Captain
Craig Williams

Member since August 2016

Orange Beach, United States

Background
Captain Craig has fished the waters of Pensacola, Gulf Shores, and Orange Beach, as well as the waterways of Destin, Indian Pass, St. Joe’s Bay, Amelia Island, and Key West for over 20 years. Craig’s love for the salt air has made him fulfil his lifelong dream of guiding: after 25 years of a successful career in retail management, he decided to start his own charter company. Craig is passionate about making every adventure on the water a great experience for any of his guests or friends. He especially enjoys putting his younger clients on their first ever fish and seeing the smile on their faces. Captain Craig’s goal is to "Live life to the fullest every day".
Techniques
Our goal here at Emerald "C" Fishing Charters is to provide a great saltwater adventure and family freindly private charter experiance. We want to make great memories for our clients while adhering to all fishing regulations. Our charter service enjoys having all ranges in ages and knowledge levels. We really have a passion for being able to participate in the growth of the kids while they enjoy and learn about the great outdoors and gain there love for fishing. Our goal is to exceed our clients expectations and and build relationships for years to come!

Hey, I'm Captain Craig Williams

Orange Beach, United States
Background
Captain Craig has fished the waters of Pensacola, Gulf Shores, and Orange Beach, as well as the waterways of Destin, Indian Pass, St. Joe’s Bay, Amelia Island, and Key West for over 20 years. Craig’s love for the salt air has made him fulfil his lifelong dream of guiding: after 25 years of a successful career in retail management, he decided to start his own charter company. Craig is passionate about making every adventure on the water a great experience for any of his guests or friends. He especially enjoys putting his younger clients on their first ever fish and seeing the smile on their faces. Captain Craig’s goal is to "Live life to the fullest every day".
Techniques
Our goal here at Emerald "C" Fishing Charters is to provide a great saltwater adventure and family freindly private charter experiance. We want to make great memories for our clients while adhering to all fishing regulations. Our charter service enjoys having all ranges in ages and knowledge levels. We really have a passion for being able to participate in the growth of the kids while they enjoy and learn about the great outdoors and gain there love for fishing. Our goal is to exceed our clients expectations and and build relationships for years to come!
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My Charter Listings

    
Orange Beach
trips from
US$ 350
    
Pensacola
trips from
US$ 350
Perdido Key
trips from
US$ 350

Customer Reviews

4.81 out of 5 stars from 78 reviews

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Went fishing on Friday, October 20, 2017

We had Captain Keith. Great trip for my 12 and 14 year old. He was very patient and was a kid himself. Boat and equipment were top notch. Would definitely book again.

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Went fishing on Saturday, October 21, 2017

Capt Keith did a great job putting us on some fish despite some heavy wind and waves today.
Awesome guy with some great knowledge and skills. 
Our group had a blast and a couple caught their biggest fish ever which made the experience that much more special.
Thanks Capt. Keith!  Look forward to another trip soon.

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Went fishing on Wednesday, October 11, 2017

This was my wife and I’s first trip saltwater fishing.  We opted for the inshore version to see how we liked it.  Our morning started off with a heavy fog…just right for topwater bite.  Captain Keith put us on trout and redfish, which were a blast.  After the morning topwater bite slowed, we moved places and got onto more fish with shrimp for bait.  4 hours goes by way too fast!!  I forgot how many we did catch ...but it was a bunch!

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Went fishing on Saturday, October 7, 2017

A++++

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Went fishing on Friday, September 22, 2017

The trip was outstanding and Captain Craig was excellent in helping us locate and catch the fish totally recommend the trip

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Went fishing on Thursday, September 21, 2017

We all had limited fishing experience but Keith hustled to keep us fishing.  He was knowledgeable and patient with our questions. We would have liked more keepers.  Looking forward to our next trip.

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Went fishing on Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Great day on the water. Captain Craig was on top of it all. Will use him again in the future. Worth every penny

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Went fishing on Wednesday, September 13, 2017

I booked this trip as a present for my father-in-law.  He had a great time! We caught about 15 spanish mackerel.  Captain Craig is a great captain.  We even got to see the Blue Angels practice in the sky overhead during some of our trip.

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Went fishing on Monday, September 4, 2017

We booked a half day trip with Craig and had a blast. Craig was easy going and put us on a lot of fish. We are looking forward to taking our kids on the next trip. I highly recommend Captain Craig.

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Went fishing on Saturday, September 2, 2017

Best trip I have taken. I have been on a few trips this one is far the best. The captain with professional, friendly,  also great with my 8 yr old nephew. Caught a bunch of fish. Caught red snapper, Spanish mackerel, flounder, gag grouper, shark, and hooked I big cob is. Captain was a great guide and host.

