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The “Luckiest Fishing Village in the World” speaks for itself. Anglers from all over the world come to sample the delights of Destin’s fishing charters and to take on some of the most sought-after game fish in the world. From the shallow inshore waters of the Choctawhatchee Bay to the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico, the opportunities are endless!
 
Depending on the time of year you visit, you could sink your hook into delicious creatures such as Flounder, Sheepshead, Triggerfish, or Seatrout, along with tough-fighting Redfish, Jack Crevalle, and even Tarpon. And that’s just inshore!
 
Head to the deeper waters of the Gulf, and you can try bottom fishing for dinner, or troll the open waters for some true monsters. Mackerel, Cobia, Amberjack, Groupers, and Red Snapper are some of the prizes you’ll find nearshore. Meanwhile, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, Tuna, Sailfish, Marlin, and even Mako Sharks await in the deep. 
 
With so much fishing on offer, it’s no surprise that there’s a range of trips to choose from. Bring the whole family along and explore the calm waters inshore for as little as a couple of hours. Popular options include 3/4 day trips and full day trips, while some of the most enthusiastic fishermen enjoy spending up to a few days on a boat, making the most of these productive waters. 
 

Rules & Regulations

Aboard a Destin fishing charter, not only will your license be covered, but you’ll also have the knowledge of a true professional captain. As well as taking you to the sweet spots, they’ll also make sure that you’re fishing within the law when it comes to seasons and limits. 
Destin
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January

The weather may be a bit colder, but the fishing can be red hot. Head offshore to battle it out with a range of Snappers, or hit the bays and get your fill of delicious Redfish and Trout to take home. 

February

It's still a little cold for the pelagics to pass by, but there's plenty of options on the reefs and in the bays. Try bottom fishing wherever you go and land anything from Trout and Redfish to Snapper and Amberjack. 

March

You'll sense a flurry of activity in Destin as the weather begins to warm up. The fishing season starts to kick off with plenty of Cobia making the journey to the reefs, while bay fishing remains as good as before.

April

You'll know the season has arrived Destin when April strikes. Cobia fishing is at its peak and the Harbor Docks Tournament attracts anglers from all over the world looking to land that monster reef fish.

 

May

While the Cobia frenzy may be dying down, may brings with it the start of the offshore season. Head out to the deep waters for up to days on end and try trolling for pelagics or bottom fish for Groupers. 

June

Summer takes Destin by storm and you'll want to book early to avoid disappointment. Come and combine your thrilling fishing adventure with the chance to kick back on the beach – this is what you work for!

 

July

Get ready to dodge the sun, as temperatures in Destin reach the high 90s. Red Snapper season kicks off, meaning you'll want to head offshore, but you can always take advantage of the Tarpon bite with night fishing.

August

High season continues throughout August, with offshore fishing for pelagics still offering extreme anglers the chance of that trophy catch. Head offshore, to the reefs, or even inshore, and land any of Destin's prized fish.

September

As the crowds start to die down, there's no sign of the fishing going anywhere. The weather is still warm, so you should take advantage of this time of year, when Tuna and Sailfish come close to shore. 

October

Three words: Destin Fishing Rodeo. Over 30,000 anglers come to town over the whole month of October with a competition to suit all kinds of angler. Come and test your skills to be in with the chance of a top prize.

November

Fishing in Destin has to cool down at some point – but not in November! Make the most of the end of the pelagic season, while bay and bottom fishing is still on fire. Fill your boat to fill the freezer for the holidays! 

December

Temperatures are usually in the fifties in Destin in December, but that shouldn't stop you from coming here! Grab a festive fish feast in the bay or by bottom fishing along the reefs and catching your own dinner.

