First Shot Charters
First Shot Charters
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.
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.
15% deposit charged upfront by FishingBooker to guarantee your reservation. The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the captain on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods: Cash, Visa, Master Card, Check, American Express.
About the Captain
Member since September 2014
Destin Fishing Calendar
Went fishing on October 7, 2016
Captain Mike is first class! Loaded the boat kings all day!
Fished October 2016Tad Jenkins • Fished Oct 07, 2016Tad Jenkins recommends First Shot Charters
Went fishing on August 19, 2016
Mike was awesome
Great time was had by all
Fished August 2016Bob Myers • Fished Aug 19, 2016Bob Myers recommends First Shot Charters
Went fishing on August 18, 2016
My wife and I took our two boys out in the gulf with Captain Mike and were not disappointed. We had some bites early on with King Mackerel and got one to the boat, when things got slow Captain Mike tried a different spot and swapped us over to Amberjack and we put several more over the rail. It was my boys first time on the water and Captain Mike was first class in every way, very patient, very knowledgeable and I had a great time watching my boys fight fish and work together to get them in.
My brother and I are already talking about next year and fishing with Captain Mike and First Shot Charters
Fished August 2016Carl Mcwilliams • Fished Aug 18, 2016Carl Mcwilliams recommends First Shot Charters
214 Harbor Blvd, Destin
, FL 32541, United States