Captain
Bill Albanese

Member since June 2016

Niceville, United States

Background
Warmer weather and the beautiful blue-green waters of the Panhandle lured me south after what seemed like a lifetime of working and fishing in the northeast. It only took a few trips to Destin with my wife from Louisiana, who grew up visiting Destin, to convince me to retire early from Iron Working in NYC and make a career change in paradise. So my wife, my dog, my boat and I moved south! While still in NY in 2011, I upgraded my Captain's license to the 100 ton master's license. Also while in NY, I was active in the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary. I would love for you to book a charter with us at Topped Out Charters so I can hear your story while we are catching fish and enjoying being out in the Gulf of Mexico waters.

Hey, I'm Captain Bill Albanese

Niceville, United States
Background
Warmer weather and the beautiful blue-green waters of the Panhandle lured me south after what seemed like a lifetime of working and fishing in the northeast. It only took a few trips to Destin with my wife from Louisiana, who grew up visiting Destin, to convince me to retire early from Iron Working in NYC and make a career change in paradise. So my wife, my dog, my boat and I moved south! While still in NY in 2011, I upgraded my Captain's license to the 100 ton master's license. Also while in NY, I was active in the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary. I would love for you to book a charter with us at Topped Out Charters so I can hear your story while we are catching fish and enjoying being out in the Gulf of Mexico waters.

My Charter Listings

Niceville
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US$ 650

Fishing Reports

Good Day - Keepers and Releasers

June 14, 2016

Did a lot of catching. The kings, red snapper and blackfin tuna were biting. A few got away but more than enough ended up in the fish box. Also caught many amberjacks and trigger fish that are out of… Read Full Report →


Fin-tastic Family Fish Day!

June 23, 2016

It was a great day out with a fun family. We hit 5 fishing holes, 3 of them were really awesome. We let go of all of the shorts, we got bit off on another half dozen and ended… Read Full Report →


Fishing Report or Champagne Report?

June 24, 2016

Great group of girls out on a bachelorette fishing party so of course we had to break out a bottle of the bubbly to celebrate. We told them they could not pop the cork until they caught their first… Read Full Report →


Chill Out and Fish

June 29, 2016

These guys came out to relax and have fun. And that they did. Before Mother Nature decided to surround us with clouds and some far off lightening we were able to get some good pole bending in. We caught… Read Full Report →


This Shark Made a Splash!

July 02, 2016

We were kept busy at two very active fishing holes today. We caught our usual keepers such as red snapper and king mackerel, and of course plenty of the usual releasers. In addition we were visited by not only… Read Full Report →


Wavey Week

July 07, 2016

The week started out with high waves but we had a few charters that wanted to tough it out and go fishing anyway. All week long we were catching red snapper and plenty of amberjack that had to be… Read Full Report →


52 Inch Cobia - What a fight!

July 12, 2016

My kids came down from Long Island in New York so of course I had to take them out to show them our beautiful waters here and abundant fishing. What a day we had! Among our favorite catches were… Read Full Report →


Cobia Lightening Strikes Twice!!!

July 20, 2016

We brought in another sizable Cobia. This one was even bigger and stronger than the last one! Sure wish Red Snapper was still in season because we caught a real beauty that we had to release. These two fishermen… Read Full Report →


Family Fishing Fun

July 18, 2016

This family is from Texas and wanted to experience fishing in the Gulf of Mexico in the Destin area. After fishing for our own live bait, they got plenty of big pulls and caught a nice size King Mackerel… Read Full Report →


AJ Day!

July 21, 2016

Big Fights! Big AJs! Big Fun! Great group today. They were not afraid to fight. They quickly met the challenge that the fish were putting on them. Read Full Report →


Making It Happen!

