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Fishing in Key Largo
Fishing in Key Largo
Fishing in Key Largo
trip description for Blue Water Trip in Key Largo

Offshore fishing off the beautiful coast Key Largo, FL doesn't get better than a trip with Captain Bryon. Bryon has over 40 years of experience on the water and has been fishing his whole life. With his experience and supplied Penn equipment Captain Bryon can put you on the fish in no time at all. You can expect to be trolling the waters of the Caribbean targeting Mahi-Mahi and Blackfin Tuna. If bottom fishing is more your speed, Captain Bryon is more than willing to take you to the reefs where you can expect to hook into various species of Snapper and Grouper as well as Amberjack. Bryon captains a 30' Sea Hunt center console equipped with state-of-the-art Garmin GPS, a fishfinder, outriggers, a live bait well, and an ice chest to satisfy any fishing needs out on the water. Perfect for this environment, the boat is powered by two 300HP Yamaha engines. The boat also has a restroom on board. The only thing you'll need to bring with you is any food or beverages you might want while out as well as any sun protection you may need. Read More

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trip description for Clearwater offshore fishing in Clearwater

Looking a fun and enjoyable charter out of Clearwater, FL? This trip with Captain Brad is a Clearwater fishing charter at it’s finest! On this trip, you can enjoy some of the world's best bottom fishing, hooking up Groupers, Snappers, Hogfish, and many other species on light to heavy tackle. If you're looking for some thrilling fishing, you can also go after iconic Florida species such as Tarpon and Sharks, both of which are a blast to catch for any angler. You'll be out there on board Captain Brad's 33' Dusky center console. She's a super versatile vessel that's ideal for mixing it up and fishing inshore, nearshore, or offshore. Plus, with tons of amenities and a twin 300-HP Suzuki engines, she'll get you out there quickly and comfortably. Captain Brad will supply everything you need for an awesome day on the water, from rods and reels to bait and tackle. Book a trip with him and see what Clearwater has to offer! Read More

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trip description for Adrenaline-Pumping PCB Trip in Panama City

Get out on the deep blue with Captain Jason, and see what offshore fishing in Panama City Beach is all about! This trip is highly flexible, with half-day, 3/4-day, and full-day options to give you exactly what you want. Depending on how far out you're looking to go, you'll have the opportunity to take a shot at a huge variety of inshore and nearshore species, ranging from good-eating Groupers and Snappers all the way up to super-fast pelagic fish such as Mahi Mahi, and everything in between! The Gulf of Mexico is known as the Grouper capital of the world, and in the reefs, wrecks, and ledges you'll fish there are tons of Gag and Red Grouper. Aside from Grouper, there are also Red Snapper, Triggerfish, Amberjack, and more that can be caught on the same reefs! These fish are all absolutely delicious table fare, and Captain Jason is happy to clean your keepers at the end of the trip. For surface trolling, there's an abundance of Spanish Mackerel, Kingfish, and Mahi Mahi. These pelagic predators are fast and aggressive, and are an absolute blast to catch—plus, they're absolutely delicious! You'll chase your targets aboard Captain Jason's trusty 22' Carolina Skiff, a versatile boat that can handle all kinds of water. She has a 150-HP Honda engine to get you where you need to go, and she also features custom rear seats for comfort, a T-Top for shade, and extra-wide deck space for plenty of fishing room. This boat is capable of stalking the shallows in as little as 8" of water or running up to 20 miles offshore. All you need to bring is sunscreen and a smile—Captain Jason will take care of the rest, including all your rods, reels, bait, and tackle. Get out there and have a blast! Read More

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trip description for Tampa Bay Shark Fishing in Tampa

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Fishing in St. Petersburg
Fishing in St. Petersburg
Fishing in St. Petersburg
trip description for St. Pete Offshore Experience in St. Petersburg

