Choctawhatchee Bay Fishing Charters

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Choctawhatchee Bay Fishing Charters invites you for an unforgettable inshore fishing adventure out of Freeport, Florida. The charter is owned and operated by one of the best captains around, Captain Brad Bishop. He has spent over 20 years of his life on the water, working and fishing. He will use this vast knowledge and experience in guiding you to the best spots and fish.

The town of Freeport is conveniently located in the Choctawhatchee Bay which offers outstanding fishing year round. You can fish for Redfish, Speckled Trout, Flounder, Cobia, Sheepshead, Spanish Mackerel, and Jack Crevalle. Depending on the season and the fish you want to target, Captain Brad will take you to the places he knows produce good amounts of that fish.

Captain Brad operates a 23’ Sea Pro center console. Powered by a 250 HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 60 knots, this boat is a beast on the water. It will get you to the desired fishing grounds quickly and in comfort. You will love the T-top as it provides the much-needed shade in the hot Floridian Sun.

Choctawhatchee Bay Fishing Charters’ boat is equipped with all the USCG approved safety gear, electronics, and a wireless trolling motor for the extra shallow waters. Captain Brad’s number one priority is safety and putting meat in the boat.  He will provide the necessary fishing gear including rods, reels, terminal tackle, and a fishing license.

Captain Brad says: “Seeing our clients with the biggest smiles on their faces after hooking up on a big bull Red is priceless. We look forward to booking trips with everyone!”.

Pickup can be arranged at a location convenient to you anywhere from Panama City to Destin.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    5 Hour – Big Boat Trip
    In demand!
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    5 hour trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $800
    up to 6 persons
    This trip is highly recommended if you're booking a trip for 6 guests. You’ll get to fish on a brand new 2019 30’ SeaHunt Gamefish. This boat is loaded with amenities, including a head (toilet) on board. Unlike the bay boat, this boat's got plenty of room! When you book this trip, you’ll have the option to fish inshore or nearshore (State Water Gulf). All licenses, tackle, and bait will be provided!
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    In demand!
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 hour trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $500
    up to 4 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    Based on when you book – Redfish and Trout are available throughout the whole year, while Sheepshead and Flounder are great in the winter months, and Cobia and more species are available in other seasons. Your trip will last 4 hours, but if you're really enjoying yourself and want 1 more hour on the water, Captain Brad will give you an extra hour free!
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    In demand!
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 hour trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $500
    up to 4 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    Depending on when you book this trip – Redfish and Trout are available throughout the whole year, while Sheepshead and Flounder are great in the winter months, and Cobia and more species are available in other seasons. Your trip will last 4 hours, but if you really love it and want 1 more hour on the water, Captain Brad will give you an extra hour free!
  • Private trip
    3hr Dock Light Night Fishing
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    3 hour trip, starts at 7:00 PM
    $400
    up to 6 persons
    Too hot during the day?!? Try our 3hr night fishing trip! Target Redfish and Trout using live and artificial baits near dock lights.
  • Private trip
    2 Hour – Kids Fishing Trip
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    2 hour trip, starts at 9:00 AM
    $350
    up to 6 persons
    Have kids that want to fish but you’re unsure if they want to go for a full 4 hour? Then this is the trip to book! Two hours on the water may not get you a ton of fish to take back home to cook but there will plenty of fish hooked for the kids to reel in! It’s always a fun trip! Book now and make those memories with the kiddos!
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About this listing

Targeted Species

Cobia
Flounder
Grouper (Gag)
Jack Crevalle

Redfish
Sheepshead
Snapper (Red)
Spanish Mackerel

Spotted Seatrout

Boat Specs

Sea Pro (Center console) originally built in 2002. Powered by a 250HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 60 knots.

Length
23 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Bowfishing
Flounder Gigging

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

Policies

Deposit non-refundable
Deposit non-refundable under normal circumstances. 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 agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 10% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% 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
Visa
Mastercard
American Express
PayPal
Checks

About the Captain

Brad Bishop
Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, United States
Member since April 2017
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Captain Brad has been on the water since he was 6 yearrs old and started to drive his dad's boat. For 11 years he worked on the Mississippi River and ICWW, pushing barges. He then decided to come back home and start his own Fishing Charter Business. Captain Brad works for TowBoatUS Destin when not running charters. He knows the bay like the back of his hand.
Response time: within an hour
Response rate: 100%

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4.76
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100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
95%
Appropriate for children
98%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
89%
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Kim P.
Gallatin, TN
 5.00
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Half Day trip with Captain Brad

VERIFIED   NEW  July 16, 2019
The weather had been rough days before our trip so the fishing was kind of slow. Captain Brad contacted us the day of the trip...
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Seth A.
Orlando, FL
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VERIFIED   March 25, 2019
7 am and the water is glass. The sun breaks the horizon as Captain Brad welcomes us aboard. We motor a short distance to start...
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Helotes, TX
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Half day morning trip with Captain Brad Bishop

VERIFIED   July 26, 2018
Before heading to Destin, my wife and I read all reviews on every guide.  Lots of them stated that the guide wasted an...
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Les J.
Grove City, OH
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Half day trip with captain Brad

VERIFIED   NEW  June 25, 2019
1pm trip, this is a rough time of day to fish but Brad found the right spots. It was a great experience and I would absolutely...
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John K.
Grand Rapids, MI
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VERIFIED   April 1, 2019
Captain Brad gave an awesome experience for four teen boys and two dads. We landed several bull reds, a few keeper reds and...
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