August 04, 2016

1. Threatening thunderstorms = monitor the reports, start at 10:30a.m rather than 5:30a.m, 2. Scattered and lack of live bait = follow them and work it until we fill the bait wells. 3. Dolphin invading our intended fishing holes… Read Full Report →


Bent Poles

August 06, 2016

These self proclaimed newbies were anything but! We were bending poles all day long with some real fighters. Among them were AJ, King Mackerel, Red Snapper and Mingo. And we will never know what was on the end of… Read Full Report →


Watch Out for that Tree!!!

August 22, 2016

I mean that in a good way and a bad way. A huge log floating randomly in the Gulf could make for a huge disaster if you're not paying attention or a great day of fishing if you are… Read Full Report →


Father and Sons Fishing Trip

September 15, 2016

Had a great day with this Texan family. The bait fish were on fire. Caught a lot and fast. Waves were pushing 3 foot but it didn't stop this crew from landing two 37 inch AJs plus another half… Read Full Report →


10 Year Anniversary Fishing Trip

September 22, 2016

What a treat to have this fantastic couple celebrate their 10 year anniversary with a fishing trip with us at Topped Out Charters. This couple defines team work - even managed to land 2 fish at the same time… Read Full Report →


Oh Snap!

October 18, 2016

Two out of three of these guys came with zero experience. Three out of three left with maximum results. Caught 50+ inch Cobia, huge Red Snapper, nice sized Amberjack, not to mention all of the monster break offs we… Read Full Report →


Small Bait, Big Fish

October 20, 2016

Small bait presented a challenge, but we were still able to hook on to some nice sized AJ, a few Trigger Fish and a King Mackerel. Caught and lost some big hook-ups. Read Full Report →


Abundant Amber Jack!

October 23, 2016

Started out right....plentiful and multiple sized bait. Rough conditions - 3 to 5 foot seas, east winds, 20 knots plus. Still able to land plenty of big sized Amber Jack. At one point 3 out of 3 poles bent… Read Full Report →

Customer Reviews

5.00 out of 5 stars from 19 reviews

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Went fishing on Thursday, September 22, 2016

My wife and I went out with Captain Bill today for our first ever off shore charter.  We had an amazing time. Bill was extremely friendly and professional. We could tell that he was truly wanting us to have a memorable experience. When we do it again, we will definitely use Bill next time.

Fished September 2016

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Replied to this review on Friday, September 23, 2016

Congratulations on your 10th anniversary.  I really liked the way y’all finished the day by both catching a fish at the same exact time.  With tangled lines you still landed both fish!  True sign that you belong together.  I look forward to fishing with you both again.

Went fishing on Thursday, September 15, 2016

This was by far the best experience I have had fishing in the ocean. I take my three boys deep sea fishing once a year and have used the same person twice. That will not be the case from here on out. Captain Bill has my business as long as I am anywhere near him. He is very attentive and will do what it takes to make the trip successful. Look forward to next years trip already.

Fished September 2016

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Replied to this review on Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Thanks for the great review Eric.  I look forward to next year’s trip too.  You and your boys were genuinely great people and fishermen to be with out on the Gulf of Mexico.  I appreciated the experience of being out there with y’all.

Went fishing on Thursday, August 18, 2016

Captain Bill was great and a very personable captain ( I’ve been on some before where the Captain wasn’t so friendly, so that’s always a plus).  We did not have the best conditions but Capt Bill went out of his way (used a ton of gas) to make sure we had the best trip possible.  I would definitely recommend him.

Fished August 2016

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Replied to this review on Friday, August 19, 2016

You all did a great job and it was my pleasure fishing with you guys.  Thank you for the terrific review and the recommendation.  Hope to have the chance to take you all out fishing again!  By the way thanks for posting pics.  You got some good ones.

Went fishing on Saturday, August 6, 2016

This was our very first deep sea fishing experience and by far was the highlight of our vacation.  Captain Bill knows the water, where the fish are and how to have a great time, he made out trip an enjoyable one. 

For us newbies he was spot on in teaching and hooking the bait for us. 

We came home that night and cooked up a feast, family loved it, this won’t be my last trip I plan to schedule another one with Captain Bill! 

