Captain
Taylor Waterfield

Member since March 2015

Destin, United States

Background
I was born in Destin FL a place built around saltwater charter and commercial fishing. I have always loved to fish and began learning from Destin's best fisherman as early as i could get someone to take me on a boat.
Techniques
Our charters are spent in one of two ways depending on the client and the weather. Either we make a run to one of Destin's many close to shore fishing wrecks to target snapper, grouper, triggerfish, jacks, and king mackerel. Using cut or live baits. Or we venture into Destin's back bay to target speckled trout, redfish, flounder, black drum, sheepshead, and spanish mackerel. This takes place around shallow grass flats, docks, and bridges. usually we use light tackle and fresh caught live baits.

Hey, I'm Captain Taylor Waterfield

Destin, United States
Background
I was born in Destin FL a place built around saltwater charter and commercial fishing. I have always loved to fish and began learning from Destin's best fisherman as early as i could get someone to take me on a boat.
Techniques
Our charters are spent in one of two ways depending on the client and the weather. Either we make a run to one of Destin's many close to shore fishing wrecks to target snapper, grouper, triggerfish, jacks, and king mackerel. Using cut or live baits. Or we venture into Destin's back bay to target speckled trout, redfish, flounder, black drum, sheepshead, and spanish mackerel. This takes place around shallow grass flats, docks, and bridges. usually we use light tackle and fresh caught live baits.

My Charter Listings

Destin
trips from
US$ 500

Fishing Reports

The trout bite is on fire!

May 28, 2017

Fun afternoon fishing trip with a couple of old college friends. We fished a couple of Capt Matt's favorite spots and found some nice speckled trout! This crew will be back in July with their families. We can't wait… Read Full Report →


The bite in the gulf has been great this

July 01, 2016

We had a blast catching fish in the rain! These kids are impressive. Book through FishingBooker to reserve your families fishing adventure Read Full Report →


Quick Snapper Trip

June 19, 2016

Quick limit this morning. The snapper bite was on today! We love getting kids hooked on fishing. Read Full Report →


Fun morning catching snappers

May 30, 2016

Fun morning catching snappers with one of my regular families. This our 3rd year fishing together! You can keep red snapper starting June 1st. Read Full Report →


Snapper limit

May 29, 2016

Fun morning trip with these guys. We quickly caught out limit of snapper and even managed to hook some trigger dis! Read Full Report →


Mother's Day Snapper Trip

May 08, 2016

Early morning snapper trip. Day 2 of snapper season. We caught our limit of red snapper fast enough to make it back to the docks in time for Mother's Day brunch! Great day on the water. Book your weekend… Read Full Report →


Speckled trout have shown up inshore!

May 04, 2016

Great trout bite this afternoon. We caught a few redfish but no keepers. Can't wait to fry it up for dinner. Read Full Report →

Customer Reviews

4.53 out of 5 stars from 43 reviews

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Went fishing on Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Fished July 2017

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Went fishing on Monday, July 17, 2017

Great Captain…Matt was friendly, professional, punctual and hard-working….Destin native with plenty of experience in these waters.

Fished July 2017

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Went fishing on Thursday, July 13, 2017

Fun trip boys really enjoyed. cut short by bad weather but felt completely safe. Would recommend.

Fished July 2017

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Went fishing on Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Started out alittle slow the first hour by trying to dodge the weather and stay near shore. Luckily it cleared up and we were able to make it out to open water. As soon as we got out there and dropped lines we had bites! Snapper and King Mackerel mostly. The only thing that I was disappointed about was being unaware when I booked that you could only keep Red Snapper on weekends at this time(which unfortunately was the main thing I was after). But never the less, it was a great day on the water with Capt. Matt. He was extremely helpful, knowledgeable, and good time. We came back with 2 beautiful king mackerel, and one being the biggest of the season so far! We will definitely be booking a longer trip next time! Thanks again for everything Matt! Keep it up man!

Fished July 2017

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Went fishing on Tuesday, July 11, 2017

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Went fishing on Thursday, July 6, 2017

We wanted to do some inshore fishing but due to all the rain Capt Mike took us out in the Gulf , we had a good time caught some good fish and a sunburn. I will be booking with him again.

Fished July 2017

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Went fishing on Friday, July 7, 2017

Great trip, had fun and caught fish.

Fished July 2017

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Went fishing on Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Captain Matthew did a great job with us!  He knew all the right spots to take us too and it made it a great experience!  Also he was a very honest person!  We over tipped him because the money stuck together and he called us up and met us somewhere and returned the money we overpaid him with.  Overall it was a fantastic experience and I would certainly recommend Captain Matt to everyone!!!

