It’s no wonder Destin is nicknamed ‘The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village”. Just one fishing trip and you will be hooked. The fresh catch is almost a guarantee with every charter boat trip. There are too many charter boats to even begin to name and most are family friendly. So let’s answer some FAQs for that ‘Lucky Charter Fishing Trip’.
What Should I Bring?
Most charters provide the fishing tackle, rod, bait and ice. However, I suggest you bring a small cooler with water and snacks. Of course, don’t forget plenty of sunscreen, hat and sunglasses – polarized glasses work best for fishing. You will want your phone for photos to post your catch on social media.
What Does a Charter Trip Cost?
Rates can vary depending on the type of trip but most charter fishing trips are $125-$200/hour. This will include your fishing tackle, bait, a full-service crew and boat captain. You should also plan a gratuity of 18-20%. The crew works hard for you before, during and after your trip. Cutting bait, baiting hooks and untangling line during the trip is a never ending task. Back at the dock, the crew will clean your fish and hang for that great photo op. Don’t forget to thank them for their hard work with a nice tip.
Are There Overnight Charters?
Absolutely! What the ultimate fishing experience? Try an overnight or multi-day charter. Luxury charters provide gourmet meals, relaxing accommodations and waking up over 100 miles offshore to a one of a kind sunrise over the the Gulf. This type of charter trip allows the big game fisher to start the day with that lucky catch along with morning coffee.
What is In-Shore and Off-Shore Trolling?
In-shore trolling is casting lines from a moving boat. Seawalls, docks, inlets and canals offer some of the best options for in-shore trolling. The Gulf or the Choctawhatchee Bay offer the best options for off-shore trolling. Both trips range from2-8 hours.
What is Bottom Fishing?
Coral reefs and artificial reefs offer the best location for bottom fishing. Bottom fishing is usually about 60 miles offshore at one of the captain’s favorite reefs. You lower your baited line slowly into the water and wait for that lucky catch of Amberjack, Cobia and Mackerel.
What Other Fishing Options Are There?
Again, Destin isn’t known as ‘The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village’ for nothing. Okaloosa Fishing Pier is a great family option, party fishing boats are located at the Destin Harborwalk Village or just plan to fish from a paddle board or kayak. The fishing options are endless in Destin.
Whatever option you choose the memories will last a lifetime.