Capt. Alex Short runs trips out of Destin aboard a 26’ Worldcat. These waters are known for Snappers and Mahi Mahi and he will show you how to catch them, whether you’re trolling or bottom fishing. With extensive knowledge of the area, he has a trick or two up his sleeve, and the only way to learn is to join him out on the water!

These waters are known for Cobia, Red Snapper, Vermilion Snapper, Gray Triggerfish, Gag Grouper, Kingfish, Sailfish, Mangrove Snapper, Spanish Mackerel, and more – with any luck, you’ll have tight lines in no time. You can expect to do some trolling, bottom fishing, or maybe something more specialized in this area.

Thinking of bringing the whole family? Kids are absolutely welcome!

Capt. Alex will provide high end rods and reels for you and your group to use all day comfortably. A wide variety of trolling lures are available for use too.

Your fishing license for the day is covered by the charter boat, just show up ready for a good time! Some fish have special regulations, including when you can keep them. Simply ask and your captain can tell you more. It’s recommended to bring sunglasses, a hat, sunblock (non-spray), and bottled water. Alcohol is allowed in moderation, but try to avoid hard liquor as well as glass.

Make wholesome memories and book a trip with Life’s 2 Short!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    First Fish
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Nov 1 - Mar 1
    US $444
    KIDS ONLY! Perfect for young ones and those new to angling, we stay in protected waters (Choctawhatchee Bay & East Pass). Capt Alex will introduce your kids to some new skills as we catch and release smaller fish species such as catfish and pinfish; adults are allowed to help the children with fishing but not fish themselves. CATCH AND RELEASE ONLY!!!
    Targeted fish
    Black Drum
    Black Drum
    Spanish Mackerel
    Spanish Mackerel
    Bonito
    Bonito
    Catfish
    Catfish
    Grunt
    Grunt
  • Private trip
    Shark Sunset
    In demand! Last booked: 6 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    2 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 PM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri)
    US $500
    Enjoy ending your day by targeting sharks while watching the beautiful sunset nearshore. All Sharks will be released safely.
    Targeted fish
    Shark (Hammerhead)
    Hammerhead Shark
    Shark (Blacktip)
    Blacktip Shark
    Shark (Nurse)
    Nurse Shark
    Shark (Bull)
    Bull Shark
  • Private trip
    Half Day (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 12:30 PM
    Seasonal trip Jan 1 - Apr 30
    US $788
    If you'd rather spend your morning sleeping in, or walking our sugar sand beaches, then opt for this 4-hour mid-day adventure! Capt. Alex will take you to explore nearshore and/or deep sea waters, depending on your skill level and target species, which could include Red Snapper, Gag Grouper, King and Spanish Mackerel, Flounder, and plenty more. You'll be provided with top-quality rods and reels, bait, tackle, and your fishing license.
    Targeted fish
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    Snapper (Red)
    Red Snapper
    Snapper (Mangrove)
    Mangrove Snapper
    Spanish Mackerel
    Spanish Mackerel
    Bonito
    Bonito
    Triggerfish (Gray)
    Gray Triggerfish
    Snapper (Vermilion)
    Vermilion Snapper
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    Seasonal trip Jan 1 - Apr 30
    US $788
    If this is your first time on the Gulf of Mexico this might be your trip! We usually don’t travel too far from shore, maybe 2-3 miles, trolling along the way for King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, and Bonito...or whatever else you snag! There's always the option to bottom fish where you can hook amberjack, grouper, vermilion snapper, and many others! It's a great time but depending on time of year, you may be limited on what you can keep due to size or season.
    Types of fishing
    Nearshore Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Bottom Fishing
    Targeted fish
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    Snapper (Red)
    Red Snapper
    Snapper (Mangrove)
    Mangrove Snapper
    Grouper (Gag)
    Gag Grouper
    Spanish Mackerel
