Sweet William III has the federal permit that allows Captain Bill to take you snapper fishing as soon as June 1st, 10 days before the actual season starts!

Step aboard the Sweet William III for some of the best deep sea fishing the Gulf of Mexico has to offer! Based out of Destin, the heartland of Florida fishing, Captain Bill Watson and his crew run a variety of trips targeting anything from Snapper and Grouper, to Yellowfin Tuna, Wahoo, and even Blue Marlin.

The Sweet William III is a 40’ Dawson sportfishing vessel, specifically built for awesome offshore fishing. The boat comes equipped with GPS, a fishfinder, fighting chair, live bait tank, and everything you will need for a productive day’s fishing.

Captain Bill offers a range of trips to suit any taste, and supplies all the tackle for an incredible variety of fishing techniques. Choose between light and heavy tackle, make use of the trolling rods, and even try your hand at kite fishing. Whether it’s bottom fishing, trolling, spinning, or jigging you want, you’ll find everything aboard here.

On daily offshore trips, you’ll have the chance to troll for the bite of a range of strong and delicious fish. Test your skills against Tuna, Marlin, Sailfish, and Wahoo, among many more. You can even head further to fish the deep waters on overnight trips. Learn to bottom drop for a range of gigantic Groupers and Tilefish. While shorter trips will see you focus on the productive reefs and wrecks. Home to Groupers, Snappers, Mackerel, and more, there’s no shortage to what you can catch.

