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Live Action Trolling Trip

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Deep Sea Dash: Half-Day Fishing

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trip description for Gulf Thrills: 5-8 Hour Fishing in Destin

Head out to explore the Nearshore and Offshore waters in the Gulf of Mexico with Captain Alex. His boat is Federally Permitted which means you can venture out past State Waters and go as far out into the Gulf as you want. In Destin however, the deep water is so close to shore that often you can still see the condos while sitting above 50 to 100 ft of water! For nearshore trips like these, you can expect to do a good mix of trolling and bottom fishing. Off Shore Gulf Fishing (Federal Waters), starting at 9 miles offshore, and reaching depths of 100 to 300 ft., you will be fishing for Amberjacks, Grouper, Snapper, Scamp, King Mackerel, Triggerfish, Bonito, Shark and possibly Wahoo, Mahi-Mahi, Sailfish, Marlin, and Tuna. Captain Alex's boat the "Silver King" comes loaded with all the gear you could possibly need for a successful day out on the water including all the rods, reels, tackle, bait and fishing licenses. So all you have to do is bring your favorite snack and drinks, your sun protection, and your camera, and Captain Alex will take care of the rest! Read More

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Gulf Thrills: 5-8 Hour Fishing

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trip description for Fast Paced Destin Offshore in Destin

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 4-6 hour trips you can travel up to 15 miles offshore. The beauty of Destin however is that the deep water is easily accessible within that distance. So even on a half or 3/4 day adventure like this one you can still hook into some monster (and delicious) fish! 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, Mahi Mahi, 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, Matthew's 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. Read More

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Fast Paced Destin Offshore

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trip description for Inshore Gulf Fishing Frenzy in Destin

This trip is perfect for anglers looking to explore the inshore and nearshore waters of the Gulf, and try their hand against a range of species. On this trip, there's a good chance of encountering everything from topwater Cobia, Kingfish, and Spanish Mackerel, to pulling up heavy-duty reef species such as Amberjack, Triggerfish, and Gag Grouper! On this trip, you'll be casting both lures and baits to draw in big bites. Your tackle and technique will vary according to the target species and conditions, so let Captain Josh point you in the right direction! You'll be fishing aboard Captain Joshua's 25' Sea Hunt bay boat, which is perfectly suited to inshore fishing! She features a 300-HP Yamaha engine to get you out on the best fishing grounds fast, and also has a bathroom to keep you fishing. In addition, she sports multiple live wells for bait, plus a full suite of Simrad electronics to help you find fish. Everything you need, from rods and reels to bait and tackle, is included! All you need to bring is proper clothing and a smile—no sunscreen needed on a night trip! Read More

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Inshore Gulf Fishing Frenzy

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trip description for Destin's Craziest Catches in Destin

8 Hour- This 3/4day trip will give you the chance to head out into the Gulf and explore the numerous productive reefs and wrecks, along with heading offshore to the deeper waters. Mix up your fishing techniques on this 8-hour trip. Offshore, let the trolling lines attract the fish before you spring into action at the bite of a Mahi Mahi, Sailfish, or Tuna. While nearshore, you'll get to bottom fish to try and catch a delicious Snapper, Grouper, Jacks, or something else. 6 Hour-This is a great trip for beginners or anglers that don’t want to go way out. You and the crew will troll along the shoreline for various types of Mackerel and Tuna. We also do some bottom fishing on these trips depending on time of year. Read More

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Destin's Craziest Catches

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trip description for Bad to the Bone Destin Trip in Destin

If you have never been to Destin, Florida before then you’re missing out! And if you’re looking for a knowledgeable charter captain to take you out, Captain Tyler is a great choice. Captain Tyler will help you target a variety of species including Dorado (Mahi Mahi), Jack Crevalle, Kingfish, and Sailfish. Regardless of if you’re a beginner or a seasoned professional, Captain Tyler will lead the way! These trips are great for families, especially because Captain Tyler enjoys teaching the little ones the ropes. You’ll be fishing aboard Captain Tyler’s 40' Infinity sportfisher, a purpose-built vessel that's awesome for a luxury trip! She's powered by twin Caterpillar diesel engines, so you'll be off the dock and on the fish in no time. Captain Tyler will provide all rods, reels, tackle, and lures. Live bait is included in the price. The fishing license for the whole group is also included. Plus, the deck hand on board will fillet and package your fish, bait all your hooks, and overall make you feel comfortable on board the adventure! He works strictly of tips and the tip you give for the trip will go straight to him! Feel free to bring food and drinks of your choice as well as a cooler to bring home your day’s catch. Come on down to Destin, Florida and make some memories with Captain Tyler and his crew! Read More

