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: 177 fishing charters available
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(254 reviews)
Shalimar
Trips from US $550
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(55 reviews)
Shalimar
Trips from US $500
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(51 reviews)
Shalimar
Trips from US $790
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(95 reviews)
Shalimar
Trips from US $800
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(81 reviews)
Shalimar
Trips from US $900
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(20 reviews)
Fort Walton Beach
Trips from US $1,400
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(128 reviews)
Fort Walton Beach
Trips from US $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 28,936 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Deep Sea Fishing in Fort Walton Beach

Great environment for anyone wanting to get out on the water and fight some saltwater fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Great environment for anyone wanting to get out on the water and fight some saltwater fish.
Anarchy Fishing Charters
Anarchy Fishing Charters
Be prepared for a fight when you hook and monster this not bass or strip fishing or even big river cats
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be prepared for a fight when you hook and monster this not bass or strip fishing or even big river cats
Sparkling Water Charters
Sparkling Water Charters
Be aware of traffic delays if you're heading out in the afternoon or evening. No worries with early morning travel.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be aware of traffic delays if you're heading out in the afternoon or evening. No worries with early morning travel.
Anarchy Fishing Charters
Anarchy Fishing Charters
Had a great time even got to check a fish off my son's bucket list of fish to catch. Very knowledgeable and friendly. If things didn't work out he always have a backup plan and allowed us to be part of the decisions of what type of fishing we wanted to do. Would definitely recommend and use him again. No complaints for a first time charter experience. Great crew and fun times.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Had a great time even got to check a fish off my son's bucket list of fish to catch. Very knowledgeable and friendly. If things didn't work out he always have a backup plan and allowed us to be part of the decisions of what type of fishing we wanted to do. Would definitely recommend and use him again. No complaints for a first time charter experience. Great crew and fun times.
**Above C-Level Charters**
**Above C-Level Charters**
You will have to catch your own bait fish until June, that part was fun too tho.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
You will have to catch your own bait fish until June, that part was fun too tho.
Sparkling Water Charters
Sparkling Water Charters
Bring sunscreen and beverages. Wear a hat or something to give you some shade. Sunglasses a must.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring sunscreen and beverages. Wear a hat or something to give you some shade. Sunglasses a must.
The Jig is Up Charters
The Jig is Up Charters
Listen to your Captains and their experience on what to do, where to go, and the weather.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Listen to your Captains and their experience on what to do, where to go, and the weather.
Sparkling Water Charters
Sparkling Water Charters
If you're going in March don't expect a lot of them to be in season. Expect to catch your bait and have fun doing it. These Captains know where to find fish and put you on them. What kind you catch is a wonderful mystery. Have fun.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you're going in March don't expect a lot of them to be in season. Expect to catch your bait and have fun doing it. These Captains know where to find fish and put you on them. What kind you catch is a wonderful mystery. Have fun.
Sparkling Water Charters
Sparkling Water Charters
End of season and kind of chilly but still a great day on the water - even if we had choppy conditions.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
End of season and kind of chilly but still a great day on the water - even if we had choppy conditions.
The Jig is Up Charters
The Jig is Up Charters
Many options. Know the difference between state and federally permitted charters. State can only go up to nine Miles out. Federally permitted charters can go out deeper so your options increase but so generally does the cost.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Many options. Know the difference between state and federally permitted charters. State can only go up to nine Miles out. Federally permitted charters can go out deeper so your options increase but so generally does the cost.
Anarchy Fishing Charters
Anarchy Fishing Charters Canaseraga, NY
Fish on! The fish like every where tend to move but the locals communicate to let everyone know where the fish are at.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fish on! The fish like every where tend to move but the locals communicate to let everyone know where the fish are at.
**Above C-Level Charters**
**Above C-Level Charters** Strasburg, VA
Recommend fishing with some one familiar of the area like Cutawhiskie Charters!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Recommend fishing with some one familiar of the area like Cutawhiskie Charters!
**Above C-Level Charters**
**Above C-Level Charters** Homer City, PA
It’s just hot! We got lucky and most of our trip was overcast but as soon as that sun came out the kids were getting hot very quickly, especially with having to wear life vests.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It’s just hot! We got lucky and most of our trip was overcast but as soon as that sun came out the kids were getting hot very quickly, especially with having to wear life vests.
The Jig is Up Charters
The Jig is Up Charters
It’s hot but there are fish biting. Just be clear about what species you want since you may be redirected to more easy to catch options like ribbon fish. Also might mean a longer slog with no fish for the species you want. But hey that’s fishing!
Excellent
4.7 / 5
It’s hot but there are fish biting. Just be clear about what species you want since you may be redirected to more easy to catch options like ribbon fish. Also might mean a longer slog with no fish for the species you want. But hey that’s fishing!
**Above C-Level Charters**
**Above C-Level Charters** Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Book with Liquid Prescriptions with Capt Cory and he’ll take care of the rest
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book with Liquid Prescriptions with Capt Cory and he’ll take care of the rest
Liquid Prescription Fishing Charter
Liquid Prescription Fishing Charter Tallahassee, FL
Check on the type of fish you want to fish for and make sure they are in season to keep if you want to keep them.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Check on the type of fish you want to fish for and make sure they are in season to keep if you want to keep them.
Game Changer Charters LLC
Game Changer Charters LLC Lerona, WV
The night time bow-fishing was one of the coolest experiences ever, it was me & my sons first time doing this, and we can’t wait to do it again!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The night time bow-fishing was one of the coolest experiences ever, it was me & my sons first time doing this, and we can’t wait to do it again!
Panhandle Fishing Charters
Panhandle Fishing Charters
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
Sparkling Water Charters
Sparkling Water Charters 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.
Liquid Prescription Fishing Charter
Liquid Prescription Fishing Charter 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.
Anarchy Fishing Charters
Anarchy Fishing Charters Kingsport, TN

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