Thanks again Captain Bill! 

Fished August 2016

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Replied to this review on Tuesday, August 9, 2016

It was really fun fishing with you guys and girls.  You all worked so well together and quickly learned what to do and how to do it.  Pretty much you guys were on autopilot after the first couple of drops.  I look forward to fishing with you all again, but you definitely won’t be able to be classified as newbies any longer.  Thanks for reviewing us on FishingBooker and great job out there!

Went fishing on Monday, August 1, 2016

Our trip was postponed later in the day due to weather.  We had 3 boys (6,7&9) and 2 adults. Captain Bill was very patient and worked very hard to make sure everyone had a good time and caught fish.  Would highly recommend to others.

Fished August 2016

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Replied to this review on Monday, August 8, 2016

Hi Charles.  Thanks so much for the review and recommendation.  My wife and I were just in New Orleans visiting my mother in law and we were showing her the pictures of your fishing trip with the boys doing their “jobs” on the boat.  They were sharp on their tasks of loading the bait wells and “cleaning” the boat.  First Mates in training!

Went fishing on Thursday, August 4, 2016

We really enjoyed fishing with Capt. Bill. Even on a day where the weather wasn’t looking good and the Dolphins were chasing off our fish, Capt. Bill made it an enjoyable trip and put us on some AJs and some Mingo and a grouper. We’re grilling it right now.
His boat gets you to the spots fast and he will move if you’re not hooking up.
I would highly recommend fishing with “The Ironworker”!!!
We’ll be back for another trip soon.
Thanks Bill.

Fished August 2016

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Replied to this review on Friday, August 5, 2016

Thanks Chris for your awesome review.  I enjoyed the day very much with you, your friends and your family.  I can smell the fish grilling from here and i think I hear a break off fish story in the background.  Haha.  You guys and girls were spot on.  Hope to get together again with you guys soon.  Thanks much.  Capt. Bill

Went fishing on Saturday, July 30, 2016

Great boat and he knows the waters well. We came late in the season so the waters were very warm. He worked hard to find fish and make a great trip for my wife and I.

Fished July 2016

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Replied to this review on Monday, August 1, 2016

Thank you for your review Jason.  You and Elizabeth were such a lovely couple to go out on the water with.  You both put up a good fight with that AJ.  Great team you two make!  Hope to see you both again and thanks for choosing Topped Out Charters.


Went fishing on Thursday, July 21, 2016

Captain Bill did a great job putting us on fish. He worked hard to locate and set everyone up. I have already recommended him to my friends! I will rebook with him as well…...

Fished July 2016

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Bill Albanese (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Friday, July 22, 2016

Thanks Craig.  I enjoyed fishing with you guys.  Thanks for the recommendations and the perfect ratings in your review.  Hope to see you again soon.

Went fishing on Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Captain Bill let us know up front that this time of year the fish would be hard to get. But once we got started the bait fish hit fast. As soon as we got our bait fish, we were GONE! With his badass boat, we got to his fishing spots faster than the other boats that left earlier. We were on fish at the first cast! For two ocean amateurs, it was a learning curve, but with some coaching, the next cast came up with a 50” Cobia! We didn’t know what we had caught but knew it was good when Captain let us know. After that, we pulled up. Red Snapper but had to throw it back due to out of season! We had 2 more really big ones on the line that snapped our lines after a little fight! Captain Bill was extremely knowledgeable, honest, and straight forward. He helped us bass fishing rookies on a trip of a lifetime! He even risked taking a dip for an amazing Cobia! Hope that leg is feeling better. He did everything possible to get us on fish and have a great experience!! Thank you very much for the memories Captain Bill, we WILL BE SEEING YOU AGAIN AND WILL RECOMMEND YOU to everyone we talk to. Thanks from Texas

Fished July 2016

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Replied to this review on Friday, July 22, 2016

No Caleb - YOU da Man!  Your review was spot on and fun to read.  The only part of your review that was watered down was the dip in the water part - I’m in such trouble with my wife!  LOL. You guys were easily coachable and passed the learning curve immediately.  Good job out there guys.  Talk to you soon.

