Intentional Fishing Charters

Family-Friendly Saltwater Fishing trips!

From Backwater Creeks to Deep Sea Fishing, Intentional Fishing is the most versatile fishing charter in the area!  Both AM and PM trips are available for Bay or Gulf Fishing.

All gear and licenses are provided.  All you need to bring are some snacks and drinks.  Climb aboard for a fun-filled day on the water!

Target a variety of aggressive saltwater fish including:
Snappers, Mackerel, Redfish, Triggerfish, Grouper, Tuna, Seatrout, Sharks, and more!

Types of fishing may include:
Bottom Fishing, Trolling, Live Bait, Cut Bait, Chumming, Heavy Tackle, Light Tackle, Artificial Lures, Jigging, and Drifting.

Captain Alex Hensley is the owner and operator, and ensures every part of your experience is fun and comfortable.  Using the industry’s BEST equipment and gear, you can only expect a world-class experience!
Your SAFETY is the highest priority for Capt. Alex and each guest will receive a safety briefing before leaving the dock. 

Safety gear includes Life Vests, First-Aid Kit, VHF Radio, Fire Extinguisher, all required Coast Guard equipment, and an EPIRB (emergency GPS beacon)

The vessel is a 25-foot Skeeter Center Console.  This boat is extremely versatile and is just as capable in the bay as it is offshore in the Gulf!  She’s powered by an ultra-reliable 300 HP Yamaha Four Stroke outboard and can reach speeds of 50 Knots!

Equipment on the boat includes:
Fiberglass T-Top, Yamaha 300HP motor, 112 lb thrust Minn Kota i-Pilot trolling motor, Simrad 12” Evo 3 GPS/Fishfinder, dual 10’ Power-Pole shallow water anchors, custom Aqua Traction foam flooring.

In the Bay, you’ll be in protected and CALMER WATERS.  Enjoy a relaxing morning or afternoon pursuing elusive predator fish like Redfish, Speckled Trout, Sheepshead, or Black Drum.

In the Gulf, venture to open waters for an ACTION-PACKED rod bending experience!  Expect to pull on fish like Bonito, Snappers, Groupers, Mackerel, Triggerfish, and much more!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat)
    $720
    This trip is a quick taste of Saltwater Fishing. Let Captain Alex know what kind of fishing you prefer, or rely on his expertise based on what's been biting. In the Gulf, enjoy hooking into Snappers, Triggerfish, Sharks, Groupers, Bonito, Mackerel, and more! In the bay, you can target Sheepshead, Redfish, Black Drum, and Speckled Trout. (Redfish and Speckled Trout will be catch & release only) Start time may vary with weather.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip (PM)
    In demand! Last booked: 1 day ago
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    $720
    This trip is a quick taste of saltwater fishing. Let Captain Alex know what kind of fishing you prefer, or rely on his expertise based on what's been biting. In the Gulf, enjoy hooking into Snapper, Triggerfish, Shark, Grouper, Bonito, Mackerel, and more! In the bay, you can target Sheepshead, Redfish, Black Drum, and Speckled Trout (Redfish and Speckled Trout will be catch & release only). Start time may vary depending on the weather.
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat)
    $850
    This trip is a quick taste of saltwater fishing. Let Captain Alex know what kind of fishing you prefer, or rely on his expertise based on what's been biting. In the Gulf, enjoy hooking into Snapper, Triggerfish, Shark, Grouper, Bonito, Mackerel, and more! In the bay, you can target Sheepshead, Redfish, Black Drum, and Speckled Trout (Redfish and Speckled Trout will be catch & release only). Start time may vary with the weather.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat)
    $1,000
    The most popular trip! More time to seek out active fish and reel in the best memories! Let Captain Alex know what kind of fishing you prefer, or rely on his expertise based on what's been biting. In the Gulf, enjoy hooking into Snapper, Triggerfish, Shark, Grouper, Bonito, Mackerel, and more! In the bay, you can target Sheepshead, Redfish, Black Drum, and Speckled Trout (Redfish and Speckled Trout will be catch & release only). Start time may vary with the weather.
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat)
    $1,300
    A full day of fishing! More time to seek out active fish and reel in the best memories! Let Captain Alex know what kind of fishing you prefer, or rely on his expertise based on what's been biting. In the Gulf, enjoy hooking into Snapper, Triggerfish, Shark, Grouper, Bonito, Mackerel, and more! In the bay, you can target Sheepshead, Redfish, Black Drum, and Speckled Trout (Redfish and Speckled Trout will be catch & release only). Start time may vary according to the weather.
  • Private trip
    10 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat)
    $1,600
    10 hours of fishing! More time to seek out active fish and reel in the best memories! Let Captain Alex know what kind of fishing you prefer, or rely on his expertise based on what's been biting. In the Gulf, enjoy hooking into Snapper, Triggerfish, Shark, Grouper, Bonito, Mackerel, and more! In the bay, you can target Sheepshead, Redfish, Black Drum, and Speckled Trout (Redfish and Speckled Trout will be catch & release only). Start time may vary with the weather.
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About the Captain

Alex Hensley
Shalimar, Florida, United States
8 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
45 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since August 2021
Angler's Choice
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Alex is a Fort Walton Beach native and a USCG licensed 25 Ton Master Captain. Born and raised here, he stared fishing at 3 years old with his dad and brother. Alex and his wife Jessica live in Fort Walton Beach and enjoy days on the water as much as possible. Over the years of fishing around Destin, Alex has developed an expertise of the area. From every corner of the Bay, to far offshore, he knows these waters like the back of his hand. Alex is also a proficent Trombone player, and you might catch him playing with the Downbeat Jazz Orchestra around town! His greatest passion is teaching and sharing fishing with others. Beginers and experts alike enjoy fishing with him because of his knowledge and laid back attitude.

