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Fishing in Santa Rosa Beach
Fishing in Santa Rosa Beach
Fishing in Santa Rosa Beach
trip description for Family Special - 22’ TranSport in Santa Rosa Beach

Take your young ones out on the water for a 2-hour fishing charter with Captain Trey. This trip is perfect for kids ages 4-17, and Captain Trey is not only great with kids but also loves introducing youngsters to the sport! On this trip, you will explore the inshore waters around Santa Rosa Beach. Captain Trey has a bunch of honey holes in this area where the fish are always biting and he will try to maximize the most amount of action by taking you guys to them! This trip is catch and release only, but there will be a lot of it going on... catching and releasing I mean! Captain Trey will have all the rods, reels, tackle, bait, and licenses you could possibly need for your adventure. All you need to bring is your sun protection and your kids to the dock and Capt. Trey will get to work making memories that will last a lifetime! Read More

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Family Special - 22’ TranSport

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22 ft 1 - 6 People From $450
Fishing in Santa Rosa Beach
Fishing in Santa Rosa Beach
Fishing in Santa Rosa Beach
trip description for Santa Rosa Beach Inshore Catch in Santa Rosa Beach

Whether you're a seasoned angler or a vacationer looking to experience Florida’s beautiful Emerald Coast, fishing these beautiful waters with Captain Conner is an adventure you'll never forget. Captain Conner is an expert when it comes to inshore sportfishing. He’s been fishing the area for years, and knows exactly how to put you on the fish and help you land them, whether it’s your hundredth catch or your first. You'll be primarily looking for Snook, Drum, Redfish, and Speckled Trout. These classic Florida species are super fun to catch and are great eating as well—especially Redfish! In addition, you'll be able to catch Florida Pompano, Spanish Mackerel, Sheepshead, Flounder, and more out there! Captain Conner runs his trips aboard his 22' Pathfinder center console. She's a versatile boat that can handle all kinds of water, and she sports a 200-HP Yamaha outboard to get you to the fishing grounds fast. She also features top-of-the-line gear and electronics to enhance your trip. The captain will provide everything you need for a blue-ribbon day. All you need to bring is proper clothing, sun protection, and a pair of sunglasses! The fish are biting—what are you waiting for?! Read More

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Santa Rosa Beach Inshore Catch

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Fishing in Fort Walton Beach
Fishing in Fort Walton Beach
Fishing in Fort Walton Beach
trip description for Daytime Bowfishing Trip in Fort Walton Beach

Get out on the waters of the Choctawhatchee Bay and shoot some fish on this trip with Captain Joey! This daytime bowfishing trip is typically action-packed, and it's a perfect opportunity to go after fish in a way that most fishermen have never tried. On this trip, you'll be bowfishing the Choctawhatchee Bay and the inshore water surrounding Destin, FL. It's a perfect area for shooting Spadefish, Shark, Sheepshead, Black Drum, Mullet, and Rays! Captain Joey's 20' Carolina Skiff is an ideal boat for this water and this type of fishing. She had a full renovation in 2017, and now features a raised platform for spotting fish, plus a new Suzuki 115 HP 4-stroke engine to put you on the fish fast. She also has a powerful electronic trolling motor for quiet, efficient movement in shallow water. Captain Joey will provide everything you need for your trip, including all the bowfishing gear. Just remember proper clothing, sun protection, a pair of polarized sunglasses to spot fish, and a cooler for your catch. Bring your A-game and get ready to whack some fish! Read More

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Daytime Bowfishing Trip

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Fishing in Fort Walton Beach
Fishing in Fort Walton Beach
Fishing in Fort Walton Beach
trip description for Kid's Fishing Adventure in Fort Walton Beach

