and Quantum rods and reels, as well as appropriate spinning rods for bottom fishing. Capt. Adam utilizes a variety of bait depending on the season and the species you’d like to target.

Many refer to Destin as the world’s luckiest fishing village, and the captains are committed to showing you why. You’ll target Redfish, Speckled Sea Trout, Sheepshead, Black Drum, Flounder, Kingfish, Amberjack, Cobia, Red Snapper, Grouper, Triggerfish, and many other species, depending on the season.

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. Your fish will be cleaned at the end of the trip for your convenience. All you need to bring is some drinks, snacks, and sunscreen.

Get ready for a fishing adventure of a lifetime, join The Soggy Bottom II, and make some unforgettable memories in Destin waters!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    The Best of Both Worlds!
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 5:30 AM
    $1,500
    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 6 pm. 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 Hour Trip, starts at 5:30 AM
    $1,200
    This is an 8-hour fishing charter in either the bay or the gulf, depending on the weather. The Captain will contact you a few days before the trip to discuss where the bite is best, and what the weather will be like for the day you've reserved. Safety comes first, so if the seas are rough, you'll fish the bay. The captain will provide everything you need for the day, 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 Hour Trip, starts at 5:30 AM
    $900
    This is a 6-hour fishing charter in either the bay, or the gulf. The Captain will contact you a few days ahead of time to discuss where the bite is best, depending on the weather conditions. 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, will be provided! All you need to bring is some drinks, snacks, and sunscreen. *CATCH FISH GUARANTEE OR AN EXTRA HOUR FREE!
  • Private trip
    Morning Trip *Capt. Recommended*
    In demand! Last booked: 5 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $750
    This is a 5-hour fishing charter in either the bay or the gulf, depending on the sea conditions and your preference. The Captain will contact you a few days ahead of time to discuss where the bite is best, and what the weather forecast looks like for the day you've reserved. Safety comes first so if the seas are rough, you'll fish the bay. Price includes everything you need for the day, all you are responsible for is your drinks, snacks, and sunscreen. *CATCH FISH GUARANTEE OR AN EXTRA HOUR FREE!
  • Private trip
    Shark Fishing Charter
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 5:30 AM
    $750
    This is a Shark fishing charter for those who like to chase a thrill! We target several different species of Shark ranging from 3 feet to sometimes over 10 feet! 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 (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $600
    This is an afternoon bay or gulf fishing charter. The departure time is flexible, so contact your captain in advance. This trip is also available on 5 or 6-hour charters. Keep in mind gulf fishing is weather dependent. Safety always comes first so if the seas are rough, you'll stay in the bay. All you need to bring is some snacks and drinks, all the fishing equipment will be provided.
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About the Captain

J.J. Botelho
Destin, Florida, United States
5 Fishing Reports
273 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since March 2015
Destin's 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!

About this listing

Targeted Species

Amberjack Amberjack
Cobia Cobia
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Flounder Flounder

Grouper (Gag) Grouper (Gag)
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Redfish Redfish
Sheepshead Sheepshead

Snapper (Red) Snapper (Red)
Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout
Tarpon Tarpon
Triggerfish (Gray) Triggerfish (Gray)

Boat Specs

Cape Horn (Center console) originally built in 2004. Powered by a 250HP Honda engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 40 knots.

Length
22 ft
Capacity
6 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
Spinning
Jigging
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 3 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 3 days before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

Listing Policies

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 10% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% 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 4% fee.

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Customer Reviews

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Morning Trip with Captain David
Morning Trip with Captain David
Fantastic Experience!!!
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Angler Rating
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Good experience
90%
Friendly captain
99%
Recommend this charter
89%
Appropriate for children
92%
Satisfied with the boat
96%
Catch intended fish
80%
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The captain canceled

VERIFIED   May 8, 2021
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Half day trip with Captain Davis

VERIFIED   NEW  Afternoon Bay/Gulf Charter (PM) on June 2, 2021
Had a great time on the water with Captain David. The fishing was slow, but we kept moving and found some fish. All equipment...
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Early run with Captian David.

VERIFIED   NEW  Morning Trip *Capt. Recommended* on June 3, 2021
Captian David was extremely knowledgeable and despite him not having to keep us out longer he chose too putting his own time...
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4 hour trip with Captain Andrew

VERIFIED   Bay Fishing Night Trip on April 1, 2021
My wife, daughters, and I had a blast on the soggy bottom with Captain Andrew! We did the four hour trip and he kept us on...
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Half day with Captain David

VERIFIED   NEW  Bay Fishing Night Trip on June 16, 2021
This is our 2nd trip with Captain David and again, he didn’t disappoint.  Instead of bay fishing, “we” decided to go...
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FAQs about The Soggy Bottom II

The Soggy Bottom II offers the following trips to customers:
  • $600 per group, additional $100 per person after 4 guests - Afternoon Bay/Gulf Charter (PM) (4 hours)
  • $750 per group, additional $100 per person after 4 guests - Morning Trip *Capt. Recommended* (5 hours)
  • $750 per group, additional $100 per person after 4 guests - Shark Fishing Charter (5 hours)
  • $900 per group, additional $100 per person after 4 guests - Morning 6 Hour Fishing Charter (6 hours)
  • $1,200 per group, additional $100 per person after 4 guests - Full Day Trip – Bay/Gulf Charter (8 hours)
  • $1,500 per group, additional $100 per person after 4 guests - The Best of Both Worlds! (10 hours)

When you book a trip with The Soggy Bottom II, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with The Soggy Bottom II include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait (We Mostly fish with live baits)
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Fishing License

The Soggy Bottom II offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing
  • Flats Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

The Soggy Bottom II offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Fly Fishing
  • Drift Fishing
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with The Soggy Bottom II include:
  • Amberjack
  • Cobia
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • Flounder
  • Grouper (Gag)
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Redfish
  • Sheepshead
  • Snapper (Red)
  • Spotted Seatrout
  • Tarpon
  • Triggerfish (Gray)