Get ready for some bottom fishing fun with Captain Wayne down on the Emerald Coast. Wayne has been fishing these local water for 20 years and has hundreds of honey holes (both reefs, wrecks, and live bottoms) up and down the nearshore waters around Destin. With only a 15-minute ride to the gulf, you can be tight on a fish in a matter of minutes. And you don't have to worry about wasting your time sitting over the same spot on this trip, if the fish aren't hot in one spot, you'll be hopping between reefs and wrecks working your way further from Destin throughout the day to find the best action....Read More
Typical species you can expect to encounter on these trips include Triggerfish, Amberjack, Grouper, and a variety of Snappers. If bottom fishing isn’t your thing, Captain Wayne can switch gears and try your luck trolling for King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, and even the occasional Mahi-Mahi or Blackfin Tuna that slips in closer to shore.
You will meet up with Captain Wayne at L J Schooners Dockside Restaurant to board his 26’ NauticStar center console that comfortably fits up to 4 anglers. It is equipped with a freshwater shower if you end up taking a dip in the ocean, a full head, 2 bait tanks, and an ice box to provide you with the best possible experience. Captain Wayne will also provide you with top-notch fishing rods, tackle, and bait, and will clean your catch for you!
Captain Wayne will supply you and yours with sunscreen, water, and snacks.
Captain Wayne has been boating since the early 2000s and currently runs a Nauticstar 26’ center console with twin 150 Yamaha outboards. He has been fishing in this area since 1973 when his dad was stationed at Eglin Air Force Base. Before becoming a captain, he worked as a chef for 35 years. His love for fishing began as a child while fishing offshore in the Gulf. He has a lot of experience in bottom fishing and trolling. Captain Wayne is also a skilled chef! He loves advising on how to cook it at home or recommending some of the best local restaurants to cook your catch.
290 Yacht Club Drive, Niceville, FL 32578, United States
Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate
All rods, reels, and tackle are included.
This guide will clean your catch for you.
Feel free to enjoy responsibly, but please no glass.
You will get a refund if the trip is canceled due to weather.
No meal provided.
Fishing License, Snorkeling Equipment, Ice Box, Rods, reels & tackle
At an Additional Rate
No added costs.
Nothing required, we always recommend sunglasses, sunscreen, water, and weather-appropriate clothing.
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%).
Yes, cancel for free up to 3 days before the trip.
Where to Buy a Fishing License
No license needed for this trip.
To check pricing, please select duration and group size.
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Vanessa S.· ·
Captain Wayne called us a couple days in advance to change our day due to weather, and the guys were able to get out and fish on a much nicer day and was very accommodating to our schedule! Captain Wayne let us know ahead of time that it will ...Read More not be the best fishing due to the time of the year and that red snapper was not in season (pic attached had to be thrown back) but they still had a great time and caught enough fish to feed 6. If we are in the area in the future, we will definitely book with Captain Wayne again!
Lauren L.· ·
My husband and I had such a good time fishing with Captain Wayne! We were able to go offshore and catch some Trigger fish. We decided to come inshore for the rest of the day because of the wind. And we got a lot of bites inshore but were a ...Read More little to early in the season for the inshore fishing. We had a lot of fun never the less and Captain Wayne was a great host! We are hoping to come back again for a summer trip! Thanks again Captain Wayne!
Clark E.· ·
My daughter’s and I took an afternoon trip. The pricing compared to other charters was very competitive and reasonable. Captain Wayne took into consideration the weather and our safety to expertly navigate rough waters, catch bait, and take us to fishing spots. If the fish moved, we moved, no sitting ...Read More around wasting time. We caught an assortment of fish including trigger fish, red snapper, Spanish Mackerel, and Grouper. Captain Wayne was very considerate to my request to ensure my girls had a great first time salt water experience. He delivered and was very personable. Thank you again, Captain Wayne!! We will definitely book with you again!
Rodney H.· ·
Tremendous trip. Wish I could give him 10 stars. Captain Wayne worked with us through bad weather to get the trip in. Got us on fish immediately. Had 3 newbies and Captain Wayne was so good at helping and explaining. Caught several different species including 3 huge Red Snapper but ...Read More released because of season regulations. Even had a shark on the line! Will fish again with Wayne if we get back to Destin!!!