Take your kids out on the water and get them hooked on fishing on this trip with Captain Joey! He'll teach them how to fish in the calm waters of the Choctawhatchee Bay—both perfect places to learn how to cast and retrieve. This is a catch-and-release trip, so bring along a camera to capture some great memories! Captain Joey is experienced in CPR fishing – “Catch, Photo, Release”. This way, you’ll ensure you do minimal harm to the fish you catch, which will then be safely released back into its natural habitat. On this easygoing trip, the kiddos will be targeting Black Drum, Bluefish, Catfish, Sheepshead, and a few other species as well. Captain Joey primarily uses live bait, but is happy to use artificials as well. The species you'll target are perfect for beginners and will provide a captivating fishing experience for kids! From the first-time angler to the skilled professional, Captain Joey will do his best to keep you on the fish and put a smile on your face. Don't forget to bring your favorite snacks, drinks, and a tip for your guide. All the fishing equipment for your group is provided by the Captain, along with fishing licenses for all occupants of the boat. Book your trip and Captain Joey will take care of the rest! Read More

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Kid's Fishing Adventure

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Fishing in Fort Walton Beach
Fishing in Fort Walton Beach
Fishing in Fort Walton Beach
trip description for Destin Bay Fishing in Fort Walton Beach

If you're looking to enjoy the best inshore fishing that Destin, FL has to offer, then this trip is your ticket! Get out there with Captain Joey and spend the day going after a wide range of popular species, including Black Drum, Jacks, Mackerel, Sheepshead, Flounder, Snappers, and more. These classic Florida gamefish offer a little bit of everything—hard fighting, delicious eating, and amazing pictures! Captain Joey has a ton of experience catching prizewinners, and he will do everything he can to put you on the fish and give you the best possible chance to catch a champion. You'll be spending the day aboard his beautiful 24' Skeeter center console, powered by a 300-HP Yamaha outboard. This fast and versatile boat is perfect for fishing the different conditions you'll see in these waters, and can easily handle waters out to 10 miles. Captain Joey will provide everything you need for a perfect day on the water, including rods, reels, bait, and tackle. His goal is for everyone to have a blast and to catch a bunch of fish! Remember to bring proper clothing, a hat, and sunscreen. Read More

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Destin Bay Fishing

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Fishing in Niceville
Fishing in Niceville
Fishing in Niceville
trip description for Half Day Trip - 22’ Century in Niceville

Climb aboard with Captain Joshua for an action-packed day of fishing under the Florida sun! Niceville offers convenient access to Florida Panhandle inshores with excellent year-round fishing. On this 3 to 6-hour trip, Captain Joshua will keep you close to the dock in the Rocky Bayou or bring you out into the Choctawhatchee Bay where you'll be fishing for Black Drum, Bluefish, Flounder, Red Snapper, Redfish, Sheepshead, Spanish Mackerel, Speckled Trout, and Tarpon. All you'll need is classic light tackle to get one of these fish on the line. Growing up on the Choctawhatchee Bay, Captain Joshua is sure to get you some bites! Captain Joshua runs a 22’ Century center console with a capacity for 4 people. Equipped with a 225 HP Yamaha engine, it'll get you to where the fish are biting in a hurry! This do-it-all vessel is complete with GPS, Fishfinder, a Live Bait Well, Snorkeling Equipment, a Wireless Trolling Motor, and an Ice Box to store your catches. Captain Joshua will also clean your catches for you free of charge. Captain Joshua will provide all rods, reels, tackle and live bait. You're recommended to bring sunglasses, sunscreen, and any food and drinks you might want out on the water. These sunny trips can host up to 4 people, so make sure to bring some good company! Read More

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Half Day Trip - 22’ Century

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Everything to Know About Booking a Destin black drum fishing charter

What are the best black drum fishing charters in Destin?

Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 21 black drum trips in Destin, and the most popular trips in the area are 3-Hour Kids Fun Trip guided by Mike, Destin Rod-Bender guided by Joshua, and Bad to the Bone Destin Trip guided by Tyler.

Our guides in Destin are rated a 4.92 out of 5 based on 2711 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.

Other popular cities nearby for booking a Black Drum charter include Fort Walton Beach, Santa Rosa Beach and Niceville.

Looking for kid friendly black drum guides / fishing lessons in Destin? Check out our beginner and family friendly black drum guides in Destin.

What types of black drum fishing charters are common in Destin?

Deep Sea fishing is the most popular for black drum in Destin as well as inshore fishing, flats fishing, and nearshore fishing.