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Bad To The Bone Destin Trip

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trip description for 1/2 Day Destin Dash in Destin

Join Captain Judah on an unforgettable 1/2 day fishing trip in Destin! Whether you're a beginner, bringing the kids along, or an experienced angler, this trip is perfect for all skill levels. With a wide range of fishing techniques including artificial lure fishing, cut bait fishing, live bait fishing, and trolling, you'll have the opportunity to catch a variety of impressive species such as Blacktip Shark, Bonito, Kingfish, and Spanish Mackerel. Captain Judah's expertise and top-notch equipment ensure a successful and thrilling fishing adventure. Start your day by trolling along the stunning coastline, targeting various types of mackerel and tuna. Feel the excitement as you reel in these fast and powerful fish, showcasing your angling skills. For the thrill-seekers, Captain Judah also offers the opportunity to engage in shark fishing. Experience the adrenaline rush as you hook into a Blacktip Shark, testing your strength and endurance. This unique fishing experience will leave you with stories to share for years to come. Whether you're looking to relax and enjoy the beauty of the ocean or seeking an adrenaline-filled adventure, Captain Judah's 1/2 day fishing trip has it all. Book your trip today and embark on an incredible fishing experience that promises excitement, camaraderie, and memories that will last a lifetime. Don't miss out on this opportunity to create unforgettable moments with your family and friends. Read More

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Everything to Know About Booking a Destin bonito fishing charter

What are the best bonito fishing charters in Destin?

Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 25 bonito trips in Destin, and the most popular trips in the area are Offshore Discovery: Fishing Intro guided by Kyle, Live Action Trolling Trip guided by Zachary, and Deep Sea Dash: Half-Day Fishing guided by Trey.

Our guides in Destin are rated a 4.96 out of 5 based on 2703 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 Bonito charter include Shalimar and Fort Walton Beach.

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

What types of bonito fishing charters are common in Destin?

Deep Sea fishing is the most popular for bonito in Destin as well as nearshore fishing, inshore fishing, and jetty fishing.

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

How much do Destin bonito fishing charters cost?

for bonito in Destin prices can range anywhere from about $1,000 to $5,082, but the average price for a half day trip for bonito in Destin is $2,242. The average price for a full day trip for bonito in Destin is $3,444.

What month is best for bonito fishing in Destin?

The most popular season for bonito fishing in Destin is summer, and most anglers book their trips 7 days in advance.

Do I need a Destin fishing license for bonito and what are the bag limits for bonito 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 bonito fishing in Destin all about?

Bonito, a species of small tuna, is a popular target for anglers in Destin, Florida, known for its strong fighting ability and abundance in the Gulf waters. These fast-swimming predators are often found patrolling the offshore waters around Destin, particularly during their migratory seasons in the spring and fall. Bonito are known for their voracious feeding habits, frequently seen chasing baitfish near the surface, making them an exciting catch for anglers using a variety of fishing techniques.

Anglers targeting bonito in Destin typically employ trolling techniques, using artificial lures or rigged baits to mimic the movement of fleeing baitfish. High-speed trolling with lures such as spoons, plugs, or feather jigs is a common method used to entice strikes from these fast-moving predators. Additionally, anglers may deploy live baitfish such as cigar minnows or pilchards rigged on wire leaders to target bonito effectively.

Bonito are renowned for their aggressive strikes and acrobatic leaps when hooked, providing anglers with thrilling battles on light tackle. While they may not be as large as some other game fish species, their speed and agility make them a challenging opponent for anglers of all skill levels. With their sleek, torpedo-shaped bodies and striking silver coloration, bonito are a prized catch among anglers in Destin, adding to the excitement of fishing along the beautiful Emerald Coast of Florida.

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

In Destin, Florida, bonito are present in the Gulf waters throughout the year, but their abundance tends to fluctuate with the seasons. Spring and fall are generally considered prime seasons for targeting bonito in Destin. During these periods, the waters off the coast of Destin experience significant baitfish migrations, attracting large schools of bonito in search of prey. Anglers can expect to encounter bonito in good numbers during these seasons, providing ample opportunities for exciting catches.

