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Half Day Trip - 44' Custom

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44 ft 1 - 6 People $$$
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Destin Fishing - 21’ Cape Horn

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22 ft 1 - 5 People $$
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Harbor Hookup: Destin Fishing Fun

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46 ft 1 - 6 People $$$
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Destin Fishing Adventure

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27 ft 1 - 6 People $$$
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Winter Fishing Frenzy

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trip description for Getting the Most out of State Water in Destin

If you have never been to Destin, Florida before then you’re missing out! Read below to get the picture on what the 4 and 5 hour trips are like aboard Captain Tyler's awseome Sportfish! **4 Hour Trips:** are great for families, and beginners looking for rod-bending action! These trips are mostly catch and release shark trips where you'll be doing battle with big ole ferocious brutes. You can expect to do some light bottom fishing as well and its no problem if you'd like to take acouple fish home for dinner, but generally if your looking for fish for the freezer you'll want to book a 5 hour. **5 Hour Trips:** Are a great way to get a small taste of everything! You'll spend some time Trolling, switch over to Bottom Fishing, stack up some fish for dinner and the freezer, then move on to do battle with something bigger. Whether thats a big shark, and amberjack, or trying to stalk down a cobia, you and your crew are sure to feel the power of a big fish ripping the drag off your reel. Regardless of whether 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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Getting The Most Out Of State Water

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40 ft 1 - 6 People $$$
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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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40 ft 1 - 6 People $$$
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trip description for Combo - Reef/Trolling in Destin

If you’ve never fished in Destin, Florida, Captain Brantley will lead the way! He has fished these waters for upwards of 25 years and will be sure to take you to where the fish bite. On these 4, 6, or 8-hour trips, you’ll be targeting a wide variety of species, including Amberjack, Black Grouper, Blackfin Tuna, Dorado (Mahi Mahi), Red Snapper (depending on the season), Sailfish, and Wahoo. You’ll be fishing aboard Captain Brantley’s 40’ Infinity offshore sportfishing boat, powered by two 800 HP Cummins engines. Equipped with air conditioning, a live bait well, outriggers, a multimedia system, and an ice box, this vessel has all the necessary features to ensure that you have a productive day on the water. Captain Brantley will take care of all rods, reels, tackle, lures, licenses, and live bait. A first mate will also be on board to help you at all times. You’ll need to bring food, drinks of your choice (no glass), sunscreen, and a cooler to take home your day’s catch. Captain Brantley is known for reeling in some pretty big fish, so get ready for an action-packed day on the water! Read More

Deep Sea Fishing Charter in Destin

Combo - Reef/Trolling

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40 ft 1 - 6 People $$$
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trip description for Destin 12 Hour Private Fishing Charter in Destin

This is our highest-tier, year-round offering for serious anglers with something to prove....... and (perhaps a hefty seafood appetite). First on the agenda is some trolling action. You will troll off-and-on throughout the day: first on the way to your first fishing spot, on your way back to Destin, and also on longer runs in between spots. We also sometimes switch to (or stay with) primarily trolling efforts if you catch your limit of your primary target-fish or if the trolling action just happens to be on fire, but the #1 objective overall is quality bottom fish for your whole group. On the 12 hour fishing trip, you can expect to be targeting a large variety of species, based on season and availability. On the trolling lines, we will be tempting the most highly desired top-water fish like King Mackerel, Mahi-Mahi, Wahoo, Tuna, Bonita, and more. When we arrive at the bottom-fishing spots, we will be hunting down any and all premium species that are in season- probably one or more of the many types of Grouper or the elite Red Snapper. You will likely also bring in some of the following: Vermillion Snapper (locally known as Mingo Snapper), White Snapper, Black Snapper, and Porgys. And on this trip, there's plenty of time to run across some pretty incredible catches. Thank you for your interest in this booking, please let us know if you have any questions. Lets go fishing! Notes: A 3% Payment Proccessing fee will apply for all online, credit card, or digital wallet transactions and will be assessed and collected at the dock. No fees apply for payments made with cash/business check. Please remember- deckhands humbly work hard for and graciously accept tips. Customary gratuity is 20% of trip price and can be accepted before or after your trip. Thank you for your generosity! Read More

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Destin 12 Hour Private Fishing Charter

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65 ft 1 - 30 People $$$
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trip description for Destin 10 Hour Private Fishing Charter in Destin

