Special Ops Charters - Destin

Special Ops Charters offers the most amazing offshore adventures for pelagic and bottom fish in Destin, Florida. You will remember your trip for years to come and tell all your friends how you caught a big one! Captain Rob will take you where the big Snappers or Sailfish are - just take your pick!

You will fish aboard a 36 foot Hatteras offshore sport fishing boat. This beauty is powered by two 350 HP Detroit Diesel engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 20 knots. It is equipped with all the safety equipment and electronics you may need on your trip, and has a toilet, a bedroom, a kitchen, and a great multimedia system.

Special Ops Charters will take you fishing in the offshore waters of Destin, Florida which are so rich with fish, you will have a hard time choosing which species to go for! You can catch smaller reef and nearshore fish like Snappers, Groupers, and Amberjack, or go for the big guys like Tuna, Marlin, Sailfish and Mahi Mahi.

Captain Rob, who has over 15 years of fishing experience and loves taking guest out, will adjust to you and your needs. If you prefer to sail nearshore, catch plenty of small fish and do some snorkeling - let him know. He’ll do it.

After your trip is over, your catch will be cleaned and filleted so you can take it home for dinner. You are encouraged to bring kids along so they can learn about the local fisheries and the importance of preserving them for future generations.

If this sounds like the perfect setting for your next fishing adventure, book a trip today and start dreaming of your next trophy catch right away!

Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Fishing Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    price breakdown
    On the full day trip, you will spend 8 hours targeting different bottom fish. The length of the trip will allow you to travel further offshore where giant Groupers and Snappers reside. You will also be able to target other species that live near the bottom of the ocean as well as pelagic species such as Mahi Mahi, Marlin, Wahoo, and Sailfish as you troll between fishing wrecks.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Fishing Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    price breakdown
    An excellent option for families with kids or anglers new to the sport. This trip will take you out to the nearshore waters where you can target Red Snapper, Mangrove Snapper, Amberjack, Cobia, and other species. You will also have the opportunity to target Spanish and King Mackeral while trolling between fishing spots.

About the Captain

Robert Bartleson
Niceville, Florida, United States
9 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since December 2016
Captain Rob was born and raised in Florida. Fishing has been his family blood for many generations. Come fishing with a 26 year Special Operations OEF/OIF Veteran. OUPV (6-pack) and 100GT Master USCG Captain’s License. First Mate Jody: Special Ops Rigger. His favorite types of fishing are bottom fishing at the wrecks and trolling for prized pelagic species.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Amberjack Amberjack
Barracuda (Great) Barracuda (Great)
Cobia Cobia
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Marlin (Blue) Marlin (Blue)
Sailfish Sailfish

Snapper (Red) Snapper (Red)
Tuna (Blackfin) Tuna (Blackfin)
Tuna (Yellowfin) Tuna (Yellowfin)
Wahoo Wahoo

Boat Specs

Hatteras (Offshore sport fishing) originally built in 1983. Powered by 2 4HP Detroit Diesel engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 20 knots.

36 ft
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Drift Fishing
Kite Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing


Air Conditioning
Life Jackets
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Ice Box
Air Conditioning
Life Jackets

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate
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 not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed


Book with 15% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% 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:
American Express

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 3.5% fee.

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
Photos by reviewers (4)
out of 5 stars from 2 reviews
It was a full day plus and we loved it even if I did get sea sick..lol
It was a full day plus and we loved it even if I did get sea sick..lol
It was a full day plus and we loved it even if I did get sea sick..lol
Angler Rating
Anglers Claimed
Good experience
Friendly captain
Recommend this charter
Appropriate for children
Satisfied with the boat
Catch intended fish
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Richard W.

The captain canceled

VERIFIED   NEW  September 5, 2020
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Aires D.
Canton, Georgia
Captain Robert and Leon were over the top! The various types of fishing technics/ bait types made the whole trip a big fat...
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