The Sweet William III is completely family and child-friendly, and all trips come with fishing licences, and a cleaning and filleting service for anything you want to take home.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip – Shark (PM)
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Jun 1 - Aug 2 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)
    $1,500
    Head offshore for some real big game fishing as you try to reel yourself in some Shark! With loved ones, you'll have the chance to bond aboard a luxury vessel overnight, all the while thinking about the monstrous fish around you. These creatures are on the top of any angler's bucket list, so get ready to catch a true trophy of the sea!
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip – Shark Summer
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 5:30 AM
    Seasonal trip Jun 1 - Aug 17
    $1,500
    Head offshore for some real big game fishing as you try to reel yourself in some Shark! With loved ones, you'll have the chance to bond aboard a luxury vessel overnight, all the while thinking about the monstrous fish around you. These creatures are on the top of any angler's bucket list, so get ready to catch a true trophy of the sea!
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip – Shark Winter
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jan 1 - Dec 1 (Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri)
    $1,500
    Head offshore for some real big game fishing as you try to reel yourself in some Shark! With loved ones, you'll have the chance to bond aboard a luxury vessel overnight, all the while thinking about the monstrous fish around you. These creatures are on the top of any angler's bucket list, so get ready to catch a true trophy of the sea!
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip – Bottom / Trolling
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 5:30 AM
    $1,650
    On this full-day trip, you'll have the chance to choose between bottom fishing or trolling. Let your captain know what you want to do and he'll take you to the appropriate fishing grounds. Hit the reefs and wrecks in search of delicious Groupers, Snappers, Triggerfish, and more. While offshore, you'll have the chance to troll some deeper waters in the hope of landing a King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Blackfin Tuna, and more. Wherever you go, a delicious treat will be your prize.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip – Bottom Fishing
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 5:30 AM
    $1,650
    Explore the reefs and wrecks out in the Gulf's nearshore waters as you specifically target a range of beautiful, delicious, and exciting fish. Bottom fish to attract the bite of Snappers, Groupers, Triggerfish, Mackerel, and more, as you seek to take home something delicious for lunch and beyond. If you're lucky enough, you may even catch a preying Tuna, that will crown off what promises to be a thrilling day on the water.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip – Bottom Fishing (PM)
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $1,650
    Explore the reefs and wrecks out in the Gulf's nearshore waters as you specifically target a range of beautiful, delicious, and exciting fish. Bottom fish to attract the bite of Snappers, Groupers, Triggerfish, Mackerel, and more, as you seek to take home something delicious for lunch and beyond. If you're lucky enough, you may even catch a preying Tuna, that will crown off what promises to be a thrilling day on the water.
  • Private trip
    8 Hour – Bottom Fishing/Trolling
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 5:30 AM
    $2,200
    On this full-day trip, you'll have the chance to choose between bottom fishing or trolling. Let your captain know what you want to do and he'll take you to the appropriate fishing grounds. Hit the reefs and wrecks in search of delicious Groupers, Snappers, Triggerfish, and more. While offshore, you'll have the chance to troll some deeper waters in the hope of landing a King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Blackfin Tuna, and more. Wherever you go, a delicious treat will be your prize.
  • Private trip
    10 Hour Trip - Grouper
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 5:30 AM
    Seasonal trip Jun 1 - Aug 2
    $2,750
    Head offshore for some real big game fishing as you try to reel yourself in some delicious Snapper and Grouper. With loved ones, you'll have the chance to bond aboard a luxury vessel overnight, all the while thinking about the monstrous fish around you. These creatures are both great to catch and great to eat later as a tasty treat!
  • Private trip
    10 Hour Trip – Combo Fishing
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 5:30 AM
    $2,750
    Mix up your fishing and combine your techniques. These waters are home to diverse fishing grounds, and 10 hours on the water will give you plenty of time to explore them all. Try bottom fishing the reefs, trolling the deeper waters, and sight fishing as you spot your target and get ready to cast and jig to entice the bite. From delicious Snappers and Groupers, to tasty Tuna and Mahi Mahi, all the way through to tough-fighting Sharks, Amberjacks, and more – there's no shortage of what you can target.
  • Private trip
    12 Hour Grouper Trip
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 5:30 AM
    Seasonal trip Jun 1 - Aug 2
    $3,300
    Head offshore for some real big game fishing as you try to reel yourself in some delicious Snapper and Grouper. With loved ones, you'll have the chance to bond aboard a luxury vessel overnight, all the while thinking about the monstrous fish around you. These creatures are both great to catch and great to eat later as a tasty treat!
  • Private trip
    12 Hour Trip – Combo
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 5:30 AM
    $3,300
    Decide from a combination of different techniques or take on the whole lot, as you explore the diverse fishing grounds out of Destin on this mammoth 12-hour trip. Hit the reefs and bottom fish for Snappers and Groupers, or head offshore and troll for the bite of tough-fighting Wahoo, delicious Tuna, and majestic Marlin. Whatever you decide, one thing's for sure: you won't be disappointed. Each a game fish in its own right, these species will wow you with their fight, elegance, and maybe even taste.
  • Private trip
    14 Hour – Amberjack/Bottom Fishing
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    14 Hour Trip, starts at 5:30 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Oct 31
    $3,850
    Head offshore for some bottom fishing as you try to reel yourself in some delicious Grouper and Amberjack. With loved ones, you'll have the chance to bond aboard a luxury vessel overnight, all the while thinking about the monstrous fish around you. These creatures are both great to catch and great to eat later as a tasty treat!
  • Private trip
    14 Hour Trip – Amberjack
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    14 Hour Trip, starts at 5:30 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Jun 1
    $3,850
    Head offshore for some real big game fishing as you try to reel yourself in some delicious Amberjack. With loved ones, you'll have the chance to bond aboard a luxury vessel overnight, all the while thinking about the monstrous fish around you. These creatures are both great to catch and great to eat later as a tasty treat!
  • Private trip
    14 Hour Trip – Grouper/Amberjack
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    14 Hour Trip, starts at 5:30 AM
    Seasonal trip Aug 1 - Oct 31
    $3,850
    Head offshore for some real big game fishing as you try to reel yourself in some delicious Grouper and Amberjack. With loved ones, you'll have the chance to bond aboard a luxury vessel overnight, all the while thinking about the monstrous fish around you. These creatures are on the top of any angler's bucket list, so catch a trophy as well as a tasty treat.
  • Private trip
    16 Hr – Big Game Fishing
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    16 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 AM
    $4,400
    Get out on the open seas and target some serious big game fish. This trip is not for the feint-hearted, so expect to get your pulses racing as you target a range of monstrous, thrilling, and delicious fish. Troll to catch the bite of beasts such as Wahoo, Sailfish, Tuna, and Blue and White Marlin. All known for their tough-fighting prowess, they'll be a match for even the most experienced angler, so get ready for a long and tiring battle to hook these creatures aboard.
  • Private trip
    24 Hour Deep Drop Fishing
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    24 Hour Trip, starts at 5:30 AM
    $6,600
    Get ready to do some deep drop fishing for Tilefish, Barrel Grouper, and Swordfish! With loved ones, you'll have the chance to bond aboard a luxury vessel overnight, all the while thinking about the monstrous fish around you. Troll to entice these beasts, and catch yourself a trophy as well as a tasty treat!
  • Private trip
    30 Hour Swordfish Trip
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    2 Day Trip, starts at 5:30 AM
    Overnight stay, liveaboard
    $8,250
    Head offshore for some real big game fishing as you try to reel yourself in some Swordfish! With loved ones, you'll have the chance to bond aboard a luxury vessel overnight, all the while thinking about the monstrous fish around you. These tough-fighting creatures are on the top of any angler's bucket list!
  • Private trip
    36 Hr – Deep Sea Fishing
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    2 Day Trip, starts at 12:00 AM
    Overnight stay, liveaboard
    $9,900
    An overnight trip will give you the chance to really explore and get to know the offshore waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Aboard a luxury boat, you'll have everything you need for a comfortable stay, not to mention a productive time on the water. Try deep dropping to catch Yellow Edge, Scamp, and huge Gag Groupers, along with Grey and Gold Tilefish. These monstrous bottom dwellers will require all your strength to hook aboard, but will also provide you with a delicious treat when you get back to shore.
  • Private trip
    36 Hr – Tuna Fishing
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    2 Day Trip, starts at 12:00 AM
    Overnight stay, liveaboard
    $9,900
    Head offshore for some real big game fishing as you try to reel yourself in some delicious Tuna to take back to shore. With loved ones, you'll have the chance to bond aboard a luxury vessel overnight, all the while thinking about the monstrous fish around you. Troll to entice these monstrous beasts, and you may even pick up a Marlin, Sailfish, or Wahoo to test your skills against. These tough-fighting creatures are on the top of any angler's bucket list, so catch a trophy as well as a tasty treat.
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About the Captain