Fished June 2017

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Went fishing on Thursday, July 6, 2017

Awesome trip.  Highly recommend to anyone who is looking for a great fishing experience.  Captain was new and lacked some experience but his attitude and attention to detail surpassed our expectations.  Book the trip.  You want regret it.We caught record fish for the new captain everyone was so excited. Book your trip now and see if you can break our record with Captain Matt

Fished July 2017

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Went fishing on Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Captain Matt was very knowledgeable in deep sea fishing. Wishing there was a little more equipment prepared as we spent a lot of time tying on new hooks and had a lot of time spent with no bait in the water. Overall a a good time on the Gulf

Fished July 2017

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Went fishing on Sunday, July 2, 2017

Lance was an awesome captain. We arrived early and he was there waiting for us ready to go. Caught some bait first to supplement the frozen bait and lures. Then went out to get the big ones. He took us right to the fish and they were biting right away. Caught some Cobia, just weren’t big enough to keep. Fish were biting all morning, they just outsmarted us by stealing half of the bait or getting off the hook. He brought us to the fish, we just did not bring them in lol. Lost the biggest fish of the day when a dolphin swooped in out of nowhere and took it. All in all a wonderful time and great experience. I highly recommend you do it too! Lance was a great guy all around and would go back out with him in a heart beat.

Fished July 2017

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Went fishing on Sunday, July 2, 2017

We didn’t catch anything but our captain tried very hard to change that. We moved to several different places. Because of the holiday the water was VERY busy. That could have been the problem.

Fished July 2017

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Went fishing on Monday, June 26, 2017

Took the wife and 2 kids out for the first time ocean fishing.  Would recommend it to anyone with kids.  We all had a blast.

Fished June 2017

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Went fishing on Monday, June 19, 2017

Fished June 2017

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Went fishing on Saturday, June 3, 2017

This trip was exactly what my son and I were looking for. The captin was very helpful and friendly! We will definitely look him up when we come back to The Destin area! Thanks again for the fun trip!

Fished June 2017

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Went fishing on Friday, June 2, 2017

After booking a shark trip the inexperienced captain never left the bay. The water depth was low. The overall experience was a huge disappointment.

Tanya Satterfield-rios does not recommend Destin Backcountry Fishing

Fished June 2017

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Went fishing on Thursday, June 1, 2017

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Went fishing on Wednesday, March 22, 2017

I took my children and a couple of their friends fishing with Capt Lance. They had a ball! We each caught a fish and my 7 year old daughter caught the biggest! After we took our fish to Brotula’s where Chef Tommy prepared the most delicious meal. Thank you Destin Backcountry fishing for providing us with memories we will never forget.

Fished March 2017

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Taylor Waterfield (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Thanks for the review Kate we really appreciate it! Can’t wait to see y’all again in the summer.

Went fishing on Thursday, October 13, 2016

We had a great time.  Our captain worked really hard to put us on fish and give us a good experience.  They boat was very clean, well supplied with bait, and well organized.  The booking company failed to tell us the boat was better equipped for a small group (max of 4) but the captain made it work.

Fished October 2016

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Went fishing on Saturday, October 8, 2016

not very impressed overall.  spent more time trying to put the boat over the fishing spots than fishing.  paid for three people to fish but was only allowed two rods in the water.  captain taylor not overly personable.  word not book again.  not worth what i paid

Robert Caldwell does not recommend Destin Backcountry Fishing

Fished October 2016

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Went fishing on Wednesday, August 17, 2016

We had an incredible day on the water! Captain Lance was knowledgeable and put us on some fish! I would definitely go with him again! The boat was nice as well.  Thank you Captian Lance for the experience these Arkansas folks won’t soon forget

Fished August 2016

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Went fishing on Saturday, July 30, 2016

Capt. Lance put us ON the fish! Caught King Mackerel and Bonito! Great day on the water! We will definitely be back with this crew! Thanks team! You MADE this vacation for us!

Fished July 2016

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Went fishing on Thursday, July 21, 2016

The fish weren’t biting but the guide seemed competent, was very friendly and we had a good time.

Fished July 2016

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Went fishing on Thursday, July 14, 2016

We had a great time with Captain Lance. He put us right on the fish. Very helpful and knowledgable of the area. Definately plan on going out again.

Fished July 2016

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Went fishing on Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Boat was very clean and the Captain was very friendly and helpful. We enjoyed our day on the water and caught fish too. They were very good with our kids. They really enjoyed the day also.

Fished July 2016

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Went fishing on Saturday, July 16, 2016

I highly recommend Destin Backcountry Fishing. We had so much fun on our first trip that we booked another trip later in the week. Both Capt. Taylor and Capt. Lance were very knowledgeable and family friendly.

Fished July 2016

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Went fishing on Friday, July 8, 2016

We had a great inshore fishing trip. Capt Lance showed us exactly what to do. We brought home 4 speckled trout and 1 red fish! We will definitely be fishing with Destin Backcountry our next trip to Destin.

Fished July 2016

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Went fishing on Thursday, July 7, 2016

If you want to have a good and memorable fishing trip, try another captain and boat.  This was one of the worst fishing trips I have ever been on.  Captain had no idea where the fish were and seemed to have no idea what they were feeding on.  We managed to snap about 3 or 4 squirrel fish, nothing else.

Warren Socha does not recommend Destin Backcountry Fishing

Fished July 2016

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Went fishing on Wednesday, July 6, 2016

I got sea sick when we went out in high waves. Captain was very accommodating. Good trip considering I was so sick at first.