So you think you can fish? This 10 Hour Private Fishing Charter might be just what you need to show off your angling prowess. We invite you to come onto the TradeWinds and show us what you got! (This trip is popular with highly competitive groups, so let us know if you have one or more pots going so we can help your group keep track of who's winning!) You will begin by trolling on your way to your first fishing spot, during your return toward shore, and in between spots (when time allows between drops). To start your day, your main focus will be bottom-fishing, but as the day progresses, we often switch to primarily trolling efforts if you catch your limit of your primary target or if the trolling action happens to be red-hot. On this trip, you can expect to be targeting a large variety of species, based on season and availability. For trolling, we will be tracking down premium top-water fish like King Mackerel, Mahi-Mahi, Wahoo, Tuna, Bonita, and more. Once we begin sending down our lines, we will be aiming for whatever premium species are in season- probably one or more of the many types of Grouper or the elite Red Snapper. You will likely also bring in some of the following: Vermillion Snapper (Mingo), White Snapper, Black Snapper, and Porgys. And who knows what else we might stumble upon?! Thank you for your interest in this booking, please let us know if you have any questions. Lets go fishing! Notes: A 3% Payment Proccessing fee will apply for all online, credit card, or digital wallet transactions and will be assessed and collected at the dock. No fees apply for payments made with cash/business check. Please remember- deckhands humbly work hard for and graciously accept tips. Customary gratuity is 20% of trip price and can be accepted before or after your trip. Thank you for your generosity! Read More

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Destin 10 Hour Private Fishing Charter

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65 ft 1 - 30 People $$$
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trip description for Destin 8 Hour Private Fishing Charter in Destin

More than the casual angler, but can't dedicate to a full-day on the water? Sounds like you need an 8 Hour Private Fishing Charter. A very popular trip, this option allows you to spend some quality time offshore chasing down some highly sought-after premier species, without breaking the bank or dedicating an entire day. (This is the most popular trip among work groups and event outings). You will start by trolling your way to your first fishing spot and during your return to shore (and in between, when time allows), but your main focus will be bottom-fishing. On our 8 Hour Fishing Trip, you can expect to be targeting a large variety of species, based on season and availability. For your trolling pleasures, we will be hunting excellent top-water fish like King Mackerel, Mahi, Wahoo, Tuna, and Bonita. Once we start dropping our lines, you can expect species like Vermillion Snapper (Mingo Snapper), White Snapper, Black Snapper, and Porgys. Additionally, this is an excellent option during Red Snapper/Grouper season, and you want the challenge of hooking and landing these delicious beasts. This is the Gulf of Mexico......you never know what surprises might be lurking. Thank you for your interest in this booking, please let us know if you have any questions. Lets go fishing! Notes: A 3% Payment Proccessing fee will apply for all online, credit card, or digital wallet transactions and will be assessed and collected at the dock. No fees apply for payments made with cash/business check. Please remember- deckhands humbly work hard for and graciously accept tips. Customary gratuity is 20% of trip price and can be accepted before or after your trip. Thank you for your generosity! Read More

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Destin 8 Hour Private Fishing Charter

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65 ft 1 - 30 People $$$
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trip description for Destin 6 Hour Private Fishing Charter in Destin

Not looking to spend a whole day offshore, but still want some quality fishing? This is what you're looking for! There is a reason this is our most popular trip, and you should come see for yourself! You will troll to your first fishing spot and during your return to shore (and in between, time permitting), but your main focus will be bottom-fishing. On our 6 Hour Private Fishing Charter, you can expect to target species like Vermillion Snapper (Mingo Snapper), White Snapper, Black Snapper, and Porgys on the bottom; and you will be trolling for King Mackerel, Bonito, Mahi, and Wahoo across the top. Seasonally, we will be chasing after the Red Snapper as well- a global favorite for catching and eating, and it's not uncommon to stumble across some Groupers! If you're a casual angler, this trip is right up your alley as it is very relaxing and manageable for most. Don't be fooled, though- anything can and DOES happen in the Gulf of Mexico! Thank you for your interest in this booking, please let us know if you have any questions. Lets go fishing! Notes: A 3% Payment Proccessing fee will apply for all online, credit card, or digital wallet transactions and will be assessed and collected at the dock. No fees apply for payments made with cash/business check. Please remember- deckhands humbly work hard for and graciously accept tips. Customary gratuity is 20% of trip price and can be accepted before or after your trip. Thank you for your generosity! Read More

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Destin 6 Hour Private Fishing Charter

