Choctawhatchee Bay

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Choctawhatchee Bay Fishing Charters

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Choctawhatchee Bay: 196 fishing charters available
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(30 reviews)
Fort Walton Beach
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trips from $750
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(131 reviews)
Santa Rosa Beach
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trips from $375
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(53 reviews)
Santa Rosa Beach
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trips from $385
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Destin
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trips from $700
Excellent
4.9 / 5
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Destin
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trips from $675
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(163 reviews)
Santa Rosa Beach
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trips from $375
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(193 reviews)
Destin
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5.0 / 5
(91 reviews)
Destin
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5.0 / 5
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Shalimar
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trips from $825
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5.0 / 5
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Fort Walton Beach
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Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in Choctawhatchee Bay

According to customer reviews, Sparkling Water Charters, Beaver’s Guide Service, and Ranger Angler Fishing Charters are some of the most popular fishing charters in Choctawhatchee Bay. Full list of top fishing charters in Choctawhatchee Bay.

The average price for a private 4 hour Choctawhatchee Bay fishing trip is $816, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $1,793 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Sparkling Water Charters, Beaver’s Guide Service, and Ranger Angler Fishing Charters all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Choctawhatchee Bay.

The most popular fish species you can target are Red Snapper, King Mackerel (Kingfish), and Amberjack. Top fishing techniques include Light Tackle, Trolling, and Bottom Fishing. Wreck fishing, nearshore fishing, and reef fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

Northeast of the “Luckiest Fishing in the World,” the Choctawhatchee Bay fishing scene is nothing short of superb. It’s one of the Florida Panhandle’s best inshore fishing grounds, and offers brackish waters, flats, wrecks, and much more to explore. Come year-round and discover the riches of fishing on offer here, and you’re sure to want to return for more!
 
Redfish and Trout are the two ubiquitous fish here. Whenever you come, you can find one of these exciting and delicious creatures at the end of your line, wherever you go. Hit the flats, bridges, and even the bayous, and you’re sure to get your hands on these beauties. 
 
Come summertime, and Spanish Mackerel come to the fore, along with Pompano, Sharks, and even Tarpon. In winter, Flounder and Sheepshead make for a warming dinner, with “Bull” Redfish stealing the show in fall. There literally isn’t a bad time to come.
 
The beauty of fishing here is that you’re just a stone’s throw from shore, so a trip as short as a couple of hours can yield great rewards. Beginners are welcome to test the waters, while pros can fish all day long, if they wish.
 
You’re sure to find a tailored Choctawhatchee Bay fishing charter wherever you look around the shores. Explore the rivers from Port Washington, the Hogtown Bayou from Santa Rosa Beach, or be in with a chance to hunt some reef fish out of Destin and Fort Walton Beach – take your pick, and away you go!

 

Rules & Regulations

When fishing with a charter, your saltwater license is covered. If you feel like exploring the Choctawhatchee River, too, then you’ll need to get a freshwater license. We suggest that you get in touch with your captain before traveling, and they’ll let you know what you need and what’s biting.
Choctawhatchee Bay
Excellent
4.6 / 5
Based on 26623 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

January

Choctawhatchee Bay offers up excellent year-round fishing, so start things off in the best way by indulging in some top angling action. Flounder, Sheepshead, and Redfish can be found pretty much all over.

February
Cooler waters mean that Flounder and Redfish can be targeted close to shore. If you’re lucky, you might encounter some Snapper species around the bay’s underwaters structures, too, so get your fill of tasty fish!
 
March

Sheepshead are back in full force, with the South Pass jetties offering up an abundance of this species. Redfish are on offer all through the bay, and the Trout fishing is back with a bang. 

April

Things start really heating up, in the water if not above. The “grand slam” of Flounder, Spotted Seatrout, and Redfish can be found. Try your luck around the underwater structures, and you might hook yourself a Grouper.

May

Fishing the jetty? You’re likely to reel in Spanish Mackerel, or even Shark species. The flats are brimming with Spotted Seatrout and Redfish, and Sheepshead and Black Drum can be found in deeper waters.

June

June sees the temperature and fishing on offer really heat up! Spotted Seatrout, Redfish, Flounder...it would be easier to say what isn’t on offer. If you’re fishing in Destin, book early – this is when charters start to fill up!

July

Charters are getting busier and busier, so make sure you book well in advance. If you can, opt for early morning trips to beat the crowds! Bull Redfish and trophy-sized Trout are on offer, and anglers are flocking to them.

August

If you can handle the heat, August is the perfect month to hook into huge, tasty table fare, with Bull Reds and Gator Trout both on offer. School’s out, so expect the waters to be bustling with tourists and families!