Go aboard Captain Greg's beautiful 32' Sabalo and see what fishing in St. Peter's is all about! You'll be able to get a taste of everything on this trip, including nearshore reef fishing, offshore trolling, and everything in between. There are so many species available on this trip that we're barely able to list them all! The Gulf of Mexico is know as the Grouper capital of the world, and in the reefs, wrecks, and ledges you'll fish there are Black, Red, Scamp, Gag, and Goliath Grouper. Aside from bottomfish, there are also tons of Gray Snapper, Mangrove Snapper, Red Snapper, Amberjack, and Triggerfish that can be caught on the same reefs! These fish are all absolutely delicious table fare, and Captain Greg is happy to clean your keepers at the end of the trip. For surface trolling, there's an abundance of King Mackerel, Mahi Mahi, Spanish Mackerel, Barracuda, and even Sharks! These species are a blast to catch and provide a challenge for every level of angler. You'll be fishing from a 32′ Sabalo sportfisher, built in the "Down East Cruiser" style. She has 15 feet of fishing deck space, with 11 rod holders and an open deck all the way around the stern. The 315-HP Cummins diesel engine makes her an extremely reliable fishing machine. With over 200 gallons of fuel capacity, she can take you out 100 miles and back with fuel to spare! In addition, she boasts 1800 lbs. of ice capacity; far more than a charter could ever need. This means there’s room for all your food, drinks, fish, and plenty of fresh ice. The creature comforts of this charter boat are more than worthy. Her central engine box has a cushion that’s 24 square feet and 6” thick for comfortable seating for six. There’s also a fish box with another 4 inch thick cushion that seats two. There’s also plenty of room to rest in the oversized v-berth below. Whether you want to relax on a fifty mile ride offshore or sit down and reel in a fish, there’s room for you AND five of your friends. Captain Greg will provide everything you need for a blue-ribbon day, including rods, reels, bait, and tackle. All you need to bring is sunscreen, proper clothing, sunglasses, and a smile! Read More

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Fishing in Niceville
Fishing in Niceville
Fishing in Niceville
trip description for Destin Gulf Fishing in Niceville

Looking for an unforgettable fishing experience in the beautiful waters of Florida's Emerald Coast? Look no further than Captain Kent's Bay or Gulf fishing trips! With years of experience and a passion for fishing, you'll have the choice to embark on a fishing adventure staying closer to shore on Choctawatchee Bay or fishing further out in the State waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Sticking around in the bay you'll be using light tackle and live bait targeting a variety of fish species, including redfish and trout. Fishing further out in the Gulf Captain Kent will bust out the heavier tackle and give you the option of Trolling for Kingfish, Mahi Mahi, and Amberjack or Bottomfishing for Trigger fish and a variety of tasty snapper and grouper species. Our fishing trips are perfect for families, friends, and individuals who want to explore the natural beauty of Florida and enjoy a day out on the water. With all equipment and bait provided, all you need to do is bring your sense of adventure and a love of fishing. Captain Kent's boat, a 29ft Luhrs Sportfishing vessel is equipped with the latest technology and safety equipment, ensuring that your trip is not only fun but also safe. You'll learn about the local marine life and ecosystems, as well as fishing techniques that will help you become a better angler. Don't miss out on the opportunity to experience the thrill of fishing in one of the most beautiful locations in the world. Book your fishing trip with Captain Kent today and create memories that will last a lifetime! Read More

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Everything to Know About Booking a Fishing Charter in Florida

What are the best fishing charters in Florida?

Why should I book a fishing charter in Florida with Captain Experiences?

Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 1525 trips in Florida, and the most popular trips in the area are Flats Backcountry Quest guided by Eric, Key Largo Adventure guided by Andrew, and Inshore Redfish Whacker guided by Wilkin.

Our guides in Florida are rated a 4.9 out of 5 based on 3198 verified reviews on Captain Experiences.

All guides on Captain Experiences are licensed, insured, and vetted by our team. You can access their reviews, click through trip photos, read bios to get to know them, and preview trip details like species, techniques, group sizes, boat specs and more.

Looking for kid friendly charters / fishing lessons in Florida? Check out our beginner and family friendly charters in Florida.

What types of fishing charters are common in Florida?

Deep Sea fishing is the most popular in Florida as well as inshore fishing, nearshore fishing, and flats fishing.

The most commonly sought after species in Florida are: 1. kingfish, 2. redfish, 3. mahi mahi, and 4. mangrove snapper.

The most common fishing techniques in Florida are light tackle fishing, live bait fishing, and bottom fishing but trolling and artificial lure fishing are popular as well.

