Captain
William Pugh

Member since February 2016

Destin, United States

Background
I grew up fishing in the beautiful Gulf of Mexico. As a small child, I would go out with my Dad who was a commercial fisherman. “The warm, emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico slip into the deep, cobalt blue waters. This often occurs within a very close proximity to shore. Year round fishing is excellent!” I have been seen on the TV under "Gary Finch Outdoors" where we hit the big Amberjacks. Please visit his website for more information. We specialize in catching big fish with light tackle. Come take my boat out for a visit with the big ones!
Techniques
I prefer the newest, most modern light tackle Shimano has to offer. There is nothing like catching a large AJ or Grouper on light tackle. Whether taking the experienced angler or the novice we have something to offer for everyone. Bass boat quality tackle produces consistently awesome results.

Hey, I'm Captain William Pugh

Destin, United States
Background
I grew up fishing in the beautiful Gulf of Mexico. As a small child, I would go out with my Dad who was a commercial fisherman. “The warm, emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico slip into the deep, cobalt blue waters. This often occurs within a very close proximity to shore. Year round fishing is excellent!” I have been seen on the TV under "Gary Finch Outdoors" where we hit the big Amberjacks. Please visit his website for more information. We specialize in catching big fish with light tackle. Come take my boat out for a visit with the big ones!
Techniques
I prefer the newest, most modern light tackle Shimano has to offer. There is nothing like catching a large AJ or Grouper on light tackle. Whether taking the experienced angler or the novice we have something to offer for everyone. Bass boat quality tackle produces consistently awesome results.

My Charter Listings

Destin
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US$ 680

Fishing Reports

Limit on Red Snapper

May 28, 2017

Headed out SW 9 miles today on a private boat. We found a quick limit of red snapper for my firemen friends. Even got to laugh over a few kings. Read Full Report →


One Tired Fishing Lady!!

May 26, 2017

The Forecast for the 2-3 ft seas changed overnight and we ended up having 1-2 ft seas which made for an awesome trip. We were able to motor out 20 miles. Mandy wanted to spend the entire day on… Read Full Report →


Fish Dancing!!!

May 16, 2017

We had calm seas for this Georgia team to go out fishing. Megan's fish dance kept the Captain laughing throughout the trip. We caught 40 large mingos, lots of triggers and snappers. Of course...we couldn't keep the nice triggers… Read Full Report →


SMOKED EM!!!

June 11, 2016

My anglers were very proud of their beautiful catch for the day. Time to go home and rest their arms after this day of awesome fishing. They brought home some awesome eats!! Read Full Report →


LOTSA FISH

June 08, 2016

This day was totally awesome for my anglers. The Gulf was flat and we could run far. We hooked up on some amazing fish. We ended up with our limit of the infamous RED SNAPPER. One little Mahi Mahi… Read Full Report →


Friends from Louisiana

June 02, 2016

We headed out to my favorite fishing hole about 20 miles to the SE. Everyone had a great time catching their limit of snapper. The girls had a great time showing up the guys! Read Full Report →


Great Opening Snapper Day

June 01, 2016

Great day for opening season!!! Everyone had a great time pulling in the big ones. I had a great time with new customers from Mobile!! We had a beautiful day and went out 18 miles to the South! Everyone… Read Full Report →


Trigger Heaven!!

April 25, 2016

Today started a little rough but ended up being great for fishing. One angler decided to go out and try his hand at catching a few fish. He lucked out on red snapper (returned - not in season) and… Read Full Report →


Caught EVERYTHING!!

April 24, 2016

This day was absolutely beautiful. We traveled about 40 miles out and caught everything we could possibly catch. The catch included scamp, gag grouper (returned - not in season), red snapper (returned not in season), triggers, lane snapper and… Read Full Report →


Awesome 8 hour trip - lots of meat!!