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Went fishing on Monday, August 28, 2017

Was expecting to fish for specks, red fish and flounder. But we targeted spanish mackeral and they were plentiful. We caught about 20 and brought about a dozen home.  The water was very rough but Captain Craig managed it well. We would go out with fhim again.

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Went fishing on Saturday, August 26, 2017

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Went fishing on Wednesday, August 16, 2017

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Went fishing on Tuesday, August 15, 2017

This was a great trip. Took my family of four and was very happy with Captain Craig. Would highly recommend him and this trip.

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Went fishing on Monday, August 14, 2017

Had a great time caught a lot of fish

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Went fishing on Thursday, August 10, 2017

AMAZING! Not only did captain Craig care about us getting fish,  he truly cared about the well being of my family! He made sure we (my husband, 6yr old son and myself) were all catching fish. My 6yr old son had the time of his life.  Capt Craig went above and beyond to ensure we caught fish, taught us some history, and even cared about my families safety! I would truly recommend going fishing with Capt. Craig. We will be doing this again! Thank you Capt Craig for an amazing trip! The Gray Family

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Went fishing on Saturday, August 12, 2017

I booked this trip for my husband for his birthday. He and our 2 boys (17 & 22) had a great time. The captain was great and very professional.  Thank you!

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Went fishing on Thursday, August 10, 2017

Had a great time on the water today. Craig is a great guy and you can tell he loves what he does. It did not take long for him to put us on the fish. All around good time.

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Went fishing on Monday, August 7, 2017

Capt. Keith was very knowledgeable and made sure we were on the fish.  The entire family had a great time.

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Went fishing on Sunday, August 6, 2017

Fishing with Keith at Emerald C Fishing Chater was like a morning fishing trip with a buddy.  You can tell Keith has a passion for fishing and an interest to making and enjoyable fishing trip for his customers.

We will definitely use this Emerald C again next time we charter a trip in the area

Thanks again Keith…. be safe and tight
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Fished August 2017

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Went fishing on Sunday, July 23, 2017

Keith was great - very friendly and knowledgeable.  He tried to get the kids involved (ages 9, 7 and 4) but the water was so choppy it was hard for them to stand up.  The high winds also prevented us from catching any fish of keeping size, however after lots of effort we did bring home one trout.  Having fished for most of my 40 years, I understand sometimes you just get skunked. However, I think the Captain probably should’ve rescheduled the trip due to high winds and rough conditions.  Nice folks though.

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Went fishing on Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Good day to talke the family out - Captain Mike knew the family didn’t possess good sea legs so we stayed a little closer than normal.  Caught a few we could not keep and kept a few Spanish.  Kids did almost all the fishing and we created a lot of great memories.  In fact memories were our greatest bounties.  Thanks Mike - may happiness be with you always.

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Went fishing on Thursday, August 3, 2017

Great trip/guide, I will definitely be using him again.

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Went fishing on Saturday, July 22, 2017

Enjoyed the trip. Caught a lot of fish. But, our keepers were barely legal. I was expecting to fish with some live bait, but there was none. I think we may have caught some bigger fish with live bait. The boat ride to and from the fishing grounds was longer than I expected based in conversation with the captain.

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Went fishing on Monday, July 31, 2017

Great trip with Captain Keith! Great with my 8 y/o son and 17 y/o daughter. Everybody had fun and we all caught fish…thanks for good memories.

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Went fishing on Monday, July 31, 2017

Awesome guy!! Highly recommend!

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Went fishing on Monday, July 17, 2017

Had a wonderful time on this trip!! We had 4 people fishing at one time and all caught fish the entire trip. We ended up with 4 bags of fish to take home. We even had dolphins come up to the boat! Great captain and overall great time with the family. Would recommend this to anyone looking to have a great time on the water!

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Went fishing on Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Totally professional Capt Craig took up time with my wife and stepdaughter to ensure they had awesome fishing experience and safety first also we caught upwards of 70 to 80 fish kept few for grill but some were not in season tks again for your kindness and knowledge of areas of fish tks Capt Craig your new friend William Bo Roberts Btw The Huge Amberjack made trip 40 plus pounds !

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Went fishing on Wednesday, July 19, 2017

We had an awesome trip with Captain Keith.  He was very patient and helpful with my 2 boys ages, 16 and 12, who were on their first deep sea fishing trip. He was very knowledgeable about fishing and operating the boat and the high tech gadgets on board.  After starting a little slow, Keith put us on some Red Snapper and later some Spanish Mackerel.  Too bad Red Snapper were out of season on the day we went or we would of had a cooler full.

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Went fishing on Friday, July 21, 2017

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Went fishing on Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Had a great time on our fishing trip ! Capt. Keith put us on fish . We had a blast !