How much do Florida fishing charters cost?

in Florida prices can range anywhere from about $525 to $3,800, but the average price for a half day trip in Florida is $1,103. The average price for a full day trip in Florida is $2,175.

Is booking a fishing guide worth the money?

Hiring a guide provides a number of benefits and many choose to book a fishing guide for a combination of experience, local knowledge, convenience, and cost-effectiveness.

Working with experienced fishing guides who know the best local spots and techniques can dramatically increase your odds of a great day. Having someone who is on the water every day and knows the area like the back of their hand is going to give you the best chances of success.

Booking a guide is also more cost effective, especially if you only get out a handful of times per year. When you consider all of the costs you would incur on your own such as the price of a boat, maintenance, insurance, gas, high-quality gear and tackle, repairs, and more, you’ll find that DIY is sometimes not worth the expense.

Even if you’ve got a great setup already in your home waters, booking a guide also provides a great opportunity to experience new techniques, new locations, or even a chance at a new target species to knock off the bucket list.

What month is best for fishing in Florida?

The most popular season for fishing in Florida is summer, and most anglers book their trips 25 days in advance.

Do I need a Florida fishing license and what are the bag limits in Florida?

See here for more information on fishing licenses in Florida, bag limits for target species, and fishing season regulations in Florida. When in doubt, your fishing guide will always know the right rules and regulations in Florida.

Fishing in the Sunshine State

Florida is known as the “Fishing Capital of the World,” and for good reason: with some of the best sport fishing year round in the Gulf of Mexico, incredible access to the continental shelf along the Atlantic Coast, and over 30,000+ lakes, Florida houses the most diverse set of species and the best fishing in the United States.

We can’t say it enough, Florida fishing is where it’s at all year round. While some migratory species (like billfish) will still have peak and ebb seasons, you will find fun on the water no matter when you visit.

Fishing Florida's Coasts

**Florida Inshore Fishing**

Inshore fishing in Florida includes everything within one nautical mile along either the Gulf or Atlantic coast. This will give you access to estuaries, bays, intercoastal waterways, and saltwater flats all along both coasts. The diversity of bays and flats across Florida make it a world-class inshore fishery. Beginners and experts alike flock here for everything from a family friendly redfish outing in the bay to a chance at a permit on the fly.

**Florida Nearshore Fishing**

Nearshore fishing in Florida will take you out to deeper waters with bigger fish, but remaining within sight of the coast. These warm waters are some of the best Florida has to offer where fish of all sizes can be found among the wrecks and reefs. Staying nearshore will reduce the travel time and increase the time you can spend fishing. Florida’s state waters are a great spot to bottom fish for snapper and grouper, fish the surf for pompano, and even troll for spanish mackerel, kingfish, cobia and more.

**Florida Offshore Fishing**

Heading offshore in Florida takes you into the deep blue, federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico, or the Atlantic Ocean depending on which coast you’re on. If you’re staying in the Keys, you’ll even have access to both, making Florida very unique. Commonly, good fishing begins anywhere from 20 to 30 miles away from the coast. The blue waters of Florida are some of the best places to be able to catch a multitude of trophy fish migrating through such as tuna and sailfish, as well as other seasonal fish like mahi-mahi.

Top Saltwater Catches in Florida

**Inshore Target Species in Florida**

**Snook Fishing in Florida**

The warm coastal waters of Florida provide the perfect fishing for snook as they prefer water above 60 degrees. They can be found cruising the saltwater flats, patrolling rivers, and even right off the beach or under bridges.

**Tarpon Fishing in Florida**

The silver kings of the sea, tarpon, are a prehistoric fish that have been around for 125 million years, and now reside in the warm waters of Florida's shoreline. These beautiful, metallic fish are known for being stubborn, strong, and highly acrobatic, and will test any angler’s skills.

**Bonefish Fishing in Florida**

Bonefish, or gray ghosts, are elusive fish that are highly regarded by anglers in their difficulty to catch. Florida, especially the Keys, are one of the most renowned locations to fish for them, as they cruise the flats at up to 40 mph.

**And more!**

Florida’s coasts are full of a diverse range of fish, giving you access to permit, pompano, mangrove snapper, and more.

