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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4.90
out of 5 stars from 73 reviews
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Good experience
97%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
99%
Appropriate for children
97%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
86%
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Carl M.
Franklinton, Louisiana
 5.00
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Great day on the water

VERIFIED   August 18, 2016
My wife and I took our two boys out in the gulf with Captain Mike and were not disappointed.  We had some bites early...
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Timothy Lee Poss Jr
Destin, Florida
 5.00
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Cobia!!!

VERIFIED   July 5, 2016
The most amazing experience I have ever had with any type of guide. Captian Mike and First Shot charters was the best experience...
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Brian G.
New Orleans, Louisiana
 5.00
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4 hr trip with Capt Mike

VERIFIED   July 20, 2017
Captain Mike was amazing. Within 3 min of fishing our line was ripping with large Kingfish (King Mackerel). We had to “pause”...
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Eric S.
United States
 5.00
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Great Day on the Water

VERIFIED   March 22, 2016
We had an awesome time with Mike out on the water yesterday.  We had four people fishing and caught 50-60 total fish. ...
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Paul C.
New Orleans, LA
 5.00
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April fishing trip

VERIFIED   April 20, 2019
Our trip had to be rescheduled due to high winds. Captain Mike was awesome about accommodating us.
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