First Shot Charters
One of our top picks in Destin. 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.<
Most Popular Features:
Fishing License Included
You Keep Catch
Catch cleaning & filleting
Rods, reels & tackle
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About this listing
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.
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
Member since September 2014
Destin Fishing Calendar
Went fishing on October 17, 2017
Conditions were less than ideal, high winds and rough seas after a frontal passage. Mike was very forthright about catching possibilities. We decided to fish regardless of the conditions. Mike worked hard to get us in fish and we had a successful day catching king mackerels. Mike was very sociable and willing to share his experiences and knowledge. Felt bad that I didn’t have more cash to tip him more. He worked hard in rough seas to ensure a good trip for us. I have no need to look anywhere else when I’m back in the area for more fishing. Looking forward to the next trip when the weather will allow Mike more options for other species.
Thanks again Captain Mike for an enjoyable day on the water.
Fished October 2017Fished October 17, 2017Replied to this review on October 18, 2017
Thanks Tom for the kind words!! You guys did a great job hanging in there in pretty rough seas!! Don’t sweat the tip, I was happy with it Tom :)Tom Tackett recommends First Shot Charters
Replied to this review on October 18, 2017
Thanks Tom for the kind words!! You guys did a great job hanging in there in pretty rough seas!! Don’t sweat the tip, I was happy with it Tom :)
Went fishing on August 2, 2017
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 2017Fished August 2, 2017Mark Allen recommends First Shot Charters
Went fishing on July 28, 2017
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 2017Fished July 28, 2017Replied to this review on July 30, 2017
Thanks Arron!! You two were awesome and I had a great time as well!!Aaron Goodwin recommends First Shot Charters
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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