5 Things You Need to Know Before Booking a Fishing Charter in Destin


December 1st, 2013

Boasting the largest and most elaborately equipped charter fishing fleet in the state of Florida, and the closest deepwater access in the Northern Gulf, fishing options are plentiful in Destin! If you’re planning a fishing trip in Destin, the options can be overwhelming and it can be difficult knowing where to start. Here are a few questions to ask yourself to help narrow down what type of fishing charter you’re looking for. Knowing the answers to these questions will help you to find the perfect fishing charter, so you can get the most out of your vacation!

  1. Are you looking to join a large number of anglers or have the boat to yourselves? A head boat or party boat is a large boat that accommodates many passengers. The boat will go out into the gulf and bottom fish, then return to the docks and the bounty will be evenly divided between the customers. This is the least expensive form of fishing charter, with rates figured on a per person basis, and also the least personalized. A private charter is more expensive but you have more options. Rates for a private charter are hourly, typically with a 4-hour minimum, and vary from boat to boat depending on the size, motor, amenities available, and number of people in your group. For something in between, if you have a small group of less than 4, you can also try to team up with another group to split a private charter. Knowing whether you want a party boat, private charter, or split charter will help us set you up with the fishing charter that best suits your needs.
  3. How many people are in your group? If you are looking for a private charter, know how many total passengers you will have in your charter. The size of your group will decide which options you have for the size of boat you can charter.
  5. How many hours do you want to spend on the water? There is typically a 4-hour minimum on private charters. Standard trips are 4-hr, 6-hr, 8-hr, 10-hr, and multiday.
  7. Is there a particular type of fishing you are looking to do? Are you interested in backbay fishing for redfish and trout, offshore fishing for grouper, amberjack, snapper, mahi, or mackerel, or deepsea fishing for big game marlin, tuna, or mahi?
  9. Any amenities you would like to have on the boat (cabin, a/c, bathroom, etc)? Maybe you’re not picky and just want to fish, or maybe you want to fish in comfort and have the option to relax in an air-conditioned cabin. Do you want a bathroom onboard? Knowing these answers will help us match you with a charter boat that will best suit your needs.


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