Destin Deep Sea Fishing Charters

Destin Deep Sea Fishing Charters

Best Deep Sea Fishing Charters in Destin

Destin: 156 fishing charters available
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(12 reviews)
Destin
trips from US $1,250
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(250 reviews)
Destin
trips from US $700
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(112 reviews)
Destin
trips from US $690
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(478 reviews)
Destin
trips from US $750
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(72 reviews)
Destin
trips from US $1,200
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(107 reviews)
Destin
trips from US $650
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(294 reviews)
Destin
trips from US $900

Deep Sea Fishing in Destin

Famous as ‘The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village,’ it's no surprise that the deep sea fishing Destin has on its doorstep is something special. This is one of the closest ports to blue water in the Gulf of Mexico, and the 150 strong charter boat fleet is primed and ready to show you what lies beneath the surface. 
 
Destin charter boats might be famous for bottom fishing for Red Snapper, but go on a deep sea fishing trip and you’ll find that there’s a lot more to be done in these parts. Whether it’s deep dropping for Golden Tilefish, Snowy Groupers, and Yellow Edge Groupers, getting out the LEDs and glow sticks for deep water Swordfish, or trolling for pelagics, this is some of the most exciting deep sea fishing you can find... well, pretty much anywhere.
 

Top Fishing Hotspots

The Edge

Bring up the topic of offshore fishing in Destin and you’ll hear ‘The Edge’ dropping into the conversation pretty early on. This refers to the edge of the Continental Shelf, which comes closer to this part of the Panhandle than anywhere else in the Gulf of Mexico. You thought Destin's impressive fish counts were down to luck alone? Think again.
 
It's here that the sea floor starts to get deep enough to be interesting. Twenty-three miles southwest of the East Pass (or 16 miles south of Navarre Beach), the seabed drops from 130 to 400 feet. With such depths and plenty of rocky outcrops, this is a paradise for the bottom fish that have made Destin famous. Big Red Snapper, Grouper, and Amberjack regularly find their way onto boats here. Dolphin (Mahi Mahi), Cobia, King Mackerel, Blackfin Tuna, and even the occasional Wahoo and Sailfish join them in the summer. All this, just around 20 miles from the coast.
 

100 Fathom Curve

Unlike any other place in the area, Destin offers unprecedented offshore fishing opportunities much closer to shore thanks to its special geolocation. Just 10–12 miles offshore, you'll encounter a drastic drop off known as the “100-Fathom Curve.” The waters here get 600 feet deep, which is heaven for both bottom and deep sea fishing, with a variety of Grouper, Snapper, Mahi Mahi, and others as regulars. 
 
If your sights are set on true deep water fishing, you need to travel beyond the 100-Fathom Curve. Here, waters drop to below 600 ft, where Blue Marlin, Mahi, Tuna, and Wahoo hunt around fishing hotspots such as the Nipple and the Elbow. This will require traveling at least 42 nautical miles, but if you have the time and the engine power, it’s a no brainer. Being one of the best places in the Gulf to catch a Billfish at certain times of year, it’s no wonder that the most seasoned captains in Destin believe this is where local deep sea fishing begins for real. “Squiggles” is another popular fishing spot located 60 miles from the coast of Destin, southeast from the edge of the curve. 
 

The Spur, the DeSoto Canyon, and Beyond

 
Go 50 plus miles offshore from Destin, and you’ll find yourself fishing waters well over 1000 ft deep. The action gets really hot at The Spur. Go 60 miles from the coast, and you’ll be fishing above the northern tip of the DeSoto Canyon. Here, you can expect 24 hour fishing action, with big game fish such as White and Blue Marlin in the day and Broadbill Swordfish at night. Travel 150 miles offshore, and the waters get to over 5000 ft deep. Yes, it’s a long old run, but it can be more than worth it. 
 

Charter Fishing Options

Private Charters

In order to get the best out of deep sea fishing in Destin, you should be looking at trips lasting at least 10 hours. Almost all local deep sea fishing charters offer longer trips as well, with anything from 12 to 48 hour trips coming under their list of options. Of course, the longer the trip, the better your potential catch, although we recommend only going for 10+ hour trips if you have been fishing a few times before.
 