September

There's no sign of the weather nor the fishing cooling down, although the fish start to move closer to shore. The flats around Hogtown Bayou are brimming with Redfish, while Trout and Flounder fishing remains strong.

October

October sees the bay bustling again, thanks to the Destin Fishing Rodeo bringing crowds of avid anglers. Fishing remains strong during the month, with Sheepshead, Redfish, and Spotted Seatrout all on offer.

November

The temperature may have dropped, but Choctawhatchee Bay’s fishing is still seriously hot. The waters are much quieter, so get ready to explore them and hook anything from Spotted Seatrout to Redfish, to Flounder.

December

The year's coming to a close, but Choctawhatchee Bay’s fishing opportunities remain open. Treat yourself to the best holiday present by hooking a huge Bull Redfish – it may not be traditional, but it'll sure fill you up!

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Make sure to bring sunscreen, sun glasses, hat, beverages and snacks. Talk to the Captain about what you would like and any suggestions they may have about the locale. This is their home and their livelihood, they know what they're talking about. You will have a great time and a wonderful experience!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure to bring sunscreen, sun glasses, hat, beverages and snacks. Talk to the Captain about what you would like and any suggestions they may have about the locale. This is their home and their livelihood, they know what they're talking about. You will have a great time and a wonderful experience!
Derek  W.
Derek W. Wetumpka, AL
It’s fun being out there early in the morning but many people are fishing so the fish aren’t super active. Other than that, it’s great!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It’s fun being out there early in the morning but many people are fishing so the fish aren’t super active. Other than that, it’s great!
Malachi  V.
Malachi V. Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Bring plenty of sunscreen, food, and drinks. Wear the appropriate clothes and have hats/sunglasses
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring plenty of sunscreen, food, and drinks. Wear the appropriate clothes and have hats/sunglasses
Sean  G.
Sean G. Kansas City, MO
Need plenty of time to get to the fishing waters. Book a longer trip if possible.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Need plenty of time to get to the fishing waters. Book a longer trip if possible.
Djuana  C.
Djuana C. Searcy, Arkansas
It was absolutely a great experience. Fishing in the early morning might be a better idea and don't expect that you will find the type of fishes you want. Availability are varies and it's always a surprise on what you will reel in. As first timer, just be patience if you haven't able to catch anything on the first try
Excellent
4.7 / 5
It was absolutely a great experience. Fishing in the early morning might be a better idea and don't expect that you will find the type of fishes you want. Availability are varies and it's always a surprise on what you will reel in. As first timer, just be patience if you haven't able to catch anything on the first try
Quynh  N.
Quynh N. Georgetown, TX
Don’t forget that what you catch can be your dinner. Several restaurants near the harbor, such as Dewey Destin’s, can prepare your fish any way you like with all the sides. DELICIOUS! I recommend bronzed or blackened. Thanks for the memories.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Don’t forget that what you catch can be your dinner. Several restaurants near the harbor, such as Dewey Destin’s, can prepare your fish any way you like with all the sides. DELICIOUS! I recommend bronzed or blackened. Thanks for the memories.
Paul  T.
Paul T. Tulsa, OK
It’s just a short drive from Destin. It takes about 30 minutes from the Destin beaches but is worth the drive.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It’s just a short drive from Destin. It takes about 30 minutes from the Destin beaches but is worth the drive.
Jason  D.
Jason D. Prairieville, LA
I Would have liked to wait one more week, so bull red snapper would have been in season. June 1st.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I Would have liked to wait one more week, so bull red snapper would have been in season. June 1st.
Jimmie  J.
Jimmie J. Holdenville, OK
