First Shot Charters

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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.

20 ft
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
Fly Fishing
Targeted Species

Grouper (Black)
Grouper (Gag)

Grouper (Red)
King Mackerel (Kingfish)


Snapper (Red)

Spanish Mackerel
Triggerfish (Gray)
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
Life Jackets
Sidescan and structure scan
Fly Fishing Equipment
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Wireless Trolling Motor
Tuna Tubes
Spearfishing Equipment
Ice Box
Life Jackets
Sidescan and structure scan
Live Bait Well
Trip Includes
Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate
Fishing License Included
Fly Fishing Equipment
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

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%

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Customer Reviews

4.93 out of 5 stars from 42 reviews

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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
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Capt. Mike took us straight to the fish and within 2 hours we had our limit in the boat. Then we went after another type and as soon as we arrive at the site, we started catching them. The best charter I have ever booked. Thank you Capt. Mike.

Fished June 9, 2017
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Destin had some weather days before our outing Captain Mike had some suggestions to make the trip better to insure good fishing and did it!!!! We will be booking all of our fishing trips with Capt. Mike when we are in Destin.

Fished May 25, 2017
Mike Dates (The Captain)
Replied to this review on May 27, 2017

Thanks Brad!! Weather can mess up plans but let up just in time to get you guys out!! I had a great time today!!

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