About this listing

Targeted species

Cobia Cobia
Flounder Flounder
Grouper (Gag) Gag Grouper
Grouper (Scamp) Scamp Grouper

Boat specs

Skeeter (Center console) originally built in 2020. Powered by a 300HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 50 knots.

Length
25 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of fishing

Inshore Fishing
Choctawhatchee Bay – Santa Rosa Sound
Nearshore Fishing
Along Destin's beaches
Offshore Fishing
State waters up to 9 miles offshore Gulf of Mexico
Reef Fishing
Natural and artificial reefs
Wreck Fishing
Private and public artificial Reefs
Flats Fishing
Grass flats and docks along the bay and Bayous
Backcountry Fishing
Seasonal backwater grass marshes and creeks

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Jerk baits, jigs, topwater
Heavy Tackle
Top brand quality equipment
Bottom Fishing
Levelwind and spinning reels
Trolling
Heavy rods with diving and topwater lures
Spinning
Jigs, casting, bottom fishing
Jigging
Heavy spinning gear
Deep Sea Fishing
Levelwind and spinning reels

Amenities

GPS
Simrad NSS 12 EVO 3
Fishfinder
Simrad NSS 12 EVO 3 W/ Active Imaging Transducer
Live Bait Well
43 Gallons
Multimedia System
Fusion Stereo
Wireless Trolling Motor
Minn Kota Terrova 112lb Thrust
Ice Box
Engel cooler provided with ice

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
High quality equipment – spinning and conventional
Live Bait
Subject to availability
Lures
Jigs, plugs, and a variety of soft and hard bait
Catch cleaning & filleting
Cleaned and bagged. No Charge!
Fishing License
Up to 6 anglers

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 1 day prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 1 day 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
Speckled Trout and Redfish catch and release only
Catch and Release Allowed
Always encouraged

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
Checks
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 3% charge will apply.

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Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Experience
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Bill A.
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Absolutely a blast!!!!!

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip (PM) on July 4, 2022
We went out for a four hour trip with Alex. The fishing was a little slow in the first spot or two we tried and Alex decided...
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6 hour trip with Captain Alex

VERIFIED   NEW  6 Hour Trip on October 4, 2022
Our 6 hour trip with Captain Alex was a great experience! Not only did we catch several good-sized fish to take home, but we...
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Fishing with Alex

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip – Deep Sea Fishing on November 13, 2021
Captain Alex was kind and helpful. He knew just where to take us fishing. He is also a great photographer. If there is a word...
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Phil C.
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Amazing Family Trip with Captain Alex Hensley

6 Hour Trip – Deep Sea Fishing on October 16, 2021
My family and I had an amazing time with Captain Alex Hensley at Intentional Fishing! Even in strong wind and choppy water,...
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Family friendly Gulf Fishing Adventure!

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip (AM) on June 18, 2022
Captain Alex took myself, my wife and my two oldest kids out to target Red Snapper today in the Gulf and wow… what a fantastic...
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FAQs about Intentional Fishing Charters

Intentional Fishing Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $720 per group, additional $100 per person after 4 guests - 4 Hour Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $720 per group, additional $100 per person after 4 guests - 4 Hour Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $850 per group, additional $100 per person after 4 guests - 5 Hour Trip (AM) (5 hours)
  • $1,000 per group, additional $100 per person after 4 guests - 6 Hour Trip (6 hours)
  • $1,300 per group, additional $100 per person after 4 guests - 8 Hour Trip (8 hours)
  • $1,600 per group, additional $100 per person after 4 guests - 10 Hour Trip (10 hours)

When you book a trip with Intentional Fishing Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS Simrad NSS 12 EVO 3
  • Fishfinder Simrad NSS 12 EVO 3 W/ Active Imaging Transducer
  • Live Bait Well 43 Gallons
  • Multimedia System Fusion Stereo
  • Wireless Trolling Motor Minn Kota Terrova 112lb Thrust
  • Ice Box Engel cooler provided with ice

Trips booked with Intentional Fishing Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (High quality equipment – spinning and conventional)
  • Live Bait (Subject to availability )
  • Lures (Jigs, plugs, and a variety of soft and hard bait)
  • Catch cleaning & filleting (Cleaned and bagged. No Charge!)
  • Fishing License (Up to 6 anglers)

Intentional Fishing Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing (Choctawhatchee Bay – Santa Rosa Sound)
  • Nearshore Fishing (Along Destin's beaches)
  • Offshore Fishing (State waters up to 9 miles offshore Gulf of Mexico)
  • Reef Fishing (Natural and artificial reefs)
  • Wreck Fishing (Private and public artificial Reefs)
  • Flats Fishing (Grass flats and docks along the bay and Bayous)
  • Backcountry Fishing (Seasonal backwater grass marshes and creeks)

Intentional Fishing Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle (Jerk baits, jigs, topwater)
  • Heavy Tackle (Top brand quality equipment)
  • Bottom Fishing (Levelwind and spinning reels)
  • Trolling (Heavy rods with diving and topwater lures)
  • Spinning (Jigs, casting, bottom fishing)
  • Jigging (Heavy spinning gear )
  • Deep Sea Fishing (Levelwind and spinning reels)

Top targeted fish species with Intentional Fishing Charters include:
  • Cobia
  • Flounder
  • Grouper (Gag)
  • Grouper (Scamp)
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Little Tunny (False Albacore)
  • Redfish
  • Snapper (Red)
  • Snapper (Vermilion)
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Speckled Trout
  • Triggerfish (Gray)