Charter Boat “TradeWinds” is a famous boat that takes anglers of all ages and skill levels to the beautiful waters in and around Destin, Florida. Exploring the ‘World’s Luckiest Fishing Village” aboard the TradeWinds is an experience you won’t forget.

The TradeWinds is a massive 65’ Bonner custom-built walkaround boat, with plenty of space for up to 49 passengers. Even better, all guests can fish at the same time – so get ready to indulge in some friendly competition! She was fully up hauled in 2015 and comes powered by twin 375 HP John Deer engines. The TradeWinds is outfitted with Furuno navigational and fish finding electronics to save your time while searching for fish. She is wheelchair-friendly and is equipped with all the necessary safety facilities, including two 30-man liferafts.

Apart from professional accessories, the TradeWinds is a comfortable fishing vessel. She features an air-conditioned cabin, sleeping accommodations, and two bathrooms, which are much-needed things when you spend your day on the water.

The TradeWinds is run and operated by Captain Larry Meyer, a talented and professional fisherman with thousands of hours of experience. Capt. Larry will put his knowledge and talent to work for you and will take you to the hottest spots. His two deckhands will assist you and work hard to make sure you have a pleasant experience. A customary 20% tip for their effort is appreciated.

The crew specializes in bottom fishing and trolling for a variety of species, including but not limited to Red Snapper, Wahoo, Red Grouper, King Mackerel, Mahi Mahi, Cobia, Amberjack, and even Porbeagle, Mako, and Blue Sharks.

Whether you are looking for a fun day with your family and friends or a corporate outing, a wedding, a birthday party, a bachelor party, or any other event, the TradeWinds is ready for it.

All trips are private and come with rods, reels, tackle, bait, and license. When you return to shore, your catch will be cleaned at no additional cost.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    12 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $2,880
    This private trip will see you trolling and bottom fishing for Grouper, Snapper, Mahi Mahi, and who knows what else. Relax in between bites with your friends, family, or colleagues.
  • Private trip
    10 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $2,350
    If you want to get the waters of Destin all to yourself, this 10-hour private trip is exactly what you are looking for. Enjoy a fun and productive day with your family and friends. Troll or bottom fish for whatever patrols the waters, including Red Snapper, Cobia, Wahoo, and many more.
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip
    In demand! Last booked: 5 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $1,880
    This eight-hour trip is private and ideal for those anglers who want to have just a few more hours on the water with their friends and family. You will be able to test yourself in bottom fishing and trolling for Red Snapper, Grouper, Cobia, Mahi Mahi, and many other species depending on the season.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $1,410
    This trip is a combination of trolling and bottom fishing. Your targeted species will include King Mackerel, Mahi Mahi, Grouper, and many more. This trip is private and will be reserved for you and your crew.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $1,410
    On this trip, you will be trolling and bottom fishing for Grouper, King Mackerel, and many more. This trip is private and will be reserved for you and your crew. The departure time may vary.
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip (AM)
    In demand! Last booked: 1 day ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,175
    Don't let the length of the trip fool you. You will have enough time to troll for a variety of species, including Kingfish, and many more. This trip is private and will be reserved for you and your crew.
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $1,175
    Don't let the length of the trip fool you. You will have enough time to troll for a variety of species, including,Kingfish, and many more. This trip is private and will be reserved for you and your crew.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Sep 1 - Sep 1 (Sun)
    $940
    Don't let the length of the trip fool you. You will have enough time to troll for a variety of species, including Kingfish, and many more. This trip is private and will be reserved for you and your crew.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Spring Break (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Apr 1 (Sun)
    $840
    Don't let the length of the trip fool you. You will have enough time to troll for a variety of species, including Kingfish, and many more. This trip is private and will be reserved for you and your crew. Please note that this trip is a seasonal spring break special!
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Spring Break (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Apr 5 (Sun)
    $840
    Don't let the length of the trip fool you. You will have enough time to troll for a variety of species, including Kingfish, and many more. This trip is private and will be reserved for you and your crew. Please note that this trip is a seasonal spring break special!
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Sep 1 - Sep 2 (Sun)
    $800
    Don't let the length of the trip fool you. You will have enough time to troll for a variety of species, including Kingfish, and many more. This trip is private and will be reserved for you and your crew.
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About the Charter Operator

