Reel Faithful Fishing Charters

Reel Faithful Fishing Charters provides unforgettable fishing trips on the Emerald Coast of beautiful Destin, Fl. Captain Steven offers a wide variety of trips from 3-10 hours both in the Choctawhatchee Bay and in the Gulf of Mexico. When you book a trip with Captain Steve, it is guaranteed you will have a day full of fun and enjoyable times. He is a licensed and insured USCG Captain, trained in first aid and CPR through the USCG, so he promises to keep you safe throughout the trip.

Reel Faithful Fishing Charters runs a 23’ Pathfinder. Built in 2011 she’s equipped with a powerful Yamaha 200 4-stroke, Atlas jack plate, Power-Pole, Minn Kota i-Pilot, and updated Garmin electronics. The boat also has a full tower with second drive station and t-top for comfort and shade. The tower allows Capt. Steve to spot the fish early, allowing him to give his customers a great shot at catching Cobia on top or Redfish cruising the flats.

Other features include two large livewells and a comfortable seat in front of the console, which is actually a seat over a cooler. The 200 HP Yamaha engine is best in its class, that offers a smooth and fast ride, allowing the captain to get you to the fishing spots quick!

All you need to bring for your day of fun is food, your preferred drinks, and plenty of sunscreen. Before the trip, discuss the cooler situation with the Captain. It is asked that all drinks are stored in the cooler offered on the boat to maximize room on the boat. Be sure to bring sunglasses to keep fatigue at a minimum.

The Captain supplies plenty of ice for drinks and fish, Ginger Ale (it aids seasickness) and always keeps a case of water to hand. Take precaution and research anti-seasickness medicines before you hop aboard to minimize the chance of disrupting the trip.

At the completion of the trip, Capt Steve will clean the fish that were kept and bag them for the customer to take home for dinner.

Customary gratuity for the crew is 15%


Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    10 Hour Trip
      FREE Cancelation 1 day notice
    10 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $1,300
    up to 4 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    This mammoth trip has it all. Spend 10 hours exploring the wealth of different waterways and fishing grounds out of Destin, FL, and fill the boat with a range of different, delicious fish. Test your skills against some tasty creatures such as Flounder, Redfish, and Trout when inshore, hit the nearshore reefs and wrecks and go after Amberjack, Cobia, Grouper, and Snapper, or head offshore and go after Mahi Mahi. Whatever you fancy, these waters have it. Tailor your trip and head home beaming with a treat.
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip
      FREE Cancelation 1 day notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $1,100
    up to 4 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    Whether it's inshore, nearshore, or offshore fishing that tickles your fancy – this trip has it all. Hit the shallow waters inshore of the Panhandle to target delicious Flounder, tough-fighting Redfish, and some Trout. Hit the nearshore reefs and wrecks to catch some Snappers, Groupers, and Jacks. Or head offshore and troll to catch some monster and delicious Mahi Mahi. You'll get to see for yourself why Destin is so revered as a fishing destination, so make the most of it and spend a full day aboard.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip
      FREE Cancelation 1 day notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $820
    up to 4 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    Spend the best part of your day on the productive waters out of Destin. Come and see for yourself why this is known as the lukciest fishing village in the world. You'll whizz along the shallow inshore waters, taking advantage of these sweet spots, as well as the nearshore reefs and wrecks out in the Gulf. Here, you'll have the chance to go after Redfish, Triggerfish, Spotted Seatrout, Cobia, Flounder, Jack Crevalle, and many more exciting fish.
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip
      FREE Cancelation 1 day notice
    5 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $680
    up to 4 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    Start your day right by checking what's biting in the waters inshore. Explore the famous shallow waters of the Panhandle and go after some exciting and delicious fish. You'll target Redfish, Cobia, Triggerfish, Spotted Seatrout, and who knows what else you may find at the end of your line! Using light tackle, you'll maximize your fun and get to really test your skills as you try to fill the boat with something delicious to take home.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip (AM)
      FREE Cancelation 1 day notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $540
    up to 4 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    Get out on the water first thing in the morning and target the early bite of some exciting and delicious fish. Test your skills against some tough-fighting fish, and try to fill the boat with something delicious to take home for lunch and beyond. Bottom fish, troll, and try jigging to entice the bite of Triggerfish, Spotted Seatrout, Redfish, Cobia, and many other species on this thrilling morning's trip.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip (PM)
      FREE Cancelation 1 day notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $540
    up to 4 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    There's always time to get your fix of fishing. This trip will cater to the avid angler who wants to experience the "luckiest fishing village in the world," or inquisitive beginners who may want to see what all the fuss is about. Explore the productive waters of the Panhandle and fish inshore for a range of exciting and delicious fish. You'll be mainly bottom fishing, but you can also troll to hook Redfish, Tiggerfish, Cobia, Trout, Snappers, and many more aboard.
  • Private trip
    3 Hour Trip – Kids (AM)
      FREE Cancelation 1 day notice
    3 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $400
    up to 4 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    When the kids get up early, there's no longer any reason to worry about what to do with them. Bring them out for a spot of fishing and get them hooked. You'll explore the inshore waters just out of Destin, meaning you'll be on the fish right away so not a single second will be wasted. Discover some sweet spots as the children engage in an exciting fishing adventure.
  • Private trip
    3 Hour Trip – Kids (PM)
      FREE Cancelation 1 day notice
    3 hours trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $400
    up to 4 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    Get your kids hooked on fishing with this short trip. A 3-hour trip will give you the chance to explore some favorite inshore and nearshore spots as the kids learn from the best and will surely have a smile on their face throughout the day. Everything they need will be on board, so you can just bring the kids along and enjoy a trip on the water, watching them enjoy fishing.
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About this listing