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Been coming down from TN to Destin for over 12 yrs good and friendly southern hospitality with clean Beaches white sand crystal clear water great food all around 5 star place
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Been coming down from TN to Destin for over 12 yrs good and friendly southern hospitality with clean Beaches white sand crystal clear water great food all around 5 star place
Chase  M.
Chase M. CUMBERLND CTY, TN
If you are trying to decide how long of a trip go with the longer. Time flies when you are having fun and catching fish.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
If you are trying to decide how long of a trip go with the longer. Time flies when you are having fun and catching fish.
Billy  G.
Billy G. Overland Park, KS
We caught vermillion snappers and a number of other off species. We had a blast and would do it again. Having said that earlier in the spring and summer would be more ideal.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
We caught vermillion snappers and a number of other off species. We had a blast and would do it again. Having said that earlier in the spring and summer would be more ideal.
Joshua  D.
Joshua D. Sidney, OH
Would definitely recommend the morning half day session in August. Gets really hot in afternoon
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Would definitely recommend the morning half day session in August. Gets really hot in afternoon
Michael  H.
Michael H. Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Hire a local who knows the spots to fish and can get you there and back safely
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Hire a local who knows the spots to fish and can get you there and back safely
Rick  B.
Rick B. St. Peters, MO
I recommend fishing with Robert James! He is experienced and knows where and how to catch fish.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
I recommend fishing with Robert James! He is experienced and knows where and how to catch fish.
Dana  T.
Dana T. Dardanelle, AR
Drink a lot of water. Start with a smaller trip before you do a full-day unless you've fished before. Have a plan for what you are going to do with the fish you catch (give them away or take them to a restaurant to have them cooked).
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Drink a lot of water. Start with a smaller trip before you do a full-day unless you've fished before. Have a plan for what you are going to do with the fish you catch (give them away or take them to a restaurant to have them cooked).
Richard  B.
Richard B. Destin, Florida
Dolphins, sea turtles, tuna and sharks in three hours -- productive, diverse fishery!
4.0 Very Good Very Good Very Good Very Good Very Good
Dolphins, sea turtles, tuna and sharks in three hours -- productive, diverse fishery!
Jim  M.
Jim M. Houston, TX
I would recommend they book with you each and every time! Will be an experience they never forget!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
I would recommend they book with you each and every time! Will be an experience they never forget!
Jennifer  J.
Jennifer J. La Plata, MO
I would not recommend a long or out on the sea trip if this is your first time fishing. My wife and another guy got seasick as this was their first time. Either try some offshore fishing or reef fishing. Don’t try a 2 hour boat ride to fish and then 2 hours back on your first go.
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
I would not recommend a long or out on the sea trip if this is your first time fishing. My wife and another guy got seasick as this was their first time. Either try some offshore fishing or reef fishing. Don’t try a 2 hour boat ride to fish and then 2 hours back on your first go.
Ethan  S.
Ethan S. Leesburg, Florida
Expect to spend quite a bit of time looking for a location where the fish are biting. So book longer charters if you want more time with the pool in the water.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Expect to spend quite a bit of time looking for a location where the fish are biting. So book longer charters if you want more time with the pool in the water.
Densen  G.
Densen G. Jackson, MO
get to your boat on time and bring food. you need a lot of time to catch the fish because sometimes there are dolphins around and they end up getting the fish before you do so the captain usually has to move his boat to different spots.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
get to your boat on time and bring food. you need a lot of time to catch the fish because sometimes there are dolphins around and they end up getting the fish before you do so the captain usually has to move his boat to different spots.
Lisa  R.
Lisa R. Marietta, GA
Fishing was a little slow, but reeling in is all about arm strength, experience is key.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Fishing was a little slow, but reeling in is all about arm strength, experience is key.
Curt  D.
Curt D. Winder, Georgia
Lift some weights and be in shape. Reeling in these fish from the bottom is not for sissies; but great fun fir teenagers to senior citizens.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Lift some weights and be in shape. Reeling in these fish from the bottom is not for sissies; but great fun fir teenagers to senior citizens.
Grant  S.
Grant S. Memphis, TN
Make sure you stay hydrated and wear sun protection. Take alot of pics to save the memories
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Make sure you stay hydrated and wear sun protection. Take alot of pics to save the memories
Michael  M.
Michael M. Pauls Valley, OK
Great experience for experienced and first time fisherman and youger kids just enjoyed being on boat.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Great experience for experienced and first time fisherman and youger kids just enjoyed being on boat.
Mark  W.
Mark W. Calera, AL
This was a great charter boat for my wife and grandkids first fishing adventure
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
This was a great charter boat for my wife and grandkids first fishing adventure
Mark  K.
Mark K. Cumming, GA
It was a great experience. It was my first time fishing in the ocean and I loved it. Can't wait to get back here again
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
It was a great experience. It was my first time fishing in the ocean and I loved it. Can't wait to get back here again
Bill  C.
Bill C. Obetz, OH
Yes. Our experience was great. The captain and deckhand were well experienced and knew how to handle the the fishermen and get on fish.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Yes. Our experience was great. The captain and deckhand were well experienced and knew how to handle the the fishermen and get on fish.
Darrel  H.
Darrel H. Alamo, CA
Book early. Explore the boats you're planning to book. Beginners should pick larger boats with 4-6 hr expeditions. Smaller speedboats can be quite a rough ride to get farther offshore, although the bigger catches often require longer, farther offshore excursions.
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Book early. Explore the boats you're planning to book. Beginners should pick larger boats with 4-6 hr expeditions. Smaller speedboats can be quite a rough ride to get farther offshore, although the bigger catches often require longer, farther offshore excursions.
Joel  M.
Joel M. Pensacola, Florida