Fished July 2016

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Went fishing on Saturday, July 9, 2016

Was over charged. Paid a deposit when i booked but was charged full amount at dock. Boat is a lot smaller than it appears in pictures.  Captain has very little knowledge of fishing the area.  They basically ride around stop a few times and run out the clock.  We are avid fisherman and can spot a scam.  This guide service preys on vacationers.  this was a waste of 692 dollars..
I wouldnt fish with them again if it was free..

Mark Higg does not recommend Destin Backcountry Fishing

Fished July 2016

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Taylor Waterfield (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, July 11, 2016

I appreciate the honest feedback as a business owner we would not be able to improve if we do not know about the good and the bad experiences. I sincerely apologize that yesterday’s trip was not up to your standards. I can assure you that the boat was not misrepresented on the website it is only 22ft. As for the Captains experience Lance has been fishing the Choctawatchee Bay for the past 15 years. Unfortunately we just cannot make the fish bite. Please let me know what address to mail the overpayment to. I am sorry for all the troubles and hope you enjoy the rest of your vacation.

Went fishing on Friday, July 8, 2016

Captain Lance was excellent! He took us to several locations and we enjoyed the fishing! We weren’t very luck with the catch but that’s not his fault.. Great time going to do it again! Great family outing!

Fished July 2016

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Taylor Waterfield (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Saturday, July 9, 2016

Thank you for your review and the pictures! We really appreciate your feedback.

Went fishing on Sunday, June 26, 2016

Captain Lance was wonderful!!! He really made our fishing trip spectacular.

Fished June 2016

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Went fishing on Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Caught one fish (not a keeper) not even another nibble and Captain cut trip short by 45 minutes….
Nice enough guy but I wouldn’t do it again….

Andrew Crate does not recommend Destin Backcountry Fishing

Fished June 2016

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Went fishing on Tuesday, June 21, 2016

This was a fun trip for my husband and brother which was a Father’s gift from me and my sister in law. They enjoyed going out with Lance. They enjoyed the conversation.  Apparently the fish just weren’t biting.  They only caught 4 fish. Only 1 was a keeper. I was disappointed that they only stayed in the bay.  I think they were looking forward to fishing in the gulf. But they said they enjoyed their trip. I think I expected more for the price of the trip.

Fished June 2016

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Went fishing on Saturday, June 11, 2016

On a vacation to visit our boys, we chartered with Captain JJ of the Soggy Bottom II as a Father’s Day gift from my wife! JJ was instrumental in all of us not only catching big fish, but knowing where to take us to have the best experience possible on the water.  Caught huge mackerels, not to mention a shark!  Booking again with JJ in August - to do it all over again!

Fished June 2016

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Went fishing on Saturday, October 10, 2015

This was the first year I was able to bring my kids fishing. They had a blast!

Fished October 2015

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Went fishing on Saturday, April 16, 2016

I have been fishing with Captain Taylor every summer for the past 5 years! Every year he puts us on the fish. I love how flexible he is with the trips and really caters to your groups needs. We always cake and book with him directly so your able to tell him exactly what species and what type of trip you are looking for.

Fished April 2016

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Went fishing on Sunday, May 29, 2016

We had an awesome time. I would highly recommend.

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Taylor Waterfield (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, May 30, 2016

Thank you guys for the review! I hope we get to take you fishing next time your in town.


Went fishing on Sunday, May 8, 2016

This is a great boat to go out on if you are looking to catch some fish! I am not a “fisherwoman” by any means and Capt. Taylor Waterfield guided me on how to deep sea fish. Being a novice I needed help with how to work the deep-sea fishing rod. The crew helped when I caught a fish and obeyed the fish and wildlife rules. We caught so many fish! I had a great experience and will highly suggest to my family and friends. Also he plays great music.

Fished May 2016

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Went fishing on Saturday, October 24, 2015

Captain Taylor is great with kids and adults . You do not have to have lots of experience ! Great time , the boat is beautiful !

Fished October 2015

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Went fishing on Sunday, May 1, 2016

What a great trip. We arrived to the boat and everyhting was ready to go. The boat is always clean and tackle is in great condition.  There is no doubt that the captain has many years of experience fishing the gulf coast and beyond.

Highly recommend a trip with Destin Backcountry for a half or full day trip.

Fished May 2016

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Went fishing on Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Every year the 3 of us come down to Destin for a weekend of fishing in the gulf of Mexico. This is our second year fishing with Captain Taylor and we plan to fish with him for years to come. We went out in the gulf to site fish for cobia. We ended up spotting a 75lb slob, it definitely was a weekend we will never forget!

Fished May 2016

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Went fishing on Saturday, April 30, 2016

If you want to make memories for your family then don’t miss this experience.  We even had our 70 year old grandma catching fish.  Was a fun trip for the kids too-they loved stopping at the water slide at crab island as much as fishing.  We stopped for lunch at a seaside place too.  Just one of those once in a lifetime family memories.  I would recommend this bay fishing trip over the gulf - just more comfortable for the family and lots more fun if you have children.  Take towels, hats, etc.  We loaded up on drinks and snacks.

Fished April 2016

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