Special Ops Charters - Destin

out of 5 stars from 1 review See review
4142 Beach Drive
Niceville FL, United States

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 you 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 the future generations.

Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Fishing Trip
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 1200
    up to 6 persons
    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. You will also have the opportunity to target 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 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 750
    up to 6 persons
    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 this listing

Targeted Species

Barracuda (Great)
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Jack Crevalle
King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Marlin (Blue)

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

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


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 Included


FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 3 days before the trip date.
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.

About the Captain

Robert Bartleson
Niceville, Florida, United States
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.
Response time: within an hour
Response rate: 100%

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Customer Reviews

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Captain Robert and Leon were over the top! The various types of fishing technics/ bait types made the whole trip a big fat plus! I’ve been on other charters and all we were allowed to do was bottom fish….With this charter we didn’t know what we caught till we pulled it out the water…Sharks included!  It was a great experience and this boat will se m and my party again real soon.

Fished July 8, 2017
Robert Bartleson (The Captain)
Replied to this review on July 10, 2017

    I think we enjoyed your company as much as you enjoyed the trip.  You guys came to fish and that is what you did.  I think to date your crew used less tackle and more technique which yielded more fish.  Nothing like seeing all the trolling lines go off at once.  Also, you may have got sick, but I am sure if you asked any charter captain on this day, they would say that they dealt with the same thing.  When the two-foot sea forecast turns into 5-6 seas out of nowhere, it is what it is.  Sorry, we had to throw back all the monster trigger fish, I know that hurts.  Hopefully, the FWC fixes that in 2018.

Capt Rob

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