Captain
Will Owens

Member since February 2015

Orange Beach, United States

Background
Captain Will has been fishing since he was a little boy and says fishing is his true passion. He has been a professional captain for over 20 years and works with professional mates to ensure a great experience for everyone on board. Will is a fun and knowledgeable captain who likes nothing more than seeing his guests catch big fish!

Hey, I'm Captain Will Owens

Orange Beach, United States
Background
Captain Will has been fishing since he was a little boy and says fishing is his true passion. He has been a professional captain for over 20 years and works with professional mates to ensure a great experience for everyone on board. Will is a fun and knowledgeable captain who likes nothing more than seeing his guests catch big fish!

My Charter Listings

    
Orange Beach
trips from
US$ 600

Fishing Reports

The fish are biting and nice weather

March 22, 2016

Got are limt of triggers and caught a bunch of snapper species great trip! Come book a trip!! Read Full Report →

Customer Reviews

4.61 out of 5 stars from 62 reviews

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Went fishing on Thursday, October 19, 2017

Great dude captain Will is.  Coming back to this area just because of him.  HIGHLY recommend if you want to catch fish.

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Went fishing on Monday, September 25, 2017

Our party of 3 had a great time with Captain Will and his first mate.  They worked hard to put us on fish.  They provided instruction and assistance as necessary.  They succeeded in putting us on fish.  They showed us a really good time!  I strongly recommend this Captain and crew for your next fishing charter!

Fished September 2017

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Went fishing on Thursday, September 28, 2017

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Went fishing on Saturday, September 23, 2017

Good trip, Captain will and his mate Eddie put us on the fish and got them in the boat.  Laid back atmosphere on the boat.  Almost had a sailfish.  Would go again. Thanks for a good time.

Fished September 2017

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Went fishing on Tuesday, August 15, 2017

I have been on more charters than I can count.  However, I would rate this one as the worst for a multitude of reasons.  We ran out of bait more than three times.  I even asked for bait multiple times.  The response back from the captain’s bird nest was, “You are using too much bait.”  REALLY?  Each of my sons told me the captain was rude.  The deck hand was nice but how can you allow your client to run out of bait multiple times?  I had to raise my voice to him.  I even told him,“If you don’t change your tone, you can take us back to shore right now!”  He changed his demeanor but still was not cool. 

We booked a 10 hour trip to go into deeper water (as the website said).  However, we could still see Orange Beach.  So, this let me know we were not over 12 miles out into the Gulf.  After bouncing bait off the bottom, we did catch some Vermilion snapper.  But we kept catching these tiny 1/2 pound fish that were a nuisance.  But, he wouldn’t move us out into deeper water or onto a better spot.  One would think a guide would know the “honey holes”.  But, not this one.  He was either being lazy or just didn’t know better.  We then start trolling for Mackerel.  Mackerel are the easiest fish in the ocean to catch!  Ntm, they do not taste good at all.  I even let the captain & his deck hand know we do not like the taste of Mackerel.  But, onward to troll for Mackerel.  He takes the boat in about 3 miles or so.  We are trolling these FADs.  We would catch a Mackerel about every 30 minutes or so.  Nothing, really impressive about this guide or this trip. 

Ironically, before this trip the captain called me a couple of times to try to move my charter from Tuesday to Friday because snapper regulations only allows for snapper fishing on Friday - Sunday this year.  Now, I know why.  My thoughts are simple: If you are a fishing charter for hire you should be able to put your clients on fish regardless of the day of the week, the week of the month or month of the year.

The only reason I do not rate this “Terrible” is twofold:  I got to go fishing with my sons & the deck hand was nice…

Mark Bledsoe does not recommend Great Escape Charters

Fished August 2017

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Will Owens (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Thursday, August 31, 2017

We caught what was in season, we are only allowed to catch what the law allows us to catch. Regarding the bait, we never ran out of bait you just wouldn’t listen and disrespect me and boat hope you have better luck next time y’all had 28 Mingo snapper and 18 kings sorry you don’t appreciate that

Went fishing on Wednesday, August 16, 2017

We had a great time. Captain Will put us on the fish and caught our limit.

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Went fishing on Saturday, August 12, 2017

Had a fantastic time in the 4 hr trip, caught plenty of fish and the Captain and deckhand was professional and very helpful. Will definitely book this charter again

Fished August 2017

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Went fishing on Saturday, August 12, 2017

Captain Will has been working the area for 10 years.  As a result he knows the right areas to troll to find the fish.    We had two King Mackerels that were around 35 pounds.    Took some muscle to land these fish.    There were plenty of for everyone on the boat to have fun.

What a great experience!

Fished August 2017

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Went fishing on Wednesday, August 9, 2017

My boys and i are avid fishermen. Capt Will put on the fish. Eddie was awesome on the deck. Would highly recommend these guys. See ya next time.

