Choctawhatchee Bay

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Choctawhatchee Bay Fishing Charters

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Choctawhatchee Bay: 140 fishing charters available

Beaver’s Guide Service

4.8 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (58)
Santa Rosa Beach
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trips from $300

Southern Country Charters

4.8 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (95)
Destin
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Sun Chasing Charters

4.9 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (33)
Fort Walton Beach
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trips from $800

Apex Charters And Rentals

4.9 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (97)
Destin
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trips from $675

30A Bay Guide Service

4.9 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (72)
Santa Rosa Beach
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trips from $350

Above The Salt Charters

5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (34)
Shalimar
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trips from $720

H and H Sportfishing Adventures

5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (80)
Niceville
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trips from $750

Intentional Fishing

5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (15)
Shalimar
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trips from $720

Just B Cause Charters

4.8 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (241)
Destin
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trips from $1,200

Just Reel

4.9 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (161)
Destin
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trips from $650

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 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 4.55
Based on 23932 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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Really nice harbor, clean beaches and really clear water...Grew up in Texas and had nothing but dirty experiences in the Texas gulf...Quite the opposite in Destin with Far Far exceeded my expectations...
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Really nice harbor, clean beaches and really clear water...Grew up in Texas and had nothing but dirty experiences in the Texas gulf...Quite the opposite in Destin with Far Far exceeded my expectations...
CRAIG  W.
CRAIG W. Davidson, NC
Charter a fishing boat with a captain who is very knowledgeable Of the waters in the area you will have a great time
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Charter a fishing boat with a captain who is very knowledgeable Of the waters in the area you will have a great time
Tommie  P.
Tommie P. Memphis, TN
Be prepared for the weather - wind on boat is 20-30 degrees colder… nice in summer but tough when in 40’s and 50’s! And winds can make water choppy which makes for a rough ride. Use motion sickness patch even if never seasick before… better to be prepared…
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Be prepared for the weather - wind on boat is 20-30 degrees colder… nice in summer but tough when in 40’s and 50’s! And winds can make water choppy which makes for a rough ride. Use motion sickness patch even if never seasick before… better to be prepared…
Amanda  W.
Amanda W. Bealeton, VA
Great fishing experience for our family and very knowledgeable of the area and fishing spots. We had a awesome time.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Great fishing experience for our family and very knowledgeable of the area and fishing spots. We had a awesome time.
Scott  L.
Scott L. Sugar Hill, GA
For your fishing FUN It is the best charter around Intentional fishing is where to go to get the fishing experience of your life Thank you Captain Alex of INTENTIONAL FISHING CHARTER BEST IN GULF WE SAY AN TRIED AN TRUE Thank you
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
For your fishing FUN It is the best charter around Intentional fishing is where to go to get the fishing experience of your life Thank you Captain Alex of INTENTIONAL FISHING CHARTER BEST IN GULF WE SAY AN TRIED AN TRUE Thank you
Randy  J.
Randy J. Lake Park, GA
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
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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
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
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
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
Would definitely recommend the morning half day session in August. Gets really hot in afternoon
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Would definitely recommend the morning half day session in August. Gets really hot in afternoon
Michael  H.
Michael H. Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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
We didn’t care what kinda fish long as we caught fish and captain Mike put us on trigger fish
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
We didn’t care what kinda fish long as we caught fish and captain Mike put us on trigger fish
Kevin  G.
Kevin G. Pine Bluff, AR
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
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
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

