Fort Walton Beach Deep Sea Fishing Charters

Fort Walton Beach Deep Sea Fishing Charters

Best Deep Sea Fishing Charters in Fort Walton Beach

Fort Walton Beach: 169 fishing charters available
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(189 reviews)
Okaloosa Island
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trips from $700
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(14 reviews)
Shalimar
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trips from $700
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(76 reviews)
Fort Walton Beach
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trips from $450
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(46 reviews)
Shalimar
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trips from $850
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(73 reviews)
Shalimar
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
(12 reviews)
Shalimar
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trips from $650
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(86 reviews)
Shalimar
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trips from $1,000
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(107 reviews)
Fort Walton Beach
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trips from $595

Deep Sea Fishing in Fort Walton Beach

Fort Walton Beach deep sea fishing will have you spoiled for choice. If you want to experience the best of Florida’s Panhandle fishing, you should head straight offshore into the Gulf of Mexico. These fisheries put to the test even the most experienced angler and are home to some of the most brutal game fish. Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna, Sailfish, Wahoo, and Mahi forage the pelagic waters. Hundreds of feet down, the seafloor holds untold schools of Amberjack, Grouper, Snapper, and Swordfish.

What to catch and where to find it

Some months are more productive than others, but once you make it past the 20-mile mark, you arrive at a battleground with never-ending action.

Just 30 miles from the coast, the continental shelf plummets to impressive depths at the area known as The Edge. Here you can expect to reel in King Mackerel, Mahi, and Blackfin Tuna. Come summer and these waters will light up with the Wahoo and Sailfish bite. And when the Snapper season is open, you’ll be able to fill the freezers and grace your table with a rich meal. You should be aware that the The Edges are closed to all forms of fishing from 1 January until 30 April each year to help preserve Grouper. But come May, you’ll have an impressive array of fish to grapple with.

You can wet your lines and get an amazing catch if you troll around Madison, Swanson, and Steamboat Lumps. These waters are open only for surface trolling, from May to October. You might not get bread-and-butter fish here, but you will have your line smashed by Mahi, Wahoo, Tuna, Marlin, and Sailfish.

Move further out and you’ll be well rewarded by oil rigs and Bluewater fisheries. Oil rigs are scattered around the Gulf and are a shortcut to game fishing from heaven. Marlin, Swordfish, Mahi, Wahoo, Yellowfin Tuna, and Snapper.

De Soto Canyon is the final frontier for Fort Walton Beach deep sea charters. The area produces amazing big game fishing as you can get Blue and White Marlin, Swordfish, Sailfish, and Yellowfin Tuna. Previously thought to be 300 ft deep, the area’s untapped potential was discovered in the early 2000’s when a team of researchers concluded that this network of reefs and wrecks is more extensive. So extensive that at some parts it plunges 6,000 ft below the sea surface. Talk about fishing paradise -- Fort Walton Beach has it.

How to get the fish

You’ll spend most of your time trolling as that can get you a lot of fish in less time. You will cover a greater area and spread the lines nicely to avoid tangling. Most charter captains will use artificial baits and lures as the distance you need to cover isn’t suitable for live bait. You’ll adjust the speed depending on the species you want to catch, lures you use, and choppiness of the sea. Skirted lures are effective for Marlin -- rig them up with circle hooks and you’ll have reliable trolling lures. To get Tuna, prepare 80-pound gear and use the standard ‘V’ pattern that you will drag behind the boat.

Fort Walton Beach
Excellent
4.6 / 5
Based on 26,584 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Deep Sea Fishing in Fort Walton Beach

Definitely talk to charters and locals they have the knowledge to make fishing successful your first time. Didn’t meet anyone that wouldn’t be willing to throw in some advice or answer a question that I might have had
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Definitely talk to charters and locals they have the knowledge to make fishing successful your first time. Didn’t meet anyone that wouldn’t be willing to throw in some advice or answer a question that I might have had
TJ  D.
TJ D. Mason City, IA
Cory great captain, he knows where the fish are. I look forward to going again.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Cory great captain, he knows where the fish are. I look forward to going again.
Danny  K.
Danny K. Nashville, TN
We would certainly try bottom fishing if we had more time, but trolling got us on a handful of Bonito which are fun to catch.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We would certainly try bottom fishing if we had more time, but trolling got us on a handful of Bonito which are fun to catch.
Eric  B.
Eric B. Kingsport, TN
Honestly it depends on the person and their commitment to fishing. We could have easily done the 1/2 day tour, we knew our son wouldn’t make it that long so we booked the 3hr…. Which is closer to shore.
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Honestly it depends on the person and their commitment to fishing. We could have easily done the 1/2 day tour, we knew our son wouldn’t make it that long so we booked the 3hr…. Which is closer to shore.
Neely  K.
Neely K. United States
Hard to say what to recommend to folks who actually know what they're doing when it comes to deep sea fishing. None of us had ever gone before, and it was an absolute treat catching whatever was biting, and things were biting as the bait hit the bottom!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Hard to say what to recommend to folks who actually know what they're doing when it comes to deep sea fishing. None of us had ever gone before, and it was an absolute treat catching whatever was biting, and things were biting as the bait hit the bottom!
Shea  B.
Shea B. Valparaiso, Florida
Book an early morning trip to avoid the windy and/or stormy conditions in the afternoon/evening.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book an early morning trip to avoid the windy and/or stormy conditions in the afternoon/evening.
Evans  B.
Evans B. Oklahoma City, OK
This was our first time fishing here, I would recommend the smaller boats to cover more ground faster and utilize different techniques.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
This was our first time fishing here, I would recommend the smaller boats to cover more ground faster and utilize different techniques.
Peter  R.
Peter R. Hydro, OK
Can’t predict weather in July, do your best with planning and have fun with it!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Can’t predict weather in July, do your best with planning and have fun with it!
Brett  S.
Brett S. United States
Great experience, he immediately made us feel welcome and we had a great time
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Great experience, he immediately made us feel welcome and we had a great time
Terry  K.
Terry K. United States
Book your trip with Lady Luck Adventures and you will catch fish. Capt Gabrielle is courteous, friendly, knowledgeable and takes you right to where the fish are. We were completely satisfied and will book with her again.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book your trip with Lady Luck Adventures and you will catch fish. Capt Gabrielle is courteous, friendly, knowledgeable and takes you right to where the fish are. We were completely satisfied and will book with her again.
Larry  M.
Larry M. United States
Forget the Swoop boats and call Sunshine Fishing Charter. It's worth the money.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Forget the Swoop boats and call Sunshine Fishing Charter. It's worth the money.
Bobby  S.
Bobby S. Fort Walton Beach, Florida
Inshore and nearshore fishing is outstanding. Lots of structure with lots of fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Inshore and nearshore fishing is outstanding. Lots of structure with lots of fish.
Chester  N.
Chester N. Louisville, Kentucky
It was nice to have this outfit do the work for us as we didn't really know what to expect as this is our first trip to this area
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It was nice to have this outfit do the work for us as we didn't really know what to expect as this is our first trip to this area
James  H.
James H. United States
Be patient. It's still early in the year and can be difficult targeting certain species due to colder water. Book the longer trip and if the captain is knowledgeable, he will find them!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be patient. It's still early in the year and can be difficult targeting certain species due to colder water. Book the longer trip and if the captain is knowledgeable, he will find them!
John  R.
John R. Covington, Louisiana

Top Targeted Deep Sea Fishing Species in Fort Walton Beach