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Climb aboard Captain Matthew's sportfisher for an action-packed close offshore adventure! After launching from the dock, you will ride out of Destin Pass and start our fishing trip. For these 8-10 hour trips you can travel up to 35 miles offshore. At these depths, there is no telling what you'll find on the end of your line when the reel starts screaming!...Read More
Usually, you will troll on your ride out. While trolling with Captain Matthew, you may have a chance to catch many species, such as King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, and Bonitas. These are the more common fish. Other species you might encounter as well are Wahoos, Dolphins, Blackfin Tunas, Barracudas, and Sailfish.
During your travel out to deeper water, the mates will be working to make sure you are ready to go when we get to our fishing spot. They will be cutting bait, getting rods ready, and teaching you the basics of fishing school. Whether you're a seasoned veteran or a complete novice, Captain Matthew and his crew are very patient and do the best job possible to make sure you are trained up and ready to go.
Once you arrive at our fishing destination, Captain Matthew will have you fishing for different species in various ways, depending on what you're after!
When we are finished fishing, we will head back home. During this travel time, we will also troll. When we get back to the dock, we will unload fish and your belongings. Your mates will hang up your fish and this is the time for you to take pictures of your catch! After pictures, the mates will clean and bag your fish for you to take home and enjoy.
Beyond an outstanding Captain at its helm, this vessel also comes loaded with all the fishing gear you could possibly need for a successful day out on the water. So all you need to bring is your sun protection, snacks, drinks, and a tip for the mates, and Captain Matthew and his crew will take care of the rest to ensure you have the best experience out on the water.
Captain Matthew has a love of fishing that started at a young age and has continued to grow over the years. After years of learning the craft of fishing and working his way up the ranks, he was able to reach a lifelong goal of purchasing his own charter company. Captain Matthew is local and knows the gulf waters extremely well. A father of three, he loves having his wife and kids on board when he can....Read More
His love of fishing started as a young boy fishing the banks of Choctawhatchee Bay. At the age of 11, he talked my parents into buying him his first boat, a 14' John Boat. It didn’t have a trailer or motor, but that was okay; he had his boat. He and his friends built a trailer out of pine trees they had cut down and used old bike tires for wheels. It was about a mile to the boat ramp, so it wasn’t always easy getting there. Captain Matthew estimates they musty have paddled over 100 miles around Choctawhatchee Bay that summer. He knew then that he wanted to fish every day he was able!
Three years later, at the age of 14, he landed his first job as a Second Mate on a charter boat on the Destin Harbor. Over the next 6 years he worked his way up to First Mate and had earned his 100 Ton Masters Captain’s License. The summer he turned 20 something magical happened, he caught his first blue marlin! It was the most magnificent fish he had ever seen. At that very moment he wanted to spend every day he was on the water chasing these beautiful fish.
He was able to get a job on a private yacht and spent the next five years traveling the world fishing for blue marlin. He was lucky enough to fish places such as Costa Rica, Mexico, The Bahamas, St. Thomas, and Bermuda to name a few. During this time he met his wife and they had their first son. The traveling and chasing blue marlins took a distant second to spending time with his new family, so back to Destin he came!
Once he was back home, he began taking the skills he had learned on his journeys to these blue marlin hot spots and putting them to good use. He was able to accumulate over 1.5 million dollars in tournament winnings in the Gulf of Mexico. His biggest win was in 2009, breaking the Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic record with a 716 pound Blue Marlin. He continues to compete to this day, using his skills and enjoying every minute of the chase for the big fish!
Fast forwarding to 2019, he continues to live the fisherman’s dream. He now has three beautiful children, two boys and one girl. He has the boat of his dreams and the pleasure of spreading his love and passion of fishing, with not only his children but children and adults from all across the world. He smiles every time he remembers that summer as a young boy when he and his friends were pulling his boat over a mile, on a homemade trailer with their bikes to the water. He never could have imagined what he could accomplish from his love and passion for fishing. To this day he is still that young boy every time he is on the water!
We vet our guides to make sure they are the best of the best. We want guides who not only catch fish, but show you a great time on the water, keep you safe, and give you a memorable experience with your group.
Once you've paid your deposit at checkout, we'll send you a QR code (like a mobile boarding pass). Just show your guide your QR code on the day of the trip, they'll scan it, the remaining balance will transfer automatically, and you'll be all set to go fishing. Just make sure you bring a cash tip for the guide!
In the case of inclement weather, our guides will make the call and we'll work with you to reschedule your trip or issue a full refund. Your safety is our top concern.
We're always available to answer your questions via email, text, chat, or call!
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
All rods, reels, and tackle are included.
This guide will clean your catch for you.
Feel free to enjoy responsibly, but please no glass.
This boat has air conditioning.
You will get a refund if the trip is canceled due to weather.
No meal provided.
Rods, reels, tackle, bait, fishing licenses
At an Additional Rate
No added costs.
Weather Appropriate Gear Sun Protection Snacks and Drinks
Nothing additional needed.
Payment & Tipping
After paying the deposit, a QR Code will be emailed to you. On the day of the trip, your guide will scan your QR code to automatically transfer the remaining balance. The only cash needed is for a customary tip (we recommend 20%).
The deposit for this trip is non-refundable.
Where to Buy a Fishing License
No license needed for this trip.
Margaritaville Destin, Harbor Boulevard, Destin, FL, USA