Pescador III - 51′ Sportfisher

The Pescador III is a 51’ custom-built Sportfisher that can accommodate up to 16 passengers, air-conditioned and with a toilet on board. All equipment necessary for you to fish is provided, including the fishing licenses; the vessel is also outfitted with a variety of navigational gear, such as GPS, VHF radio, radar and sonar. All you need to bring on board is your own food and drinks.

Pescador III is captained by Mike Whitley, a United States military veteran that’s always happy to support the U.S. troops and show them a good time on the water. To that end, please note that military discounts are offered for fishing trips aboard Captain Whitley’s boat. Mike started his fishing charter business because he loves to fish and enjoys seeing the joy that fishing brings to people he serves on The Pescador III.

Pescador’s First Mate will be happy to clean and bag your catch for you once you get back to the dock. The crew specializes in various types of fishing that Destin is known for - from bottom fishing for Red Snapper, Grouper and Amberjack, to trolling for King Mackerel, Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Tuna, Sailfish, or Marlin. Cobia runs usually span from mid-March through May. Fishing trips range from 4 hours to up to 48 hours in length.

In addition to standard fishing trips, Pescador also offers private dolphin, sunset and crab island cruises. These are completely personalized expeditions, custom-tailored to your group, so Captain Mike is able to adjust the trip length or even combine trips to meet your specific needs.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Super Extended Full Day Trip
      FREE Cancelation 3 days notice
    12 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $2,400
    up to 6 persons
    + $240
    each additional person
    The trip to beat all others. Spend a full 12 hours on the Gulf's deepest waters and target a range of incredible fish. Troll to catch some exquisite Mahi Mahi or Tuna for a delicious treat that could last you weeks, while you'll also make sure that you have an incredible workout. You'll catch the fish at all of their feeding times, so make the most of different fishing spots, hitting the rigs, reefs, and wrecks as well. Here, you can bottom fish for Groupers, Snappers, Kingfish, and other fantastic fish.
  • Private trip
    Extended Full Day Trip
      FREE Cancelation 3 days notice
    10 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $2,000
    up to 6 persons
    + $200
    each additional person
    A whole 10 hours on the water? That's just what this incredible opportunity is offering. You'll have plenty of time to explore the nearshore reefs and wrecks, as well as heading offshore to hunt for some exceptional big game fish. Try to load the boat with delicious Snappers, Groupers, Triggerfish, as well as huge Mahi Mahi and Tunas. You'll need to use all your strength to hook as many of these excellent creatures aboard.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
      FREE Cancelation 3 days notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $1,600
    up to 6 persons
    + $160
    each additional person
    With 8 hours on the water, you'll have plenty of time to explore the reefs and hit the deeper waters offshore in the Gulf of Mexico. Target huge Tunas and Mahi Mahi, as well as other delicious species on the reefs and wrecks. From Groupers and Snappers to Triggerfish, there's no end to what you can catch here. Expect to troll when further out and try your hand at bottom fishing and jigging when nearer shore.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip (AM)
      FREE Cancelation 3 days notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $1,200
    up to 6 persons
    + $120
    each additional person
    Get out on the Gulf of Mexico's rich waters early in the morning and make the most of the first bite of the day. Hit the reefs and wrecks nearshore to bottom fish for species such as Snappers, Groupers, Triggerfish, and many more. Afterward, you can go further afield, trolling for the bite of incredible big game fish. Delicious Mahi Mahi and Tuna will line your stomachs for days after a productive morning's fishing.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip (PM)
      FREE Cancelation 3 days notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $1,200
    up to 6 persons
    + $120
    each additional person
    Explore the Gulf of Mexico's diverse fishery on this afternoon trip. Spend 6 hours going after a range of delicious and exciting fish. Troll the deeper waters to try to catch the bite of a monster Mahi Mahi or Tuna. These species will put your strength to the test, but the reward of their succulent meat will be well worth it. You'll also have time to fish the rigs, reefs, and wrecks nearer shore. Here, you'll bottom fish for Groupers, Snappers, Amberjacks, Triggerfish, and many more.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
      FREE Cancelation 3 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $800
    up to 6 persons
    + $80
    each additional person
    Our 4 hour trips are trolling trips for king or spanish mackerel. Departure time may be flexible. Consult with the captain prior to the trip.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
      FREE Cancelation 3 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $800
    up to 6 persons
    + $80
    each additional person
    Our 4 hour trips are trolling trips for king or spanish mackerel. Departure time may be flexible. Consult with the captain prior to the trip.
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About the Captain

Mike Whitley
Destin, Florida, United States
Angler's Choice
5 Reports
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194 Customer Reviews
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Member since July 2014
Captain Mike has owned Pescador III for a decade now, but has been fishing the prolific Florida waters ever since he was a kid. He loves the way people's faces light up when they catch their first fish aboard his 51' Sportfisher. In his own words: 'I get my excitement from watching the kids or ladies catch fish for the first time. Or the guys catching their biggest fish ever. Even though I personally don't fish as much, that’s my way of getting pleasure from fishing - and it feels great.'

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Targeted Species

Amberjack Amberjack
Bonito Bonito
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Grouper (Black) Grouper (Black)
Grouper (Gag) Grouper (Gag)
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)
Snapper (Red) Snapper (Red)
Triggerfish (Gray) Triggerfish (Gray)
Tuna (Blackfin) Tuna (Blackfin)

Boat Specs

Gene Thompson (Offshore sport fishing) originally built in 1968, and restored in 2012. Powered by 2 330HP Cummins 6BTA engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 14 knots.

Length
51 ft
Capacity
16 persons

Types of Fishing

Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Jigging
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Bed
Flybridge
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Toilet
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder

Trip Includes

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

Policies

FREE Cancelation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 3 days before the trip. 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 not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
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

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Customer Reviews

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4.73
out of 5 stars from 194 reviews
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A Good 6 Hour Trip
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Angler Rating
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Good experience
93%
Friendly captain
99%
Recommend this charter
96%
Appropriate for children
95%
Satisfied with the boat
97%
Catch intended fish
80%
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Jeff D.
Atlanta, GA
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AJ was Amazing

VERIFIED   June 24, 2019
This was our first deep sea fishing trip. AJ our deck hand was such a breathe of fresh air. He was great with teaching us how...
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6 hr am trip

VERIFIED   April 17, 2019
  Beautiful day. Great conditions. Lots of fun. If they would not have told us that it was a slow fishing day, we would...
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September fishing trip

VERIFIED   NEW  September 8, 2019
Had a great time. Ed, the mate constantly checked the baits and kept them fresh. Although we didn’t catch as many as...
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April fishing trip

VERIFIED   April 24, 2019
Our six hour fishing trip went off flawlessly.  Captain Bill put us right over fish time after time that day.  His...
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8 Hour trip with Capt. Mike and Team

VERIFIED   July 30, 2019
Had a great trip with Capt Mike and team. The guys took great care of us…..  We had a large party with lots of teenage...
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