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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First Shot Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(153 reviews)
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Rating Summary
Excellent
4.9 / 5
out of 5 stars from 153 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.9 / 5
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6 hr trip with captain Mike
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
97%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
98%
Appropriate for children
96%
Satisfied with the boat
98%
Catch intended fish
89%
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Jeremy W.
Oak Ridge, Tennessee
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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6 hr trip with captain Mike

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip (AM) on October 14, 2022
I have been fishing the gulf during different times of the year, from the bay to 80 miles offshore every year since I was 14...
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Kameron G.
Sioux Center, IA
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Morning 4 Hour Trip w/ Captain Mike!

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip (AM) on April 10, 2022
My brother & I had a perfect fishing trip first thing in the morning with Captain Mike! We stopped at our first spot to catch...
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Rick U.
Hixson, Tennessee
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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6 Hour trip with Captain Mike

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip (AM) on April 1, 2022
We booked a 6-hour morning trip with Captain Mike.  He was honest with us when we contacted him early in the week letting...
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Dustin H.
Atlanta, Georgia
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

On the water with Captain Mike

VERIFIED   8 Hour Trip on August 4, 2022
We had an eventful day on the water. We started off good but the trip was cut short due to weather conditions and rough waves....
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Nathan M.
New Orleans, Louisiana
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Morning, October 8th, a 6hr tour.

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip (AM) on October 8, 2022
Excellent day on the water. Capt Mike has his boat kitted out with whatever is needed. He has the local knowledge and experience...
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