Went fishing on Thursday, July 7, 2016

We had a great 6 hr. charter with captain Bill. It was nice being on a vessel that was top notch. Captain Bill has all of the up to date equipment to give his customers the best chance to catch fish. Within 5 minutes of dropping bait at our first fishing spot we landed a nice Amberjack. That same fishing hole put us on Bonita, Mackerel, Grouper, and a variety of others I can’t remember. The Grouper I fought so hard with was definitely the biggest fish, and biggest fight, I have ever experienced. Even though the prize of the grouper meat went to the shark, I still have a great story to tell! We ended the day with a couple red snapper and brought home some dinner. Thank you captain Bill for a great time!

Fished July 2016

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Bill Albanese (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Sunday, July 10, 2016

It was my pleasure Jeremy.  Thanks for your fantastic review.  I just can’t keep thinking of what a picture of you and the guys would have looked like if that monster grouper was fully intact and not taken by the shark only 10 feet from the boat.  Crazy stuff!  Safe trip home.  Hope to see you again next year.

Went fishing on Saturday, July 2, 2016

Bill was a Great Captain and Guide. He took us directly to active bait and fishing holes. We quickly collected bait and took to the deeper waters where we brought-in a 6ft Shark, mess of Snapper and other various fish.

Fished July 2016

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Bill Albanese (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, July 4, 2016

Thank you for the nice review James.  The pictures you posted are awesome.  You and your family were very fun and enjoyable to spend the day with.  Thanks again for choosing Topped Out Charters!  Hope you had a great vacation and a fun 4th of July.

Went fishing on Thursday, June 23, 2016

Captain Bill is very knowledgeable and capable in his craft. It was clear from the quality equipment and his plethora of gps coordinates that he knew both how to catch fish and where to find them.
In addition, it’s pertinent to recognize his great demeanor, the man is a gentlemen by all counts.
We do a lot of charter trips and Topped Out is second to none. Thanks and all the very best, Capt Bill.

Fished June 2016

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Bill Albanese (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Sunday, June 26, 2016

Thanks Matt for giving me the opportunity to take you and your fantastic family out on a fishing charter.  It would be honest to say that I had as much fun as you guys did.  It was enjoyable to watch you and your son have a memorable bonding experience.  Your review was very much appreciated.  All the best to you and your family as well.  Hope to see you again next year during your Destin vacation.

Went fishing on Tuesday, June 14, 2016

I travel yearly with friends and family to the Destin area. The guys always take a fishing trip. Hands down….this year was the best trip ever! Capt. Bill treated us like family. Growing up in the south, I was a bit “concerned” of taking a fishin trip with a guy from New York? Boy was I wrong! Awesome guy, fun trip.
We’ve even discussed coming back just for a guy trip to go fish with Capt Bill.
You won’t be disappointed.
Thank you Cap for great fishing,a fun trip and lifelong memories!

Fished June 2016

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Replied to this review on Friday, June 24, 2016

Fuhgeddaboudit!  LOL.  Great fishing trip for sure.  But more importantly, I’m glad I was able to break the bad rep NY has.  But you Tennessee guys made that easy for me.  Hope to see Y’ALL again soon for another day of catching.

Went fishing on Tuesday, June 14, 2016

4 of us from Nashville were tired of the “big boat” trips and opted for something a little more personable and smaller. Found Capt. Bill through a mutual friend. First off, a sharp CLEAN new 30’ CC w/ twin 300’s to get us out fast. Awesome electronics and being a fisherman myself was awesome to sit beside him at console and be able to see both 12” Simrads was too cool. Being able to see the color light up on the screen and know there are fish under the boat and know you’re about to get bit is neat. Slow first hole but got on them good with a 25lb King and 2 good AJs. Caught snapper, trigger, tunas, vermillion, all on a 6 hour trip. Not a bad day at all. The best thing is being able to quickly pull up and get to the next spot quickly without wasting time driving. All his equipment was top notch and even trolled for some kings on they way back in while we had some electronics “training”. Awesome experience, I would recommend to anyone. Plan on booking again next year!!!!!!