**Nearshore Target Species in Florida**

**Grouper Fishing in Florida**

There are several species of grouper that live in Florida, including the black and gag groupers. They are stocky, stubborn, and often territorial. Florida water’s are a perfect environment for them to hide amongst rocks, reefs, and wrecks waiting for some bait to drop by.

**Snapper Fishing in Florida**

Red snapper, vermillion snapper, lane snapper, yellowtail snapper, if you want snapper, Florida has them. With over 12 species of snapper around the state, there are plenty to choose from. Although they can often be found among the reefs and wrecks in statewater, different species will travel both inshore and offshore, so if there’s a particular species you’re seeking, it’s important to check where they’ll be at that time of year.

**Tripletail Fishing in Florida**

Tripletail can be found in great numbers in the nearshore waters of Florida gathering around free floating masses in the water such as grass mats and even trash. This makes them great for sight casting, and will put up an acrobatic fight full of long runs.

**And more!**

Although these three make up the nearshore grand slam for Florida, there are some other great fish to be found along the reefs and wrecks like Spanish mackerel, kingfish, cobia, and more.

**Offshore Target Species in Florida**

**Mahi Mahi Fishing in Florida**

Mahi mahi literally means “strong strong” and when you get hooked on a line with one, you’ll discover that first hand. In the late spring and summer months, Florida is the place to find these dolphinfish, dophin, dorado, whatever you want to call them, you’ll find them.

**Sailfish Fishing in Florida**

The cheetahs of the ocean, sailfish, are a highly prized target for trophy fishing in Florida. Atlantic sailfish can be found cruising the deep waters as they migrate along the Gulf and Atlantic coast November through February, and sometimes even as late as April.

**Wahoo Fishing in Florida**

Wahoo are fierce predators, favored by anglers for their leap, jumping clear out of the water when on the line. They are even known to make last minute attacks on lures right at the edge of the boat. Wahoo can be found around the coasts of Florida year round, but are best in the summer months. It is rumored that they thrive after a full moon, giving you the chance to say you really caught a monster.

**And more!**

Catching these three big guys will give you the title of the Florida deep water grand slam, but there’s plenty more to catch out there. From amberjack, tuna, and more there’s plenty of water to search and big fish to be found.

**Top Freshwater Catches in Florida**

**Peacock Bass**

The lakes and canal banks of Florida are one of the few places that give you access to some exotic freshwater fish like peacock bass and clown knifefish. These bucket list fish are prime at dusk and dawn, and will give you a chance to see their golden halos shine in the sunshine.

**Hybrid Striped Bass**

Hybrid striped bass, or stripers, are another bucket list fish that have been stocked in freshwater lakes and rivers across Florida. They can be found in deep water of the lakes, and cruising river channels throughout the day, depending on the time of year, and are a finicky fish but well worth the reward.

**Largemouth Bass**

Largemouth bass are an iconic freshwater fish of the United States, and are known to Floridians as the “Florida bass.” They don’t claim these bass as their own for no reason, Florida is home to some excellent largemouth fishing, and tend to be much larger than their northern brothers.

Best Places to Fish Florida’s Saltwater

**The Emerald Coast**

**Destin**

Some of the best fishing to be done in the world is in the Panhandle of Florida, and Destin is the perfect location to seek it. Originally founded by fishermen, Destin is known as the “World’s Luckiest Fishing Village” due to having a wide selection of fish variety, access directly to the Gulf of Mexico, and having one of the nation’s largest commercial fishing fleets. The “100-fathom curve” is just 12 miles offshore, which is some of the deepest of the Gulf. With year round fishing for snapper, shark, tarpon and more Destin offers everything from inshore fishing to offshore, as well as plenty of tourism activities to enjoy if you can get yourself off the water long enough.

**Pensacola & Pensacola Beach**

Pensacola and Pensacola Beach (PCB), are known for excellent reef fishing, with both natural and artificial reefs providing the area with plenty of grouper, snapper, triggerfish, sharks, and more. In fact, it was once known as the “Red Snapper Capital of the World,” only now beaten by Orange Beach, AL. With access to the river channel, three bays, and the Gulf of Mexico, there are many different ecosystems to explore inshore, nearshore, and offshore fishing.