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

How much do Destin black drum fishing charters cost?

for black drum in Destin prices can range anywhere from about $481 to $1,121, but the average price for a half day trip for black drum in Destin is $720. The average price for a full day trip for black drum in Destin is $1,302.

What month is best for black drum fishing in Destin?

The most popular season for black drum fishing in Destin is summer, and most anglers book their trips 17 days in advance.

Do I need a Destin fishing license for black drum and what are the bag limits for black drum in Destin?

You’re in luck! Our fishing tours in Destin don’t require you to purchase a fishing license – your group is covered by your boat’s captain. See here for more information on bag limits and fishing season regulations in Destin.

What is black drum fishing in Destin all about?

Black drum, prized for their powerful fights and delicious flesh, are a common catch in the waters around Destin, Florida. These large, silvery-gray fish can be found in a variety of habitats, including nearshore waters, estuaries, and bays. While black drum are present year-round in the Destin area, their abundance may vary depending on factors such as water temperature, salinity, and food availability. Nevertheless, anglers targeting black drum can often find success with the right tactics and equipment.

Fishing for black drum in Destin typically involves bottom fishing with heavy tackle and sturdy equipment. Anglers commonly use bait such as shrimp, crabs, clams, or cut bait to entice strikes from black drum, which are known for their bottom-feeding habits. Fishing around structures such as jetties, bridges, docks, and oyster beds can increase the likelihood of encountering black drum, as these areas provide shelter and forage opportunities for these fish.

Spring and fall are generally regarded as peak seasons for black drum fishing in Destin, as water temperatures are moderate, and the fish are actively feeding. During these seasons, black drum may be found in greater numbers and more readily respond to anglers' offerings. However, black drum can be caught year-round in the Destin area, with opportunities available for anglers of all skill levels to enjoy the thrill of hooking into these hard-fighting fish.

What are the most popular months to fish for black drum in Destin?

In the waters around Destin, Florida, black drum are present year-round, offering anglers opportunities to target them regardless of the season. However, certain times of the year may be more conducive to successful black drum fishing than others. Spring and fall are typically regarded as prime seasons for black drum fishing in Destin, as water temperatures are moderate, and the fish are actively feeding. During these seasons, black drum may be found in greater numbers and more readily respond to anglers' offerings.

During the spring months, black drum are often found in shallower waters, particularly around estuaries, bays, and nearshore areas, as they move inshore to spawn. Anglers targeting black drum during this time may have success fishing around structures such as jetties, bridges, docks, and oyster beds, where black drum congregate to feed and seek shelter. In the fall, black drum may begin to move back offshore as water temperatures cool, but they can still be caught in nearshore waters using similar tactics.

While spring and fall are considered peak seasons for black drum fishing in Destin, these fish can be caught year-round with the right techniques and equipment. Winter months may see a decrease in black drum activity, particularly in colder water temperatures, but dedicated anglers can still find success targeting black drum in deeper offshore waters or around warmer pockets of water. Regardless of the season, black drum offer anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to enjoy the thrill of hooking into these hard-fighting fish in the beautiful waters of Destin.

What techniques are popular for catching black drum in Destin?

Fishing for black drum in Destin, Florida, requires anglers to employ specific techniques tailored to the behavior and habitat of these hard-fighting fish. Bottom fishing is the most common technique used to target black drum, typically utilizing heavy tackle and sturdy equipment. Anglers often use bait such as shrimp, crabs, clams, or cut bait, which are presented near the ocean floor where black drum are known to feed. Fishing around structures such as jetties, bridges, docks, and oyster beds can increase the likelihood of encountering black drum, as these areas provide shelter and forage opportunities for these fish.

Another effective technique for targeting black drum in Destin is using natural bait on a Carolina rig or fish finder rig. These rigs allow the bait to be presented near the bottom while still allowing for some movement to entice strikes. Anglers may also opt to use live bait such as mullet or finger mullet, which can be particularly effective in enticing larger black drum. Patience is key when fishing for black drum, as these fish can be selective feeders and may take some time to find and consume the bait.