Bill Watson
Destin, Florida, United States
6 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
89 Customer reviews
Response time 6 hours
Member since August 2014
Captain Bill Watson is the owner-operator of the Sweet William III, and has over 15years of experience fishing the Forida waters. He's a huge fan of bottom fishing and big game fishing, and is always happy to welcome anglers of any age or skill level aboard his boat!

About this listing

Targeted species

Amberjack Amberjack
Cobia Cobia
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Grouper (Gag) Gag Grouper

Boat specs

Dawson (Saltwater fishing) originally built in 1989. Powered by 2 375HP Caterpillar engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 20 knots.

Length
40 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Kite Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System

Trip includes

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

Cancellation policy

Deposit non-refundable

If it is unsafe to travel, you may still cancel free of charge or change the date(s) of your booking.

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 20% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

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

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Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.1 / 5
out of 5 stars from 89 reviews
Boat
Very good
3.9 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.1 / 5
Photos & videos by reviewers (85)
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Angler Rating
51
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
73%
Friendly captain
82%
Recommend this charter
70%
Appropriate for children
75%
Satisfied with the boat
76%
Catch intended fish
77%
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Todd M.
United States
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

6 Hour trip in the afternoon/evening

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip – Bottom Fishing on June 22, 2022
They had us on fish the entire time and we caught our limit early on of Red Snapper.  It was a great trip and good experience...
Todd M. recommends Sweet William III
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Jose S.
Springdale, AR
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Fishing with Bill

VERIFIED   6 Hour Snapper Trip (AM) on July 3, 2022
Really fun experience with experienced fisherman and captain overall super fun trip we all caught our limit only thing I regret...
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Robin A.
Brooksville, KY
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Experience:
Very good
4.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

Fishing with Bill

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip – Bottom Fishing on July 27, 2022
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David P.
Gillsville, GA
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Awesome trip

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip – Bottom Fishing (PM) on August 12, 2021
Me my wife and my son went out with Captain Bill on Wednesday we caught our limit and just a very short time we had an absolute...
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Sandra W.
Glen Rose, TX
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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5 Hour - Afternoon Bottom Fishing

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip – Bottom Fishing on July 16, 2021
Are you searching for a family-friendly fishing charter for 6 or less at a great price? Look no further than the 40-foot Sweet...
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FAQs about Sweet William III

Sweet William III offers the following trips to customers:
  • $1,500 per group - 5 Hour Trip – Shark (PM) (5 hours)
  • $1,500 per group - 5 Hour Trip – Shark Summer (5 hours)
  • $1,500 per group - 5 Hour Trip – Shark Winter (5 hours)
  • $1,650 per group - 6 Hour Trip – Bottom / Trolling (6 hours)
  • $1,650 per group - 6 Hour Trip – Bottom Fishing (6 hours)
  • $1,650 per group - 6 Hour Trip – Bottom Fishing (PM) (6 hours)
  • $2,200 per group - 8 Hour – Bottom Fishing/Trolling (8 hours)
  • $2,750 per group - 10 Hour Trip - Grouper (10 hours)
  • $2,750 per group - 10 Hour Trip – Combo Fishing (10 hours)
  • $3,300 per group - 12 Hour Grouper Trip (12 hours)
  • $3,300 per group - 12 Hour Trip – Combo (12 hours)
  • $3,850 per group - 14 Hour – Amberjack/Bottom Fishing (14 hours)
  • $3,850 per group - 14 Hour Trip – Amberjack (14 hours)
  • $3,850 per group - 14 Hour Trip – Grouper/Amberjack (14 hours)
  • $4,400 per group - 16 Hr – Big Game Fishing (16 hours)
  • $6,600 per group - 24 Hour Deep Drop Fishing (24 hours)
  • $8,250 per day per group - 30 Hour Swordfish Trip (2 days)
  • $9,900 per day per group - 36 Hr – Deep Sea Fishing (2 days)
  • $9,900 per day per group - 36 Hr – Tuna Fishing (2 days)

When you book a trip with Sweet William III, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • Fighting Chair
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Multimedia System
  • Ice Box
  • Sonar
  • Radar

Trips booked with Sweet William III include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • First Mate
  • Fishing License

Sweet William III offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing

Sweet William III offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Kite Fishing
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Sweet William III include:
  • Amberjack
  • Cobia
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • Grouper (Gag)
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Marlin (Blue)
  • Marlin (White)
  • Sailfish
  • Snapper (Red)
  • Triggerfish (Gray)
  • Tuna (Yellowfin)
  • Wahoo