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65 ft 1 - 30 People $$$
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trip description for Destin 5 Hour Private Fishing Charter in Destin

If you're looking for an introduction to deep-sea fishing, this trip is perfect for you! Our shortest and most beginner-friendly option (available seasonally), this trip will get you around 15-20 miles offshore for some great fishing fun. You will troll to your first fishing spot and during your return to shore (and in between, time permitting), but your main focus will be bottom-fishing. Typically targetting species like Vermillion Snapper (Mingo Snapper), White Snapper, and Porgys, the casual angler can "usually" land these fish with minimal strain (but that doesn't mean you're catching small-fries). Don't be fooled, though- anything can and DOES happen in the Gulf of Mexico! Thank you for your interest in this booking, please let us know if you have any questions. Lets go fishing! Notes: 5 Hour Fishing Trips are not available during Red Snapper season (typically 6/1- 8/15). If you're looking for a 5 hour trip during that time, please go back and select our 6 hour option for availability. A 3% Payment Proccessing fee will apply for all online, credit card, or digital wallet transactions and will be assessed and collected at the dock. No fees apply for payments made with cash/business check. Please remember- deckhands humbly work hard for and graciously accept tips. Customary gratuity is 20% of trip price and can be accepted before or after your trip. Thank you for your generosity! Read More

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Destin 5 Hour Private Fishing Charter

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65 ft 1 - 30 People $$$
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trip description for Destin Fishing Blitz in Destin

Join Captain Matthew on an action-packed outdoor adventure in Destin, Florida! Captain Matthew will help you catch Destin’s pelagic fish such as King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Dorado (Mahi Mahi), and even Sailfish. You can also bottom fish for Red Snapper, Vermillion (Mingo) Snapper, and White Snapper, all depending on the season. For these trips, Captain Matthew uses a 42 ft Buddy Davis sportfishing boat. It has ample space for your group (6 anglers max) to have a five-star fishing experience. The boat cruises a hair under 30 knots thanks to her Twin Cummins QSM-11 engines which kick out well over a combined 1,200 HP. The list of features aboard this beauty can be fairly summed up as “everything.” Inside, you will find a full head (restroom), galley (lounge), and cabins with bunk beds, all blissfully air-conditioned. Up on deck, you have outriggers, downriggers, tuna tubes, live wells, a fighting chair, and all the rods, reels, and tackle you’ll need to have a productive day on the water. Captain Matthew will provide all bait and fishing licenses as well. Bring food and drinks for the day as well as a cooler to take home your day’s catch. Get ready for a monster day on the water with Captain Matthew! Read More

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Destin Fishing Blitz

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42 ft 1 - 6 People $$$
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trip description for Overnighter Under the Stars in Destin

Prepare to enter the “Land of the Giant Fish” on this 1, 2, or 3 day adventure with Captain Matthew! You’ll be reaching the further reaches of the gulf (180+ miles) on this overnight charter, fishing the offshore rigs and drill ships in as deep as 12,000 feet of water. These waters are very productive for Yellowfin Tuna, but there’s no end to what you could catch. Blue Marlin, White Marlin, Dorado (Mahi Mahi), Sailfish, Red Snapper (depending on the season), Tilefish, Grouper, and many other species will be on the menu as well. Captain Matthew is more than happy to accommodate your day’s goals and interests. No matter if you strictly want to target one species, fish tag and release using live tunas (typically for Marlins), or make it a Captain’s choice, Captain Matthew will lead the way! For these trips, Captain Matthew uses a 42 ft Buddy Davis sportfishing boat. It has ample space for your group (6 anglers max) to have a five-star fishing experience. The boat cruises a hair under 30 knots thanks to her Twin Cummins QSM-11 engines which kick out well over a combined 1,200 HP. The list of features aboard this beauty can be fairly summed up as “everything.” Inside, you will find a full head (restroom), galley (lounge), and cabins with bunk beds, all blissfully air-conditioned. Up on deck, you have outriggers, downriggers, tuna tubes, live wells, a fighting chair, and all the rods, reels, and tackle you’ll need to have a productive day on the water. Captain Matthew will provide all bait and fishing licenses as well. Get ready for a monster day on the water with Captain Matthew! Read More

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Overnighter Under The Stars

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42 ft 1 - 6 People $$$
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trip description for Rodeo Fishing Special Trip in Destin

