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.
Anglers Choice
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My Charter Listing

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(154 reviews)
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Destin
 Last booking: 1 hour ago
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trips from $650

Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.9 / 5
out of 5 stars from 154 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.9 / 5
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Destin\u2019s BEST fish captain and fishing experience!
Destin\u2019s BEST fish captain and fishing experience!
Destin\u2019s BEST fish captain and fishing experience!
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Angler Rating
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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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Richard W. P.
Serbia
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Deep Sea Trip

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (Nov 1st - Apr 30th) on April 29, 2015
Capt. MIKE DATES knew where the fish were & was extremely pleasant.
Richard W. P. recommends First Shot Charters
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Jason T.
Serbia
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Experience:
Very good
4.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Fishing with First Shot Charters!

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip (PM) on August 19, 2015
The fishing trip went well. We caught fish and the captain was very professional. We will book with him again when we return.
Jason T. recommends First Shot Charters
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Christopher C.
Destin, Florida
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Experience:
Very good
4.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

Awesome Day!

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (Nov 1st - Apr 30th) on July 28, 2015
I had had a great experience and so did my guests. We hit our limit on speckled trout! We caught 21 in total!  Captain Mike...
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The captain canceled

VERIFIED   July 7, 2021
The charter operator canceled 7 days prior to the trip date. This is an automated posting.
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