Team Vinson Charters offers full-service inshore and nearshore fishing charters and sunset cruises on Alabama’s Gulf Coast including Mobile, Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Fort Morgan, Dauphin Island, Fairhope, Spanish Fort, Daphne, Perdido Key, Dog River, Bon Secour, and Fish River. Captain Donnie Vinson has decades-long experience in fishing a wide variety of water in the Mobile Bay area. Join him on a true fishing adventure out of Gulf Shores and have an unforgettable time on the water!

The boat you’ll be using is a 25’ Skeeter bay boat that can accommodate up to 6 guests. It runs on a 300 HP Yamaha engine and uses all the modern Garmin navigation electronics in order to get you on the fish quickly and safely. The boat has also got a Minn Kota wireless trolling motor, a livewell, and an ice-box.

Using light and heavy tackle, you’ll be bottom and deep sea fishing, trolling, spinning, jigging, and popping. The species you can expect to catch include Mahi Mahi, Red Snapper, Pompano, Tripletail, Jack Crevalle, Cobia, Flounder, and many more.

Kids of 5 or older are welcome to join your trip. The fish you catch is yours to keep but you’re free to release it as well. Smoking isn’t allowed during the trip.

Captain Donnie provides all the fishing tackle, live bait, and lures and also covers you for fishing licenses and catch cleaning and filleting. Just bring some snacks and drinks and you’ll be ready for the fun.

Join Team Vinson Charters and have a wonderful fishing experience in Alabama!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    2hr special PM
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    2 Hour Trip, starts at 3:00 PM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun)
    US $350
    This trip is if you dont have enough time to plan everything out an you still wanna fish. A great way to get your taste of fishing a 1st timer trip a must. From inshore to nearshore its a great trip all around
    Targeted fish
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    Black Drum
    Black Drum
    Redfish
    Redfish
    Spanish Mackerel
    Spanish Mackerel
    Shark (Blacktip)
    Blacktip Shark
    Spadefish
    Spadefish
    Tripletail
    Tripletail
    Pompano
    Pompano
    Flounder
    Flounder
    Sheepshead
    Sheepshead
    Speckled Trout
    Speckled Trout
    Whiting
    Whiting
  • Private trip
    3 Hour Trip–Delta Dominator Special
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 3:00 PM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun)
    US $400
    A 2- to 3-hour trip. You and Captain Donnie will fish in and around the causeway for Redfish, Speckled Trout, Sheepshead, as well as Flounder. This is an afternoon off-work special trip that launches around 3:00 p.m.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Inshore Special (AM)
    In demand! Last booked: 5 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    US $500
    If you don’t have all day to spend on the water, this 4-hour fishing trip brings you awesome fishing inshore for Flounder, Speckled trout, Redfish, Blackfish (Tripletail), and Black Drum, depending on the season. The departure time is 6:00 a.m.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Inshore Special (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    US $500
    This 4-hour afternoon adventure allows you to experience excellent inshore fishing even if you don't have all day to spend on the water. The species you and the captain will target are Flounder, Redfish, Speckled Trout, Blackfish (Tripletail), as well as Black Drum. The exact species will depend on the season.
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip–Sheepshead Special (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun)
    US $700
    A super fun charter targeting Sheepshead on different locations on Alabama’s Gulf Coast. You and Captain Donnie will leave the dock at 6:00 a.m. and fish for 4-6 hours. The trip price includes all the fishing gear, bait, catch cleaning, and licenses.
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip–Sheepshead Special (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun)
    US $700
    Enjoy 4 -6 hours of super fun fishing on various locations of Alabama's Gulf Coast. This afternoon special trip will see you and Captain Donnie target Sheepshead starting from 3:00 p.m. Bring nothing but your snacks and drinks.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip – Inshore
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    US $800
    On this 6-hour inshore adventure, you and Captain Donnie will be fishing for Speckled Trout, Flounder, Sheepshead, Redfish, and Tripletail, depending on the season. The trip runs from 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and includes all the equipment, licenses, as well as catch cleaning.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour – Red Snapper Special (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 24 - Aug 1 (Mon, Fri, Sat, Sun)
    US $1,000
    A 4-6-hour seasonal trip targetting Snapper. If you want to catch big Snapper, Captain Donnie will take you to his favorite spots giving you the best opportunity to catch huge fish. You can catch Snapper any time, but if you want to keep it, this charter needs to be booked during Alabama’s official Snapper season.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour – Red Snapper Special (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    Seasonal trip May 24 - Aug 1 (Mon, Fri, Sat, Sun)
    US $1,000
    Enjoy a 4 to 6-hour chase for Red Snapper. If you aim to target and want to catch big Snapper, Captain Donnie will lead you to his special spots that will give you the best chance to reel in this big fish. Snapper can be caught at any time, but Alabama's official Snapper Season allows you to keep it and take it home.
  • Private trip
    RED SNAPPER 4HR MID MOR
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 10:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 26 - Aug 1 (Mon, Fri, Sat, Sun)
    US $1,000
    This trip is fun of hard pulling of the Alabama Red Snapper its a bottom fishing off of reefs an wrecks out in the gulf within 9 miles of the shoreline come join us on these awsomes trips. This trip starts at 10 am.
    Targeted fish
    Amberjack
    Amberjack
    Cobia
    Cobia
    Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
    Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
    Jack Crevalle
    Jack Crevalle
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    Snapper (Red)
    Red Snapper
    Redfish
    Redfish
    Tripletail
    Tripletail
    Pompano
    Pompano
    Flounder
    Flounder
    Sheepshead
    Sheepshead
    Speckled Trout
    Speckled Trout
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Customer reviews