The distance you can travel depends on the boat, but 24 hour trips can get you fishing the DeSoto Canyon, while 2 day trips can see you fishing anywhere from 70 - 150 miles offshore. 3 day trips can take you to the offshore oil rigs, where you will be fishing in 5000 ft of water for huge Yellowfin Tuna as well as Billfish. 
 
Most private charters will offer a combination of bottom fishing and trolling. The price of 8-hour full day trips usually starts around $1500 for an offshore boat, reaching about $2500 for 12 hours and around $3000 per day for multiday trips. 
 

Party Boats

Commonly understood to be the cheapest option for traveling anglers, most Destin ‘deep sea fishing’ party boats will actually be fishing no further than about 20 miles offshore. While this can be a fun introductory experience to fishing the Panhandle, private charters are a better option for people who are looking for the top quality fishing experience. That said, these trips can result in catches of Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Blackfin Tuna, as well as the poster child of Destin fishing — the Red Snapper. 
 

When To Go

While there’s something worth catching in the Gulf of Mexico all year round, deep sea fishing trips are much more likely to be rescheduled due to weather conditions than other packages. This can make winter trips harder to schedule than summer ones.
 
There’s a good bite from Swordfish, Tilefish, and large Groupers all year round. If your heart is set on pelagics, April to October is the main fishing season. June-July can be a great time to fish for Wahoo, Tuna, Mahi, and Sailfish around floating weeds around the spur, while White and Blue Marlin peak in September.
 
Come in October, and you can be witness to the famous Destin Fishing Rodeo—this is something every serious saltwater angler should experience at least in their lifetime!
Destin
Excellent
4.6 / 5
Based on 28,579 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Deep Sea Fishing in Destin

