Emerald Coast Anglers

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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 2 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!



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  • Private trip
    3 Hour Bay Trip (AM)
    In demand! Last booked: 5 days ago
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jun 1 - Sep 30
    $475
    price breakdown
  • Private trip
    2 Hour Bay Trip (AM)
    In demand! Last booked: 1 day ago
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    2 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jun 1 - Sep 30
    $390
    price breakdown
  • Private trip
    2 Hour Bay Trip (AM)
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    2 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Oct 1 - May 31
    $290
    price breakdown
  • Private trip
    2 Hour Bay Trip (PM)
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    2 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Oct 1 - May 31
    $290
    price breakdown
  • Private trip
    1 Hour Bay Trip (Mid Morning)
    In demand! Last booked: 5 days ago
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    1 Hour Trip, starts at 10:30 AM
    Seasonal trip Jun 1 - Sep 30
    $250
    price breakdown
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About the Captain

Mac Higgins
Destin, Florida, United States
Angler's Choice
35 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
145 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.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Black Drum Black Drum
Flounder Flounder
Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle
Pompano Pompano

Redfish Redfish
Sheepshead Sheepshead
Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)
Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel

Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout

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
2 persons

Types of Fishing

Lake Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Nearshore 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

Amenities

Toilet
Air Conditioning
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Refrigerator
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 145 reviews
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
93%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
90%
Appropriate for children
97%
Satisfied with the boat
99%
Catch intended fish
75%
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Tim B.
Osseo, MN
 5.00
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3 Hr Bay Trip

VERIFIED   February 14, 2020
Great experience with Captain Mac!  Very knowledgeable and friendly. It was a little windy, but Captain Mac knew where...
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 5.00
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Brian S.
Panama City Beach, FL
 5.00
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VERIFIED   June 3, 2020
Nice guy, nice boat. Great morning on the bay. Took a little longer to catch bait fish but Capt Mac made up for it with a little...
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The captain canceled

VERIFIED   May 24, 2020
The charter operator canceled 3 days prior to the trip date. This is an automated posting
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Charles M.
Destin, FL
 5.00
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Great experience

VERIFIED   February 25, 2020
Went out for a last minute quick trip and we caught several fish. MAC was great and we had a blast!
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