In the spring, as temperatures begin to warm and baitfish populations increase, bonito become more active and move closer to the shoreline in search of food. This makes them more accessible to anglers fishing from both boats and shore. Similarly, in the fall, as temperatures cool and baitfish migrate southward, bonito follow suit, making their way to the Gulf waters off Destin. These seasonal movements coincide with the arrival of baitfish such as mullet, herring, and menhaden, which serve as primary food sources for bonito.

While bonito can be found in Destin's waters year-round, their abundance may vary depending on factors such as water temperature, baitfish availability, and weather conditions. During the summer months, bonito may move to deeper waters or offshore areas where temperatures are cooler, while in the winter, they may migrate southward in search of warmer waters. Nonetheless, with careful planning and the right techniques, anglers visiting Destin can enjoy successful bonito fishing throughout much of the year, particularly during the spring and fall seasons when their numbers are highest.

What techniques are popular for catching bonito in Destin?

In Destin, Florida, anglers employ various techniques to target bonito, taking advantage of their aggressive feeding habits and fast-paced swimming behavior. One of the most effective methods for catching bonito is trolling. Anglers typically use high-speed trolling techniques, pulling lures such as spoons, plugs, or feather jigs behind the boat at speeds of 8 to 12 knots. These lures mimic the movements of fleeing baitfish, enticing bonito to strike. Trolling allows anglers to cover a large area of water and locate schools of bonito actively feeding near the surface.

Another popular technique for targeting bonito in Destin is live bait fishing. Anglers often use live baitfish such as cigar minnows, pilchards, or small mullet rigged on wire leaders to attract bonito. These baitfish are deployed either by drifting or slow trolling near the surface, allowing them to swim naturally and draw the attention of passing bonito. Live bait fishing can be particularly effective when targeting larger bonito or when fishing in areas where baitfish concentrations are high.

In addition to trolling and live bait fishing, casting lures can also be an effective way to catch bonito in Destin. Anglers may cast lures such as metal jigs, spoons, or swimbaits into schools of actively feeding bonito or areas where baitfish are present. Retrieving the lure at a fast pace mimics the frantic movements of fleeing baitfish, triggering aggressive strikes from bonito. This technique is especially popular among anglers fishing from shore, piers, or jetties, where access to deeper waters may be limited. Overall, whether trolling, live bait fishing, or casting lures, anglers in Destin have a variety of effective techniques at their disposal for targeting bonito and enjoying exciting battles with these fast-swimming predators.

What other species are popular in Destin?

In addition to bonito, Destin offers anglers a diverse array of other fish species to target, providing ample opportunities for exciting fishing adventures. One of the most sought-after species in the area is the red snapper. Known for their vibrant coloration and delicious flesh, red snapper inhabit the reefs, wrecks, and ledges offshore, offering anglers thrilling battles and rewarding catches. Red snapper season in Destin typically runs from June to August, during which anglers flock to the Gulf waters in pursuit of these prized reef dwellers.

Another popular species to catch in Destin is the king mackerel, also known as kingfish. These fast-swimming predators are abundant in the Gulf waters around Destin, particularly during their migratory seasons in the spring and fall. Anglers targeting kingfish often employ trolling techniques with live bait or artificial lures, presenting baits at various depths to entice strikes. Known for their blistering runs and acrobatic leaps, kingfish provide anglers with exhilarating battles and memorable fishing experiences.

Destin is also renowned for its abundance of grouper species, including red, gag, and black grouper. These hefty fish inhabit the reefs and wrecks offshore, where they can be targeted using bottom fishing techniques with live bait or artificial lures. With their powerful fighting abilities and delectable flesh, grouper are a favorite among anglers seeking a challenging and rewarding fishing experience. Whether targeting red snapper, king mackerel, grouper, or other species, anglers visiting Destin are sure to find plenty of opportunities for exciting fishing adventures along the scenic Emerald Coast of Florida.

Recent Reviews of Captain Experiences

  • ★★★★★
    Great time fishing with Kyle and Danny! Both were fabulous in making sure we caught plenty of fish and that the kids (and adults) had a lot of fun. Highly recommend.

