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.

Hey, I'm Captain Mike Dates

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.

My Charter Listing

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(177 reviews)
Destin
 Last booking: 4 days ago
 Instant Confirmation
trips from US $650

Customer reviews

Rating summary
Excellent
4.9 / 5
out of 5 stars from 177 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Photos & videos by reviewers (200)
First Red Snapper of the day!
Successful Red Snapper trip with Capt Mike
Capt Mike hit the spots and got our quota!
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Angler rating
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Anglers claimed
Good experience
96%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
98%
Appropriate for children
96%
Satisfied with the boat
98%
Caught fish
89%
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Rachel M.
Woodland Hills, KY
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

Captain Mike

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip (PM) on August 14, 2023
My fiancé and I have done charters in Oregon and multiple in Hawaii and never have we had so much fun and caught so many fish!...
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Karabel B.
The Woodlands, TX
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

Destin’s BEST fish captain and fishing experience!

VERIFIED   3 Hour Trip – Kids Fun (PM) on March 15, 2023
It was a pleasure getting to know Captain Mike and being on this Charter boat with him! He was very personable and knowledgeable...
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Alan H.
Bennington, NE
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

Great trip

VERIFIED   3 Hour Trip – Kids Fun (PM) on April 6, 2023
My daughter(6) and I booked a 3 hour kids trip with Mike and he made it a great time. Started with Mike knowing the fishing...
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Khoa N.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Experience:
Very good
4.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

Fishing with Mike

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip (AM) on July 15, 2023
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Jon T.
Saint Albans, West Virginia
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

Special Trip W/Captain Mike

VERIFIED   Special 4 hour trip for Jon Teams on July 7, 2023
Caption Mike is AWESOME!! We contacted him during busy season to try and schedule a fairly last minute trip for my wife’s...
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