Above The Salt Charters
Above The Salt Charters
Fishing charter in Shalimar
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 34 reviews
This fishing charter was more than we ever expected. Chuck was very professional, patient, and informative. We caught over 30 fish together and at least 5 different species. Highly recommend!
Jaci  B.
Jaci B. Lincoln, NE
Apex Charters And Rentals
Apex Charters And Rentals
Fishing charter in Destin
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 97 reviews
Had an amazing charter with Captain James! He made sure we caught a bunch of different fish, saw some dolphins at sunset, and kept us nice and warm with blankets since we were silly and wore shorts in January LOL can’t wait to go out with Captain James again! Would highly recommend to my friends…. It was the perfect day!
Anna  D.
Anna D. New York, NY
Apex Charters And Rentals
Apex Charters And Rentals
Fishing charter in Destin
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 97 reviews
Captain James was a great guide for my bachelor trip. He was persistent in helping us catch a fish by the end of the trip and he never missed a step with attending to our lines. Thank you so much from California!
Eric  R.
Eric R. Foster City, CA
2nd Chance Charters Co
2nd Chance Charters Co
Fishing charter in Destin
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 1 reviews
We enjoyed our fishing excursion with Captain Jake. We had the boat to ourself and were able to bring in several sheepshead, a black drum, and even a large redfish but it was stolen by a local dolphin. :) Will definitely be rebooking with Jake this summer.
Kristal  G.
Kristal G. Joiner, AR
Above The Salt Charters
Above The Salt Charters
Fishing charter in Shalimar
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 34 reviews
Boat was immaculate, gear was top notch. Captain Chuck is super friendly and very knowledgeable. Captain contacted us ahead of time and offered to switch trip to a day with a more favorable fishing conditions then we had originally booked. We are glad we took this option as he put us on the fish and kept us on them all day long. Caught more fish than we could count ! Absolutely would book ABOVE THE SALT fishing charters again .
Charles  D.
Charles D. Kerhonkson, NY
Championship Offshore Outfitting And Charters
Championship Offshore Outfitting And Charters
Fishing charter in Destin
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 130 reviews
Five hour trip early January Cought several different kinds of fish Kept moving to find them had a great time a good family experience would recommend it and will do it again
Tommie  P.
Tommie P. Memphis, TN
Double Time Charters
Double Time Charters
Fishing charter in Destin
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 70 reviews
Captain Tim was a great find. Throughout the booking process, he was flexible and really places emphasis on what the customer wants. He is very personable and has an expert level of knowledge. The fishing trip was very much an educational experience. We caught a good haul of many different species. There are many choices out there to go fishing with, but Double Time won’t disappoint!
Michael  B.
Michael B. Moscow Mills, MO
Apex Charters And Rentals
Apex Charters And Rentals
Fishing charter in Destin
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 97 reviews
Our fishing trip was awesome with captain James! We caught fish right off the bat, and as soon as we weren’t getting any bites the captain would head to a new spot and immediately put on fish again! My brother and I had so much fun together and with captain James, he made us feel like he was taking two of his old friends out fishing! Captain James truly cares about customer service! We could not be happier with his service, do not hesitate to book your trip with captain James!
Russell  P.
Russell P. Midland, TX
Get The Gaff
Get The Gaff
Fishing charter in Destin
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 190 reviews
Captain took us out to areas other boats wouldn’t go. That why we caught and others didn’t. He made our trip with not just fishing but catching them too. Thanks Mark & Roman
Mark  L.
Mark L. Ocean City, MD
Affordable Fishing on Lucky Lina
Affordable Fishing on Lucky Lina
Fishing charter in Destin
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 285 reviews
We came to Destin from Kentucky for a great fishing trip. We got an amazing experience with lots of fish caught (even thought we could only keep a few). We brought our 4 & 3 year olds with us. Even with the youngest not sea worthy yet, they didn’t let it dampen the spirits of our day. We highly recommend these gentlemen and their expertise. When we come down for our next fishing trip, Captain Steve is who we are calling!
Kenneth  W.
Kenneth W. Brandenburg, KY
Last Cast Charters
Last Cast Charters
Fishing charter in Destin
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 202 reviews
The guys had a great time!! Tanner did an excellent job working with our son to find the best spot to catch fish! The best part was when our son caught his first Pompano! Highly recommend Tanner and Last Chance Charters
Amanda  C.
Amanda C. Houston, TX
Another Last Cast
Another Last Cast
Fishing charter in Destin
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 28 reviews
Great way to finish 2021! Highly recommend Another Last Cast and Capt. Justin.
WILLIAM  T.
WILLIAM T. Mountain Brook, AL
Frigate
Frigate
Fishing charter in Destin
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 145 reviews
Didn't get to fish as the weather wouldn't cooperate but were very courteous received a call to let me know the circumstances really appreciate the communication very nice about everything I definitely will try again in February. Again thanks for the heads up. Better luck next time I hope
Mike  B.
Mike B. Clinton, TN
Get The Gaff
Get The Gaff
Fishing charter in Destin
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 190 reviews
Capt. Taylor was awesome, real laid back. It was just a horrible time to be fishing. I can honestly say he tried everything to get us in the fish.
Chris  N.
Chris N. Granbury, TX
Broke Tip Charter
Broke Tip Charter
Fishing charter in Niceville
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 153 reviews
Weather wasn’t the greatest and it was the end of December when not many fish are biting. Captain and first mate done a great job putting on the fish. Thanks captain Mike for a great experience. We’ll definitely be looking you up to take us fishing next time we’re down this way!!!
Tim  D.
Tim D. Glade Spring, VA
Pelican Adventures – Deep Sea Fishing
Pelican Adventures – Deep Sea Fishing
Fishing charter in Destin
4.0 Very Good Very Good Very Good Very Good Very Good 142 reviews
Fishing was good but experience would have been better if cigarette smoke free. Not only guests but deck hands were smoking a lot all over the boat even though rules say smoking only in the stern. Many people, including us, are sensitive or allergic to smoke.
Robert  P.
Robert P. Lexington, SC
Just B Cause Charters
Just B Cause Charters
Fishing charter in Destin
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 243 reviews
We had a group of thirteen and this worked well for us. We would be happy to use them again when in the area,
Donald  R.
Donald R. Scottsdale, AZ
Out-Cast Fishing Charters LLC
Out-Cast Fishing Charters LLC
Fishing charter in Shalimar
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 73 reviews
Excellent guide and service. Was great with my teenagers that have not fished before. Instructive and encouraging, Highly recommend.
Alan  T.
Alan T. Shawnee Hills, OH
Championship Offshore Outfitting And Charters
Championship Offshore Outfitting And Charters
Fishing charter in Destin
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 130 reviews
The crew was great and clearly knew how to get us on fish and adjust to changing conditions. We caught a lot of fish and were comfortable with a party of 6 on the boat.
Bill  D.
Bill D. Oswego, IL
Last Cast Charters
Last Cast Charters
Fishing charter in Destin
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 202 reviews
Bite was slow but he worked hard to put us on fish. We moved multiple times to find more/bigger fish but it was slow. Our group was four adults and three of them had limited prior fishing experience. He was attentive and helpful.
Matt  K.
Matt K. New Orleans, Louisiana

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Choctawhatchee Bay

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in Choctawhatchee Bay costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $730, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $1,531. 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 Choctawhatchee Bay is 30 ft and the most common vessel type is a Center console.

According to customer reviews, Beaver’s Guide Service, Southern Country Charters, and Sun Chasing Charters are some of the most popular fishing charters in Choctawhatchee Bay. Full list of top fishing charters in Choctawhatchee Bay.

Beaver’s Guide Service, Southern Country Charters, and Sun Chasing Charters all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Choctawhatchee Bay.

The best way to experience fishing in Choctawhatchee Bay 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 Choctawhatchee Bay.

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

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. Check availability for local fishing charters in Choctawhatchee Bay.