What would you recommend to anglers fishing in Destin, Florida for the first time?

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MARK VONBARGEN
McMinnville, TN
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Went fishing with Affordable Fishing on Lucky Lina on April 19, 2021
Captain Steve said he would put us on top of fish, that's exactly what he did. We had 4 of us on the trip and almost every stop we were all hooking up on Fish that we could keep as well as getting a look at some that will; be ready to keep on a later trip as they get a little bigger. First mate Steve was great as well, experienced as well as fun to have along. Sometimes you would forget that he was working and was not just one of the gang that you brought with you. We ended up going out two days in a row and would highly recommend Steve and Steve. We have been going to the area for years and have found a boat and crew that will become our new regular go too crew !!!! We are already looking at the colander for our next opportunity to book.

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Nancy Fleming
Hattieville, AR
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Went fishing with Cutting Edge Charters – Wahoo on May 15, 2021
Book the Wahoo. Captain Steve is the boat owner so he really care about his customers being happy. His crew has been with him for years and they do a great job of making the fishing fun and productive. We have been on many fishing boats, this is our favorite.

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Wayne Eurton
Madison, AL
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Went fishing with Affordable Fishing on Lucky Lina on May 7, 2021
Make sure you know what fish are in season and the size of the fish required to keep. Caught a lot of triggers and 3 sizeable amber jacks, but all were too small to keep. Do admire the captain for carefully returning fish that did not qualify.

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Leslie Lindquist
Destin, FL
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Went fishing with High Cotton Charters on March 19, 2021
It was a very clean boat and the captain and crew were very friendly and it was an enjoyable trip. The first mate was exceptional and worked very hard to make sure that we had a very enjoyable trip. I would recommend this charter to anyone wishing to fish in the Gulf when they are here visiting Destin.

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Jarrett Friddle
Cabot, Arkansas
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Went fishing with Vengeance Charters on August 6, 2020
August is a great time to fish with the smaller kids because one of the primary targets is smaller mingo snapper. There are plenty of them and the kids can reel them in. A few prized fish are out of season by August 1st. Red Snapper and Triggerfish for example. You might catch them, but you can't keep them.

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Gary Gibson
Cowlington, OK
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Went fishing with Shamrock Charters on June 25, 2019
Pick shamrock ll and let them take all of your worries away! If possible take you're Dramamine the night before and the morning of. Drink plenty of water or Gatorade. Talk to the captain ahead of time and be specific on what you're expecting. He can put you on sharks even if you didn't book a shark trip. Remember it's called fishing not catching so don't expect the fish to jump on as soon as it hits the water!

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Eric Lenington
United States
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Went fishing with Affordable Fishing on Lucky Lina on May 13, 2019
Check on the fish in season and verify with your captain that they can put you on your desired fish. I have fished many times in Destin and will continue for as long and often as possible. I have yet to have a bad or even mediocre experience. You will relish your time on the most beautiful water off the shores of the "World's Luckiest Fishing Village". Be sure to have a local restaurant like Dewey Destins cook up your catch. This will show you how to cook it up yourself when you take home a freezer full of fish.

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Logan Anglin
Ladoga, IN
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Went fishing with East Pass Inshore Charters on March 7, 2019
I would avoid fishing Destin in the month of March. We tried fishing the gulf from shore as well as the bay from shore and by boat. There just wasn't much activity in the area. We talked to several other anglers who were also having a stroke of bad luck. I think it would be best to wait until the water has a chance to warm up and bait fish/shrimp move inshore. I couldn't say what month that would be because this was my first time fishing Destin but maybe mid summer after the water has a chance to warm up.

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Jim Cole
Santa Rosa Beach, FL
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Went fishing with Mighty Fine Charters on October 8, 2019
It was a wonderful trip. We wanted the two girls ages eight and 10, to catch fish and they did! They wanted to keep fishing. So the trip was very successful. Thanks again and we hope to see you soon.

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Ody Koeppen
Alvin, TX
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Went fishing with East Pass Inshore Charters on July 26, 2019
Bring a few things that make you comfortable ie: hand towels, small cooler, snacks, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses and so on. BE respectful to your Captain and know that weather and water conditions will play a huge factor into your trip! Happy Fishing!!

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Burke Jones
Baton Rouge, LA
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Went fishing with Navigator Destin - 50' Viking on July 24, 2019
Watch the fish reports. See what’s working. Fishing better sometimes on the dark of the moon. See where the most action is being reported and adjust your trip. Our crew was on the money with our trip.

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Richard Patrick
Houston, TX
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Went fishing with Pelican Adventures – Vera Marie on July 17, 2019
For the money you have to go on a party boat. Expect line tangles with other fishermen, women and children. If crowds aren't your thing best to bust out more cash and go with a private charter or rent a boat to go on your on. Had a good time overall.

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William Vanjura
Winder, GA
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Went fishing with Charter Boat Rewind on July 8, 2019
Don't waste your money, there is obviously a game of time that is played on customers like yourself. The charters will take you to there "Spots" spend some time there then move on to the next spot working their way back to shore.

