Darknite Charters specializes in inshore fishing on the beautiful Alabama coast. Captain Richard targets a variety of species depending on the time of year and makes it a priority to help you catch fish and have fun in the process. All ages and experience levels are welcome.

You’ll be fishing on a 22’ Blazer that accommodates up to 4 guests. This bay boat is powered by a 200 HP Suzuki engine and a wireless trolling motor. Besides navigational electronics, the boat also features a live bait tank and a cooler.

Capt. Richard encourages his guests to experience a nighttime charter for Speckled Trout and Redfish. This can be some very exciting fishing and allows for numerous opportunities for trophy size catch. If you are an early bird rather than a night owl, try a day trip and get to see the historic Fort Morgan area while chasing Speckled Trout, Redfish, Spanish Mackerel, and even have possibilities of Tripletail. You’ll be fishing with primarily live bait, but artificial lures can be used if desired.

All rods, tackle, bait, licenses, and fish cleaning are included with the trip. Tips are always appreciated but never anticipated. Coolers and ice will be provided but please bring drinks and snacks if desired. Please do not bring additional coolers. A cooler is provided and to save on space, any additional coolers/ice chest will not be permitted on the boat. Alcoholic beverages are allowed, but no glass of any kind will be allowed on the boat.

Darknite Charters welcomes you and your group aboard for a trip you’ll remember for a long time.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Nearshore Trip full day
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 5:45 AM
    Seasonal trip Jun 1 - Aug 15 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)
    $800
    On nearshore trips, we will target king mackeral, spanish mackeral, Red Snapper, tarpon, Cobia, and more. These trip use a combination of fishing techniques such as trolling, drift fishing, sight fishing, and fishing over artificial reef structure on bottom. These trips are dependent on good weather and calm seas. If weather does not cooperate, we will stick to inshore waters and fish for speckled trout, redfish, and more.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 5:45 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Aug 15 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)
    $600
    Start your trip in the morning and get some of the inshore fishing action. You'll target a variety of species, such as Redfish, Tripletail, Trout, Redfish, and many more. All fishing equipment is included in the price.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Aug 15 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)
    $600
    Jump on the boat for a half day of inshore fishing action. You'll target Speckled Trout, Redfish, Tripletail, Spanish Mackerel, and more in the various bays and lagoons that the Alabama Coast has to offer.
  • Private trip
    4 hour night trip (weekend rate)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Aug 15 - Sep 30 (Fri, Sat, Sun)
    $450
    On nightime trips, we will target trout and redfish around dock lights in the Orange Beach area. These trips are in very high demand so book fast before we fill up!
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 4:00 PM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Aug 15 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)
    $425
    On four-hour trips in the afternoon, you'll stick to small and protected bodies of water. This trip is perfect for kids and those who just want something to tug on their line and are not as worried about filling the box with fish to take home. During these trips, you'll target a large variety of species and catching fish is guaranteed.
  • Private trip
    Shark Fishing Special
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 4:30 PM
    Seasonal trip Jul 1 - Aug 5 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)
    $300
    Is your dream to catch a fish straight out of the movie “Jaws”? Come hop on the boat for an afternoon of shark fishing. We will be bottom fishing during these trips, so feel free to sit back and relax until an apex predator of the gulf takes the bait. These trips will target sharks anywhere from 4-10 feet long so be prepared to strap into a harness when the big one takes the bait. To aid with conservation efforts, all sharks will be released after a quick picture.
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About the Captain

Richard Franklin
Gulf Shores, Alabama, United States
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14 Customer Reviews
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Member since March 2021
Captain Richard has been fishing on the beautiful Alabama coast his whole life. He specializes in inshore fishing and loves to teach other people how to catch their trophies.

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Targeted Species

Black Drum Black Drum
Flounder Flounder
Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)

Redfish Redfish
Shark (Blacktip) Blacktip Shark
Sheepshead Sheepshead
Snapper (Mangrove) Mangrove Snapper

Snapper (Red) Red Snapper
Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel
Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout
Tripletail Tripletail

Boat Specs

Blazer (Bay boat) originally built in 2006. Powered by a 200HP Suzuki engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 38 knots.

Length
22 ft
Capacity
3 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Drift Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
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 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
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

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

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Customer Reviews

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Friendly captain
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Appropriate for children
92%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
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Jeremi S.
Lineville, AL
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2 pm charter with Captain Richard

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip (PM) on July 30, 2021
Wind was blowing more than forecast and bite got tough but Captain Richard worked his butt off until the last minute to get...
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Lindale, Texas
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Half Day trip with Richard

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip (AM) on July 20, 2021
Very easy to communicate with before and on the day of the charter. Our boys had a blast. Despite the rain, Richard made sure...
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Gadsden, TN
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VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip (AM) on July 16, 2021
Captain Richard was great. He sure knows his spots. He was polite, curtious and a pleasure to work with. Our trip was last...
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Valley Grande, AL
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4 hour night trip

VERIFIED   Nighttime Charter (4 hour) on July 14, 2021
Had a blast!! Caught a bunch of specs and several other fish. Had a few take drag and break the line. Captain Richard is top...
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Ringgold, GA
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VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip (AM) on July 19, 2021
Awesome trip. Captain Richard knew where the fish were and was very helpful with my daughter. We will definitely come back.
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FAQs about Darknite Charters

Darknite Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $300 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - Shark Fishing Special (3 hours)
  • $425 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - 4 Hour Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $450 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - 4 hour night trip (weekend rate) (4 hours)
  • $600 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - 6 Hour Trip (AM) (6 hours)
  • $600 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - 6 Hour Trip (PM) (6 hours)
  • $800 per group - Nearshore Trip full day (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Darknite Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Darknite Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Fishing License

Darknite Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing (Weather Permitting)
  • Wreck Fishing

Darknite Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Drift Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Darknite Charters include:
  • Black Drum
  • Flounder
  • Jack Crevalle
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Redfish
  • Shark (Blacktip)
  • Sheepshead
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snapper (Red)
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Spotted Seatrout
  • Tripletail