April 20, 2016

We left the dock at 6:30 with 3 anglers on board. Everyone was excited as we headed out to a spot about 40 miles out from the Destin Pass. We stopped along the way to catch some some live… Read Full Report →


12 Lb Trigger Fish...WOW

April 07, 2016

Left the dock at 1 PM for an afternoon short trip. I had 2 seven year old girls fishing with their grandparents. One girl hooked up on this 12 lb trigger fish for a very nice catch for the… Read Full Report →


Fathers and Sons from Michigan!!!

April 04, 2016

Left the dock at 7 AM. The water was a little bumpy for this trip but the seas finally calmed down for a pleasant ride back. Went out about 20 miles to nab our max number of triggers. Read Full Report →


Spring Break Trigger Fish

April 03, 2016

We departed the dock at 9 AM which is a late start for my charter. We motored 25 miles out into the blue water and hooked up our limit of triggers. Some were considered banjo triggers. After hooking up… Read Full Report →

Customer Reviews

5.00 out of 5 stars from 6 reviews

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Went fishing on Tuesday, July 25, 2017

We had an excellent experience. Two of our guys had not fished in the ocean. They both caught fish and we had enough for our
Family dinner that evening. Captain William made it a memorable day. We are looking forward to next year. If you are a Beginner or experienced Angler Captain William will put you on fish.

Fished July 2017

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William Pugh (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, July 31, 2017

Had a great time.  Wish the weather would have cooperated a little better!!  Hope to see you all again soon!

Went fishing on Friday, May 26, 2017

I try to book a fishing excursion with every vacation and I knew I needed to take the opportunity to fish near Destin.  As a single lady I’m always a little nervous about booking the right trip.  From the time I visited with Caption Pugh over the phone I new I would have a great experience.  I can tell you I wasn’t disappointed.  He made sure that we went out on the best weather day of my vacation and took the time to teach me how to fish not just hook a fish and put the pole in my hand.  I wanted a fish that I would struggle with and he suggested the amberjack.  I definitely struggled and felt the thrill of reeling in something that I had to work for.  The company along the way was fantastic.  I would highly recommend giving Rocked Up Charters a try.  I know that if I’m ever back in Florida I will certainly book again.
Mandy Wales
Valley Falls Kansas

Fished May 2017

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William Pugh (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Thank you Mandy.  Really look forward to your next trip.  You did Awesome!!!  Hope your arms quit hurting after your day on those amberjacks!

Went fishing on Sunday, May 28, 2017

Another amazing fishing trip with Rocked up Charters - Captain William!  Looking forward to a 3rd trip with Captain William in the near future!!

Fished May 2017

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William Pugh (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Thursday, June 1, 2017

Thank you so much for the opportunity to take you out fishing again.  Glad you had a great time!!  Hope to see you guys again really soon!

Went fishing on Sunday, May 28, 2017

Capt William and his deckhand Chance are great people.  I am a repeat customer who enjoys their company.  Captain William is an honest and ethical fisherman. If you don’t limit out on your fish its either because you didn’t listen to him or there was extenuating circumstances.  Yesterdays trip yielded a limited out boat full of snapper and king mackerel.  My goto guy. Make him yours too!

Fished May 2017

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William Pugh (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Thursday, June 1, 2017

Thank you so much for using my Charter.  Glad you had a great time.  Taking you guys out is always a pleasure!  Hope to see you soon!

Went fishing on Saturday, July 30, 2016

Had a blast fishing with Captain William and James!! Great first experience!! Will use again and have 2 friends already requesting info so they can go when they come down.

Fished July 2016

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William Pugh (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Sunday, July 31, 2016

Glad you enjoyed your trip. It was a real pleasure taking you out!!!

Went fishing on Monday, April 25, 2016

All I can say was the expertise that Captain William and first mate James added all the extra touches that made my experience so great. They both went the extra mile and I’m truly grateful. I would recommend this charter to everyone. Thank you so much.

Fished April 2016

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William Pugh (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Friday, May 6, 2016

Thanks for the very nice review.  Hope to see you again very soon!!