Fished August 2017

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Went fishing on Thursday, August 10, 2017

Captain Will and mate are good to go!! If you wanna hear fish on - go with this crew!! Awesome experience! Holler fish on Will!! You won’t be disappointed!!

Fished August 2017

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Went fishing on Sunday, July 30, 2017

Captain Will too us on an incredible trip.  It was my son’s first time out, and he couldn’t have had a better experience.  We hit fish on every drop, and threw many back.  Would recommend to anyone, the captain and deck hand are top notch, friendly and knowledgeable.

Fished July 2017

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Went fishing on Monday, August 7, 2017

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Went fishing on Tuesday, August 8, 2017

This was the best! Friendly knowledgeable crew and even the kids had fun! Definitely will be back

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Went fishing on Thursday, August 3, 2017

Wonderful experience for our family. Capt Will was awesome with our kids and helping them bring in spanish and king mackeral. We will definetly be back next year!

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Went fishing on Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Great capt. And crew.  Gave full effort.

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Went fishing on Wednesday, August 2, 2017

My three boys and I (boys ages 19, 16 and 12) had a great time fishing with Captain Will.  He was very professional and his years of fishing experience paid off as he found all the hot fishing spots!  We caught tons of huge fish!!  My boys had a blast reeling them in!!  Captain Will and Ed were so good with the boys too.  Great fishing boat…very comfortable.  Overall we had a great experience and I will absolutely be booking with them again.

Fished August 2017

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Went fishing on Friday, July 28, 2017

This was the best experience of my life!  My husband and I took our 21 year old nephew, my 23 year niece, and her 23 year old boyfriend. Captain Will and Eddie really meet every need plus more.  This was our first trip, and we will definitely return only with these two.  Caught plenty of fish.  Eddie cleaned them and bagged in Ziplocks.  We went on Friday, July 28, 2017, and was going to go again Saturday, but the water was too rough.  I highly recommend this boat!  You will NOT be disappointed!  Next time, we are going to book for the day!  See link for a short video!
https://www.facebook.com/annette.m.tate/videos/1625463580799315/

Fished July 2017

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Went fishing on Thursday, July 20, 2017

Early morning trip. Ran into fish almost immediately after dropping lines in the water. Ended up catching 15, including a 32 pounder. Lost a couple of others right up next to the boat. Had a couple of reel problems, but overall a great morning.

Fished July 2017

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Went fishing on Saturday, July 29, 2017

Outstanding fishing trip. Cap’n Will and First Mate Eddie were great. Very knowledegable. Caught our limit in no time. Boat was well kept and clean. Will definitely use them again the next time I am in Orange Beach/Perdido/Gulf Shores.

Fished July 2017

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Went fishing on Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Experience was beyond our expectations. Boat captain was very informative on the area and equipment and my boys had the time of their life. Couldn’t have asked for a better day! Thank you!

Fished July 2017

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Went fishing on Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Great trip with Captain Will and deckhand Eddie!  My son had his first deep sea experience and caught his first King Mackerel.  Fishing overall was a little slow for all the boats on the water today, but we all ended up catching a really nice fish.  We had a few get away, too.  We actually stayed a little longer than we paid for trying to get another fish in the boat.  Then on our way back in, we saw a pelican hung in some fishing line and captain Will turned the boat around and we caught it, pulled a lure from its mouth and leg and freed it back to the wild.  Great experience and we will definitely come back when we are back in town!

Fished July 2017

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Went fishing on Tuesday, July 18, 2017

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Went fishing on Friday, July 14, 2017

Had a great time, first trip with a guide.  Will and his deckhand Eddie are great people and good with kids.  Will go back and do it again with Great Escape Charters

Fished July 2017

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Will Owens (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Sunday, July 16, 2017

Thank you guys we had an awesome time with you and your kids hope to see again for another trip of a lifetime for the kids thanks again Captain Will

Went fishing on Monday, July 3, 2017
Wallace Purdy does not recommend Great Escape Charters

Fished July 2017

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Went fishing on Monday, July 10, 2017

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Went fishing on Saturday, July 8, 2017

Captain made us feel like he was doing us a favor by taking our 1100.00 (plus 220.00 tip required for the deck hand) and taking us fishing.

Paula Lamacchia does not recommend Great Escape Charters

Fished July 2017

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Will Owens (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Glad you enjoyed the fishing trip and limited out on snapper! Deckhands work for tips only that’s how they make their living. The prices were set when you booked the trip. Enjoy the great birthday memories!

Went fishing on Thursday, July 6, 2017

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Went fishing on Tuesday, July 4, 2017

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Went fishing on Thursday, June 29, 2017

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Went fishing on Monday, June 26, 2017

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Went fishing on Monday, June 19, 2017

Got a trip in last week before Tropical Storm Cindy came in.  Had a great time and very happy we got a Mahi Mahi.  My 5 yo had a blast and I got to help him land a fish.  No complaints.

