Destin Blue Marlin Fishing Charters

Destin Blue Marlin Fishing Charters

Best Blue Marlin Fishing Charters in Destin

Destin: 19 fishing charters available

Charter Boat Rewind

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(195 reviews)
Destin
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trips from $1,300

Pelican Adventures – Private Good Times

Excellent
4.7 / 5
(9 reviews)
Destin
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trips from $1,423

Only Way Fishing Charters

Destin
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $2,200

O Sea D Charters- 2021 Cape Horn 31

Destin
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trips from $1,560

Vengeance Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(65 reviews)
Destin
trips from $1,440

Pelican Adventures – Deep Obsession

Destin
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $1,488

Fish-N-Fun Destin Charters

Destin
trips from $800

Fish-N-Fool

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(44 reviews)
Destin
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trips from $1,000

Blue Marlin Fishing in Destin

Blue Marlin
  • Size 200 to 400lbs
  • Food Value Good
  • Game Qualities Excellent
  • Habitats Offshore

(Makaira nigricans)

If you’re looking for one of the best Billfish spots in the Gulf of Mexico, then Marlin fishing in Destin, Florida is something to be witnessed. This is one of the best places to go after these majestic beasts because it’s much closer to the Gulf’s bluewater than other fishing hubs.
 
Marlin (Blue and White) visit these waters in the heat of the summer, but the best time to catch something formidable is in September and October. White Marlin are particularly active during the fall, while Blues love higher temperatures.
 
On a good day, you can have anywhere from a couple hookups to 10, if you know where to go and you’ve got an experienced captain at the helm. The bite can start 12 miles from the shore, at the famous "100-Fathom Curve", and it only gets better the further you go. Blue Marlin love the open deep waters (600+ feet), and this is where you can hook a big one.
 
To get the most out of the Marlin-oriented trip, opt-in for the ones that last eight hours or more. You might need to travel 20–40 nautical miles from shore to get to the most productive hotspots, so you want to have plenty of time for everything (including the ride to and from the fishing grounds). Charter companies often offer multi-day trips, that can take out up to 150 miles offshore and put you on the intense Billfish action that will challenge you in every way.
 
You'll mostly be trolling with live bait to get the attention of voracious Marlin, though there’s a variety of lures you can use as well. When one is hooked, you’ll know it straight away – their acrobatic jumps are all the announcement you’ll need. Getting these gigantic fish (especially Blue Marlin, that can weigh anywhere from 200–900+ pounds) to the boat is a workout like no other and it’s not for the weak-kneed.
 
Marlin fishing in Destin, Florida is deep sea fishing at its best and the sheer number of anglers pouring into Destin every day is proof enough. If catching Marlin is on your bucket list, then this is the place to be!

Destin Blue Marlin Fishing Seasons

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Seasonality

Blue Marlin fishing in Destin varies moderately throughout the year. High season is July to September. Low season is January to April and November to December. There is no closed season.
Destin
Excellent
4.6 / 5
Based on 24,785 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Blue Marlin Fishing in Destin

Wear sunscreen. Plan to get wet while riding to fishing spot. Maybe bring a towel!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Wear sunscreen. Plan to get wet while riding to fishing spot. Maybe bring a towel!
Tamarra  B.
Tamarra B. Birmingham, Alabama
Explain your experience level and your expectations and fish with an experienced guide.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Explain your experience level and your expectations and fish with an experienced guide.
Jeff  A.
Jeff A. Greeneville, TN
Definitely hit up Dawn Patrol, they won’t disappoint. Bay fishing is a great start for first timers for sure.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Definitely hit up Dawn Patrol, they won’t disappoint. Bay fishing is a great start for first timers for sure.
Brian  S.
Brian S. Hamilton, OH
Find the right boat and captain. Many boats, but few know where or how to fish.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Find the right boat and captain. Many boats, but few know where or how to fish.
Michael  M.
Michael M. United States
Bring a deck of cards or similar for the trip out and back from the fishing spots.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring a deck of cards or similar for the trip out and back from the fishing spots.
Ray  C.
Ray C. Montgomery, OH
Come Prepared, Take Motion medicine if you need it even if you think it is calm. Don't chance it and ruin the amazing experience you will have. Make sure to take lots a pictures, it is an experience you will want to remember.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Come Prepared, Take Motion medicine if you need it even if you think it is calm. Don't chance it and ruin the amazing experience you will have. Make sure to take lots a pictures, it is an experience you will want to remember.
Jerry  R.
Jerry R. Topeka, KS
Destin is considered the best fishing village on the planet. Look it up. Just make sure your targeted fish is in season while you visit.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Destin is considered the best fishing village on the planet. Look it up. Just make sure your targeted fish is in season while you visit.
Josh  D.
Josh D. Union Star, MO
Red snapper is out of season at this time of year, which is what we caught the most of.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Red snapper is out of season at this time of year, which is what we caught the most of.
Aaron  H.
Aaron H. Cantonment, Florida
Enjoyed the private charter more than the party boats. Cost is more but worth the price.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Enjoyed the private charter more than the party boats. Cost is more but worth the price.
John  S.
John S. Midland, MI
Plan on heavier traffic and more time to get to the dock than you think. Also later in the day it gets cooler on the water than you’d think.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Plan on heavier traffic and more time to get to the dock than you think. Also later in the day it gets cooler on the water than you’d think.
James  R.  S.
James R. S. Merigold, MS
It's hit or miss really depending on the weather. Just take it as it comes and you'll have fun.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It's hit or miss really depending on the weather. Just take it as it comes and you'll have fun.
Christian  C.
Christian C. Lenoir City, TN
Obviously watch the weather. Finding a guide that matches your personality is the difference on a good vs bad trip. Fishing is spotty in early March but that’s why they call it fishing and not catching. We reeled in over 40 fish and lost a couple of nice ones for sure. We also saw dolphins everywhere. Destin is beautiful and being out, even in some rough water is fantastic.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Obviously watch the weather. Finding a guide that matches your personality is the difference on a good vs bad trip. Fishing is spotty in early March but that’s why they call it fishing and not catching. We reeled in over 40 fish and lost a couple of nice ones for sure. We also saw dolphins everywhere. Destin is beautiful and being out, even in some rough water is fantastic.
Jim  S.
Jim S. Prospect, KY
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...
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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…
Excellent
4.7 / 5
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
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
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Hire a local who knows the spots to fish and can get you there and back safely
Rick  B.
Rick B. St. Peters, MO

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