Fish with Capt Dean and Billy on the Seahorse. You will have the best time!!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fish with Capt Dean and Billy on the Seahorse. You will have the best time!!!
William  W.
William W. Woodbury, GA
A great 3 hour trip our whole family enjoyed. I highflying recommend this fishing experience with Last Cast Fishing Charters!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
A great 3 hour trip our whole family enjoyed. I highflying recommend this fishing experience with Last Cast Fishing Charters!
Jane  B.
Jane B.
Great for spring bottom fishing. Just B cause fishing with captain ken was really great. If first time fishing it’s a really great start specially for younger kids giving the the thrill but still being able to pull the fish in by themselves.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Great for spring bottom fishing. Just B cause fishing with captain ken was really great. If first time fishing it’s a really great start specially for younger kids giving the the thrill but still being able to pull the fish in by themselves.
Cody  B.
Cody B. Livingston, TN
3-4 hour trip is long enough . Go in the morning or early as possible is other recommendation.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
3-4 hour trip is long enough . Go in the morning or early as possible is other recommendation.
Rob  C.
Rob C. Zwolle, Louisiana
Fishing in Destin is great. If you get with a good outfit, you're guaranteed to catch fish. However, if you want to keep the fish you catch, you need to check the seasons for your targeted fish and plan accordingly. The seasons for many of Florida's game fish are pretty short. Booking a trip and catching a bunch of amazing fish you can't keep can be frustrating. But, all in all, great place to fish!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fishing in Destin is great. If you get with a good outfit, you're guaranteed to catch fish. However, if you want to keep the fish you catch, you need to check the seasons for your targeted fish and plan accordingly. The seasons for many of Florida's game fish are pretty short. Booking a trip and catching a bunch of amazing fish you can't keep can be frustrating. But, all in all, great place to fish!
William  H.  G.
William H. G. Zionsville, IN
Great fishing. Just check to make sure Red Snapper or Grouper are in season if you want more meat to bring home.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Great fishing. Just check to make sure Red Snapper or Grouper are in season if you want more meat to bring home.
Ryan  H.
Ryan H. Evansville, IN
Book with Wes! Able to conform to the group’s needs regardless of skill level.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book with Wes! Able to conform to the group’s needs regardless of skill level.
Payton  C.
Payton C. San Antonio, TX
Sunscreen, motion sickness meds if needed. Other than that take the advise of your captain and have a great experience on the beautiful waters of the gulf.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Sunscreen, motion sickness meds if needed. Other than that take the advise of your captain and have a great experience on the beautiful waters of the gulf.
Tye  A.
Tye A. Atlanta, Georgia
Al -Lin is a good choice. Mighty fine or 100 proof would be a good choice as well. Son and Daughter of Captain Harold.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Al -Lin is a good choice. Mighty fine or 100 proof would be a good choice as well. Son and Daughter of Captain Harold.
Jay  K.
Jay K. Jackson, GA
May is great time because the weather is great and it is much less crowded than later in the year. Fishing Booker was big help in selecting a charter and scheduling the trip?
Excellent
5.0 / 5
May is great time because the weather is great and it is much less crowded than later in the year. Fishing Booker was big help in selecting a charter and scheduling the trip?
John  G.
John G. Mogollon, NM
Lot of the “common fish are out of season but still plenty of others available
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Lot of the “common fish are out of season but still plenty of others available
Craig  P.
Craig P. Buford, GA
Take a guided trip your first time. The guides are full of knowledge you can use in the future.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Take a guided trip your first time. The guides are full of knowledge you can use in the future.
Alex  L.
Alex L. Los Angeles, California

