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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Jesse H.
NORTH PRINCE GEORGE, VA
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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4 hour trip

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip (PM) on July 7, 2022
My fiance and I booked a 4hr trip with Mike, had a great time! Caught some fish and made some memories. Mike was awesome and...
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Darrell P.
Lebanon, Tennessee
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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June fishing trip

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip (AM) on June 21, 2022
Started out really slow catch bait fish.  But the captain put us on the fish.  Quickly caught 3 large Red snapper.  Then...
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Amy R.
Swanton, OH
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

Fun half day trip

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip (AM) on June 13, 2022
Kids and husband had a blast fishing! Mike is very personable and knowledgeable about fishing and area. Definitely recommend...
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Robb R.
Orlando, Florida
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

3hr Kids Bay trip

VERIFIED   3 Hour Trip – Kids Fun (PM) on June 6, 2022
We had a great time on this excursion. The captain and his assistant were friendly, attentive, and made it a truly great experience...
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Bryan L.
Erwin, TN
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 May 28, 2022
The best charter trip in Destin Florida , Captain Mike was awesome and had us on fish all day, the man really knows his spots,...
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