Destin Offshore Fishing Charters

Destin Offshore Fishing Charters

Best Offshore Fishing Charters in Destin

Destin: 156 fishing charters available
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4.9 / 5
(489 reviews)
Destin
Trips from US $1,100
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4.9 / 5
(302 reviews)
Destin
Trips from US $900
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5.0 / 5
(288 reviews)
Destin
Trips from US $700
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(84 reviews)
Destin
Trips from US $1,100
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(300 reviews)
Destin
Trips from US $800

Offshore Fishing in Destin

Destin, Florida has had a rich fishing tradition for centuries, and continues to live up to its reputation as “The World's Luckiest Fishing Village." Featuring rich emerald waters and sugary white beaches, it’s a true fisherman's paradise. People often joke that Destin has more charter boats than residents, which is not so far from the truth since it attracts tens of thousands of anglers from all over the world every year. And most of them come for the biggest attraction of all – Destin offshore fishing! 
 

What to Catch 

 
Thanks to its proximity to the Gulf of Mexico and the East Pass, Destin has access to a record-breaking variety of game species to catch. Destin fishing boats can take you after a plethora of Snapper (Red, Black, White, Vermillion), Grouper (Gag, Scamp, Red), Sharks (Blacktip, Tiger, Bull, Hammerhead), Amberjack, Triggerfish, Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, King Mackerel, Cobia, Tarpon, and even Billfish and Tuna. 
 
Red Snapper are the most popular bottom species to catch, and they are usually found in waters 30–250 feet deep, especially near natural and artificial reefs, wrecks, and other structures. When it comes to Grouper, Red and Black are among the area's favorites and can be found at reefs as well, along with Amberjack. Some of them can even reach over 150 pounds! King Mackerel swim in the open waters of the Gulf and near reefs, usually in waters no more than 250 feet deep. The farther offshore you venture out, the bigger the chances of landing Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, Tuna, and Billfish.
 

Where to Go

State Waters

 
Numerous Destin offshore charters can take you exploring state waters up to 9 miles from coast. Unlike many other destinations, you can catch various A-listers in these warm, rich waters without having to travel to federal waters. Anywhere from 300 yards to 9 miles offshore, you could be reeling in Red, Black, and Vermilion Snapper, Spanish and King Mackerel, Grouper, Barracuda, Amberjack, Tarpon, Cobia, and even Blackfin Tuna and Sharks. Blacktip, Tiger, and Hammerhead are usually over 20 pounds, but 300-pound specimens can also be caught. The most productive state water spots are usually near numerous natural and artificial reefs and wrecks, such as Brown and Barrel Barge, sunken in around 70 feet of water, Liberty Ship Thomas Hayward, Big Spot Reef, AJ Bimini, and State Line Hole. 
 
Destin's offshore seabed is dotted with numerous artificial wrecks and reefs, and boy, do various species love these kind of structures. There are over 400 waypoints within 10 miles of the East Pass, and that means extremely productive offshore fishing. 
 

Reef/Wreck Fishing in Federal Waters

 
When you pass the state water line 9 miles from the coast, the fishing magic starts to happen. The white sandy seafloor turns dark, rocky, or muddy, and the emerald waters go blue. But most importantly, the fishing action skyrockets! Just find a federally licensed offshore charter and let it take you exploring these deep offshore waters. 
 
Triggerfish and Amberjack (also known as the “Reef Donkey”) can be found in 60–90 feet of these waters. The farther offshore you go, the bigger the fish. If you're after big Red Snapper or Grouper, exploring some of the farther reefs is a safe bet.
 
One of the most well-known reef areas is the ALE artificial reef network. Consisting of 40 concrete structures, this is located 22 miles from the Eastern Pass at a depth of 125 feet. Starfish Complex, Sand Dollar Reef Complex, Destin Deepwater Concrete Reef, and Destin Vaughn Reef "Angelena B" are also well-known artificial reefs. 
 

Further Afield

 
If you're aiming to go even farther offshore and fish in jaw-dropping depths for the biggest of big, Destin waters will provide for that, as well. Legendary hotspots such as the Edge, the 100-Fathom Curve, the Nipple, the Elbow, and Squiggles boast some of the best deep sea fishing this part of the world can offer. 
 