Apex Charters And Rentals
Apex Charters And Rentals
Fishing charter in Destin
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 84 reviews
Captain Scott was very knowledgeable and hustled his behind off to see that we were taken care of. He kept us moving to keep on the fish.
Gary  W.
Gary W. Hudson, NC
Reel Chill Charter
Reel Chill Charter
Fishing charter in Destin
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 72 reviews
The most awesome time I’ve ever had in all my deep sea fishing! The catch we brought home wasn’t that great but it is the end of November! I have ruptured disc in my back and they brought a nice comfort hair for me to use! I will definitely use no one but them in the future!! Thank you for such a fun, wonderful and awesome day!!!!!!!!!! Danny
Danny  W.
Danny W. Gainesville, GA
My Chance Charters
My Chance Charters
Fishing charter in Destin
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 307 reviews
Family half day fishing trip was a blast! All four of my boys were hitting fish pretty much every minute we were fishing. Captain Mike made a great trip and deck hand Zach seemed to be at the right place at the right time. Definitely recommend this trip.
Richard  F.
Richard F. Fort Collins, CO
First Shot Charters
First Shot Charters
Fishing charter in Destin
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 129 reviews
We had lots of fun on our half day trip with Capt Mike. Great local knowledge and put us in the fish. We tried trolling a but but it’s kinda late in the season so we switched over to some catch and release fishing for snapper. My son loved pulling up one snapper after another, and so did I! Lol. We def would do it again.
David  S.
David S. Duxbury, MA
East Pass Inshore Charters
East Pass Inshore Charters
Fishing charter in Destin
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 462 reviews
Caught a lot of fish. Jonathan knows these waters well. Great guy to have guided us
Dave  B.
Dave B. Kingsland, GA
Double Time Charters
Double Time Charters
Fishing charter in Destin
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 68 reviews
My family and I had a great day of fishing with Captain Tim. He was very responsive to our questions before the trip and was polite, professional, and friendly the whole trip. He found great fishing spots and we went home with a bunch of delicious fish! I wouldn’t change anything and highly recommend using Captain Time and Double Time!!
Joshua  B.
Joshua B. Orlando, Florida
Apex Charters And Rentals
Apex Charters And Rentals
Fishing charter in Destin
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 84 reviews
We really enjoyed the fishing trip with Captain James. He was very professional and service oriented. We caught lots of red snappers and trigger fish but they were out off season. We are happy that we caught a few keepers.. Thank you James
Taehyung  I.
Taehyung I. Duluth, GA
Reel Chill Charter
Reel Chill Charter
Fishing charter in Destin
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 72 reviews
Captain Troy and Andy were great to go out with, we had an excellent trip with lots of fish in the boat, only down side..... my arm is aching from reeling in so many fish! M. Chastain
Michael  C.
Michael C. Tyler, TX
East Pass Inshore Charters
East Pass Inshore Charters
Fishing charter in Destin
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 462 reviews
Conditions were tough but Captain Jonathan made sure we had a shot at some quality fish.
Dennis  S.
Dennis S. Littleton, CO
Apex Charters And Rentals
Apex Charters And Rentals
Fishing charter in Destin
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 84 reviews
I can’t say enough good things about Captain Janes and Apex Charters. Very respectfully, knowledgeable, and all around nice person. Took the time out to help my boys and made it the best fishing trip we have every had. Caught well over 50 fish, 6 different species, on what was supposed to be a slow time of year.
Gust  E.
Gust E. Hammond, IN
Blue Runner II Inc.
Blue Runner II Inc.
Fishing charter in Destin
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 114 reviews
Our family went out with Captain Tommy and Ron for a great time. The winds were high from the north, so we couldn’t go out too far, but we had an amazing time and caught lots of fish. Boat and crew are awesome!
Brandon  A.
Brandon A. Marion, IL
Southern Country Charters
Southern Country Charters
Fishing charter in Destin
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 94 reviews
I truly had a great experience! Captain Payton was very attentive and knew where to go to catch fish. Thanks again Payton for everything and can’t wait to come back.
Chris  B.
Chris B. Dermott, TX
East Pass Inshore Charters
East Pass Inshore Charters
