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.
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88 reviews
Destin
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4.89
out of 5 stars from 88 reviews
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Good experience
96%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
99%
Appropriate for children
98%
Satisfied with the boat
98%
Catch intended fish
83%
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Jason R.
Houston, TX
 4.67
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Half day trip

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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Emir S.
Houston, TX
 5.00
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Captain is a great guy..

VERIFIED   3 Hour Trip – Kids Fun (PM) on September 30, 2020
Captain Mike went above and beyond to make our boys remember this trip.. We caught several different fishes and also we had...
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Justin B.
Reevesville, SC
 5.00
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August fishing trip

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip (AM) on August 5, 2020
We had a great time with Captain Mike! Such a cool laid back yet knowledgeable guy. He went above and beyond to give us a great...
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Ray G.
Brentwood, TN
 5.00
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Spanish Mackerel Boatload!

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip (PM) on March 19, 2020
My son (9) and I had a wonderful trip with Captain Mike!  Our enjoyment and happiness were always first on his mind. ...
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Lee N.
Memphis, TN
 5.00
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VERIFIED   NEW  3/4 Day Trip (AM) on December 23, 2020
Perfect trip with captain Mike
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