Emerald Coast Anglers

Emerald Coast Anglers invites you to explore the beautiful waters in Destin, the heart of the Florida Panhandle. Whether you are after a fun time with your family and friends in the bay or want to check the bite inshore in the Gulf, you have found the right place.

Every trip with Captain Mac is a personalized experience. You will be guided through the basics before you make your first cast. Beginner to experienced angler, everyone is welcome to join in the adventure.

No matter which time of year you decide to check the waters of the ‘World’s Luckiest Fishing Village’, there is always something in season and biting. Fish with light tackle in the Choctawhatchee Bay’s grass flats and the waters around the Intracoastal Waterways. Go for Redfish, Speckled Trout, and Flounder. Anchor near local docks and bridges and target Black Drum and Sheepshead.

Or head nine miles out of the Destin Pass if you want something bigger. Troll for King Mackerel, bottom fish for Grouper and Snapper, go after Amberjack, Spanish Mackerel, Red Snapper, Mahi Mahi, Cobia, Shark, Black Snapper… and the list just goes on!

Emerald Coast Anglers will take you out aboard a 22’ Sea Hunt center console. The boat can comfortably accommodate up to four anglers. Its single 150 HP Yamaha engine can cruise at a top speed of 40 knots and the top-notch navigational and fish finding electronics will aid your search for the fish. The boat is equipped with a toilet and an air-conditioning system for your maximum comfort.

All trips come with quality rods, reels, tackle, lures, and bait, as well as licenses for you and your party. 15%-20% gratuity is customary and greatly appreciated.

Let’s go fishing!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip (AM)
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Jun - 31 Oct
    $575
    up to 2 persons
    + $100
    each additional person
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip (PM)
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 hours trip, starts at 10:30 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Jun - 31 Oct
    $575
    up to 2 persons
    + $100
    each additional person
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip (AM)
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Nov - 31 May
    $500
    up to 2 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip (PM)
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 hours trip, starts at 11:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Nov - 31 May
    $500
    up to 2 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
  • Private trip
    3 Hour Bay Trip (AM)
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    3 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Jun - 30 Sep
    $425
    up to 2 persons
    + $100
    each additional person
    Bay fishing is done using ultra light tackle in the Choctawhatchee Bay and around the Intracoastal Waterways. You will fish Choctawhatchee Bay’s grass flats, targeting Speckled Trout and Redfish. We can also anchor near local bridges & docks where Black Drum and Sheepshead are often found.
  • Private trip
    3 Hour Bay Trip (PM)
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    3 hours trip, starts at 10:30 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Jun - 30 Sep
    $425
    up to 2 persons
    + $100
    each additional person
  • Private trip
    3 Hour Bay Trip (AM)
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    3 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Oct - 31 May
    $400
    up to 2 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    On this trip you can usually catch Redfish, Speckled Trout, Black Drum, Sheepshead, and Flounder. We will move around Choctawhatchee Bay’s grass flats and also anchor near local bridges & docks. We will mostly use ultra light tackle on this trip.
  • Private trip
    3 Hour Bay Trip (PM)
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    3 hours trip, starts at 11:30 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Oct - 30 May
    $400
    up to 2 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    On this 3 hour trip your main targets will be Flounder, Redfish, Speckled Trout, Black Drum, and Sheepshead. The trip will take place in the Choctawhatchee Bay and near local bridges & docks. We will mostly use ultra light tackle.
  • Private trip
    2 Hour Bay Trip (AM)
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    2 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Oct - 31 May
    $300
    up to 2 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
  • Private trip
    2 Hour Bay Trip (PM)
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    2 hours trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Oct - 31 May
    $300
    up to 3 persons
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About the Captain

Mac Higgins
Destin, Florida, United States
Angler's Choice
33 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
131 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since March 2015
Captain Mac Higgins grew up on the beautiful Emerald Coast. Mac has had a passion for fishing for as long as he could remember. He then turned his passion into a successful career. Captain Mac’s fishing repertoire includes the waters of the Gulf, around the Intracoastal Waterways, and Choctawhatchee.

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Targeted Species

Amberjack Amberjack
Cobia Cobia
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Grouper (Gag) Grouper (Gag)
Grouper (Red) Grouper (Red)
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Redfish Redfish
Shark (Blacktip) Shark (Blacktip)
Sheepshead Sheepshead
Snapper (Red) Snapper (Red)
Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout
Tuna (Blackfin) Tuna (Blackfin)

Boat Specs

Sea Hunt (Center console) originally built in 2014. Powered by a 150HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 35 knots.

Length
22 ft
Capacity
3 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
Popping
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
Air Conditioning
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Refrigerator
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box
Toilet
Air Conditioning
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well

Trip Includes

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

Policies

Deposit non-refundable
Deposit non-refundable under normal circumstances. 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 25% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 25% 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

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 5% fee.

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.67
out of 5 stars from 131 reviews
Boat
Crew
Experience
2 hr morning bay fishing with captain Mac
2 hr morning bay fishing with captain Mac
August fishing trip
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Angler Rating
102
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3
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
93%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
91%
Appropriate for children
97%
Satisfied with the boat
99%
Catch intended fish
77%
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Derek R.
New Orleans, LA
 5.00
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3 hour bay trip with the kids

VERIFIED   July 9, 2019
Took a 3 hour bay trip with the kids and had a great time!  First two casts landed fish, was amazing.  Caught multiple...
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Billy R.
Frisco, TX
 5.00
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Great day on the water ans didn't even catch a fish.

VERIFIED   June 18, 2019
We booked a 3 hour charter with Captain Mac, he was on time and ready to go. Weather wasn’t cooperating and the fish...
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Susan G.
Las Vegas, NV
 5.00
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A three hour tour with Capt Mac

VERIFIED   NEW  September 24, 2019
Very nice guy. Friendly,  knowledgeable took us to the spots where he knew we would catch fish and was not put off that...
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Jonathan Y.
Haughton, LA
 5.00
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Half day trip with Captain Mac

VERIFIED   June 24, 2019
This is our second trip out with Captain Mac and we had a great time just like our first trip. Weather kept us from getting...
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Asheville, NC
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VERIFIED   April 2, 2019
We had a great time on our half day trip with Mac.  He was very down to earth and a pleasure to be around.  He was...
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Fishing Reports

Redfish

October 04, 2019

The weather is cooling off here in the panhandle finally. Redfish can be found around docks, as well as out on the grass flats here in the Choctawhatchee bay. Don’t miss out on this redfish bite. October is one… Read Full Report →


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