Choctawhatchee Bay Fishing Charters

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Choctawhatchee Bay Fishing Charters

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4.8 / 5
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Santa Rosa Beach
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Santa Rosa Beach
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Santa Rosa Beach
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5.0 / 5
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Santa Rosa Beach
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Shalimar
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Destin
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trips from $800
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Destin
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Destin
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According to customer reviews, some of the most popular fishing charters in Choctawhatchee Bay are: Full list of top fishing charters in Choctawhatchee Bay

The average price for a private 4 hour Choctawhatchee Bay fishing trip is $841, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $1,836 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Fishing charters in Choctawhatchee Bay that received great reviews from families are:

The top 3 fish species targeted on guided fishing trips in Choctawhatchee Bay are:

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Many fishing charters in Choctawhatchee Bay provide rods, reels and tackle. Some of the top rated are:

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Some of the fishing trips offered by fishing charters in Choctawhatchee Bay are:
  • 2-hour fishing trips – $442
  • 3-hour fishing trips – $565
  • 4-hour fishing trips – $721
  • 5-hour fishing trips – $1,016
  • 6-hour fishing trips – $1,193
  • 8-hour fishing trips – $1,400
  • 9-hour fishing trips – $1,050
  • 12-hour fishing trips – $2,150

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 27933 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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It's been a little tough with the rip current advisory, but dispite the water being a little rough the charter was a success.
Very good
4.0 / 5
It's been a little tough with the rip current advisory, but dispite the water being a little rough the charter was a success.
David  S.
David S.
Be prepared for cooler weather on the water and at speed on the boat…...layer your clothing. Sunglasses, hats a must! It sure beats sweltering in the summer heat though!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be prepared for cooler weather on the water and at speed on the boat…...layer your clothing. Sunglasses, hats a must! It sure beats sweltering in the summer heat though!!
Marc  D.
Marc D.
Definitely would recommend Captain Chad for first time anglers of any age. He has the patience and knowledge needed for that first time angler to motivate them to keep fishing in the future.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Definitely would recommend Captain Chad for first time anglers of any age. He has the patience and knowledge needed for that first time angler to motivate them to keep fishing in the future.
Jerome  S.
Jerome S.
It changes all of the time. Luckily our guide knew what is happening and when.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It changes all of the time. Luckily our guide knew what is happening and when.
Jason  F.
Jason F.
We chose Captain George because he wasn’t a bay only or near shore only. We needed someone to trust to take us wherever the best fishing was at.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We chose Captain George because he wasn’t a bay only or near shore only. We needed someone to trust to take us wherever the best fishing was at.
Tim  S.
Tim S.
End of season and kind of chilly but still a great day on the water - even if we had choppy conditions.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
End of season and kind of chilly but still a great day on the water - even if we had choppy conditions.
Trevor  S.
Trevor S.
I fish here every October and we always seem to catch fish. Be prepared for high seas and be sure to take Dramamine to keep your stomach settled.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I fish here every October and we always seem to catch fish. Be prepared for high seas and be sure to take Dramamine to keep your stomach settled.
Tom  A.
Tom A.
Yes. We got what we requested, which was to catch fish & keep my grandsons busy.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Yes. We got what we requested, which was to catch fish & keep my grandsons busy.
JOHN  S.
JOHN S.
