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

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Dino Delić
Panama City Beach, Florida
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Went fishing with MAXIMUS on May 24, 2018
Fishing charters in Destin are probably the best ones in the area. The place is fun and it is all about fishing! You can catch almost anything on an 6-hour trip or 8-hour trip. If you do want to target billfish or Tuna, you'd have to go for at least 12 hours. The whole town is great for families, especially family fishing trips and catching fish is probably easier than anywhere in the world. That's probably why they call it "The World's Luckiest Fishing Village".

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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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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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Quentin Mclaine
Pensacola, Florida
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Went fishing with Destin Inshore Guides on September 25, 2018
It's humid!! Pack lots of water. We did a Three hour trip with the kids, perfect amount of time. If you are fishing on open water for the first time? These guys are great. Put you in calm waters and will cruise every so often to cool you off.

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Dennis Foster
Katy, Texas
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Went fishing with Pescador III - 51′ Sportfisher on September 20, 2018
Fishing slow in summer months. Check regulations before you go because certain species are closed during certain times. Fishing in summer can be slow. Stick to the cooler months if you want to bring home decent fish. Pick a newer/faster boat because it can be a long ride out to the fishing grounds.

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Daniel Skerbitz
Destin, Florida
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Went fishing with Sweet William III on September 7, 2018
do a short trip on a charter to get the feel of how the process works. If you enjoy it, the longer charters will take you out to federal waters where more species can be fished. Be sure to talk to captain about species that can be caught, released, and kept. The trip will depend entirely on the species targeted.

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Cong Nguyen
New Orleans, LA
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Went fishing with Emerald Coast Anglers on August 11, 2018
This is a great place to book a short trip to get the fishing experience. If you are truly into fishing however, Louisiana has much better fishing charters and you'll get better fish in the Gulf. Come to Louisiana to experience what Gulf fishing is all about.

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John Seikel
Oklahoma City, OK
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Went fishing with Dawn Patrol Charters on August 8, 2018
Definitely book at least 6 hours and get off shore a bit. Coming into late season a lot of the honey holes can be over fished, but there is still great fish and plenty to catch if you give the Captain a little time to run a few miles out.

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Michelle Batterman
Pensacola, FL
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Went fishing with Dawn Patrol Charters on August 5, 2018
This was our first time fishing. Since we had the kids along, we were limited to distance we could travel, the length of time we could fish, and how rough of water we could travel on. I would recommend looking into the types of fish you want to try to catch, so you can tell the captain of your boat your expectations.

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Daryl Istre
Humble, Texas
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Went fishing with MAXIMUS on July 17, 2018
Morning trips were better for anglers in July. During our week there the mornings were calm while afternoon winds kicked up offshore. Afternoon is still doable but may be a little more challenging for 1st timers offshore.

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Ricky Gresham
Kennesaw, Georgia
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Went fishing with Affordable Fishing on Lucky Lina on July 15, 2018
Don't Skimp on your first fishing trip. 4-5 hour trip is too short for the captain of any boat to put you on quality fish. If you want something memorable do yourself a favor and do at least a half day trip. You will not regret it.

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Michael Raymer
Beaver Dam, KY
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Went fishing with Fantasy Ocean Adventures on July 15, 2018
Find a boat that's clean and arrives to dock on time. Do not book 8 am tours that last 3 hours . .Find experienced crew member who is certified and can steer a boat. Which was lacking in this part time unprofessional vessel.

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Titian Titzman
Poth, TX
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Went fishing with Sweet William III on June 16, 2018
Know you will spend the first hour of your charter catching the bait needed to fish offshore. Considering it takes another two hours to get to the primary offshore fishing grounds and another two to get back ... better plan on at least 8 hours on the boat to make your trip worth the trouble.

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Joe Drennon
Hallsville, TX
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Went fishing with Pelican Adventures – Vera Marie on June 14, 2018
Take a charter where they bait your hooks and go further out in the ocean so you can catch bigger fish. Wear old clothes if you go on this trip. They do not bait your hook. You need to wear clothes you don’t mind throwing away.

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Peter Cannon
Arlington, TN
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Went fishing with Blue Runner II Inc. on June 13, 2018
Tommy Carter and his crew made this a great trip.. they asked us what we would like to catch. We missed several large fish but landed a 50lb grouper and 20 lb lesser amberjack. Had to toss the triggers, but the snapper more than made up for them. My wife and I let our kids s 16 to 21 do most of the fishing which made the trip a real treat

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Nicki And Mickey Holtzman
Houston, TX
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Went fishing with Pescador III - 51′ Sportfisher on May 31, 2018
My trip on the Pescador III was excellent. Wear a hat if you're balding. Use the behind the ear patch for sea sickness. Tip your crew well because they work very, very hard. Go up to the bridge and talk to the Captain because it's amazing all the equipment he has up there. These guys know what they're doing and if you let them do what they do, you'll have a great time.