    Spanish Mackerel
    Triggerfish (Gray)
    Gray Triggerfish
    Snapper (Vermilion)
    Vermilion Snapper
  • Private trip
    PM 4 Hour
    In demand! Last booked: 3 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Nov 1 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat)
    US $888
    If you'd rather spend your morning sleeping in, or walking our sugar sand beaches, then opt for this 4-hour mid-day adventure! Capt. Alex will take you to explore nearshore and/or deep sea waters, depending on your skill level and target species, which could include Red Snapper, Gag Grouper, King and Spanish Mackerel, Flounder, and plenty more. You'll be provided with top-quality rods and reels, bait, tackle, and your fishing license.
    Targeted fish
    Cobia
    Cobia
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    Snapper (Red)
    Red Snapper
    Snapper (Mangrove)
    Mangrove Snapper
    Spanish Mackerel
    Spanish Mackerel
    Triggerfish (Gray)
    Gray Triggerfish
    Snapper (Vermilion)
    Vermilion Snapper
  • Private trip
    5 Hour (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    Seasonal trip Jan 1 - Apr 30
    US $988
    The Deep Sea-Nearshore Gulf is our most popular trip and typically produces the most consistent action. We are usually fishing within 2-5 miles off the beach and are always in sight of land. However, we can go out as far as 9 miles. On our Nearshore Gulf trip, we typically target various Snapper species including Red, Mangrove, Mingo, White, and Lane Snappers. We also target Mahi, Blackfin Tuna, Triggerfish, King and Spanish Mackerel, Cobia, and Grouper. All of these reef fish are sporty and tasty.
    Targeted fish
    Amberjack
    Amberjack
    Cobia
    Cobia
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    Snapper (Red)
    Red Snapper
    Snapper (Mangrove)
    Mangrove Snapper
    Grouper (Gag)
    Gag Grouper
    Spanish Mackerel
    Spanish Mackerel
    Triggerfish (Gray)
    Gray Triggerfish
    Snapper (Vermilion)
    Vermilion Snapper
  • Private trip
    5 Hr (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 12:30 PM
    Seasonal trip Jan 1 - Apr 30
    US $988
    Spend the afternoon fishing along the Emerald Coast trolling for kings and targeting snapper while bottom fishing.
    Targeted fish
    Cobia
    Cobia
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    Sailfish
    Sailfish
    Snapper (Red)
    Red Snapper
    Snapper (Mangrove)
    Mangrove Snapper
    Grouper (Gag)
    Gag Grouper
    Spanish Mackerel
    Spanish Mackerel
    Triggerfish (Gray)
    Gray Triggerfish
    Snapper (Vermilion)
    Vermilion Snapper
  • Private trip
    5 Hour PM
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Nov 1 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat)
    US $1,110
    The Deep Sea-Nearshore Gulf is our most popular trip and typically produces the most consistent action. We are usually fishing within 2-5 miles off the beach and are always in sight of land. However, we can go out as far as 9 miles. On our Nearshore Gulf trip, we typically target various Snapper species including Red, Mangrove, Mingo, White, and Lane Snappers. We also target Mahi, Blackfin Tuna, Triggerfish, King and Spanish Mackerel, Cobia, and Grouper. All of these reef fish are sporty and tasty.
    Types of fishing
    Nearshore Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Bottom Fishing
    Trolling
    Targeted fish
    Cobia
    Cobia
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    Sailfish
    Sailfish
    Snapper (Red)
    Red Snapper
    Snapper (Mangrove)
    Mangrove Snapper
    Grouper (Gag)
    Gag Grouper
    Spanish Mackerel
    Spanish Mackerel
    Triggerfish (Gray)
    Gray Triggerfish
    Snapper (Vermilion)
    Vermilion Snapper
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    Seasonal trip Jan 1 - Apr 30
    US $1,188
    This trip combines bottom fishing and trolling; ideal for the more experienced angler or anyone looking to gain a deeper knowledge of fishing off the Emerald Coast.
    Types of fishing
    Nearshore Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Bottom Fishing
    Trolling
    Targeted fish
    Amberjack
    Amberjack
    Cobia
    Cobia
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    Snapper (Red)
    Red Snapper