Targeted Species

Amberjack
Cobia
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Flounder

Grouper (Gag)
Grouper (Red)
Jack Crevalle
King Mackerel (Kingfish)

Snapper (Mangrove)
Snapper (Red)
Spotted Seatrout
Triggerfish (Gray)

Boat Specs

Pathfinder (Center console) originally built in 2011. Powered by a 200HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 47 knots.

Length
23 ft
Capacity
5 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging

Amenities

GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box

Trip Includes

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

Policies

FREE Cancelation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 1 day before the trip date. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or canceled free of charge.
Pickup included in price
Transfer from hotels or jetties in Destin to departure site is available and included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 25% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 25% 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:
Cash
PayPal
Checks

About the Captain

Steven Swendsen
Destin, Florida, United States
Member since February 2017
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Coming from a long background of fisherman, I am the fourth generation in my family to commercial fish.. I grew up driving my Dads shrimp boat from loading dock to mooring slip. i began fishing with my great-grandfather, Pop as soon as I was able to hold a fishing rod and walk to the honey hole. Over the years, my love for fishing has taken over my life and is what I truly love to do.
Response time: within an hour
Response rate: 100%

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4.94
out of 5 stars from 39 reviews
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Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
97%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
97%
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Tim E.
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 5.00
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4 Hour Family Fishing Trip

VERIFIED   July 2, 2018
Steven proved to be better than expected in every way.  He can’t advertise that he is active Coast Guard (rescue and...
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Miramar Beach, Florida
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5 Hour Trip with Captain Steve

VERIFIED   NEW  March 31, 2019
Steve put us on the fish immediately, and cleaned our entire catch.  Steve is super knowledgable and cares deeply about...
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Gail C.
Pensacola, FL
 5.00
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VERIFIED   NEW  March 26, 2019
Mother , grandmother and two early teens . The trip was great. We all had a great time.. the boys have continued to talk about...
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James F.
Pensacola, FL
 5.00
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Half day trip with Captain Steven Swendsen

VERIFIED   July 26, 2018
Half day charter with three of my kids ages 6-15….from the moment I booked I was well informed on what to expect…Captain...
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Chris A.
Joplin, MO
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Half day trip in Destin Bay Area with Captain Steven

VERIFIED   May 31, 2018
We had a great time with Captain Steven in the Destin Bay Area this morning. Despite some very challenging fishing conditions...
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