For first timers, try a four-hour nearshore charter, but if you want to deep sea fish you will probably need a full day. We booked with Captain Jayson Self on the King of Kings boat, a 38-footer with covered area and a toilet. Captain Jayson & Juan were very helpful and fun to be with. Having a great captain, crew, and a boat with a covered area and toilet makes for a great trip. We caught 35+ fish which also makes for a great charter!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
For first timers, try a four-hour nearshore charter, but if you want to deep sea fish you will probably need a full day. We booked with Captain Jayson Self on the King of Kings boat, a 38-footer with covered area and a toilet. Captain Jayson & Juan were very helpful and fun to be with. Having a great captain, crew, and a boat with a covered area and toilet makes for a great trip. We caught 35+ fish which also makes for a great charter!
John  S.
John S.
Go out to federal waters if you want to get bigger fish this time of year. Still fun to fish in state waters though, and you might get lucky!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go out to federal waters if you want to get bigger fish this time of year. Still fun to fish in state waters though, and you might get lucky!
Joelle  M.
Joelle M. Crawfordville, Florida
The fish weren’t biting heavily today, but we were able to catch about 2 lbs of fish for dinner.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The fish weren’t biting heavily today, but we were able to catch about 2 lbs of fish for dinner.
Marc  B.
Marc B. United States
Try one of the party boats first round out. It's an inexpensive way to get a taste of the area and you have a ton of space to get out of the sun if needed.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Try one of the party boats first round out. It's an inexpensive way to get a taste of the area and you have a ton of space to get out of the sun if needed.
Mark  R.
Mark R. Canaseraga, NY
Make sure to ask what’s in season and you what you can take home by law..
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure to ask what’s in season and you what you can take home by law..
Jonathan  G.
Jonathan G. Denham Springs, Louisiana
Many options. Know the difference between state and federally permitted charters. State can only go up to nine Miles out. Federally permitted charters can go out deeper so your options increase but so generally does the cost.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Many options. Know the difference between state and federally permitted charters. State can only go up to nine Miles out. Federally permitted charters can go out deeper so your options increase but so generally does the cost.
Mark  R.
Mark R. Canaseraga, NY
It was a great morning. I think you will be satisfied with your decision to come here and fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It was a great morning. I think you will be satisfied with your decision to come here and fish.
DENNIS  B.
DENNIS B.
Go when there haven't been any storms so your trip doesn't get cancelled from the bad weather
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go when there haven't been any storms so your trip doesn't get cancelled from the bad weather
Troy  L.
Troy L. Springfield, TN
Unusual in that there had just been a hurricane nearby, but I would say a knowledgeable guide makes all the difference. I tried some surf casting in my own and about got beat to death BY the surf!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Unusual in that there had just been a hurricane nearby, but I would say a knowledgeable guide makes all the difference. I tried some surf casting in my own and about got beat to death BY the surf!
Marie  V.
Marie V. McCalla, AL
Be ready fish are strong and you catch one after another. Trip of a lifetime
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be ready fish are strong and you catch one after another. Trip of a lifetime
Carrie  J.
Carrie J. Clarksville, Tennessee
It’s just hot! We got lucky and most of our trip was overcast but as soon as that sun came out the kids were getting hot very quickly, especially with having to wear life vests.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It’s just hot! We got lucky and most of our trip was overcast but as soon as that sun came out the kids were getting hot very quickly, especially with having to wear life vests.
Ashley  L.
Ashley L.
The fishing is great when you have a captain who knows what he's doing. Had a great time. Will charter again the next time I'm in Destin
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The fishing is great when you have a captain who knows what he's doing. Had a great time. Will charter again the next time I'm in Destin
Ronald  S.
Ronald S.

