First Shot Charters

214 Harbor Blvd
Destin FL, United States

First Shot is a 20’ boat that can fit up to 4 passengers per trip. Captain Mike Dates, the owner and operator, has been fishing the area waters since childhood. A native of the Destin area, Mike has been a USCG licensed captain for over 13 years.

First Shot crew primarily uses live bait, although they can easily accommodate fly and artificial fishermen as well. All the equipment and supplies necessary to clean the fish (should you decide to keep any) will be provided, along with a seasoned crew who are there to help along the way. Matter of fact, they’ll also be happy to clean the catch for you following the trip.

If you don’t want to keep the fish, Captain Mike is experienced in CPR fishing - “Catch, Photo, Release”. This way, you’ll ensure you do minimal harm to the fish you catch, which will then be safely released back into its natural habitat.

First Shot specializes in fishing the coastal waters of the Gulf of Mexico as well as the backcountry waters of the Choctawhatchee Bay. In the gulf, your targets would be King Mackerel, Cobia, Blackfin Tuna, Sharks, Red Snapper, Grouper, Triggerfish, and much more depending on the season. The bay side is teeming with Trout, Redfish, Black Snapper, Flounder, Ladyfish and Bluefish.

From the first-time angler to the skilled professional, Capt. Mike will do his best to keep you on the fish and put a smile on your face. All fishing equipment for your group is provided by the Captain, along with fishing licenses for all occupants of the boat.

First Shot is a 20’ boat that can fit up to 4 passengers per trip. Captain Mike Dates, the owner and operator, has been fishing the area waters since childhood. A native of the Destin area, Mike has been a USCG licensed captain for over 13 years.<


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About this listing

Boat Specs

Custom (Center console) originally built in 2000, and restored in 2016. Powered by a 225HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 35 knots.

Length
20 ft
Capacity
4 persons
Types of Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
9 miles
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing
Fishing Techniques
Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Fly Fishing
Targeted Species
 
Amberjack
 
Cobia

 
Grouper (Black)
 
Grouper (Gag)

 
Grouper (Red)
 
King Mackerel (Kingfish)

 
Redfish
 
Sailfish

 
Sheepshead
 
Snapper (Red)

 
Spanish Mackerel
 
Triggerfish (Gray)
Amenities
Toilet
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Sidescan and structure scan
Fly Fishing Equipment
Bed
Flybridge
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Kitchen
Refrigerator
Multimedia System
Wireless Trolling Motor
Outriggers
Tuna Tubes
Spearfishing Equipment
Ice Box
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Sidescan and structure scan
Live Bait Well
Trip Includes
Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Snacks
Drinks
First Mate
Fishing License Included
Lunch
Fly Fishing Equipment
Policies
FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 3 days before the trip date.
Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.

Other Policies  
Child Friendly
 
You Keep Catch
 
Catch and Release Allowed
Payment

15% deposit charged upfront by FishingBooker 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, Visa, Mastercard, Checks, American Express.

About the Captain

Mike Dates
Destin, Florida, United States
Member since September 2014
Mike has been a USCG licensed Captain for over 14 years, but he's fished the waters of Destin since 1969. He and his crew work tirelessly to put you on fish, and employ their wealth of knowledge and experience on every trip they run.
Response time: 4 hours
Response rate: 96%

Destin Fishing Calendar

Customer Reviews

4.92 out of 5 stars from 44 reviews

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Capt Mike was awesome! Professional, friendly, and very helpful. We caught what we went for. We didn’t catch our limit but it wasn’t because of his lack of effort! If you’ve fished before then you know how that goes. We will definitely call him next year!!

Fished August 2, 2017
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I had never been deep sea fishing, but I was so excited! My wife and I went out with Capt. Mike and it was such a great day!! We caught a total of 6 snappers and 1 cobia!! Can’t for the next trip out with him!! Hire this guy!!

Fished July 28, 2017
Mike Dates (The Captain)
Replied to this review on July 30, 2017

Thanks Arron!!  You two were awesome and I had a great time as well!!

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Captain Mike was amazing. Within 3 min of fishing our line was ripping with large Kingfish (King Mackerel). We had to “pause” our trip about 30 min into it due to weather, but Captain Mike did not hold that against us. He was very accommodating and my son loved every second of this trip. By far the best fishing we have done in Destin and we will continue to use his boat moving forward! Thanks Captain Mike!

Fished July 20, 2017
Mike Dates (The Captain)
Replied to this review on July 30, 2017

Thanks Brian!! It was a fun day even thought the lightning ran us off the first spot.

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