Fished June 2016

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Bill Albanese (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Thursday, June 23, 2016

Thanks Tant.  It is always fun for me when I have anglers who are interested in the electronics and being in the “co-pilot” seat.  It was my pleasure being out there with you guys and I look forward to taking you out fishing again next year.

Went fishing on Sunday, May 29, 2016

Outstanding experience. Capt. Billy was right on target with his fishing locations and techniques. Highly recommend his services for novice fishermen or experts. Truly an awesome day on the beautiful gulf waters.

Fished May 2016

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Bill Albanese (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Thanks Vince.  I’d have to put you in the expert category.  It was a nice easy day out.  I have to say, I love my job!

Went fishing on Friday, June 10, 2016

A group of us from a fish club in New Orleans decided to book a fishing trip in Destin.  We know Bill from mutual friends and booked with him.  The trip exceeded our expectations.  We came home with plenty of fillets for a big family style fish fry.  Bill cleaned our fish while we grabbed a cold one in the bar and told fish stories.  Thanks Captain!

Fished June 2016

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Bill Albanese (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Tuesday, June 14, 2016

I bet those were some good fish stories.  Thanks for taking the time to write a review.  I have a couple of the pictures from that trip posted here.  Safe travels back to New Orleans.  Come fish with us again soon!

Went fishing on Monday, May 2, 2016

Capt Bill was very amiable, informative, knowledgeable and patient. Got into schoolie dolphins and very nice amberjacks. Wife had an especially good time since she caught the biggest fish. Beautiful, fast boat, top quality gear. Having friend Zach along as a deckhand was a definite plus.

Looking forward to the next adventure.

Rick & Zyna

Fished May 2016

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Bill Albanese (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, June 13, 2016

Thanks for the great review Rick.  That was a fun day with an awesome group of people.  Hoping our man Zack is keeping as safe as possible while away protecting and serving our country.  This picture of Zyna is one of our favorites at Topped Out Charters.


Went fishing on Saturday, May 21, 2016

My husband and I went out with Captain Billy in May.  We had an awesome time. I had never fished before and Billy was so patient and helpful in teaching me what to do and I even caught some fish, so that was exciting.  My husbands first catch of the day was a baby shark!! Everything we needed was provided for us and was very nice. We lucked out because it was a gorgeous day to boot. We definitely want to go back and take our 2 sons(1 has never fished before and the other only once).  I t was a wonderful way to spend the day - Thanks Captain Billy - hope to be back soon!!!

Fished May 2016

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Replied to this review on Monday, June 13, 2016

Thanks for taking the time to give us a review.  You and Wayne were naturals!  We look forward to getting your sons out on the water with you guys next year.  Great pics!

Went fishing on Saturday, May 7, 2016

I booked a trip with Captain Bill for Mother’s Day weekend.  My wife and I and our boys love to fish any chance we get so I wanted to go out on a special family trip to celebrate Mother’s Day.  We had a great day out.  The kids loved seeing all of the dolphins and catching the bait fish.  We had to help them with the big fish - and we caught a lot of them.  Captain Bill was very helpful and patient with the boys and had a lot of good pointers for all of us.  Of course, my wife ended up with the biggest catch of the day!  Thanks Captain Bill.  We’ll see you next year!

Fished May 2016

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Bill Albanese (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, June 13, 2016

It WAS Mother’s Day, so I’m glad Britt ended up with the biggest catch of the day!  Thanks for spending part of your Mother’s Day weekend with us on a Topped Out Charter.  It was a fun day.  Your boys were very entertaining.  Hope you and your family have a fun and safe summer.