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Went fishing on Saturday, July 15, 2017

Don’t waste your money, we caught more fish standing on the beach.

If you go, just expect a bouncy boat ride

Timothy Batts does not recommend Emerald “C” Fishing Charters

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Went fishing on Sunday, July 9, 2017

Capt Craig was a pretty awesome guide and his boat was great also. I am new to salt water fishing and he made sure that I got a lot of reel time. We caught a couple of nice snapper and a pretty good king mackerel.

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Went fishing on Saturday, July 15, 2017

Great experience for first time sea fishers and tons of fun!!

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Went fishing on Friday, July 14, 2017

I’ve spent decades in the working in the manufacturer side of the fishing tackle industry and can say with all sincerity that Craig was a great guide. While time and weather weren’t conducive to chasing bigger gamefish he had my wife and I on plenty of fish within minutes!  Perhaps even more enjoyable was his demeanor. VERY pleasant individual. We were thoroughly pleased.

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Went fishing on Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Captain Craig was AWESOME! We had a blast with him and caught an abundance of fish. We will definitely be booking another trip with him.

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Went fishing on Monday, July 10, 2017

By far, the BEST experience ever!  Captain Keith was knowledgeable, helpful, and very personable.  The whole time we were out there, we caught fish.  We brought some snacks, but didn’t even stop to THINK about them, much less take the time to eat anything.  I would HIGHLY recommend this trip and definitely recommend Keith.

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Went fishing on Sunday, July 9, 2017

Our captain did his best to make our experience great. We caught several fish and had a great time.

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Went fishing on Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Everything was great! Captain Craig put us right on fish the whole trip, couldn’t have asked for a better experience for our first offshore trip. We will book with him in the future.

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Went fishing on Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Captain Craig was very nice and very helpful. He went way above the call of duty. Thanks Craig

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Went fishing on Friday, June 30, 2017

Captain Craig was amazing. His boat and equipment was pristine and he anticipated what we needed before we even knew we did which allowed my dad and I to focus on some bonding Father-Daughter time. I’m looking forward to visiting Pensacola again, only next time more for the fishing than the beach! Thanks Capt for such a great time out on the waters.

Fished June 2017

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Went fishing on Sunday, July 2, 2017

Booked with Emereld C. Was difficult communicating pre-trip. I understand this is a busy time of year. I called and emailed. Got a text with a planned call. The call did not come. I traveled to Florida without knowing the details of the trip. After I sent a text the evening before, I got a call about 9PM the night before the trip. I was asked to change my time to a morning trip. That was actually preferable for me, so this is informational. That is in no way a negative.  I was also asked to go with a different charter than the one I booked. That was fine as well. We ended up going with Captain Josh of Lim-It-Out Charters. Josh was great. He was professional and friendly. He attempted to put us on Red Snapper out in the gulf which we appreciated. My son caught one fish there and a few bites without fish. We moved inshore to fish for red fish and trout. Not much luck there either.  My other son reeled in a trout that Josh hooked. So we came home with two fish. Can’t blame Josh for the fish not biting. Like I said, he was very friendly, professional, and helpful. We really need more experience as anglers. We would definitely book with Josh again and we plan to as soon as we can.

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Went fishing on Friday, June 30, 2017

We had so much fun fishing with Craig! We will be back again!

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Went fishing on Saturday, July 1, 2017

Great trip. He took 4 of us out, 3 with no fishing experience. He got us to a reef where the snapper were hitting the bait fairly regularly. He taught the newcomers what to do and took great care of everyone. We highly recommend Captain Williams if you want a great half day fishing trip.

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Went fishing on Monday, June 26, 2017

our trip was scheduled days after Storm Cindy was gone. Captain Craig called and asked us to postpone a day. We agreed. He mention giving us another captain. I advised no we had booked with him because of his rating. Again told him we booked with him. He had another captain booked to us anyway for the next day.  Then that captain cancelled. Finally went out on Wed. Our trip was booked for Monday.  Captain Craig was a big let down. Did not honor his trip reservation. Not please with this trip at all.

Marvin Carr does not recommend Emerald “C” Fishing Charters

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Went fishing on Monday, June 26, 2017

The boat was fantastic, captain was very knowledgeable, very quick to help. I’ve been on a lot of trips this one was the best equipped and kid friendly I’ve been on!

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Went fishing on Monday, June 19, 2017

We went out with Captain Keith.  Due to tropical storm Cindy approaching, we were unable to go to the desired location but still had a great trip and caught some fish.  Keith was very passionate about fishing and made the experience for my family a great one.

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Went fishing on Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Had a great time and caught a lot of fish. We will be back!

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Went fishing on Monday, June 12, 2017

My experience with booking was excellent, however due to severe weather, the trip was cancelled, and wasn’t able to reschedule. Thanks Capt Craig for all your effort with attempting to get my family on another trip.