In addition to traditional bottom fishing techniques, anglers in Destin may also have success targeting black drum with artificial lures. Soft plastic swimbaits, jigs, and spoons can all be effective when retrieved slowly along the bottom, mimicking the movements of natural prey. When using artificial lures, it's essential to vary the retrieve speed and presentation until finding what works best for enticing strikes from black drum. Regardless of the technique employed, mastering the art of black drum fishing in Destin offers anglers a rewarding angling experience in one of Florida's premier fishing destinations.

What other species are popular in Destin?

Aside from black drum, anglers in Destin, Florida, have a diverse range of other species to target for an exciting fishing experience. One popular target is the red snapper, known for its delicious flesh and challenging fight. Found inhabiting reefs, wrecks, and underwater structures, red snapper provide anglers with thrilling battles and the opportunity to reel in impressive catches. With a season typically running from June to August, anglers in Destin have ample opportunities to target these prized fish.

Another sought-after species in Destin is the grouper, known for its size, strength, and delectable flavor. Various species of grouper can be found in the waters around Destin, including gag grouper, red grouper, and black grouper. Anglers target grouper by bottom fishing near offshore reefs, wrecks, and ledges, using heavy tackle and live bait such as mullet, pinfish, or squid. Grouper provide anglers with exciting battles and the chance to land trophy-sized specimens, making them a favorite among offshore anglers in Destin.

Additionally, Destin offers excellent opportunities to target a variety of other species, including king mackerel, mahi-mahi, amberjack, and more. Whether fishing inshore, nearshore, or offshore, anglers can expect to encounter a diverse array of fish species in Destin's productive fishing grounds. With its warm waters, abundant marine life, and scenic coastline, Destin remains a premier destination for anglers seeking adventure and excitement on the water, offering a wealth of opportunities to reel in big catches and create lasting memories.

Recent Reviews of Captain Experiences

  • ★★★★★
    Joshua was great! We had several young people fishing, and he was very patient with and attentive to them. We caught redfish, speckled trout, and Spanish mackerel and had a great time. Highly recommend him!

    Thomas R. with Joshua C. of Destin, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    We were set up to go out with Joey, but there was a last minute change to Captain Taylor. He was a very knowledgeable and patient guide and was great with the kids. Weather was cool and cloudy to start, but he eventually put us on some fish and was a great family experience. It was a catch and release trip which was slightly disappointing but hey, still had a blast. Would definitely book again, hope to return for an offshore experience soon!! Thank you Captain Taylor!!!

    Matthew L. with Joey S. of Fort Walton Beach, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Good trip

    Webster J. with Trey S. of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Joey did a great job helping us have a good time on our night bowfishing trip! Although we weren’t the best shots he continued to encourage and provide guidance until it finally paid off 😊. Definitely a highlight of our vacation!!!

    Valerie S. with Joey S. of Fort Walton Beach, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Great guide, put us on a lot of fish!

    Jr E. with Joey S. of Fort Walton Beach, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    We had an outstanding time! Capt. Joey was very down to Earth, knowledgeable, and professional in his role. One of the best outdoor trips I have had!

    Brett P. with Joey S. of Fort Walton Beach, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Trey was awesome. The wind was high, water was rough and bite was slow but Trey worked very hard to find fish. We only caught 1 redfish but it was not from a lack of trying. He talked and cut jokes with the kids and made the day fun. He kept “Bocephus” rocking the radio too. I will definitely book with Trey next time we’re in town.

    Scotty L. with Trey S. of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Capt Mike, was great, first class captain. Put us on the fish, will fish with him again!

    Matthew T. with Mike D. of Destin, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Great trip! Brandon was fantastic! Very knowledgeable and patient with the 2 teens I had with me. I would recommend for both beginners and experienced anglers.

    Bryan H. with Brandon S. of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Unfortunately we all wet shut out for the day but Captain Trey tried really hard to find fish.

    Andy M. with Trey S. of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    My som (age 10) and I went out this morning on a 4-hour charter, and we had a fantastic time! Super clean boat with plenty of room, and he knew all the best spots for redfish and trout. Captain Josh was great with my son, and I wouldn't hesitate to book with him again.

    Matthew A. Madison M. with Joshua R. of Niceville, Florida

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