**The Gulf Coast**

**Tampa**

The Tampa area has hot summers and moderate winters, making for excellent weather with a year-round bite. From half-day Tampa flats fishing, to multi-day deep sea trips, and everything in between there’s plenty of fishing to be done once you escape the crowds of the theme parks.

**St. Petersburg & Clearwater**

St. Petersburg is considered to have a medley of fertile flats, mangrove-lined shores, canals, and barrier islands that provide excellent inshore fishing. Further to Clearwater adds all of these and shallow bayous. When you combine this amazing inshore fishing, to the area’s access to the Gulf and remote reefs, a prime fishing spot is created.

Sarasota

With access to Sarasota Bay, full of grass flats, oyster bars, and mangrove shorelines, as well as Big Sarasota Pass and New Pass that lead to the Gulf of Mexico, there are a variety of fish to be caught in Sarasota. The mix of salt and freshwater creates an estuary that is prime for both bait and gamefish to flourish.

**Fort Myers**

Way down yonder on the Caloosahatchee, the prime inshore waters of Fort Myers can be found, with just a short boat ride to the Gulf of Mexico. With the Caloosahatchee River, Estero Bay, miles and miles of canals and intertidal creeks, combined with great weather, there are some excellent fisheries to catch tarpon, snook, shark and more.

**Florida Keys**

**Islamorada**

Islamorada is about one third of the way down the Keys, and is considered the “Fishing Capital of Florida.” Being next to Florida Bay, as well as having access to the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean gives anglers in Islamorada the advantage of being able to fish nearly every species that swims. The Gulf Stream is also only around 10 to 20 miles offshore, bringing sailfish, marlin, tuna and more closer to shore.

**Key West**

The Gulf Stream also travels close to Key West, making deep-sea fishing easily accessible from there as well. However what’s really special about Key West is the gathering of Atlantic tarpon, the silver kings. When waters warm during the late spring, tarpon will make their yearly migratory stop. This is the perfect time to get the Key West grand slam - tarpon, bonefish, and permit.

**Key Largo**

Key Largo is a great place to fish because it is a great place for fish. This is because warm, nutrient-rich water from the Caribbean Basin, mix with water flowing from the Everglades and Florida Bay. Key Largo is also the unofficial entrance to the keys, being only an hour away from Miami, making it an easy fishing destination to go to.

**Marathon**

The ability to go fishing year round in Marathon is just one of the reasons that fishing there is so popular. With beautiful, warm weather year round the fish are always biting. The other big draw is the ease of fishing in so many different environments. From fishing flats for tarpon and bonefish, to heading offshore for everything from mahi-mahi to sailfish, Marathon has it all.

**Gold Coast**

**Miami**

Usually when people first think of Miami they think of the big city with high-rise condos and a booming nightlife, however just a short boat ride away there’s an escape from the busy city into the blue waters of the Atlantic coast fisheries. Between Biscayne Bay and the Bahamas only an hour away, there’s plenty of fishing to be done inshore and among the reefs offshore. Spend the day in the bays and flats for snook and redfish, or head out to catch the current sailfish cruise.

**Fort Lauderdale**

Fort Lauderdale is a special spot for fishing because within a 20 minute drive, you can fish both fresh and saltwater. The Atlantic waters surrounding Fort Lauderdale are teeming with life, and heading right off the beach or Hollywood Boardwalk into the crystal waters to do some inshore fishing snook or tarpon, or offshore for some billfish is the perfect place to start.

**West Palm Beach**

There is great fishing both inshore and offshore in West Palm Beach, however one of the biggest highlights is the direct access to Sailfish Alley. Sailfish Alley is a submerged canyon where billfish cruise right by West Palm Beach and is the best hotspot to hit to target your trophy. Mahi, wahoo, and more can also be found here and in the surrounding waters, making your day sure to be action packed.

**Space Coast**

**Cocoa Beach**

Cocoa Beach has great fishing in the Intercoastal Waterways and deep water for kingfish, marlin, and more, however the real gem is the access to Indian River Lagoon System. This system is made up of the Banana, Indian, and Mosquito Rivers and are prime for targeting many inshore species, but especially redfish. It is also right on the northernmost border of the snook population.

