First Light Charter Boat in Destin, Florida

Guided by Steve Haeusler

Deep Sea

About Your Guide

Capt. Steve Haeusler moved to Destin in 1970 and began fishing in 1973 at the age of 13. He began as a deckhand/mate and learned all types of fishing from some of the best Captains in Destin. He continued fishing through college until he graduated from The University of West Florida in Pensacola in 1985 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting. It was in 1986 that he began his career as a Captain on the charter boat Phoenix, then purchased his first boat in 1992. In 1993, he began a partnership with Capt. Kelly and became the Captain on the First Light. For all of your Destin Florida Amberjack fishing needs, look no further then Capt. Steve! Steve specializes in offshore fishing in and around Destin, Florida. Whether you are visiting Destin, Panama City, or Pensacola FL, fishing is our specialty and we can’t wait to make your fishing experience a lasting memory.

First Light Charter Boat Trips

A deep sea fishing charter out of Destin, FL with Captain Steve is a one-of-a-kind adventure. You'll be able to chase trophy catches, stack your cooler full of keepers, and make memories that will last for years to come! The fishing trip is geared towards catching some of the most popular species in the Gulf. That includes Amberjack, Grouper, Cobia, Triggerfish, and Red Snapper, all of which are known to inhabit these waters. Captain Steve has years of experience fishing in the area and knows the best spots to ensure a great day! Deep sea fishing is a unique experience that requires a combination of skill and patience, and with Captain Steve's expert guidance, you'll soon be catching some of the biggest fish you've ever seen. The fish here have something for everyone: Amberjack are known for their stubborn fighting, while Cobia, Grouper, Red Snapper, and Triggerfish are all famously good eating. To catch these species, you'll mostly be driving over underwater structure such as rocks and reefs. This kind of is great because you can relax and enjoy a beverage while you wait for the rods to start bending! Whether you're an experienced angler or still green, you'll have a blast on this trip. Read More

Deep Sea Fishing Charter in Destin

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100% (5)
47 ft 1 - 6 People From $263 / person

Recent Reviews of First Light Charter Boat



Outstanding fishing trip July 2018 onboard First Light. The entire crew worked hard to put us on fish and we look forward to our next trip with them.



We went out on Monday May 18, 2020 and could not ask for better service from Captain Steve and his Great deck hand Wyatt. They made sure we caught fish until we were worn out. I highly recommend this boat to anyone that wants to CATCH fish!! Thanks again Captain Steve!

Scott S.


Capt Steve is a pro and it shows. He put us on big AJs at the first spot and every spot thereafter. He didn't waste our time. Will definitely fish with them again. Thx Capt.

Jon W.


Capt Steve put us on snapper in no time flat! Him and Danny couldn't have been nicer. Highly recommend. We will be back! Thanks again!!

Joe S


Captain Steve knows his stuff and Danny is a great worker. They made sure we had fish in the boat. Very professional and entertaining. I highly recommend.


Amberjack, Cobia, Gag Grouper, Kingfish, Red Snapper, Snowy Grouper, Strawberry Grouper, Triggerfish


Bottom Fishing, Deep Dropping, Heavy Tackle Fishing, Trolling

Types of Fishing

Deep Sea

Start Location

Destin Fishing Fleet, 210 Harbor Blvd, Destin, FL 32541, USA

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