Join Captain Matthew on an action-packed outdoor adventure in Destin, Florida! Get more bang for your buck when you book a trip with him in October during the Destin Rodeo. Established in 1948, this is the tournament that made Destin the world famous fishing hotspot it is today. Come see what all the hype is about! Captain Matthew will help you catch Marlin, Sailfish, Wahoo, Dorado (Mahi Mahi), and even Yellowfin Tuna as you travel 45-60 miles offshore. You can also fish deep reefs for Scamp Grouper, Red Snapper and Vermilion Snapper (depending on the season), and Amberjack. For these trips, Captain Matthew uses a 42 ft Buddy Davis sportfishing boat. It has ample space for your group (6 anglers max) to have a five-star fishing experience. The boat cruises a hair under 30 knots thanks to her Twin Cummins QSM-11 engines which kick out well over a combined 1,200 HP. The list of features aboard this beauty can be fairly summed up as “everything.” Inside, you will find a full head (restroom), galley (lounge), and cabins with bunk beds, all blissfully air-conditioned. Up on deck, you have outriggers, downriggers, tuna tubes, live wells, a fighting chair, and all the rods, reels, and tackle you’ll need to have a productive day on the water. Captain Matthew will provide all bait and fishing licenses as well. Bring food and drinks for the day as well as a cooler to take home your day’s catch. Get ready for a monster day on the water with Captain Matthew! Read More

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Rodeo Fishing Special Trip

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42 ft 1 - 6 People $$$
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trip description for Offshore Marlin Special in Destin

If you’ve never caught a Marlin before, today is the day to check it off your bucket list! This trip is for the more experienced anglers who enjoy the thrill of catching those trophy-sized billfish, and there's no better guide to lead you on this excursion than Captain Matthew! You’ll travel between 40-65 miles off the Florida coast in search of Blue Marlin and White Marlin as well as Sailfish. You might also get bites from Wahoo and Dorado (Mahi Mahi) along the way. For these trips, Captain Matthew uses a 42 ft Buddy Davis sportfishing boat. It has ample space for your group (6 anglers max) to have a five-star fishing experience. The boat cruises a hair under 30 knots thanks to her Twin Cummins QSM-11 engines which kick out well over a combined 1,200 HP. The list of features aboard this beauty can be fairly summed up as “everything.” Inside, you will find a full head (restroom), galley (lounge), and cabins with bunk beds, all blissfully air-conditioned. Up on deck, you have outriggers, downriggers, tuna tubes, live wells, a fighting chair, and all the rods, reels, and tackle you’ll need to have a productive day on the water. Captain Matthew will provide all bait and fishing licenses as well. Get ready for a monster day on the water with Captain Matthew! Read More

Deep Sea Fishing Charter in Destin

Offshore Marlin Special

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42 ft 1 - 6 People $$$

Everything to Know About Booking a Destin goliath grouper fishing charter

What are the best goliath grouper fishing charters in Destin?

Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 5 goliath grouper trips in Destin, and the most popular trips in the area are Half Day Trip - 44' Custom guided by Harold, Destin Fishing - 21’ Cape Horn guided by Payton, and Harbor Hookup: Destin Fishing Fun guided by Reid.

Our guides in Destin are rated a 5 out of 5 based on 2545 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 goliath grouper guides / fishing lessons in Destin? Check out our beginner and family friendly goliath grouper guides in Destin.

What types of goliath grouper fishing charters are common in Destin?

Deep Sea fishing is the most popular for goliath grouper in Destin as well as nearshore fishing and inshore fishing.

The most common fishing techniques in Destin are bottom fishing, heavy tackle fishing, and trolling but light tackle fishing and jigging are popular as well.

How much do Destin goliath grouper fishing charters cost?

for goliath grouper in Destin prices can range anywhere from about $665 to $1,800, but the average price for a half day trip for goliath grouper in Destin is $903. The average price for a full day trip for goliath grouper in Destin is $1,898.

What month is best for goliath grouper fishing in Destin?

The most popular season for goliath grouper fishing in Destin is summer, and most anglers book their trips 54 days in advance.

Do I need a Destin fishing license for goliath grouper and what are the bag limits for goliath grouper 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 goliath grouper fishing in Destin, FL all about?

Goliath grouper fishing in Destin, FL, offers anglers the chance to encounter one of the largest and most powerful fish species found in the Gulf of Mexico. These colossal predators, known for their massive size and formidable strength, inhabit the wrecks, reefs, and rock formations scattered throughout the waters off Destin. Anglers seeking the thrill of battling a true giant can target goliath grouper using heavy tackle and sturdy equipment, as these fish can exceed 500 pounds in weight and put up an intense fight when hooked.

