Fort Walton Beach Deep Sea Fishing Charters

Fort Walton Beach Deep Sea Fishing Charters

Best Deep Sea Fishing Charters in Fort Walton Beach

Top Deep Sea Fishing Charters in Fort Walton Beach

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.

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Reviews of Fishing in Deep Sea Fishing in Fort Walton Beach

Great time with the grandchildren!
Babette F. fished with All Out Fishing on April 7, 2021
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It was a little chilly & the fish were not biting but I know when they are biting the fishing is great
4 Hour Offshore Trip
Shane H. fished with Broke Tip Charter on April 7, 2021
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Check out the reviews and git ‘er done!
6 hour with Capt Sean
DaVon D. fished with Salty Dawgz’ Deep Sea Charters on December 8, 2020
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There are many fish you can't keep in Dec, but those we were able to keep provided plenty of meat and we had to figure how to get them home.
Captain Kent for a 5 hr Shark experience
Jason L. fished with Broke Tip Charter on October 2, 2020
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There were ALOT of jellyfish, hundreds. Not sure if they were migrating through of if this is a common thing.
Fishing on the Gulf with Kent and Bobbi
Shawn H. fished with Broke Tip Charter on September 5, 2020
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I will fish the gulf again next spring and hopefully next summer.
Awesome Kids Trip
Jacob H. fished with Broke Tip Charter on July 24, 2020
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Be for flexible to flow with the weather.
Half day trip with Captain Gary!
Chuck S. fished with Hot Reels Fishing Charter, LLC on August 1, 2019
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Go early!!! Too hot to fish in afternoon!!
Fishing with Jordan
Andrew J. fished with Sunshine Fishing Charters on July 31, 2019
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This captian gave us an incredible experience.

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