How to Fish

 
  • Destin offshore waters are all about bottom fishing for reef dwellers and trolling for pelagics. The best part is that many charters offer both during the same trip, so you'll get to try a variety of methods depending on the location, target species, and the captain. Many offshore trips start by using light tackle spinning gear to catch bait fish, after which you'll spend your trip trolling, bottom fishing, or spot casting. The typical Destin offshore fishing trip involves trolling for Kingfish as you head out to the reef, where you will bottom fish for Red Snapper or Triggerfish depending on the season.
 
  • When it comes to fishing the reefs and wrecks, deep dropping and trolling are both popular methods. Deep swimming Amberjack, Grouper, and Snapper can be tempted to come to the surface if you use the right baits. Trolling over reefs and wrecks, as well as open water trolling can result in a variety of attractive species. This includes Spanish and King Mackerel, Bluefish, Bonito, Mahi Mahi, and Blackfin Tuna. You might even catch Billfish if you travel farther out.  
 
  • Both light and heavy tackle are used offshore, depending on the target species. Go for heavy tackle and big live bait to catch hard-fighting Black and Red Snapper, Shark, Grouper, Amberjack, and Cobia. When it comes to most of the reef species, you'll be using smaller bait on light tackle. This will get you a variety of Snapper (White, Lane, Vermilion), Triggerfish, Scamp Grouper, Black Seabass, and more.
 
  • If you want to catch that trophy Red Snapper, it's recommended that you use 6.5–7' medium-heavy rods paired with conventional reels and 50–60 lb mono or 65–80 lb braided lines. Spinning gear with 65 lb braided line is also a good option when targeting Snappers and Kingfish.
 
  • Many captains in the area sight fish for pelagics feeding on the surface by searching for bait fish and diving birds. Tarpon and Cobia are especially easy to spot due to their contrasting color to these deep waters. 
 

When to Go 

 
The best part of Destin offshore fishing is that every season can be a productive season, but if you're after specific species, some months are better than others. August marks the beginning of the prime season for numerous species, especially Triggerfish and Amberjack, which can be caught until the end of October. 
 
Looking to reel in Cobia? Their migration to the area starts in late March and ends at the beginning of May, peaking in April. King Mackerel fishing starts to heat up from May onwards, while Sailfish reach their peak during late summer and can be found closer to the shore than usual. 
 
Red Snapper fishing is strictly regulated and the season usually runs from June–July, although it’s subject to change. Triggerfish and Amberjack also have closed seasons, while Vermillion and White Snapper, Grouper, and Bonito can be caught year-round!
 
All these amazing species reside in different depths and what makes offshore fishing in Destin unique is the fact that you can catch all of them on the same trip – the area’s one-of-a-kind underwater structure is what makes this possible. Book a trip with any of the numerous local charter boats and find out why fishing in Destin is said to be larger than life.
 
Destin
Excellent
4.6 / 5
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What anglers said about Offshore Fishing in Destin