Cinnsational Saltwater Fishing
Cinnsational Saltwater Fishing
Fishing charter in Destin
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(101 reviews)
Great trip with the family! Awesome day of fishing with Capt. Chris. Bad day for Buckeyes
Shawn  F.
Shawn F.
Semper Fish Charters
Semper Fish Charters
Fishing charter in Destin
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(65 reviews)
Dennis was great!! I have been on many charter fishing trips and this was one of the most memorable in memory! He was very patient with my grandchildren and navigated us expertly to a full limit of Red Snapper! I am coming back to fish with Semper Fishing Charters very soon!
Mac  G.
Mac G.
Pelican Adventures–Shared Fishing Trips 8-25
Pelican Adventures–Shared Fishing Trips 8-25
Fishing charter in Destin
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(228 reviews)
This is a must do! We had so much fun, the crew was amazing. We never stopped catching fish, then we took our fish right next door and had it fried! My fiance can't wait to go again. We will definitely be using these guys again!
Paige  B.
Paige B.
Broke Tip Charter
Broke Tip Charter
Fishing charter in Niceville
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(222 reviews)
We had a fun day out on the water. Kent and his wife made sure we had lots of opportunity to catch a variety of fish while providing information about each type caught. We would certainly recommend and will make sure to look them up the next time we are back!
Ken & Michelle Seghers
Ken & Michelle Seghers
First Light
First Light
Fishing charter in Destin
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(5 reviews)
Trip was beyond amazing. Incredibly grateful for the memories made. Thank you.
Hunter  L.
Hunter L.
30A Shallow Water Guide Service
30A Shallow Water Guide Service
Fishing charter in Santa Rosa Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(123 reviews)
We caught a lot of fish! Captain Ryan was very helpful and made it a great afternoon for us. Highly recommend!
James  S.
James S.
850 Charters
850 Charters
Fishing charter in Destin
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(461 reviews)
Better than perfect experience for novice saltwater fishermen. Clear technique instructions and very attentive to bait, fish & tangles. Instantly put us on fish and worked hard to get on them again when the school moved out. Capped with a few catch and release trophy fish on a heavy rod was a superb bonus to an already productive 4 hour trip!
Richard  B.
Richard B.
Time Off Fishing Charter
Time Off Fishing Charter
Fishing charter in Shalimar
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(91 reviews)
Capt. Jason was very nice and knowledgeable. Did a great job putting us on the fish. We will definitely be booking with him again next time we visit.
Jerrod  Y.
Jerrod Y.
Apex Charters And Rentals
Apex Charters And Rentals
Fishing charter in Destin
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(253 reviews)
Captain James is very knowledgeable and will guarantee you a catch even in the worst of conditions for fishing, very knowledgeable and makes for a great time!
Kyle  G.
Kyle G.
Last Cast Charters
Last Cast Charters
Fishing charter in Destin
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(506 reviews)
It was a crappy day on the water but we caught fish. Nothing we could keep but we caught fish. Justin worked hard to keep us on the bite and was very helpful.
Brandy  S.
Brandy S.
East Pass Inshore Charters
East Pass Inshore Charters
Fishing charter in Destin
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(653 reviews)
We had a wonderful time, Jonathan was so nice and very knowledgeable. My niece was with us and he was so patient while teaching her how to fish. We caught fish and made wonderful memories! He had all the supplies needed and cleaned our fish. My family would recommend Jonathan to anyone! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Jody  D.
Jody D.
My Chance Charters
My Chance Charters
Fishing charter in Destin
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(435 reviews)
We had an excellent time! We caught fish and it was an easy going day with the charter Comfortable and pleasant with the charter with Mike! Great day great time and we will definitely come again !
James  P.
James P.
Championship Offshore Outfitting And Charters
Championship Offshore Outfitting And Charters
Fishing charter in Destin
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(184 reviews)
We had a great time. We caught fish, the crew and the captain were so well put together. Would recommend.
Stephen  C.
Stephen C.
MAXIMUS
MAXIMUS
Fishing charter in Destin
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(652 reviews)
Captain Justin did a great job getting us on the fish. Wasted no time in the morning getting going. Fun conversations and great time fishing, A++. No complaints from anyone on our trip.
Brett  F.
Brett F.
Reel Adventures
Reel Adventures
Fishing charter in Fort Walton Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(51 reviews)
Very enjoyable trip. I’m new to fishing and Captain Dalton was great with that. I would book with him again.
Shells  F.
Shells F.
Cinnsational Saltwater Fishing
Cinnsational Saltwater Fishing
Fishing charter in Destin
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(101 reviews)
We had an amazing time with captain Chris. He made sure we knew what to do,he took us to his favorite spots. We caught our lunch and made memories. We will definitely be back. Thanks again V
Veronica  R.
Veronica R.
Apex Charters And Rentals
Apex Charters And Rentals
Fishing charter in Destin
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(253 reviews)
I truly recommend APEX Charters , the captain was very knowledgeable of all questions asked and he also explained about the conditions that we may encounter and expect , He took us where the fish were and he was very Proffesional I will book with APEX Charters again
Alex  R.
Alex R.
Catch 22 Charters
Catch 22 Charters
Fishing charter in Shalimar
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(6 reviews)
John and Tye were amazing! Very professional and very clean. This was definitely the highlight of our trip! Highly recommend!
Ryker  B.
Ryker B.
Vengeance Charters
Vengeance Charters
Fishing charter in Destin
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(173 reviews)
Booked a charter while we were on vacation and they did not disappoint. Caught a variety of fish, bunch of keepers along with some that had to be thrown back. We were on the fish all day long at every stop, non stop action. After the charter we took our catch to Destin seafood and they vacuum sealed it and shipped it home for us. Highly recommend vengeance charters to anyone looking for a charter.
Nick  T.
Nick T.
Emerald Coast Charters – 46'
Emerald Coast Charters – 46'
Fishing charter in Destin
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(114 reviews)
My family had a great trip catching King Mackeral and little tunny. If an area was slow he moved to a better place. And Zach worked so hard to mage trip outstanding. Highly recommend
Stephen  M.
Stephen M.