Destin Deep Sea Fishing Charters

Destin Deep Sea Fishing Charters

Best Deep Sea Fishing Charters in Destin

Destin: 127 fishing charters available

Always Tight Fishing Charter Destin

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(320 reviews)
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trips from $880

850 Charters – 26'

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(324 reviews)
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MAXIMUS

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(568 reviews)
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trips from $1,125

Lonestar Fishing Charters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(28 reviews)
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trips from $1,225

Hound Dog Fishing Charters

Excellent
4.3 / 5
(172 reviews)
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trips from $1,200

Get The Gaff

Excellent
4.6 / 5
(267 reviews)
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trips from $800

Living Right Fishing Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(152 reviews)
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Fish Excursion Fishing Charters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(9 reviews)
Destin
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trips from $600

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
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What anglers said about Deep Sea Fishing in Destin

Go with capain mike for your first trip he definitely knows what he is doing and will get you your best bang for your buck !!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go with capain mike for your first trip he definitely knows what he is doing and will get you your best bang for your buck !!!
Ronald  S.
Ronald S. Sweetwater, TN
Yes fishing with my 8 year old grandson who pulled in the largest Snapper was a life long memory maker. His father brought a 6 foot shark up the the boat which was an added bonus!
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Yes fishing with my 8 year old grandson who pulled in the largest Snapper was a life long memory maker. His father brought a 6 foot shark up the the boat which was an added bonus!
Kevin  R.
Kevin R. Barnstable, MA
What I would recommend is find somebody that has lived in Destin for quite some time and knows the waters and where the hotspots are
Excellent
5.0 / 5
What I would recommend is find somebody that has lived in Destin for quite some time and knows the waters and where the hotspots are
John  P.
John P. Hutto, TX
Our Captain took us out approximately 20 miles to provide the best spots for great red snapper. It was great. Our group caught some beautiful reds. We did have some issue with sharks taking our catch but we still managed a nice catch. The weather was challenging but the Captain kept watch and kept us moving. It was a great trip!
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Our Captain took us out approximately 20 miles to provide the best spots for great red snapper. It was great. Our group caught some beautiful reds. We did have some issue with sharks taking our catch but we still managed a nice catch. The weather was challenging but the Captain kept watch and kept us moving. It was a great trip!
Katina  G.
Katina G. College Station, TX
Beautiful Waters, fishing tournaments and events going on all month! Great fishing, great atmosphere!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Beautiful Waters, fishing tournaments and events going on all month! Great fishing, great atmosphere!
Jordan  M.
Jordan M. Zachary, Louisiana
Wear sunscreen. Plan to get wet while riding to fishing spot. Maybe bring a towel!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Wear sunscreen. Plan to get wet while riding to fishing spot. Maybe bring a towel!
Tamarra  B.
Tamarra B. Birmingham, Alabama
Explain your experience level and your expectations and fish with an experienced guide.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Explain your experience level and your expectations and fish with an experienced guide.
Jeff  A.
Jeff A. Greeneville, TN
Definitely hit up Dawn Patrol, they won’t disappoint. Bay fishing is a great start for first timers for sure.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Definitely hit up Dawn Patrol, they won’t disappoint. Bay fishing is a great start for first timers for sure.
Brian  S.
Brian S. Hamilton, OH
Find the right boat and captain. Many boats, but few know where or how to fish.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Find the right boat and captain. Many boats, but few know where or how to fish.
Michael  M.
Michael M. United States
Bring a deck of cards or similar for the trip out and back from the fishing spots.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring a deck of cards or similar for the trip out and back from the fishing spots.
Ray  C.
Ray C. Montgomery, OH
Come Prepared, Take Motion medicine if you need it even if you think it is calm. Don't chance it and ruin the amazing experience you will have. Make sure to take lots a pictures, it is an experience you will want to remember.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Come Prepared, Take Motion medicine if you need it even if you think it is calm. Don't chance it and ruin the amazing experience you will have. Make sure to take lots a pictures, it is an experience you will want to remember.
Jerry  R.
Jerry R. Topeka, KS
Destin is considered the best fishing village on the planet. Look it up. Just make sure your targeted fish is in season while you visit.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Destin is considered the best fishing village on the planet. Look it up. Just make sure your targeted fish is in season while you visit.
Josh  D.
Josh D. Union Star, MO
Red snapper is out of season at this time of year, which is what we caught the most of.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Red snapper is out of season at this time of year, which is what we caught the most of.
Aaron  H.
Aaron H. Cantonment, Florida
Enjoyed the private charter more than the party boats. Cost is more but worth the price.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Enjoyed the private charter more than the party boats. Cost is more but worth the price.
John  S.
John S. Midland, MI
Plan on heavier traffic and more time to get to the dock than you think. Also later in the day it gets cooler on the water than you’d think.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Plan on heavier traffic and more time to get to the dock than you think. Also later in the day it gets cooler on the water than you’d think.
James  R.  S.
James R. S. Merigold, MS
It's hit or miss really depending on the weather. Just take it as it comes and you'll have fun.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It's hit or miss really depending on the weather. Just take it as it comes and you'll have fun.
Christian  C.
Christian C. Lenoir City, TN
Obviously watch the weather. Finding a guide that matches your personality is the difference on a good vs bad trip. Fishing is spotty in early March but that’s why they call it fishing and not catching. We reeled in over 40 fish and lost a couple of nice ones for sure. We also saw dolphins everywhere. Destin is beautiful and being out, even in some rough water is fantastic.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Obviously watch the weather. Finding a guide that matches your personality is the difference on a good vs bad trip. Fishing is spotty in early March but that’s why they call it fishing and not catching. We reeled in over 40 fish and lost a couple of nice ones for sure. We also saw dolphins everywhere. Destin is beautiful and being out, even in some rough water is fantastic.
Jim  S.
Jim S. Prospect, KY
Really nice harbor, clean beaches and really clear water...Grew up in Texas and had nothing but dirty experiences in the Texas gulf...Quite the opposite in Destin with Far Far exceeded my expectations...
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Really nice harbor, clean beaches and really clear water...Grew up in Texas and had nothing but dirty experiences in the Texas gulf...Quite the opposite in Destin with Far Far exceeded my expectations...
CRAIG  W.
CRAIG W. Davidson, NC
Charter a fishing boat with a captain who is very knowledgeable Of the waters in the area you will have a great time
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Charter a fishing boat with a captain who is very knowledgeable Of the waters in the area you will have a great time
Tommie  P.
Tommie P. Memphis, TN
Be prepared for the weather - wind on boat is 20-30 degrees colder… nice in summer but tough when in 40’s and 50’s! And winds can make water choppy which makes for a rough ride. Use motion sickness patch even if never seasick before… better to be prepared…
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Be prepared for the weather - wind on boat is 20-30 degrees colder… nice in summer but tough when in 40’s and 50’s! And winds can make water choppy which makes for a rough ride. Use motion sickness patch even if never seasick before… better to be prepared…
Amanda  W.
Amanda W. Bealeton, VA

Top Targeted Deep Sea Fishing Species in Destin