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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Gary Gibson
Cowlington, OK
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Went fishing with Shamrock II 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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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 II 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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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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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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