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Went fishing on Saturday, June 10, 2017

Great trip. Beautiful weather. Boat name “Marlin Mania. Caught Our Limit On Red Snapper and caught 1 miha-miha . Capt Will put us on them and Deck Hand Eddie kept the hooks loaded. I will definitely be going back.

Fished June 2017

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Went fishing on Thursday, June 8, 2017

Great trip

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Went fishing on Monday, June 5, 2017

Captain Will and his deckhand Eddie were both Amazing! Our trip was scheduled for a Monday morning and I had open communication with Captain Will the Saturday prior to that. Captain Will gave us the details of what to bring and where to meet, and greeted us with enthusiasm.  Our trip was a little rough due to the weather, and three of our five wound up seasick! Eddie had some ginger ale in hand to help my boys, and Captain Will kept checking to see if we wanted to proceed or turn around. We continued on with our time, but only caught two. The fish just were not biting for us. Captain Will offered to take us back out for a second attempt later that week.
On our second attempt the weather was fantastic! My three sickos took some Dramamine before hand and we had a wonderful time! Still the fish were not biting for us, we could see them and Captain Will did all he could. Overall we had a fantastic time, some days the fish bite and others they don’t it isn’t the Captain or Deckhands fault.  We will be back and I will recommend Captain Will to everyone I know. He went above and beyond our expectations and we all had a great time. Thank you Captain Will!

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Went fishing on Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Good time great crew

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Went fishing on Sunday, June 4, 2017

It was a great trip for my family!

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Went fishing on Friday, June 2, 2017

Had a great time.Took Grandsons,son,son-in-law. Captain Will was very good and Eddie the deckhand was super.He kept us entertained with stories when we were not catching fish

Fished June 2017

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Went fishing on Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Scheduled for May 23, but weather was too sever, so we were able to reschedule for May 25 which was calmer. Despite the semi-rough waters we still caught fish. Had many fish on the line and were able to keep two Bonitos. Had a good time. Learned a lot and we were able to bring in the fish ourselves. Next time we’ll schedule a longer day - 6 to 8 hours.

Fished May 2017

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Went fishing on Wednesday, May 24, 2017

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Went fishing on Wednesday, March 29, 2017

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Went fishing on Thursday, October 13, 2016

Will Owens (captain) was awesome.  He put us on fish immediately and kept us in fish for the entire trip.

Fished October 2016

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Went fishing on Monday, August 1, 2016

The owner, Will, was unable to take us on the trip we had booked.  However, he did not disappoint.  He replaced his boat with Pat, a man with 30 years of experience.  We had a wonderful deckhand, Zac.  Both men provided our family with a wonderful fishing excursion.  We had two children on our trip, ages 9 & 11 for a 4 hour trip.  They were excited the entire time.  We caught 19 fish, and had several more bites.  Zac, was an expert at helping the children reel in the catch.  We would highly recommend this trip to families looking for a good time.

Fished August 2016

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Went fishing on Tuesday, August 2, 2016

My first offshore trip ever was with Great Escape Charters and they were absolutely, outstanding and exceeded my expectations!  The best experience and overall services I could’ve asked for! When it comes to knowledge, understanding, preparation, and making sure you get your money’s worth, I highly recommend you book with Capt. Will on the Marlin Madness! The day of my trip was completely unpredictable and a very rare occurrence but could’ve happened to anyone, thunderstorms with lightning strikes everywhere, and the fish weren’t biting even we passed it directly in front of them, no one else was having any luck trolling that day either. So instead of going in at the end of the trip, Captain Will continued till he got us catching some Cobia and King Mackerel even though it was a few hours more. Very,very good at what he does and worth every dime and then some! Not only were they less expensive than the other local charters he showed me how much he cares and values his customers! You will never go wrong with Great Escape Charters!

Fished August 2016

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Went fishing on Monday, July 25, 2016

The boat we rented broke down & captain did set us up with another boat. We only caught 2 small fish. The thing that disappointed me was that the crew only tried 1 type of lure. If I’m not catching anything on 1 lure, I try a different one. Paid $600 to catch 2 fish is not worth it. I will rent my own boat next time & bring a tackle box full of lures.

Dennis Miller does not recommend Great Escape Charters

Fished July 2016

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Will Owens (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Thursday, August 4, 2016

It’s called fishing there buddy we know what to do sorry the fish weren’t biting.

Went fishing on Thursday, July 28, 2016

What an exciting trip! thank you Brad (first mate) and captain Will owens for a awesome trip!!! I recommend these guys they are down to earth!  I well be going with you guys in the future. It didnt matter if we caught anything or not they cant make the fish bite!!!!!!