    Adam T. with Kyle L. of Destin, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Judah and his crew were amazing. We slaughtered 60 red snapper in 4 hours. We also reeled in 2 sandbar sharks. Judah was steering excellently and the crew worked their tails off to make sure we could immediately recast after reeling in a catch. The custom boat was also a great touch with a nice rearfacing bench for resting from catching so many fish. Definitely book these folks

    Samuel E. with Judah B. of Destin, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Highly Recommend!! Great experience for us with Captain and Mate Danny. They got us on fish the whole trip and there was never a time when one of our group wasn’t yelling fish on and sometimes with multiple fish on. Mate Danny was a legit machine preparing the rugs, removing fish and baiting hooks. Our fishing group of 3 was able to have a great Fish Taco Tuesday with our house group of 16 with all the fillets that they prepared for us. A fantastic experience for my teenage boys and myself. This crew left an everlasting experience with our family. And the fish tacos I prepared were almost as close to legendary as the fishing trip. FISH ON!

    Greg M. with Kyle L. of Destin, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Amazing day! Captain Alex was great and worked hard to keep us catching fish! Definitely recommend Silver King charters! Hope to make it down summer fishing soon!

    Jessie W. with Alex H. of Destin, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Zach and first mate Jason were amazing! They made sure to get my 7 year old son his first deep sea catch! They knew exactly where to go to find the big boy fish. It took less than a minute to snag a 40lber right off the bat. We were catching fish all day...it was awesome! Can't wait to visit them again! Thanks for an awesome day!

    Leo M. with Zachary W. of Destin, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Great trip! The First Mate, Jason, was really knowledgeable and we did really well.

    William with Zachary W. of Destin, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    We had a great time on our trip! Thank you Joshua!

    Juan H. with Joshua C. of Destin, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Alex was great. It's been a rainy week in FL, and he was able to squeeze us in. He knew all of the spots. Multiple people had mentioned not catching anything the day we went out, and our group caught our maximum limit. We've concluded in order to have a great fishing experience you need the right captain, Alex is just that. We even were able to go shark fishing for about an hour and caught two sharks. Alex was easygoing, kept us safe, accommodated us, and made should we had a great experience. Next time we are back we definitely will be using Alex!

    Brian K. with Alex H. of Destin, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Zack is very good captain, and the deck hand Jacob was wonderful as well on top of everything when we needed anything.

    David A. with Zachary W. of Destin, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Absolutely stunning and amazing 👏 Great people and great adventures. Well worth every dime!!! I enjoyed it and so did everyone else! This is such an extraordinary experience for your family and friends! ❤️ 💙

    Lisa A. with Zachary W. of Destin, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    We had a great time. Capt.Jon kept us on the fish all day!!! We had a wonderful time would definitely book again!

    Richard M. with Jon R. of Shalimar, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    We had an absolute blast on our trip. The captain is a retired sergeant major and offers discounts for active and reserve military. If you want to have a great day on the water and catch some fish then Captain Phillip is your guy. 10/10 would recommend.

    Jonathon T. with Philip R. of Fort Walton Beach, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Trey and John were great! Our family had an awesome time. They put us on the fish and ensured we had fun. We definitely recommend them and will be repeat customers.

    Kevin K. with Trey W. of Destin, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    We had a great time on the boat with Zach and Josh. Had great communication, caught lots of fish, Josh went above and beyond for all of the ladies to be taken care of with our fishing bait and catch. I will be doing this again. Highly recommend! Having Aunt Trish on board was an extra bonus😊

    Beth W. with Zachary W. of Destin, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    We had a perfect day fishing with Captain Alex! The morning was beautiful, the fishing was excellent, and the fresh caught mingo for lunch was delicious! We are experienced offshore and inshore fishermen from the Texas Gulf Coast and the Laguna Madre, so we can state with authority that Captain Alex is a great guide and I would highly recommend him and the Silver King to anyone looking for a good time. Thanks Alex from me and my son, Blake!

    Scott R. with Alex H. of Destin, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Had a wonderful time the boat is nice it was just a great experience.

    Lawrence R. with Zachary W. of Destin, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    We had a blast, dealt with little weather, Capt Phil made sure we got some fish. Perfect size boat for open water. He had everything ready for us when we got to the dock.

    Shannon B. with Philip R. of Fort Walton Beach, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Outstanding! Nice boat with all amenities. CAPT Trey put us on fish and if we stopped catching he would move and put us on more! Fabulous day. Highly recommend. We will be back.

    Jackie R. with Trey W. of Destin, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Awesome time!! Captain Trey & John were awesome! One of the best fishing trips I’ve ever been on! I would recommend them to everyone! Thanks again!

    Timothy M. with Trey W. of Destin, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Excellent outing with Capt. Kyle and Danny and plenty of fish for the taking!!! Definitely the way to go!!!

    Cedric G. with Kyle L. of Destin, Florida

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