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4.9 / 5
out of 5 stars from 79 reviews
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Excellent
4.9 / 5
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4.9 / 5
Experience
Excellent
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Satisfied with the boat
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Nathan B.
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Fishing trip in June

VERIFIED   3 Hour Trip–Delta Dominator Special on June 30, 2023
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Great family trip

VERIFIED   NEW  RED SNAPPER 4HR MID MOR on June 10, 2024
Great family outing. They put us right on the fish. Captain and the deck hand were very friendly and helpful.
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Meredith S.
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Great experience!

VERIFIED   3 Hour Trip–Delta Dominator Special on April 1, 2024
Enjoyed our trip with Captain Donnie and Candace. All first timers and we all caught fish! Will be booking another trip next...
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Dean P.
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Family fishing trip

VERIFIED   2hr special PM on August 23, 2023
Donnie was awesome and took real good care of us. Combination of late afternoon and tides made catching the “Big One “...
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Fishing with Donnie

VERIFIED   3 Hour Trip–Delta Dominator Special on July 2, 2023
We had a great trip, captain Donnie and his daughter make a great team. When the fish weren’t biting, he moved us to a better...
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FAQs about Team Vinson Charters

Team Vinson Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • US $350 per group, additional US $100 per person after 3 guests - 2hr special PM (2 hours)
  • US $400 per group, additional US $100 per person after 3 guests - 3 Hour Trip–Delta Dominator Special (3 hours)
  • US $500 per group, additional US $100 per person after 3 guests - 4 Hour Trip – Inshore Special (AM) (4 hours)
  • US $500 per group, additional US $100 per person after 3 guests - 4 Hour Trip – Inshore Special (PM) (4 hours)
  • US $700 per group, additional US $100 per person after 3 guests - 5 Hour Trip–Sheepshead Special (AM) (5 hours)
  • US $700 per group, additional US $100 per person after 3 guests - 5 Hour Trip–Sheepshead Special (PM) (5 hours)
  • US $800 per group, additional US $100 per person after 3 guests - 6 Hour Trip – Inshore (6 hours)
  • US $1,000 per group - 4 Hour – Red Snapper Special (AM) (4 hours)
  • US $1,000 per group - 4 Hour – Red Snapper Special (PM) (4 hours)
  • US $1,000 per group - RED SNAPPER 4HR MID MOR (4 hours)

When you book a trip with Team Vinson Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS Garmin
  • Fishfinder Garmin
  • Live Bait Well
  • Wireless Trolling Motor Minn Kota
  • Ice Box
  • Radar Garmin

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

Team Vinson Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • River Fishing
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing
  • Flats Fishing

Team Vinson Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Team Vinson Charters include:
  • Black Drum
  • Cobia
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • Flounder
  • Jack Crevalle
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Pompano
  • Redfish
  • Sheepshead
  • Snapper (Red)
  • Speckled Trout
  • Tripletail

Meet the Captain

Donnie Vinson
Gulf Shores, Alabama, United States
2 Fishing Reports
ID & license verified
108 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since January 2022
Captain Donnie Vinson was born and raised on Alabama’s Gulf Coast. He grew up in Spanish Fort and has spent more than 3 decades fishing in and around Mobile Bay. He's fished everything from the rivers of the Delta to the Gulf's deep sea. The captain loves being on the water and is always looking for the next memorable experience. He's eager to share his passion and knowledge and he loves taking people for a great day of fishing or a wonderful sunset cruise. Captain Donnie is fully certified by the American Red Cross in CPR as well as first aid. Also, he's a member of the Alabama Coastal Fishing Association (ACFA). He competed in various tournaments throughout the Gulf Coast as well as in Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo, the world’s largest angling tournament. Join Captain Donnie aboard for tight lines!
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Captain
Candace V.
First mate
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Business associate

About this listing

Targeted species

Black Drum Black Drum
Cobia Cobia
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Flounder Flounder

Boat specs

Skeeter (Bay boat) originally built in 2021. Powered by a 300HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 50 knots.

Length
25 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of fishing

River Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Flats Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Garmin
Fishfinder
Garmin
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Minn Kota
Ice Box
Radar
Garmin

Trip includes

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

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 3 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 3 days before the trip date, free of charge. If you cancel or modify your booking later, or fail to show up, you'll forfeit 100% of what you've paid.

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
Ages 5 and up (call if you have questions)
No Smoking
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Pay online in full

Pay online in full through FishingBooker and save on credit card fees at the dock.

No additional fees.
Book with 25% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 25% 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
PayPal
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 3% charge will apply.

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Recent fishing reports

Specked trout coming in hot!
Specked trout coming in hot!
May 19, 2024
This family started putting on a show from the time they had the line in the water. Caught lots of specks and definitely great family time.
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