Pescador III – 51′

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Join Pescador III and see for yourself why Destin is known for some of the best fishing in the world! Captain Mike Whitley has been fishing these Florida waters since he was a kid, so he knows all the local secret spots. He’ll make sure to take you all the honey holes so you can have a productive trip.

You’ll explore these prolific waters on his 51’ custom offshore sportfishing boat that can accommodate up to 16 passengers. You can bring all your friends and family and have a blast out on the open waters! It’s air-conditioned with an onboard toiler, so you don’t have to sacrifice any of your home comfort.

Capt. Mike 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 there are military discounts. All the fishing equipment will be provided for you on board.

The crew specializes in various types of fishing – from bottom fishing for Red Snapper, Grouper, and Amberjack, to trolling for King Mackerel, Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Tuna, Sailfish, and Marlin. Cobia runs usually span from mid-March through May. The crew will be happy to clean and bag your catch for you once you get back to the dock.

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

All you need to bring on board is your own food and drinks, and some sunscreen, and you’re all set!

Come aboard Pescador III and explore the deep ocean in Destin for an unforgettable fishing adventure!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Super Extended Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $2,400
    price breakdown
    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 Cancellation 3 days notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $2,000
    price breakdown
    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 Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $1,600
    price breakdown
    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)
    In demand! Last booked: 2 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $1,200
    price breakdown
    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 Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $1,200
    price breakdown
    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)
    In demand! Last booked: 4 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $800
    price breakdown
    This 4-hour trip is trolling trips for King or Spanish Mackerel. The departure time is flexible, so consult with the captain prior to the trip. All the equipment will be provided for you, so get ready to have some fun!
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    In demand! Last booked: 3 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $800
    price breakdown
    Hit the snooze button, and head out on the water in the afternoon. Spend 4 hours trolling for King or Spanish Mackerel. The departure time is flexible, so consult with the captain before the trip. All the fishing gear will be provided, just bring some sunscreen, and you're all set to have a great adventure!
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About the Captain

Mike Whitley
Destin, Florida, United States
Angler's Choice
5 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
210 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
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.'

About this listing

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

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 3 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 3 days before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

Listing Policies

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

Rating Summary
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4.72
out of 5 stars from 210 reviews
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Experience
6 hour
8 hour trip
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Angler Rating
169
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
93%
Friendly captain
98%
Recommend this charter
95%
Appropriate for children
93%
Satisfied with the boat
97%
Catch intended fish
80%
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Britt T.
Gadsden, AL
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Incredible

VERIFIED   NEW  June 27, 2020
Best fishing trip I have ever been on. Buddy, Paul, and Blaine were amazing! Felt like I have known them all my life. Very...
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Ryan M.
Headland, AL
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8 hour trip

VERIFIED   NEW  June 12, 2020
Trip was better than expected. The Captain and Mate were really good. Caught fish or got bit on every drop. The best Snapper...
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J G. M.
Trussville, AL
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Half Day Trip with Pescador III

VERIFIED   October 11, 2019
Second trip with Captain Bill on the Pescador III. AJ was the mate this time. We’ve done both bottom fishing and trolling...
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Kurt B.
Sharpsburg, GA
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Fishing with Mike

VERIFIED   NEW  June 19, 2020
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VERIFIED   NEW  June 18, 2020
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