Captain
Mike Dates

Member since September 2014 Destin, United States
Background
Mike has been a USCG-licensed Captain since 2002, but he's fished the waters of Destin since 1969. A true native to the area and he just can't get enough of the beautiful village and her incredible fishery. He will work tirelessly to put you on the fish, and employ his wealth of knowledge and experience on every trip he runs. On a personal note, I love this business because I get to meet some really great people everyday and I feel relaxed and at home on the water. Start out as a client, end the trip as a friend.
Techniques
I prefer live bait fishing but I also artificial bait fish when the conditions exists.

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Destin, United States
Background
Mike has been a USCG-licensed Captain since 2002, but he's fished the waters of Destin since 1969. A true native to the area and he just can't get enough of the beautiful village and her incredible fishery. He will work tirelessly to put you on the fish, and employ his wealth of knowledge and experience on every trip he runs. On a personal note, I love this business because I get to meet some really great people everyday and I feel relaxed and at home on the water. Start out as a client, end the trip as a friend.
Techniques
I prefer live bait fishing but I also artificial bait fish when the conditions exists.
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4.89
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out of 5 stars from 93 reviews
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Good experience
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Friendly captain
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Recommend this charter
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Appropriate for children
98%
Satisfied with the boat
98%
Catch intended fish
84%
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Nicole D.
Minneapolis, MN
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Great Family Trip!

VERIFIED   NEW  3 Hour Trip – Kids Fun (PM) on March 30, 2021
We did the three hour fishing trip with our 11 year old son and 8 year old daughter.  The water was pretty rough so we stayed...
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Luke W.
Danville, IN
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Variety of action

VERIFIED   NEW  5 Hour Trip (PM) on March 29, 2021
Had a great trip and caught lots of fish. I’ll book with Mike again.
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Jesse J.
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VERIFIED   NEW  3 Hour Trip – Kids Fun (PM) on April 5, 2021
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Jeff G.
PENDLETN CNTY, KY
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VERIFIED   NEW  4 Hour Trip (AM) on April 5, 2021
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Jason R.
Houston, TX
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VERIFIED   3 Hour Trip – Kids Fun (PM) on August 27, 2020
Captain Mike was excellent with my son. We just got into fishing, so my son asked lots of questions. He took the time to answer...
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