    Snapper (Mangrove)
    Mangrove Snapper
    Grouper (Gag)
    Gag Grouper
    Triggerfish (Gray)
    Gray Triggerfish
    Snapper (Vermilion)
    Vermilion Snapper
  • Private trip
    AM 6 Hour
    In demand! Last booked: 5 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Nov 1 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat)
    US $1,333
    Enjoy leaving the dock at day breack and watching the sunrise over the Gulf while making your way to the fishing grounds. This trip focuses on bottom fishing and trolling for fish that pull hard and taste great! Perfect trip for families and friends!
    Targeted fish
    Cobia
    Cobia
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    Snapper (Red)
    Red Snapper
    Snapper (Mangrove)
    Mangrove Snapper
    Grouper (Gag)
    Gag Grouper
    Triggerfish (Gray)
    Gray Triggerfish
    Snapper (Vermilion)
    Vermilion Snapper
  • Private trip
    Sunday Snapper
    In demand! Last booked: 4 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Jun 1 - Nov 30 (Sun)
    US $1,333
    The day trip!! Spend 6 hours focusing on a variety of activities from trolling, bottom fishing, and structure fishing. Since we are required to stay within state waters, this trip will never be farther than 9 miles from the shore. We aim to catch snapper, trigger fish, amberjack, grouper, mackerel, mahi mahi, and maybe the occasional shark. Although recommended for the experienced angler, if this is your first time, we can teach you what you need to make it a memorable experience.
    Types of fishing
    Nearshore Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Bottom Fishing
    Light Tackle
    Heavy Tackle
    Trolling
    Targeted fish
    Cobia
    Cobia
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    Sailfish
    Sailfish
    Snapper (Red)
    Red Snapper
    Snapper (Mangrove)
    Mangrove Snapper
    Grouper (Gag)
    Gag Grouper
    Spanish Mackerel
    Spanish Mackerel
    Triggerfish (Gray)
    Gray Triggerfish
    Snapper (Vermilion)
    Vermilion Snapper
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    Seasonal trip Jan 1 - Apr 30
    US $1,588
    The day trip!! Spend 8 hours focusing on a variety of activities from trolling, bottom fishing, and rock or structure fishing. Since we are required to stay within state waters, this trip will never be farther than 9 miles from the shore. We aim to catch snapper, trigger fish, amberjack, grouper, mackerel, mahi mahi, and maybe the occasional shark. Although recommended for the experienced angler, if this is your first time, we can teach you what you need to make it a memorable experience.
    Types of fishing
    Nearshore Fishing
    Reef Fishing
    Wreck Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Bottom Fishing
    Light Tackle
    Heavy Tackle
    Trolling
    Targeted fish
    Cobia
    Cobia
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    Sailfish
    Sailfish
    Snapper (Red)
    Red Snapper
    Snapper (Mangrove)
    Mangrove Snapper
    Grouper (Gag)
    Gag Grouper
    Triggerfish (Gray)
    Gray Triggerfish
    Snapper (Vermilion)
    Vermilion Snapper
    Grouper (Scamp)
    Scamp Grouper
  • Private trip
    Full Day
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Nov 1 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat)
    US $1,777
    The day trip!! Spend 8 hours focusing on a variety of activities from trolling, bottom fishing, and rock or structure fishing. Since we are required to stay within state waters, this trip will never be farther than 9 miles from the shore. We aim to catch snapper, trigger fish, amberjack, grouper, mackerel, mahi mahi, and maybe the occasional shark. Although recommended for the experienced angler, if this is your first time, we can teach you what you need to make it a memorable experience.
    Targeted fish
    Amberjack
    Amberjack
    Cobia
    Cobia
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    Sailfish
    Sailfish
    Snapper (Red)
    Red Snapper
    Snapper (Mangrove)
    Mangrove Snapper
    Grouper (Gag)
    Gag Grouper
    Spanish Mackerel
    Spanish Mackerel
    Triggerfish (Gray)
    Gray Triggerfish
    Snapper (Vermilion)
    Vermilion Snapper
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Customer reviews