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Jimmy Craig
United States
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Went fishing with Reel Faithful Fishing Charters on May 30, 2018
Take time to really think about the experience you want to have and don’t be afraid to pay a little extra to make it happen .. always contact your captain before you take your trip to make sure he knows what you are expecting

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Russell Sterling
Destin, Florida
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Went fishing with Vengeance Charters on May 24, 2018
If you know you don't get sea sick, go for the 8 or 12 hour charters, as these will be able to put you further out on bigger fish. Expect about half or a little more of the trip time to be traveling out and back. Kick back and enjoy!

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Shane Mccleskey
Destin, FL
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Went fishing with Hackers Charter Co on May 9, 2018
Just like any other day with a line in the water (regardless of fresh water vs salt water)... Have a mindset that this a fishing trip and not a catching trip. Bring food, water, beer?, and good attitude.

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Steven Autry
Hurlburt Field, Florida
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Went fishing with Pelican Adventures – Vera Marie on June 25, 2017
Bring a lot of sunblock and if you get motion sickness quick buy some motion sickness pills bc my daughter got sick quick. Make sure to read review before booking a trip and look at the price bc I've booked one trip last year for 150 per person caught two or three fish but this year I pay 75 per person and had a blast and caught a crap load so it's not always about the more it cost the better just keep looking around

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Shawn M Johnson
Cincinnati, OH
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Went fishing with Fish N Teem - Billy Teems on March 25, 2018
Too many variables to identify only a few. Expectations between any individual person would be hard to quantify by me through my experience. I simply advise anyone going to ask as many questions as possible and get a clear understanding of what to expect versus what they are willing to pay for.

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Terri Guelcher
Round Lake, IL
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Went fishing with MAXIMUS on March 12, 2018
Book a good charter like Maximus. Know the seasons of the fish species so that you have the right expectations for what you'll fish for. Understand that every trip is different and you can't fully control the outcome.

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Jerry Boswell
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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Went fishing with Charter Boat Into the Blue on October 12, 2017
I would recommend for first-time anglers in Destin to think about their fishing group and what their needs, wishes and wants are and try to find a captain, crew and boat that meets those criteria, not just the cheapest ones.

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Andrew Allen
Santa Rosa Beach, Florida
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Went fishing with Destin Inshore Guides on September 28, 2017
This is a good trip for kids. They get to catch fish and see dolphins. All kids like dolphins even if they steal a couple of fish. My boys each caught about six and had a blast. We ended the trip catching red fish which is always fun. Overall I would rate it a great trip and I definitely recommend it!

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Gregg Allen
United States
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Went fishing with Reel call sport fishing on August 24, 2017
Get. Better boat with real equipment I am not a salt water fishing guy at all but I do Duck hunt and Deer hunt just seemed over priced @700.00 for 1/2 day for what we got 2 fish and he forgot to give us 1 plus I was so caught up in it I gave a nice tip just chose wisely with research

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Robert Brown
Fort Walton Beach, Florida
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Went fishing with Boggy Bayou Guide Service on August 2, 2017
Fist time ocean fishing so don't really have much to compare to but we had a great time. There are lots of charters available in the Destin area and checking reviews was helpful in making our decision.

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Ronda Taylor
Bethany, Missouri
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Went fishing with One of a Kind Charter Fishing on July 24, 2017
Make some phone calls and make sure reviews are current! We were very happy with Destingofishing and Captain Matt and Boat Charter Destin with Captain Lance were great!!!! We tried to book again with Matt and he was full so he recommended his friend Lance and we had a great time! Very kid friendly!

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Julie Bolding
Houston, Texas
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Went fishing with Pescador III - 51′ Sportfisher on July 19, 2017
This was our first trip so I'd definitely recommend booking the Pescador III and taking the full day trip. We did the half day since it was our first experience and loved it so much we'll be doing the all day trip next year!

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Jeffrey Phillips
Houston, Texas
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Went fishing with Charter Boat Into the Blue on July 9, 2017
I recommend INTO THE BLUE. IF YOU ARE UNSUCCESSFUL IN OBTAINING THIS CHARTER, MAKE SURE YOU FIND ONE WITH A.C. IT'S HOT!!!! REMEMBER YOU FMGET WHAT YOU PAY FOR!!! DON'T BE AFRAID TO SPEND A LITTLE MORE THAN USUAL TO ENHANCE THE EXPERIENCE!!!

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