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Went fishing on Monday, June 12, 2017

Captain Craig was wonderful. He was great with our kids and we all caught fish. You won’t be disappointed.

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Went fishing on Saturday, June 10, 2017

Great Captain.  Great Service.  Great Experience.  I’ve fished with a lot of captains throughout the years but this guide has been the best.  Can’t say enough good things about the entire experience.  If you want to catch fish then sit back enjoy your time on the water and if they are biting you will catch fish.

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Went fishing on Sunday, June 4, 2017

My husband and I went out on a 4 hour trip and loved every minute. Mr. Craig was super friendly and helped me on bettering my casting and made sure we came home with some fish! Would highly recommend!

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Went fishing on Sunday, May 28, 2017

Good boat nice captain

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Went fishing on Friday, May 26, 2017

Great experience. Captain Craig placed us on fish.

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Went fishing on Saturday, May 27, 2017

Had a fantastic time, can’t wait to come back and fish with Emerald “C” Fishing Charters again!

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Went fishing on Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Had a great time with Craig today.  He was very knowledgeable and helpful to everyone on board.  Caught several Redfish.  Tried to pull in a shark and maceral but they got away…

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Went fishing on Wednesday, May 17, 2017

We had a great time. Captain Craig did a great job, very friendly and had a fairly good idea where the fish were. He was a very good captain and really tried to make sure everyone had a good time.

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Went fishing on Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Had a great trip with a friendly captain. Me and my wife would love to go again.

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Went fishing on Tuesday, May 9, 2017

We had a great time ! Craig did a great job keeping us on top of fish. We caught several fish and the whole family had a great trip!

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Went fishing on Tuesday, May 2, 2017

My husband and I booked a 4 hour trip with Craig and had a great time! He made sure to take us to areas where the fishing was most active. He told us stories about the history of the area which made it even more interesting for us. I would highly recommend that anyone book a trip with Craig at Emerald “C” Fishing Charters!

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Craig Williams (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Thursday, May 4, 2017

Cythina it was a pleasure having you and your husband Mike today! Thank you for the kind words. My goal is to make every adventure on the water an enjoyable experience for all families. Hope to see you guys again in the future!!!

Went fishing on Saturday, April 29, 2017

The weather was rough and the seas choppy, capt did a great job finding fish and found the best way to handle the seas. Had a great time will go back again

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Went fishing on Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Perfect weather and fishing experience. Had great fun, kept some fish, and caught a huge Red fish.

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Went fishing on Sunday, April 9, 2017

Awesome day !!! Captain took care of my wife , kept her pole in water

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Went fishing on Saturday, April 8, 2017

Had a great day and had a blast fishing with Captian Craig. Looking forward to coming back and booking another trip

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Went fishing on Thursday, April 6, 2017

The trip was great. Capt. Craig took us to the right spits and we caught a lot of fish. He made sure my son caught fish and had a great time. Craig was very knowledgeable of the area and answered all of our questions. We’ll definitely go out again with him next time we go.

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Craig Williams (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Thursday, April 6, 2017


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Went fishing on Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Great service, slow time of year for fishing but Captain Craig put us on the fish. The four of us caught between 80-100 fish with a couple of line strippers. Made us feel like kids again baiting our hooks. Looking forward to our next trip with the Emerald C.

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Went fishing on Thursday, October 20, 2016

Hello I’m James, I wanna thank Captain Craig for the amazing fishing experience we had. It was a 5 star around the board. Captain Craig was very helpful taking fish off and baiting our hooks, and a extremely nice guy! Can’t say enough about the boat! Very nice and dry, and felt safe. I would definitely recommend Captain Craig to anyone looking for a great day on the the water catching fish.. Thanks again..

Fished October 2016

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Went fishing on Friday, October 14, 2016

What a great day, caught a lot of fish. Captain Craig was wonderful. Stopped at first location but suggested we go a little future to a spot he had fished earlier in the year. Seas had been rough and not been able to get out there but we got lucky and had a beautiful day. Had plenty of live and cut bait. Already planning another trip.

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Went fishing on Friday, September 30, 2016

Great trip with Capt Craig! Beautiful day, beautiful boat, and caught lots of fish! Can’t wait till next time!

Fished September 2016

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Went fishing on Thursday, September 8, 2016

We booked an offshore trip with Capt Craig while we were on vacation in Perdido Key. He was very knowledgeable of the area and put us on fish right away. He was very friendly and his boat was brand new. We will definitely book again with Emerald C Fishing Charters.

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Went fishing on Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Chartered a afternoon shark trip with Captain Craig. Had a great trip and experience hooked and caught several nice sharks including a 5 foot black tip. I can’t wait to do.it again.

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