Charter Boat " TradeWinds "
Destin, Florida, United States
2 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
171 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since April 2015
Captain Larry Meyer is a U.S. Military Veteran with many decades of fishing experience to his credit. As well as mastering the local waters and perfecting the cast, Larry has successfully taken part in many fishing tournaments. His fishing charters aboard the TradeWinds specialize in bottom fishing and trolling.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Amberjack Amberjack
Cobia Cobia
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Grouper (Red) Red Grouper

King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Shark (Blue) Blue Shark
Shark (Mako) Mako Shark
Shark (Porbeagle) Porbeagle Shark

Snapper (Red) Red Snapper
Wahoo Wahoo

Boat Specs

Bonner Custom (Walkaround) originally built in 1991, and restored in 2015. Powered by 2 375HP John Deer engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 17 knots.

Length
65 ft
Capacity
49 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
Fishfinder
Bed
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
Toilet
Air Conditioning
GPS
Fishfinder
Bed
Live Bait Well

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate
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 not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed
Disabled Accessible

Payment

Book with 10% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

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, an additional 3% charge will apply.

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Customer Reviews

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Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
95%
Appropriate for children
98%
Satisfied with the boat
99%
Catch intended fish
84%
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6 hr afternoon charter

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip (PM) on June 24, 2021
Excellent experience from beginning to end.  From the moment we scheduled the trip, communications from charter staff was...
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6 hour trip

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip (PM) on June 30, 2021
The three of us were on this BIG boat with captain and deckhand extraordinaire, AJ.  We went out and fished for red snapper,...
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Afternoon Trip with Captain Larry and the Crew

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip (PM) on August 5, 2021
What a great day! This was a first for many of us and we had a great time. AJ and Jake were awesome guides and Captain Larry...
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Best Charter in Destin

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip (AM) on July 14, 2021
We have booked charters from Florida to Hawaii and no one has blown us away like AJ, Jake and Capt. Meyer from the Tradewinds....
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6hr trip

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip (AM) on August 7, 2021
This was a special day for myself and a group of my close military brothers to share. The Captain, The Boat, The Crew, The...
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FAQs about Charter Boat "TradeWinds"

Charter Boat "TradeWinds" offers the following trips to customers:
  • $800 per group, additional $80 per person after 6 guests - 4 Hour Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $840 per group, additional $84 per person after 6 guests - 4 Hour Trip – Spring Break (AM) (4 hours)
  • $840 per group - 4 Hour Trip – Spring Break (PM) (4 hours)
  • $940 per group, additional $94 per person after 6 guests - 4 Hour Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $1,175 per group, additional $118 per person after 6 guests - 5 Hour Trip (PM) (5 hours)
  • $1,175 per group, additional $118 per person after 6 guests - 5 Hour Trip (AM) (5 hours)
  • $1,410 per group, additional $141 per person after 6 guests - 6 Hour Trip (AM) (6 hours)
  • $1,410 per group, additional $141 per person after 6 guests - 6 Hour Trip (PM) (6 hours)
  • $1,880 per group, additional $188 per person after 6 guests - 8 Hour Trip (8 hours)
  • $2,350 per group, additional $235 per person after 6 guests - 10 Hour Trip (10 hours)
  • $2,880 per group, additional $288 per person after 6 guests - 12 Hour Trip (12 hours)

When you book a trip with Charter Boat "TradeWinds", you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • Air Conditioning
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Bed
  • Live Bait Well
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Charter Boat "TradeWinds" include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • First Mate (2 deckhands, a 20% tip is customary.)
  • Fishing License

Charter Boat "TradeWinds" offers the following types of fishing:
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing

Charter Boat "TradeWinds" offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Charter Boat "TradeWinds" include:
  • Amberjack
  • Cobia
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • Grouper (Red)
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Shark (Blue)
  • Shark (Mako)
  • Shark (Porbeagle)
  • Snapper (Red)
  • Wahoo