Hurry and book now while Red Snappers are still in season. The last day of Red Snapper is August 19, 2022. Don’t worry if you can’t make it before then – Triggerfish is back in season and Amberjacks will be back in season in September. Fish on!

Fishbait Charters welcomes you to Orange Beach, Alabama, for a fun-packed offshore fishing trip out in the Gulf of Mexico. Captain Joe “Fishbait” Hester is a veteran as well as the owner and operator of a spacious and comfortable boat called Desperado along with his deckhand Frankie. With over 20 years of experience in fishing, this duo of anglers will know how to put you on the fish and make your stay on the water enjoyable and fun. Bring your family and friends, catch tons of fish, and have a great time doing it.

The Desperado will be waiting for you docked at Caribe Marina. This 40’ Sea Ray offshore sport fishing boat has a 14.5’ wide beam to comfortably fit 6 people for fishing. The boat runs on twin 350 HP Caterpillar engines and uses varied navigation technology to make your ride safe and quick. There’s a bathroom, air-conditioned cabin, TV, a grill, and much more to make your stay on board the best possible.

The choice of fish you can target on your trip includes Red and Mangrove Snapper, Black and Scamp Grouper, Mahi, Triggerfish, Wahoo, Amberjack, Cobia, and Mackerel. To reel them in, you can try bottom fishing, deep sea fishing, trolling, spinning, and drift fishing on heavy tackle.

Capt. Joe and his crew have the best equipment on board with top-of-the-line rods, tackle, and bait. A catch cleaning service and a saltwater fishing license are also covered by the price. The only things you’ll need are your favorite snacks and drinks before the fun can start.

If you’re looking to have a great time and catch some pretty cool fish, Fishbait Charters has got you covered!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip (AM)
    In demand! Last booked: 1 day ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $800
    This 4-hour trip runs 10 to 15 miles off the shore. There's 1 hour to get out to the fishing grounds, 2 hours for fishing, and 1 hour for getting back to the dock. This trip is ideal for trolling and catching King and Spanish Mackerel, but beware that it's weather-permitting.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    $800
    On this 4-hour trip, 1 hour will be spent reaching the fishing grounds, 2 hours fishing, and 1 hour getting back to the dock. You'll head out 10-15 miles offshore. to have the perfect opportunity for trolling for King and Spanish Mackerel. Keep in mind that the trip depends on the weather.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip (AM)
    Just booked! Last booked: 11 hours ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $1,200
    6 hours of offshore fishing will take you pproximately 20 miles offshore. Two hours will be spent reaching the grounds, 2 hours fishing, and 2 hours getting back. This trip is ideal for catching Red Snapper, Vermilion Snapper, Amberjack, Triggerfish, and Sharks. Please note that the trip is weather-permitting.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $1,200
    This 6 hour offshore trip includes 2 hours to reach the fish, 2 for fishing, and 2 for the return. You'll head out about 20 miles offshore to chase Red and Vermilion Snapper, Amberjack, Triggerfish, as well as Sharks. The trip depends on the weather, so keep in touch with your captain.
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $1,600
    Head about 30 miles offshore to spend 8 hours on the water. 2 hours and a half are spent reaching the fishing grounds, 3 hours will be spent fishing, and another 2 hours and a half getting back. The trip is weather-dependent and perfect for targeting Red and Vermilion Snapper, Grouper, Cobia, Amberjack, Tilefish, Triggerfish, and Sharks.
  • Private trip
    10 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $2,000
    Enjoy 10 hours fishing Alabama's rich offshore waters around 30–40 miles out. The trip is divided the following way: 3 hours out, 4 hours fishing, and 3 hours to get back. You'll go after Amberjack, Red Snapper, Vermilion Snapper, Grouper, Shark, Cobia, Tilefish, as well as Triggerfish. The trip will depend on the weather, so make sure to keep an eye on the forecast and contact your captain.
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About the Captain

Joe “Fishbait “ Hester
Orange Beach, Alabama, United States
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27 Customer reviews
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Member since November 2020
Captain Joe Hester wishes you a warm welcome to Orange Beach, Alabama. Join him and his crew aboard and experience some fun-packed moments on the area's wonderful and rich waters. Captain Joe is a seasoned angler who knows how to provide a perfect trip, so pick your day and have a memorable time on the water.

