Brighter Days Sport Fishing

Sunny days, clear blue water, and big fish – get ready for an exciting and family-friendly fishing adventure with Brighter Days Sport Fishing! Captain Craig Mick is a tournament-winning captain who has been navigating the waters of Florida for decades. Now, he’s ready to show a few lucky people his favorite spots to fish in the Panhandle area. Join him in Pensacola, Florida, and experience a fishing trip of a lifetime!

Your adventure takes place on a restored 25’ Contender that can take up to 6 guests. The boat uses GPS, a fishfinder, and radio and runs on a 300 HP Suzuki engine. The boat also comes with a wireless trolling motor, so you can get to the spots others can’t.

On your trip, you and Capt. Craig will be targeting Amberjack, Cobia, Scamp Grouper, King Mackerel, Redfish, Red Snapper, Vermilion Snapper, Gray Triggerfish, and more, depending on the season. Using ight and heavy tackle, you can try bottom, deep sea, drift, and kite fishing, as well as trolling, spinning, and jigging to maximize your chance of landing that trophy catch.

All Brighter Days trips come with bait, tackle, rods, reels, and safety equipment for all on board, along with licenses – not forgetting that all-important local expertise! You only need to pack your snacks, drinks, and sunscreen, and settle in for a thrilling day.

If you’re looking for a fun and safe fishing trip with an experienced captain who can land you the big fish you’ve been dreaming about, then look no further than Brighter Days Sport Fishing!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    4 hour inshore
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US $550
    This fishing trip lasts for 4 hours dock to dock, as you and Capt. Craig depart at 7:00 a.m. and chase a vast number of species, including Snapper, Grouper, Triggerfish, Amberjack, and King Mackerel. Bring nothing but snacks, drinks, and sunscreen, and settle in for a morning to remember.
  • Private trip
    4 hour inshore pm
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    US $550
    Types of fishing
    Inshore Fishing
    Nearshore Fishing
    Offshore Fishing
    Reef Fishing
    Wreck Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Deep Sea Fishing
    Bottom Fishing
    Light Tackle
    Jigging
    Kite Fishing
    Heavy Tackle
    Trolling
    Spinning
    Drift Fishing
    Targeted fish
    Amberjack
    Amberjack
    Cobia
    Cobia
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    Snapper (Red)
    Red Snapper
    Triggerfish (Gray)
    Gray Triggerfish
    Snapper (Vermilion)
    Vermilion Snapper
    Grouper (Scamp)
    Scamp Grouper
  • Private trip
    5 hour inshore
    Just booked! Last booked: 13 minutes ago
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US $650
    Spend more time on the water and improve your chances of reeling in more fish and having more fun. This trip begins at 7:00 a.m. and lasts for 6 hours from dock to dock. The captain provides everything you'll need for a great day on the water, you should only bring some food, drinks, and sunscreen. Then you can focus on landing anything from Kingfish to Red Snapper, depending on the season.
  • Private trip
    5 hour offshore reef pm
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    US $800
    Types of fishing
    Inshore Fishing
    Nearshore Fishing
    Offshore Fishing
    Reef Fishing
    Wreck Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Deep Sea Fishing
    Bottom Fishing
    Light Tackle
    Jigging
    Kite Fishing
    Heavy Tackle
    Trolling
    Spinning
    Drift Fishing
    Targeted fish
    Amberjack
    Amberjack
    Cobia
    Cobia
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    Snapper (Red)
    Red Snapper
    Triggerfish (Gray)
    Gray Triggerfish
    Snapper (Vermilion)
    Vermilion Snapper
    Grouper (Scamp)
    Scamp Grouper
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip offshore reef
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US $800
    A 5-hour fishing trip leaving the dock at 7:00 a.m.
  • Private trip
    6 hour offshore reef
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US $950
    Types of fishing
    Inshore Fishing
    Nearshore Fishing
    Offshore Fishing
    Reef Fishing
    Wreck Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Deep Sea Fishing
    Bottom Fishing
    Light Tackle
    Jigging
    Kite Fishing
    Heavy Tackle
    Trolling
    Spinning
    Drift Fishing
    Targeted fish
    Amberjack
    Amberjack
    Cobia
    Cobia
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    Snapper (Red)
    Red Snapper
    Triggerfish (Gray)
    Gray Triggerfish
    Snapper (Vermilion)
    Vermilion Snapper
    Grouper (Scamp)
    Scamp Grouper
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US $1,000
    A full day trip will see you leave the dock at 7:00 a.m. and return at 3:00 p.m., meaning a full day of thrilling angling action. Capt. Craig will take you to his favorite fishing spots and you'll have plenty of time to enjoy the water and chase many different species that roam the Pensacola area.
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Customer reviews