**Riviera Beach**

Whether you’d like to deep drop along the reefs and wrecks, or go kite fishing for trophy billfish, Riviera Beach is the place to go. It is a sport fisherman’s paradise for targeting big fish like tuna, sailfish, and more.

**Melbourne Beach**

Melbourne Beach is one of the world’s premier locations for surf fishing. While relaxing with your toes in the sand, you can wet your line and have direct access to snook, pompano, shark, and more. With over 15 miles of pristine beach, there’s plenty of space to find the perfect spot and catch your next personal best.

**Palm Beach**

Palm Beach has excellent inshore fishing for snook, tarpon, and more, but what makes it special is also its namesake. Palm Beach is named after the Providencia, a ship that wrecked with over 20,000 coconuts that washed ashore and grew into palms. That wreck, along with other sunken boats, reefs, and rocks make it an excellent place to fish for amberjack, barracuda, and more.

Best Places to Fish Florida’s Freshwaters

**Fort Lauderdale**

Although Fort Lauderdale is known for their sailfish fishing, it also provides access to a plethora of lakes and waterways of the Everglades and more full of bass, including the exotics. Whether you’re after a giant Florida largemouth, or the opportunity to make memories, Fort Lauderdale has it all.

**Delray Beach**

Nestled on the Southeast side of Florida between Miami and West Palm Beach, Delray Beach offers saltwater and freshwater fishing. On Lake Ida and the surrounding brackish canals, exotics , largemouth, panfish, and more are just waiting to be caught. All of these combined provide a unique fishing experience only to be found in Delray Beach.

**Lake Okeechobee**

Lake Okeechobee is a world-famous bass fishery covering 448,000 surface acres of water holding some monster largemouth bass. With plenty of vegetation and structure, species like bluegill, catfish, sunfish and more can thrive.

Does Florida have good fishing?

Florida is a top destination for fishing enthusiasts, offering a vast array of fishing opportunities both in freshwater and saltwater environments. The state boasts an extensive network of rivers, lakes, and freshwater springs, including famous fishing spots like Lake Okeechobee, the St. Johns River, and the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes. These waters are abundant with species such as Largemouth Bass, Crappie, Bluegill, and Catfish, making it a paradise for freshwater anglers. Florida's warm climate and well-managed fisheries contribute to year-round fishing, ensuring that anglers can enjoy productive fishing trips at any time of the year.

In addition to its remarkable freshwater fishing, Florida is renowned for its exceptional saltwater fishing opportunities along its extensive coastline. The Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico offer diverse fishing experiences, from inshore fishing for species like Snook, Redfish, and Spotted Seatrout, to offshore adventures targeting Mahi-Mahi, Sailfish, and various species of Snapper and Grouper. The Florida Keys, in particular, are famous for their rich marine biodiversity and unique fishing experiences, including the chance to catch Bonefish, Tarpon, and Permit in the flats. Whether you're fishing from a pier, a kayak, or a charter boat, Florida's coastal waters provide endless possibilities for anglers of all skill levels.

Florida's fishing culture is robust and well-supported by a wide range of resources, including fishing guides, charter services, tackle shops, and numerous fishing tournaments and events. Annual events like the Florida Keys Tarpon Fishing Tournament and the Destin Fishing Rodeo draw anglers from around the world, fostering a sense of community and competition. Additionally, the state's commitment to conservation and sustainable fishing practices ensures that Florida's waters remain healthy and productive for future generations. With its diverse and abundant fishing environments, year-round fishing opportunities, and supportive fishing community, Florida is undoubtedly one of the best states for fishing in the United States.

Recent Reviews of Captain Experiences

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    Jake was a great guide and did an amazing job getting us on fish. My son and I will be booking him again for our next trip to Gulf Shores!!

    Aaron G. with Jake D. of Pensacola, Florida

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    We had a great fishing trip with Captain Wade. I booked our trip for my boyfriend’s 40th birthday for us, and 3 of his friends. Wade had everything we needed and more and provided a fun and laid back experience. We all caught a handful of fish, myself included, who had never fished before. I highly recommend!!