About this listing

Targeted species

Amberjack Amberjack
Cobia Cobia
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Grouper (Black) Black Grouper

Boat specs

Sea Ray (Offshore sport fishing) originally built in 1998. Powered by 2 350HP Caterpillar engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 27 knots.

Length
40 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of fishing

Offshore Fishing
Gulf of Mexico
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing techniques

Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Drift Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
Air Conditioning
GPS
Fishfinder
Bed
Flybridge

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate
Fishing License
Fishing license for saltwater

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 agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Disabled Accessible

Payment

Book with 20% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% 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
PayPal

Not included in the trip

Fighting Chair
Snorkeling Equipment
Wireless Trolling Motor
Tuna Tubes
Spearfishing Equipment
Radio
Sonar
Life Jackets
Snacks
Drinks

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Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.8 / 5
out of 5 stars from 27 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Photos & videos by reviewers (73)
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
92%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
89%
Appropriate for children
96%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
87%
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Harrison L.
Chattanooga, TN
Excellent
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5.0 / 5
Boat
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5.0 / 5
Crew
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5.0 / 5
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6 hour PM trip

VERIFIED   NEW  6 Hour Trip (PM) on August 6, 2022
Capt Joe and Frank were amazing. My wife, my seven year old, and I booked a six hour trip and Capt took us all over the water...
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ANTHONY A.
Cumming, GA
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6 hour trip with joe and frank

VERIFIED   NEW  6 Hour Trip (AM) on July 21, 2022
I’m leaving this review for my grandpa. We went out today and had such a great time with joe and frank. Frank is the coolest...
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James F.
Opelika, AL
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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Fishing expedition

VERIFIED   NEW  4 Hour Trip (PM) on July 12, 2022
This was my 5year old son’s first time out deep sea fishing. He almost got his sea legs but ended getting a little sick. ...
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Donnie N.
Dallas, Texas
Excellent
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5.0 / 5
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Family Half Day Trip

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip (AM) on July 5, 2022
Awesome experience with captain Joe and crew! Both my wife and daughter both enjoyed their time on the fishing trip - it was...
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Andy G.
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Half day fishing trip with Captain Joe and Frank

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip (AM) on June 24, 2022
All but 1 of us had never been deep sea fishing before our trip. Captain Joe and his deck hand, Frank could not have been better! ...
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FAQs about Fishbait Charters – Desperado

Fishbait Charters – Desperado offers the following trips to customers:
  • $800 per group - 4 Hour Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $800 per group - 4 Hour Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $1,200 per group - 6 Hour Trip (AM) (6 hours)
  • $1,200 per group - 6 Hour Trip (PM) (6 hours)
  • $1,600 per group - 8 Hour Trip (8 hours)
  • $2,000 per group - 10 Hour Trip (10 hours)

When you book a trip with Fishbait Charters – Desperado, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • Air Conditioning
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Bed
  • Flybridge
  • Live Bait Well
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Multimedia System
  • Outriggers
  • Ice Box
  • Radar

Trips booked with Fishbait Charters – Desperado include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • First Mate
  • Fishing License (Fishing license for saltwater)

Fishbait Charters – Desperado offers the following types of fishing:
  • Offshore Fishing (Gulf of Mexico )
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing

Fishbait Charters – Desperado offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Drift Fishing
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Fishbait Charters – Desperado include:
  • Amberjack
  • Cobia
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • Grouper (Black)
  • Grouper (Scamp)
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snapper (Red)
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Triggerfish (Gray)
  • Wahoo