Rating summary
Excellent
4.9 / 5
out of 5 stars from 27 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.9 / 5
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Haley G.
Excellent
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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Fishing with Craig

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip offshore reef on August 16, 2023
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VERIFIED   NEW  4 hour inshore on June 4, 2024
Captain Craig Mick at Brighter Days Fishing in Pensacola, Florida, knows his stuff! Our group had a blast fishing with him,...
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Trent T.
Excellent
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June fishing trip

VERIFIED   NEW  6 hour offshore reef on June 8, 2024
Definitely worth it had a blast and caught plenty of fish capt was super friendly and laid back and definitely knows how to...
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Joey F.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Experience:
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5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Very good
4.0 / 5
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Capt Craig!

VERIFIED   Bay fishing on April 1, 2024
Capt Craig was great and put us on the fish after the first stop didn’t pan out. We stayed positive and luck was on our side...
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Half day with Captain Craig

VERIFIED   4 hour inshore on July 6, 2023
Phenomenal time fishing with Captain Craig and Spencer. Hooked a bunch of red snappers. Very friendly, on time and great boat....
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FAQs about Brighter Days Sport Fishing

Brighter Days Sport Fishing offers the following trips to customers:
  • US $550 per group, additional US $50 per person after 2 guests - 4 hour inshore (4 hours)
  • US $550 per group, additional US $50 per person after 2 guests - 4 hour inshore pm (4 hours)
  • US $650 per group, additional US $50 per person after 4 guests - 5 hour inshore (5 hours)
  • US $800 per group, additional US $100 per person after 4 guests - 5 hour offshore reef pm (5 hours)
  • US $800 per group, additional US $100 per person after 4 guests - 5 Hour Trip offshore reef (5 hours)
  • US $950 per group, additional US $100 per person after 4 guests - 6 hour offshore reef (6 hours)
  • US $1,000 per group, additional US $100 per person after 4 guests - Full Day Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Brighter Days Sport Fishing, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Wireless Trolling Motor

Trips booked with Brighter Days Sport Fishing include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Fishing License

Brighter Days Sport Fishing offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing

Brighter Days Sport Fishing offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Drift Fishing
  • Kite Fishing
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Brighter Days Sport Fishing include:
  • Amberjack
  • Cobia
  • Grouper (Scamp)
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Snapper (Red)
  • Snapper (Vermilion)
  • Triggerfish (Gray)

Meet the Captain

Craig Mick
Pensacola, Florida, United States
1 Fishing Report
ID & license verified
27 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since May 2022
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Captain Craig started working the docks of Miami in the early 70s as a boat washer and standby mate. After being away from south Florida for some time, he moved back and fished with his brother every chance they got. His brother then bought a charter boat and started fishing charters out of Key Biscayne. A short time later, Capt. Craig became a captain as well. In 1988, he went from a 6-pack to 100-ton. Capt. Craig has fished waters from Palm Beach to Key West and throughout the Bahamas, winning several tournaments along the way. He bought and outfitted his 25' Contender in 1987. The captain fished charters on that boat part-time with Haulover Inlet being his home. He became too busy (popular) running private sportfishing boats up to 72 feet. He later gave up the fast life to raise a family, took on a "real job", and moved to Pensacola, fishing every chance he and his wife could. The all-around fishing experience and knowledge he possesses separate him from most captains.
Our Team
Spencer S.
First mate

About this listing

Targeted species

Amberjack Amberjack
Cobia Cobia
Grouper (Scamp) Scamp Grouper
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)

Boat specs

Contender (Center console) originally built in 1986, and restored in 2019. Powered by a 300HP Suzuki engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 45 knots.

Length
25 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Drift Fishing
Kite Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor

Trip includes

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

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 1 day prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 1 day 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 not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
No Smoking
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 15% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% 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
Checks
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 4% charge will apply.

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