Don’t jerk the rod!!!! Listen to your captain. They know how to fish these waters!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Don’t jerk the rod!!!! Listen to your captain. They know how to fish these waters!
Reel Runners
Reel Runners
Take sea sick medicine the day before and morning of. Bring lots of water and wear long sleeve fishing shirts and good shoes!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Take sea sick medicine the day before and morning of. Bring lots of water and wear long sleeve fishing shirts and good shoes!
Hard Charger
Hard Charger
Do some research and try. We’ve been here three times and will continue to come back.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Do some research and try. We’ve been here three times and will continue to come back.
My Chance Charters
My Chance Charters
Book with 850 charters, they know what they are doing and are friendly and knowledgeable.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book with 850 charters, they know what they are doing and are friendly and knowledgeable.
850 Charters—Capt. Jared
850 Charters—Capt. Jared
Bring gloves if you are shark fishing. The 3 hour battle gave me blisters. Though I wouldn't trade my blisters for the world. If you are looking for a down to earth captain who can get you on your fish, look nowhere other than Vengeance Charters. I promise you won't be disappointed.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring gloves if you are shark fishing. The 3 hour battle gave me blisters. Though I wouldn't trade my blisters for the world. If you are looking for a down to earth captain who can get you on your fish, look nowhere other than Vengeance Charters. I promise you won't be disappointed.
Vengeance Charters
Vengeance Charters
We had very rough waves in the gulf. If you get sick prepare before you go. If you stick it out Larry will put you on the fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We had very rough waves in the gulf. If you get sick prepare before you go. If you stick it out Larry will put you on the fish.
Living Right Fishing Charters
Living Right Fishing Charters
Remember that there are all kinds of conditions that play a part in catching and bringing home fish. So keep an open mind and just enjoy the experience.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Remember that there are all kinds of conditions that play a part in catching and bringing home fish. So keep an open mind and just enjoy the experience.
Dawn Patrol Charters
Dawn Patrol Charters
If you get sea sick, take your medicine the night before and right before you get on the boat.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you get sea sick, take your medicine the night before and right before you get on the boat.
MAXIMUS
MAXIMUS
Check with captain to see what fish is in season. Kink Of Kings chapter is great.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Check with captain to see what fish is in season. Kink Of Kings chapter is great.
King of Kings Charters
King of Kings Charters
While we did catch fish the numbers were not what we expected however we did have the most fish of any boat on the harbor!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
While we did catch fish the numbers were not what we expected however we did have the most fish of any boat on the harbor!
Charter Boat Starfire
Charter Boat Starfire
Be ready for lots of fun. Keep food in you and have water and maybe a coke or sprite on hand if the water is rough.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be ready for lots of fun. Keep food in you and have water and maybe a coke or sprite on hand if the water is rough.
Hard Charger
Hard Charger
Understand that if you're searching for larger game fish like mahi, it's a little more difficult earlier in the year, and also red snapper season does not start until the 1st of June. We were able to pull in a ton of Mingo snapper, which is an even better tasting fish. And the right captains will put you on the king mackerel and the wahoo!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Understand that if you're searching for larger game fish like mahi, it's a little more difficult earlier in the year, and also red snapper season does not start until the 1st of June. We were able to pull in a ton of Mingo snapper, which is an even better tasting fish. And the right captains will put you on the king mackerel and the wahoo!
Nothin' Matters
Nothin' Matters
Top notch group! The captain was absolutely great. He was very knowledgeable about the body of water, the fish, & extremely patient with the 7 yr old n his questions. I highly recommend n would use again. Thus captain was very professional.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Top notch group! The captain was absolutely great. He was very knowledgeable about the body of water, the fish, & extremely patient with the 7 yr old n his questions. I highly recommend n would use again. Thus captain was very professional.
Destin Bay Fishing Charters
Destin Bay Fishing Charters
Trust the captain, ask any questions you may have. Fishing is fishing but a few new tips and tricks here and there never hurt.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Trust the captain, ask any questions you may have. Fishing is fishing but a few new tips and tricks here and there never hurt.
Last Cast For Real
Last Cast For Real
Remember it’s fishing, there’s no guarantee for catching, but we are going home with plenty filets for a fish fry. ?
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Remember it’s fishing, there’s no guarantee for catching, but we are going home with plenty filets for a fish fry. ?
Just B Cause Charters
Just B Cause Charters
Make sure if you bring sun screen it’s the lotion type and not spray can’t use spray on the boat and bring plenty of water.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure if you bring sun screen it’s the lotion type and not spray can’t use spray on the boat and bring plenty of water.
Pelican Adventures–Shared Fishing Trips 8-25
Pelican Adventures–Shared Fishing Trips 8-25
Captain Tyler put on the fish immediately and we were wore out before our time was up!! Highly recommend!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Captain Tyler put on the fish immediately and we were wore out before our time was up!! Highly recommend!!
Always Tight Fishing Charter Destin
Always Tight Fishing Charter Destin
We always miss Red Snapper by one week. It would be great if that could be moved up. Also if at all possible take the 6 hour trip or longer.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We always miss Red Snapper by one week. It would be great if that could be moved up. Also if at all possible take the 6 hour trip or longer.
Blue Runner II INC.
Blue Runner II INC.
Book a 6 hour trip at minimum because you will have travel time to your fishing spots. Do not eat a lot before your trip because you could get sea sick if your not use to boating. Bring sunscreen and wear long-sleeved shirts to keep the sun off of you.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book a 6 hour trip at minimum because you will have travel time to your fishing spots. Do not eat a lot before your trip because you could get sea sick if your not use to boating. Bring sunscreen and wear long-sleeved shirts to keep the sun off of you.
Championship Offshore Outfitting And Charters
Championship Offshore Outfitting And Charters
I only say good because of some of the laws requiring catch and release (not in season or too small). Fishing was still amazing though.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I only say good because of some of the laws requiring catch and release (not in season or too small). Fishing was still amazing though.
Mighty Fine Charters
Mighty Fine Charters

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