One popular method for targeting goliath grouper in Destin is bottom fishing with large live baits such as mullet, pinfish, or grunts. Anglers typically anchor near known goliath grouper hotspots, such as wreck sites or artificial reefs, and present baits on heavy-duty rigs near the ocean floor. Goliath grouper are opportunistic feeders and are known to ambush prey from their hiding spots in the structure, making them susceptible to well-presented baits. Patience and persistence are key when targeting goliath grouper, as they may require multiple attempts before successfully hooking into one of these massive fish.

Goliath grouper fishing in Destin can be a thrilling and memorable experience for anglers of all skill levels, offering the chance to test their strength and skill against one of the ocean's ultimate predators. While goliath grouper are protected from harvest in Florida waters, catch-and-release fishing for these impressive fish remains a popular and rewarding pursuit. Anglers visiting Destin can enjoy the challenge of battling these behemoths while contributing to their conservation and preservation for future generations to enjoy.

What are the most popular months to fish for goliath grouper in Destin, FL?

In Destin, Florida, goliath grouper are present year-round, making them an enticing target for anglers seeking an exhilarating fishing experience. However, there are certain seasons and times of the year when goliath grouper fishing in Destin can be particularly productive. During the summer months, from June to August, goliath grouper are known to be more active and abundant in the area's offshore waters. Warmer water temperatures and increased baitfish activity often coincide with heightened feeding behavior among goliath grouper, presenting prime opportunities for anglers to hook into these massive fish.

While goliath grouper can be caught in Destin throughout the year, anglers may find that their fishing success varies depending on factors such as water temperature, weather patterns, and baitfish migration. In the fall, from September to November, goliath grouper may be found congregating around offshore structures such as wrecks, reefs, and ledges as they prepare for the winter months. Cooler water temperatures and changing currents can influence the movement and behavior of goliath grouper, leading to shifts in their feeding patterns and preferred habitats.

During the winter and spring months, from December to May, goliath grouper fishing in Destin may slow down as colder water temperatures prevail and fish become less active. However, experienced anglers who know where to look and how to adapt their fishing techniques can still find success targeting goliath grouper during these seasons. By focusing on deeper offshore structures and employing patience and persistence, anglers can increase their chances of hooking into these powerful fish, even during less favorable conditions. Overall, goliath grouper fishing in Destin offers opportunities for anglers to test their skills and pursue one of the Gulf Coast's most formidable fish species throughout the year.

What techniques are popular for catching goliath grouper in Destin, FL?

In Destin, Florida, goliath grouper fishing requires specialized techniques due to the size and strength of these colossal fish. Anglers typically target goliath grouper using heavy tackle and sturdy equipment capable of handling the intense fighting power of these formidable predators. When fishing for goliath grouper in Destin's offshore waters, anglers often rely on bottom fishing techniques, dropping large baits such as whole fish, squid, or even stingrays to the seafloor near underwater structures like wrecks, reefs, and ledges where goliath grouper are known to congregate.

One of the most effective goliath grouper fishing techniques in Destin involves using live or dead baitfish rigged on heavy-duty circle hooks and strong leaders to withstand the brute force of these massive fish. Anglers often deploy their baits close to the bottom and allow them to drift naturally with the current, enticing goliath grouper lurking in the depths to strike. Additionally, chumming with chunks of bait or fish oil can help attract goliath grouper to the area and entice them into feeding, increasing the chances of a successful hook-up.

Another popular technique for goliath grouper fishing in Destin is vertical jigging, which involves dropping heavy metal jigs or bucktail jigs to the seafloor and rapidly jigging them up and down to mimic injured prey. This technique can be effective for enticing goliath grouper to strike, especially when they are actively feeding near underwater structures. Anglers must be prepared for the immense strength and power of goliath grouper, as these fish are known for their ability to put up a fierce fight, requiring patience, skill, and determination to land successfully.

What other species are popular in Destin FL?

Aside from the mighty goliath grouper, Destin, Florida, offers a diverse array of fish species for anglers to target throughout the year. One popular catch in Destin's waters is the prized red snapper, known for its delicious taste and thrilling fight. These vibrant fish inhabit the offshore reefs and wrecks around Destin, making them accessible to anglers seeking an exciting fishing adventure. Red snapper season in Destin typically runs from June to August, offering ample opportunities for anglers to reel in these prized catches.

