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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Excellent
4.9 / 5
(153 reviews)
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Destin
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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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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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JONATHAN H.
Manchester, MO
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

Great Captain!

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip (PM) on March 24, 2022
Captain Mike was a very nice guy!  He is a very honest guy as well.  He told us upfront that the fishing may not be the greatest...
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Jodi N.
Blue Springs, MO
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

Great trip!

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip (AM) on June 22, 2022
We gave some freedom as far as what we wanted to fish for. We blocked a 6hr trip and just asked him to show these Midwest boys...
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Christopher P.
South Beloit, IL
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

4 hour morning trip

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip (AM) on March 24, 2022
Highly recommend!! Captain mike was very friendly.  Family had great conversations with him and he was very attentive to my...
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Mark R.
Daleville, IN
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

Fishing with Mike

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip (PM) on October 13, 2022
Fishing wasn’t the best but captain mike tried and we were able to catch a few
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Jeff W.
Cloverdale, IN
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

4 hour trip. Kids are avid fisherman now. What a great trip!!!

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip (PM) on July 29, 2022
Capt Mike handled our trip from beginning to end. We were on the fish we were looking for immediately after we got on the water....
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