    Rachel B. with Wade O. of St. Petersburg, Florida

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    If you want to catch fish, better call and get on board. Hardest working captain I’ve ever seen in my 20 years of offshore fishing. Not only did we limit out in multiple species captain Tommy gave us a great experience and let us do what we wanted to. captain Tommy has the go to spots for big snapper,grouper, and sport fish as well.

    Zachery A. with Tommy L. of Clearwater, Florida

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    What an amazing trip!!!! Great captain and deck hand!!! Caught a shark a bunch of snappers and other stuff!!!!

    Josh . with Kyle L. of Destin, Florida

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    The trip was an incredible and unique experience. The boat was clean and well maintained and Capt Robert was great! He worked hard to make sure we got some fish to take home and taught us fresh water fisherman a thing or 2 about ocean fishing. Absolutely recommend.

    Charles A. with Robert J. of Destin, Florida

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    Our captain was very intune with our group. He worked very hard to make it a successful trip

    Jake J. with Tommy L. of Clearwater, Florida

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    Was a great trip, got on some nice fish. Got surprised by a large school of smaller mahi mahi but had fun with the instant hook up and seemed to last a good bit. Captain was great, very knowledgeable and supplied drinks if we needed any. The boat was clean and spacious for the both of us and had plenty of rods in the water.

    Tony P. with Hunter L. of Key West, Florida

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    Captain Seth did a great job! He went above and beyond! We enjoyed our day and highly recommend!

    Ann M. with Seth L. of Niceville, Florida

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    Our family had a great time with Ralph, Tati, and Mike! We’ve never deep sea fished before and Mike taught us everything we needed to know! We would definitely book with them again.

    Kevin M. with Ralph M. of Miami, Florida

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    Great trip Enjoyed it

    Jeff R. with Tyler S. of Key West, Florida

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    Had a great time. Capt. Bill did and amazing job!

    Seth H. with Bill M. of Key Largo, Florida

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    Spent a half day out with Captain Kenneth! Had an amazing day fishing for black drum, mango snapper, tarpon, and snook. He did an awesome job running the boat and keeping everyone going and hooking the big ones! The questionable weather in Florida didn’t stop us from having a good time. Thank you for the great day!

    Curtis D. with Kenneth K. of Melbourne, Florida

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    Great captain. Super knowledgable, very considerate and adds lots of extra effort with his photos & food.

    Walt Q. with Justin N. of Fort Lauderdale, Florida

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    This was an amazing experience. Captain John and his deck hand did and an amazing job. I caught around a 100 pound Hammerhead shark and several other sharks. I caught 4 sharks total. Definitely will do it again.

    Michael O. with John C. of Panama City, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Chris and Jack his First Mate were fantastic. Two excellent fisherman that make the most of your time on the water and constantly trying different ways to catch the fish. They know just where to go!

    Paul R. with Christopher A. of Fort Lauderdale, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Wow! We had the most amazing fishing trip yesterday with TJ! My nephew can't stop talking about it! We spent 4 hours out fishing and caught several different types of fish including jack fish and a barracuda. TJ spent time with him, showed him how the equipment on the boat worked, and helped him find and reel in the fish- he was wonderful. The time went by too quickly! The boat had plenty of snacks, he even had some sunscreen when I realized I forgot ours in the car. Thank you so much, TJ, for an amazing 4 hour trip that is the highlight of my nephew's summer vacation!

    Bernadette H. with Craig K. of Jupiter, Florida

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    Had a great trip with Capt Dylan. He worked hard for us and he delivered. Super perfessional, easy going and fun. Couldn’t have asked for a better time! We will definitely be back!

    Gary G. with Eric S. of Islamorada, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Great trip with Kyle, he was very accommodating to our variety of fishing experiences!! Some caught on the first cast!! Fun times had by all!

    Jennifer A. with Kyle A. of Saint James City, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Nate and his mate were about as good as you can get. Kept me up on weather and water situations. Communication was the best I've had from any Capitan. Water was about as bad as it gets he safely got us out and back. Nathan can pilot a boat and can catch fish! I'll book for years to come.

    Joshua B. with Nathan S. of Panama City Beach, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Greg was awesome! Not only did he do a fantastic job with our charter (and 9 year old)...he also gave us a bunch of dinner recommendations to hit during our stay!

    Craig A. with Greg G. of Panama City, Florida

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