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 is running from a 23’ Pathfinder 2300HPS, built in 2011 that is equipped with the powerful Yamaha 200 four stroke, Atlas jack plate, Power-Pole, Minn Kota iPilot 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. Also, other features include two large live wells and a comfortable seat forward of the console which is actually a seat over a cooler. The 23HPS is best in its class that offers a smooth and fast ride, allowing him to get his customers 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. Please be sure to bring sunglasses to keep fatigue at a minimum. The Captain supplies plenty of ice for drinks and fish, Ginger Ale (aids seasickness) and always keep a case of water on hand. Also be aware, it is recommended that if you think you will get seasick, take precaution and research anti-seasickness medicines.

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 crew is 15-20%


Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Sportsman Adventure- 10 hour
      FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    10 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $1,300
    up to 4 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    This trip will allow you to target more species, including Mahi Mahi, Spotted Seatrout, Flounder, Amberjack, Cobia, Grouper, Redfish, Triggerfish, Red Snapper, and many more!
  • Private trip
    Full day- 8 Hour
      FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $1,100
    up to 4 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    BEST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK! Allowing multiple spots to be fish offshore or inshore for all different species, including Redfish, Grouper, Flounder, Cobia, Amberjack, Mahi Mahi, and many more.
  • Private trip
    3/4 day- 6 Hour
      FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $820
    up to 4 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    This trip allows for some fishing nearshore close the Destin pass as well as inshore fishing. Your targeted species will be Redfish, Triggerfish, Spotted Seatrout, Cobia, Flounder, Jack Crevalle, and many more.
  • Private trip
    Custom- 5 hour
      FREE Cancellation 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 is biting in the waters inshore. You will target Redfish, Cobia, Triggerfish, Spotted Seatrout, and who knows what else you may find at the end of your line!
  • Private trip
    Afternoon- 4 hour
      FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $540
    up to 4 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
  • Private trip
    Half day- 4 hour
      FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $540
    up to 4 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    Fish the inshore waters for Triggerfish, Spotted Seatrout, Redfish, Cobia, and any other species. All the Shimano rods and reels will be provided to out your catch together.
  • Private trip
    Afternoon Kids Trip- 3 hour
      FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    3 hours trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $400
    up to 4 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
  • Private trip
    Fun for the kids- 3 hour
      FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    3 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $400
    up to 4 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    This trip will include fishing for inshore species in key locations or offering fishing adventures for the kids. The time of the trip can be adjusted.
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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 Cancellation
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 36 reviews
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Double catch
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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.
Chicago, IL
 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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Greg L.
Baytown, Texas
 5.00
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VERIFIED   September 15, 2018
Steven is an excellent guide.  He put us on good game fish (keepers) and then he knew where the fish were and moved us...
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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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Craig H.
Houston, Texas
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VERIFIED   NEW  February 12, 2019
This was a trip of a lifetime. Steve was the best we could ask for. Conditions were not perfect but he found the fish. We will...
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