We have used 5 different charters in Destin. Captain Si was by far the best. Use Nelson Charters. I won’t use anyone else from now on.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We have used 5 different charters in Destin. Captain Si was by far the best. Use Nelson Charters. I won’t use anyone else from now on.
Nelson Guide Company
Nelson Guide Company
Go out fishing with an open mind. Day to day the fishing changes. Weather is a big/huge factor. Be patient with your Captain. They are doing their best with what the day brings. You might catch fish non stop for your trip, or get only a couple. It's fishing. And be polite. May God bless your fishing adventures.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go out fishing with an open mind. Day to day the fishing changes. Weather is a big/huge factor. Be patient with your Captain. They are doing their best with what the day brings. You might catch fish non stop for your trip, or get only a couple. It's fishing. And be polite. May God bless your fishing adventures.
East Pass Inshore Charters
East Pass Inshore Charters
I'd recommend using King of Kings as he was great with myself and 5 high school seniors (4 of which had never done offshore fishing). They had a blast!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I'd recommend using King of Kings as he was great with myself and 5 high school seniors (4 of which had never done offshore fishing). They had a blast!
King of Kings Charters
King of Kings Charters
Go for it, the area offers a lot of great offer of fishing. It won’t disappoint. The only reason I did not write this 5 stars was because I’ve had better days fishing in Clearwater where I larger fish
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go for it, the area offers a lot of great offer of fishing. It won’t disappoint. The only reason I did not write this 5 stars was because I’ve had better days fishing in Clearwater where I larger fish
Another Last Cast
Another Last Cast
Not as good of fishing in March as it is in June when snapper and other fish are open for catching but still fun to reel in a lot of fish! Mingo is a good eater as is Trigger.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Not as good of fishing in March as it is in June when snapper and other fish are open for catching but still fun to reel in a lot of fish! Mingo is a good eater as is Trigger.
Just B Cause Charters
Just B Cause Charters
Definitely consider the type of species you aim to catch. Bigger fish require bigger/deeper water. This of course turns into longer boat rides to the necessary habitat. The time in travel can eat into the scheduled time for your trip. If bringing smaller children, you'll be able to get into feisty smaller fish for sure much sooner. They'll have a fantastic time getting into fish much sooner in the trip and have a very memorable time.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Definitely consider the type of species you aim to catch. Bigger fish require bigger/deeper water. This of course turns into longer boat rides to the necessary habitat. The time in travel can eat into the scheduled time for your trip. If bringing smaller children, you'll be able to get into feisty smaller fish for sure much sooner. They'll have a fantastic time getting into fish much sooner in the trip and have a very memorable time.
850 Charters—Capt. Jared
850 Charters—Capt. Jared
Dress warm in the morning, bring a towel and take motion sickness meds the night before
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Dress warm in the morning, bring a towel and take motion sickness meds the night before
Just B Cause Charters
Just B Cause Charters
I believe it’s not the best time of year for fishing in Destin but we still caught lots of fish
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I believe it’s not the best time of year for fishing in Destin but we still caught lots of fish
850 Charters—Capt. Jared
850 Charters—Capt. Jared
Little cool early but warmed up quick. Guide cleaned the Spanish macs and we took them to the boathouse oyster bar and they blackened them and made fish tacos was excellent.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Little cool early but warmed up quick. Guide cleaned the Spanish macs and we took them to the boathouse oyster bar and they blackened them and made fish tacos was excellent.
One More Last Cast
One More Last Cast
Don’t be obsessed with the amount of time out fishing. Get an experience boat captain and go catch fish!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Don’t be obsessed with the amount of time out fishing. Get an experience boat captain and go catch fish!
Dawn Patrol Charters
Dawn Patrol Charters
Recommend a boat with a cabin to chill in as the weather is cool. Fishing is great if your captain gets you to them and you are dressed for the weather.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Recommend a boat with a cabin to chill in as the weather is cool. Fishing is great if your captain gets you to them and you are dressed for the weather.
Just B Cause Charters
Just B Cause Charters
Check the weather. It was cooler than normal. Fish was just not biting very much
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Check the weather. It was cooler than normal. Fish was just not biting very much
Another Last Cast
Another Last Cast
We had a great overall experience. Just check what's in season if you have specific targets in mind.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We had a great overall experience. Just check what's in season if you have specific targets in mind.
850 Charters
850 Charters
Trust the captain, and enjoy the ride. We caught a great amount of fish, it just took a couple spots to find them (as with any fishing)
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Trust the captain, and enjoy the ride. We caught a great amount of fish, it just took a couple spots to find them (as with any fishing)
Last Cast Charters
Last Cast Charters
Use this Charter, you will not be disappointed. Best time and great memories.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Use this Charter, you will not be disappointed. Best time and great memories.
No Alibi Fishing Charters
No Alibi Fishing Charters
You're going to get wet, the waters are a but more choppy in December. Layer up and have a good time! Bring a cooler to bring your catch home.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
You're going to get wet, the waters are a but more choppy in December. Layer up and have a good time! Bring a cooler to bring your catch home.
850 Charters
850 Charters
The weather did not make it a very warm or comfy trip, but the fish were still biting! Dress in warm layers and you’ll be fine.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The weather did not make it a very warm or comfy trip, but the fish were still biting! Dress in warm layers and you’ll be fine.
Lonestar Fishing Charters 33’
Lonestar Fishing Charters 33’
It's been a little tough with the rip current advisory, but dispite the water being a little rough the charter was a success.
Very good
4.0 / 5
It's been a little tough with the rip current advisory, but dispite the water being a little rough the charter was a success.
850 Charters
850 Charters
The fishing trips obviously the scenery and the people food is great and a vast choice.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The fishing trips obviously the scenery and the people food is great and a vast choice.
Always Tight Fishing Charter Destin
Always Tight Fishing Charter Destin Clacton-on-Sea, England
Be prepared for cooler weather on the water and at speed on the boat…...layer your clothing. Sunglasses, hats a must! It sure beats sweltering in the summer heat though!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be prepared for cooler weather on the water and at speed on the boat…...layer your clothing. Sunglasses, hats a must! It sure beats sweltering in the summer heat though!!
Southern Country Charters
Southern Country Charters

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