Flowing Water: Fish, Cruise & Tour
Flowing Water: Fish, Cruise & Tour
Fishing charter in Destin
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(179 reviews)
Great experience. Captain Robert was extremely attentive to our needs and made sure we had a fun experience. A great captain and an even better host and guide.
Mike  L.
Mike L. Baton Rouge, LA
Executive Saltwater Charters
Executive Saltwater Charters
Fishing charter in Shalimar
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(47 reviews)
We had an amazing time with Captain Barry and his team. They put it on the fish very quickly, very professional highly recommended. Can’t wait to book with Executive Saltwater Charter.
Noel  D.
Noel D.
Charter Boat Seahorse
Charter Boat Seahorse
Fishing charter in Destin
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(94 reviews)
Awesome trip! Captain Dean and Billy did an excellent job. We caught a limit of red snapper and 2 Wahoo. Couldn’t have asked for anything more. Very respectful and professional. I would recommend the Seahorse Charter to anyone from a young family to a large group. You will not be sore.
Sean  S.
Sean S. Mobile, Alabama
Charter Boat New Dawn
Charter Boat New Dawn
Fishing charter in Destin
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(79 reviews)
We had a great family trip with Captain Kyle and Mike, his deck hand. They were very informative and helpful. The fishing started out a little slow but then kicked in. Nice people and I would recommend them for a fishing trip!
Rachel  W.
Rachel W. United States
Just B Cause Charters
Just B Cause Charters
Fishing charter in Destin
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(389 reviews)
Captain Eddie and Dexter was great. I would definitely recommend this Charter with captain Eddie.
Carlton  G.
Carlton G. Bates, AR
850 Charters
850 Charters
Fishing charter in Destin
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(405 reviews)
Captain Jared was amazing! Great job helping teach the novices on the boat and finding great spots to fish. He also played awesome music and was super friendly and helpful. We will be booking again soon!
Napoleon  F.
Napoleon F. Bogart, GA
H and H Sportfishing Adventures
H and H Sportfishing Adventures
Fishing charter in Shalimar
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(108 reviews)
Dave was an amazing captain, very fun and was able to put us on some fish. We had a wonderful time and a trip that will last forever! We caught very many species today and I would highly recommend booking with Captain Dave!
Anna  P.
Anna P. Banks, AL
Hound Dog Fishing Charters
Hound Dog Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Destin
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(190 reviews)
The boat and the equipment were well maintained. The deck hand, Ian, was friendly and professional, and so was Captain Taylor. We caught our limit of red snapper as well as lots of vermilion and mangrove snapper. It was a fantastic trip. They’re very kid friendly too.
Douglas  T.
Douglas T. Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Boomcoast Adventures – Fort Walton Beach
Boomcoast Adventures – Fort Walton Beach
Fishing charter in Okaloosa Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(12 reviews)
Josh got us on the big fish fast and was more excited for us than we were as we pulled them in. 100% recommended!!!
Kenny  D.
Kenny D.
Always Tight Fishing Charter Destin
Always Tight Fishing Charter Destin
Fishing charter in Destin
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(379 reviews)
We had a great time fishing with these guys. First mate worked tail off all day and had us ready to get the fish in. Captain Tyler had us on fish the whole trip. Not much down time at all. Would and will recommend this Charter. Will be returning customers without a doubt.
Tyler  G.
Tyler G. Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Karma Charters LLC
Karma Charters LLC
Fishing charter in Destin
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(242 reviews)
What an amazing fishing trip. Rocky put us right on the fish in no time. We caught big amberjacks, red snappers and Bonita’s. The family got tired of reeling them in. Great memories for my daughters. We couldn’t ask for a better Captain to take out the family and ensure we had great time. Thank you so much Rocky.
Larry  L.
Larry L. Alpharetta, Georgia
30A Bay Guide Service
30A Bay Guide Service
Fishing charter in Santa Rosa Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(163 reviews)
Captain Marvin Glasgow got us on speckled trout early! He knows the area & knows where the fish are!
WALTER  S.
WALTER S.
30A Shallow Water Guide Service
30A Shallow Water Guide Service
Fishing charter in Santa Rosa Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(88 reviews)
Made the trip all about my son - his first fishing trip. He helped him to catch a lot of fish and my son is excited about future fishing trips now.
Jordon  G.
Jordon G. Summerville, SC
Beaver’s Guide Service
Beaver’s Guide Service
Fishing charter in Santa Rosa Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(131 reviews)
Nice relaxing, captain was super sweet explained everything to the kids. Great experience!
Ginger  L.
Ginger L. Lakewood, CO
Reel Runners
Reel Runners
Fishing charter in Niceville
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(41 reviews)
Awesome trip! Captain Josh worked above and beyond to help make our first sea fishing trip awesome. Would highly recommend him and will come back next time!
Bridget  L.
Bridget L. Dallas, Texas
Bayflats Fishing Charters
Bayflats Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Santa Rosa Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(9 reviews)
Captain Justin Johnson is fantastic! Our two grandsons had never fished in Florida and Justin made their experience fun! We caught fish and made memories that we will never forget! We will definitely be back next year to fish with Captain Justin Johnson… he is a class act!!
Bobby  P.
Bobby P. Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Flowing Water: Fish, Cruise & Tour
Flowing Water: Fish, Cruise & Tour
Fishing charter in Destin
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(179 reviews)
By far the funniest and most memorable trip I’ve had to date. 10 stars out of 5 and I’ve already got a date set for booking next summer.
Allen  T.
Allen T. Statesville, NC
850 Charters—Capt. Jared
850 Charters—Capt. Jared
Fishing charter in Destin
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(53 reviews)
Been on several fishing trips this one is by far one of the top of the list Jared was very friendly he made the whole experience great got us on fish me amd three friends went and couldn’t have asked for a better experience we all had a great day
Ryan  F.
Ryan F. Fort Walton Beach, Florida
Beaver’s Guide Service
Beaver’s Guide Service
Fishing charter in Santa Rosa Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(131 reviews)
My friends and I had the pleasure of going out to go inshore fishing with Captain Alex. Although we didn’t catch many fish, the 2 redfish we did catch were very nice sized, they gave us a fun ride and provided an adequate amount of meat. I would highly recommend using Beaver’s Fishing Services, they gave us an awesome fishing trip full of memories and moments we will not forget.
Malachi  V.
Malachi V. Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Game Changer Charters LLC
Game Changer Charters LLC
Fishing charter in Fort Walton Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(5 reviews)
We had a wonderful trip! Captain Ken was absolutely great with my son (6 years old). We caught some beautiful Spanish Mackerel, Bluefish, and others. The dolphins were out in force and hung out by the boat for the first part of the day (taking some of our fish with them). We caught enough to feed our family of 7 with leftovers! Overall, I completely recommend it!
Dustin  M.
Dustin M. Jasper, AL