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Excellent
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Experience
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Jimmy F.
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Fish on!!!!!

VERIFIED   NEW  AM 6 Hour on May 22, 2024
We’ve been on a lot of trips with guides, Captain Alex was the best trip we’ve ever booked. We caught a lot of fish and...
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Todd Y.
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Best Day Ever!

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on April 2, 2024
Captain Alex was amazing! This was by far the best fishing charter that I have ever taken- He worked hard to find us fish...
Todd Y. recommends Life’s 2 Short
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Eric H.
Excellent
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Sunset Shark Fishing- Life's 2 Short

VERIFIED   NEW  Shark Sunset on May 15, 2024
Amazing time! Captain Alex was professional, very knowledgeable and entertaining. He had us on sharks in no time. We landed...
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Mark S.
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(Life's 2 Short) Captain Alex was awesome

VERIFIED   NEW  Shark Sunset on May 20, 2024
We did a 2 hour shark fishing trip with Captain Alex (Life’s 2 Short). He did a great job. He was extremely knowledgeable...
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Joseph H.
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Awesome Trip!!!

VERIFIED   Half Day (PM) on April 5, 2024
Had a great day fishing with Capt. Alex and Life’s 2 Short charters! Capt. Alex had us catching keeper fish as soon as we...
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FAQs about Life’s 2 Short

Life’s 2 Short offers the following trips to customers:
  • US $444 per group, additional US $150 per person after 3 guests - First Fish (3 hours)
  • US $500 per group, additional US $125 per person after 4 guests - Shark Sunset (2 hours)
  • US $788 per group, additional US $150 per person after 4 guests - Half Day (PM) (4 hours)
  • US $788 per group, additional US $150 per person after 4 guests - Half Day Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • US $888 per group, additional US $150 per person after 4 guests - PM 4 Hour (4 hours)
  • US $988 per group, additional US $150 per person after 4 guests - 5 Hour (AM) (5 hours)
  • US $988 per group, additional US $150 per person after 4 guests - 5 Hr (PM) (5 hours)
  • US $1,110 per group, additional US $150 per person after 4 guests - 5 Hour PM (5 hours)
  • US $1,188 per group, additional US $150 per person after 4 guests - 3/4 Day Trip (6 hours)
  • US $1,333 per group, additional US $150 per person after 4 guests - AM 6 Hour (6 hours)
  • US $1,333 per group, additional US $150 per person after 4 guests - Sunday Snapper (6 hours)
  • US $1,588 per group, additional US $150 per person after 4 guests - Full Day Trip (8 hours)
  • US $1,777 per group, additional US $150 per person after 4 guests - Full Day (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Life’s 2 Short, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Life’s 2 Short include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting (Filleting services and plastic bags are provided by the captain at NO additional charge. All you need to bring is a small cooler (no larger than 20 quart) to transport your fish. )
  • Fishing License (All licenses are covered by your trip expense and no additional license needed.)

Life’s 2 Short offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing

Life’s 2 Short offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Drift Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Life’s 2 Short include:
  • Amberjack
  • Cobia
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • Grouper (Gag)
  • Grouper (Scamp)
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Sailfish
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snapper (Red)
  • Snapper (Vermilion)
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Triggerfish (Gray)

Meet the Captain

Alex Short
Destin, Florida, United States
3 Fishing Reports
ID & license verified
27 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since October 2023
Capt. Alex runs trips out of Destin aboard a 26’ World Cat. These waters are known for Snappers and Groupers and he will show you how to catch them, whether you're trolling or bottom fishing. With extensive knowledge of the area, he has a trick or two up his sleeve, and the only way to learn is to join him out on the water!

About this listing

Targeted species

Amberjack Amberjack
Cobia Cobia
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Grouper (Gag) Gag Grouper

Boat specs

World Cat (Catamaran) originally built in 2000. Powered by 2 150HP Honda engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 35 knots.

Length
26 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Drift Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Filleting services and plastic bags are provided by the captain at NO additional charge. All you need to bring is a small cooler (no larger than 20 quart) to transport your fish.
Fishing License
All licenses are covered by your trip expense and no additional license needed.

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 14 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 14 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 not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
Kids are welcome to join in on the family fun on all trips, just bring their favorite snacks so they can take breaks periodically. Minimum age of 6 years.
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

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Book with 30% deposit, pay rest to captain

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When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 5% charge will apply.

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Recent fishing reports

Kings and Sharks are fired up
Kings and Sharks are fired up
May 4, 2024
Last weekend and through Wednesday conditions were unfaborable for fishing. Rough seas and winds drove through NW Florida and kept us tied to the dock. However, the few charters that were able to reschedule for later in the week had great success. Kings treated my clients on 5/2 to a six hour charter full of screaming drags, resulting in new cooler prurchases dockside to transport fresh fish back home to thier family. On Friday, 5/3, all of my charters that wanted to have the opportuinty to catch a shark, had multiple sharks caught while on the water. And earlier this week Red snapper season dates were released by the state: June 1- July 31 and Friday-Sunday for Sept-Nov
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Spring 24’
Spring 24’
April 27, 2024
This spring fishing has started off to a good start. Water temperatures range from the high 50s to the low 70s depending on the weather week to week. Once water temperatures stabilize the bite should be more consistent. Spanish mackerel have been found inshore and outside of the pass; easily targeted on a four hour trip trolling and using live bait, incoming tides seem to be producing greater numbers of Spanish mackerel. Offshore, triggerfish have been very active. Several keeper size triggerfish have been caught. The Vermilion snapper bite has began to become very consistent, and their table fair is unmatched; limiting out has been a common trend on 6-8hr charters. Several Gag grouper have been caught and safely released. The Gulf is coming alive and this season is shaping up to be one for the books.
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Red Snappers, Cobia, and Gag
Red Snappers, Cobia, and Gag
April 27, 2024
The Gulf is heating up with water temps in the low 70’s and the fish are loving it! This week the snaper bite was hot and we were fortunate enough to harvest a 70.3lb cobia and safely release a beautiful Gag grouper!
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