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Ivan Yeary
Atlanta, GA
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Went fishing with Pelican Adventures – Vera Marie on July 5, 2019
Be sure to do your research and if you are unsure, then book the cheapest fishing trip so you will have a better understanding. You can watch YouTube videos all day long, nothing beats having boots on the ground for your intel. Remember, these charters is how they make a living. If you want to catch lots of fish with fewer people on board, then you will have to pay more money for the trip.

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Chad Figg
Destin, FL
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Went fishing with Mighty Fine Charters on June 24, 2019
We booked our trip months ago, but who knew that the one day out of that week was the one most charters cancelled due to high winds. Unfortunately they were booked the rest of the week and we were unable to reschedule. Facebook posts from the other days encourage us to try again another time.

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Chester Kneir
Fenton, MO
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Went fishing with Mighty Fine Charters on June 18, 2019
Go on the Mighty Fine boat. Besides the Captain and deckhand being super friendly the owner of the boat Lindley met us as we left and was there to meet us when we returned. All were super friendly and did their best to make our trip a success.

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Mike Newchurch
Huntsville, AL
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Went fishing with Saltwater Charters – Alibi on June 23, 2019
Eat light, bring lots of water (not sugar or alcohol drinks), heavy sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, deck shoes or old tennis shoes, light gloves. Workout rowing and curls (heavy as you can) 2-4 weeks before sailing. Go to bed early and hope to hook a monster fish.

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Tamatha Peacock
Madison, MS
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Went fishing with Pelican Adventures – Vera Marie on June 10, 2019
Sea sickness hit 4 of the 6 six guys on there trip. There was rain for 3 days so the seas were choppy. Make sure it's calm seas when you go. The boat was hard to stand up in because of the choppy sea. They stayed longer because they didn't catch anything until about 2 pm.

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Wes Johnson
Springdale, AR
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Went fishing with Affordable Fishing on Lucky Lina on June 14, 2019
Do a thorough review of the boat and the captain before setting out. Decide whether you would like to bait fish or purchase the bait fish from the boat beforehand. Not bait fishing saves a lot of time for larger fish.

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Lynn Poulson
Burleson, TX
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Went fishing with Charter Boat Malia Ann on June 17, 2019
Just make sure you plan earky enough to allow time for the charter perso nel to respond. The service they use has to inform them of your request and they have to respond. This means that even though it says your booking is available, it may not actually be.

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Warren Porter Jr
Conehatta, MS
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Went fishing with Charter Boat "TradeWinds" on June 15, 2019
Read "Destin Party Boat Fishing: All You Need to Know" before you go. I know it says party boat but still has good info. For first timers or older folks (like me) either book a trip less than 12 hour (what ours was) or book an over night trip. (12 hours of hard fishing is pretty tough)

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Matej Bosnjak
Clinton, TN
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Went fishing with Topped Out Charters on June 3, 2019
If you are wanting a great time, reserve your trip with a reputable captain. Do your research. Read the reviews. But remember, it's called fishing, not catching. You may score big like we did, or you may strike out. And the captain is not responsible for weather or seas. Have an open mind, be adaptable to the situation, and by all means, have fun!

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J. Mark Cherry
Little Rock, AR
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Went fishing with Shamrock Charters on May 29, 2019
Take your own rods and reels. The tackle was too heavy for the small fish we were catching so you couldn’t feel the fish. It was more like a little extra weight. You drop the bait down and then reel it up. Boring and disappointing!

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Tracy Glover
Ripley, Ohio
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Went fishing with No Alibi Fishing Charters on June 5, 2019
If you want big game them make sure you take at least a half day trip! But if your looking for some fun catches and a great time on the water the 5 hour did just that. Read the reviews and what the trip is actually capable of and you wont be disappointed.

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Robert Smith
Destin, FL
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Went fishing with My Chance Charters on April 17, 2019
It was clear from beginning to end that My Chance Charters’ goal was to catch fish and help everyone have a wonderful time. Our 74 year old guest said it was by far best fishing he had ever done. They were very accommodating! When looking for a fishing charter, look no further than “My Chance Charter”!

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Barbara Kershner
Miramar Beach, FL
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Went fishing with My Chance Charters on March 28, 2019
We were first timers so left the trip to the expertise of our crew about where to go and what to fish for. It was a great trip and we caught a ton of fish! We wanted quantity over size and that’s what we got!

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Richard Erickson
Westminster, CO
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Went fishing with Charter Boat Malia Ann on May 7, 2021
Go on a guide boat. Captain Zachary on the Malia Ann is a local who knows the waters well. We caught lots of BIG fish

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Charles Long
Birmingham, AL
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Went fishing with Flowing Water: Fish, Cruise & Tour on April 30, 2021
If you're fishing for the first time there is a lot to learn I would recommend that you bring your patience with you.

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Davis Chappell
Brentwood, TN
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Went fishing with Apex Charters And Rentals on April 22, 2021
Probably best time to fish is June or august. But I’d do it again, just for the experience with captain James!

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Ryan Nesler
Destin, Florida
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Went fishing with Destin Backcountry Fishing on April 7, 2021
Not just Destin but anywhere, going through the inlet can be a little rough and kids who aren’t used to being on a boat can be a little scared.