Fished July 2016

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Went fishing on Saturday, July 16, 2016

None of the five men on this trip had ever been fishing in the gulf previously. However, we all had a great time and everyone caught fish. Brad, the first mate, was outstanding explaining things to us and helping us land our fish. Afterwards he cleaned anf filleted the fish for us, and was so quick that it was amazing. Captain Mike was very pleasant and talked fishing the whole trip. Since this was our first trip, we only scheduled a 4 hour trip. Next time, it will be a 6 or 8 hour trip so we can go out further!! We were very satisfied and happy with the entire experience!!

Fished July 2016

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Went fishing on Tuesday, July 12, 2016

While on our annual family vacation this year, my brother-in-law and myself went out this past week and took our sons (ages 3,5,7) and we had an absolute BLAST with Capt’n Will and Brad…we ended up pulling in 12-14 fish in our 4 hour trip, and that included our 6 keepers - 3 Kings, 2 Spanish and a 30lb Cobia!  Will and Brad were great with the kids, and knew the perfect spots for fishing.

We can’t wait to go back next year and do it all over again!

Thanks Again,

Michael, Joe, Drew, Will and Brady

Fished July 2016

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Went fishing on Monday, July 11, 2016

Captain Will put us on the fish right from the start. Caught Spanish Mackerel, King fish and Cobia. First Cobia ever for me and it weighed 25 pounds.  Definitely a great trip for me, my brother and nephews. Highly recommend Captain Will for a great fishing experience . We are already planning next years trip with Captain Will.

Brian N

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Went fishing on Saturday, July 9, 2016

Had a great time. THANKS!

Fished July 2016

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Went fishing on Thursday, July 7, 2016

Didn’t go on that boat and had a different captain.  He was nice, but i scheduled things based on your website.  So caught 2 fish for 600.00 you tell me?

Thomas Keel does not recommend Great Escape Charters

Fished July 2016

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Went fishing on Sunday, July 3, 2016

Boat we were to take got booked for another charter . Our boat had no trim which took away speed from one stop to the other cost us time in moving changed our takeoff time to noon from moring . Different crew and capt. But they were great

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Went fishing on Saturday, June 25, 2016

We booked a 7am 4 hour charter. Within ten minutes of starting to fish, we started catching.  We caught mackerel, cobia and bonito.  Our biggest cobra was over 50 lbs.  We caught our mackerel limits.  Captain Will was excellent with our 5 and 7 year old boys.

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Went fishing on Friday, June 10, 2016

Captain Will was very focused at getting us on the fish. My boys had a great time thanks to Will and 1st mate Dillion. I’ll be sure to book with you in the future. Thank you for the Great Day!  Al Schmalz

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Went fishing on Thursday, June 9, 2016

Great trip with Capt Will and Dillon.

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Went fishing on Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Arthur E Wood Iii does not recommend Great Escape Charters

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Went fishing on Friday, June 3, 2016

The great escape charter are just that, a great escape. Will and Dylan were great with my 2 boys and me. Both boys commented later in the day that the fishing was the best part of our vacation. If I ever get to do it again it will be with Great Escape Charter.

Fished June 2016

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Went fishing on Monday, May 30, 2016

Had a great time with captain Will and Dillion on a Sunday afternoon trolling trip. They were great with the boys. It was the boys 1st time fish and they worked showing them on what to do, the adults had a good time too. Catch a bunch of fish, but only 9 was keepers. Will definitely fish with him again. Thank you captain Will and Dillion. 
Brian from Tennessee

Fished May 2016

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Went fishing on Saturday, April 23, 2016

Will & Dillon made my husband’s “bucket list” come true!! Thank you so much !!! Hope we can see you again soon. 

Fished April 2016

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Went fishing on Tuesday, August 11, 2015

We had a excellent fishing trip! Capt Brooks and Will know how to get you on the fish and have a great time! This was a memorable trip for me and my two sons and one of their friends that we will remember for a life time. We will definitely be back again! War Eagle!

Fished August 2015

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Will Owens (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Tuesday, August 18, 2015

You guys were awesome! Can’t wait to fish with ya’ll again. It was a great trip…. War Eagle, Roll Tide!

Went fishing on Monday, June 22, 2015

We met with capt. Will and Brooks for a six hour deep sea trip. The weather and fishing were great! Capt.Will and Brooks were very friendly and worked hard to help us catch fish. They did not seem to be concerned about watching the clock and making sure they did not go over the six hours. We caught seven red snapper (one was approx. twenty lbs.) and two amber jack which were all good size.  Had a great time and would highly recommend this charter. I have been on several deep sea fishing trips and this one was by far the best yet. Oh, and brook’s mother was a sweetheart! 

Thanks again, Cap. (hope to do it again:)

Jerry Mayo

Fished June 2015

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