Fishing charter in Destin
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 462 reviews
Had a great time with Goody! He was personable, patient with us, and knew the spots to find some good keepers! I would definitely recommend this charter and we plan to book again next time we are in the area.
Traci  P.
Traci P. Krum, TX
Apex Charters And Rentals
Apex Charters And Rentals
Fishing charter in Destin
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 84 reviews
Weather was very difficult in the morning. However, Captain Scott was extremely good and put us on fish all day long. We caught a lot of fish and had a great time. I would certainly go out with him again.
Michael  B.
Michael B. Rockville, MD
Just Reel
Just Reel
Fishing charter in Destin
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 160 reviews
Josh was an excellent Captain. Three grandchildren under 9 years old & three adults. He could not have been nicer. Plenty of fish catching action. We will be back.
Robert  L.
Robert L. SANTA RSA BCH, FL
My Chance Charters
My Chance Charters
Fishing charter in Destin
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 307 reviews
Captain Mike and First mate Jay are awesome! Very helpful and Mike knows the hot spots! We will be back again next year!!
Robert  V.  B.
Robert V. B. Cleveland, Tennessee
Pelican Adventures – Deep Sea Fishing
Pelican Adventures – Deep Sea Fishing
Fishing charter in Destin
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 136 reviews
Kent and KJ were super helpful throughout the trip! They added lots of fun and humor to the day, along with being excellent assistance to the captain and helping us all learn how to deep sea fish. The captain was knowledgeable about good fishing locations. We even got to see some dolphins swimming alongside the boat!! Great pricing in comparison to other services. Overall an awesome trip, and we can’t wait to go again!
Deedra  M.
Deedra M. Ashmore, IL
Last Cast Charters
Last Cast Charters
Fishing charter in Destin
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 196 reviews
Had a fun day. Enjoyed the trip with Tanner, he's a first class guy and worked hard to put us on fish.
Kevin  B.
Kevin B. Sugar Land, Texas
Frigate
Frigate
Fishing charter in Destin
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 144 reviews
We had an awesome trip with Captain Blake. He was very personable and explained things in a way that was easy to understand. He also put us on fish all day! I thoroughly enjoyed our day and definitely recommend fishing with Frigate and Captain Blake.
Richard  S.
Richard S. Windsor, CO
Affordable Fishing on Lucky Lina
Affordable Fishing on Lucky Lina
Fishing charter in Destin
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 284 reviews
Captain Steve and his helper Steve took great care of us! They found the fishing holes for us and made it a great trip. We caught our limit and made se great memories. My son's had a great time.
Michael  M.
Michael M. Ozark, MO

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Destin

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in Destin costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $800, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $1,563. These prices are based on trips booked on our site recently.

Prices will vary depending on trip length, fishing technique, as well as the type and size of the boat you booked. However, to give you an indication, the average boat size in Destin is 35 ft and the most common vessel type is a Center console.

According to customer reviews, Southern Country Charters, Flowing Water: Fish, Cruise & Tour, and Apex Charters And Rentals are some of the most popular fishing charters in Destin, Florida. Full list of top fishing charters in Destin.

Southern Country Charters, Flowing Water: Fish, Cruise & Tour, and Apex Charters And Rentals all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Destin.

The best way to experience fishing in Destin is to book a private charter with a licensed fishing guide. See the full list of charters available for online booking here: List of fishing charters in Destin, Florida.

The most popular fish species you can target are Snapper (Red), King Mackerel (Kingfish), and Amberjack. Top fishing techniques include bottom fishing, trolling, and light tackle. Reef fishing, wreck fishing, and offshore fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

Temperatures are usually in the fifties in Destin in December, but that shouldn't stop you from coming here! Grab a festive fish feast in the bay or by bottom fishing along the reefs and catching your own dinner. Check availability for local fishing charters in Destin.

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