Another species abundant in Destin's waters is the amberjack, renowned for its powerful strikes and impressive size. These strong-fighting fish can be found near offshore structures such as reefs, wrecks, and oil rigs, making them a challenging yet rewarding catch for experienced anglers. Amberjack season in Destin usually peaks during the spring and fall months when these fish are most active and feeding aggressively.

In addition to red snapper and amberjack, Destin offers excellent opportunities for catching a variety of pelagic species such as mahi-mahi, wahoo, and king mackerel. These fast-swimming fish roam the offshore waters of Destin in search of baitfish, making them exciting targets for anglers trolling with artificial lures or live bait. Whether targeting bottom-dwelling species like red snapper and amberjack or pelagic predators like mahi-mahi and wahoo, anglers visiting Destin can expect an unforgettable fishing experience filled with action and adventure.

Recent Reviews of Captain Experiences

  • ★★★★★
    Trip was fantastic!! The Captain asked what our goals were and he totally came through - we caught A LOT OF FISH!!! 1st Mate was a great guy, made it a great experience. Looking forward to next year!

    Gary J. with Harold S. of Destin, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    These guys were awesome....Dominick was a heck of a first made and cade was awesome to. They both kept us bait3d and got the fish off fast for us. Will definitely be back

    Tyler W. with Harold S. of Destin, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Harold and crew were great. His experience led us to where the fish were biting and we caught many. Dominic and Caden did a great job helping us on our first ever fishing trip

    Braxton C. with Harold S. of Destin, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Harold and the boys were great! The day we had scheduled to go out, the weather was not good and Cap't was great about rescheduling for another day. He got us right on the fish! The first mates were fantastic. We had some small kids with us and they handled them wonderfully. We caught our fill of mackerel and snapper and even lost a bunch (our fault) and had a blast. Highly recommend this boat and crew!

    Scott H. with Harold S. of Destin, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    We will definitely book another fishing trip with Harold and crew. He went the extra mile to get us to the good fishing spots. It was our first deep sea fishing experience and they made it easy and we caught our limit!!

    Tim S. with Harold S. of Destin, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Harold and his crew were fantastic! Highly recommend. We went with 6 of us, 3 which were kids and they were so patient and helpful for us. Made sure to explain everything, help throughout and made it a great experience all around. We will definitely book with them again next time!

    Samantha K. with Harold S. of Destin, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Great trip

    Klaus L. with Harold S. of Destin, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Capt. Harold and his crew were outstanding. The Al-Lin was the perfect choice for our group of six.

    Michael R. with Harold S. of Destin, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    We had the best time. Captain Harold and his crew were great and made the trip one to remember. Thanks again! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

    Joshua W. with Harold S. of Destin, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Capt Harold and his first mate Dominic were fantastic! We will definitely fish with them if we are in the area again. 10/10 day!

    Lisa E. with Harold S. of Destin, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    We had a good time. Boated only 2 red snappers and a amber jack.📬(released thr amber jack it was out of season). Had some mystery strike the hit hard and took the leaders off. Would book with them again.

    James F. with Payton A. of Destin, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Outstanding boat captain and deck hand. These guys were the best we have ever had. The rewind will see us again as long as the two guys that took us are there. Great job guys and hope to see you guys soon. I would tell anybody that want to go offshore fishing to book the rewind with these guys.

    Brooks A. with Reid P. of Destin, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Nature didn't give us a calm day ,so we couldn't bottom fish, the Capt. Did take care us and we max out on Spanish mackerel. Had a blast, will do it again

    Wayne H. with Harold S. of Destin, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Harold was very kind and helpful! Everything we hoped for in a fishing trip, met and exceeded our expectations! Our deck hands, though young, acted as if they had done this for decades! Very professional, kind, and knowledgeable beyond their years. If you're a beginner or expert fisherman, this is the boat for you! Plenty of fish, and choices on what restaurants will cook your catch, recommended by the crew. I only wish we had a second day with this crew! Harold knew the seas and location of species we wanted! Highly recommend this boat and Crew, first choice when we come back!!

    James P. with Harold S. of Destin, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Mag was great, very knowledgeable and we felt like we had a friend with us instead of a captain. We felt really comfortable with him and caught a lot of fish and when we go again we will only go with him on his boat. Highly, highly recommended.

    Juan P. with Payton A. of Destin, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Best time I ever had do tons of bass fishing in indiana. But this took fishing to another level I’m hooked no pun intended. But we go to Destin every year in may and will go out with Captain Harold every time.

    Steven L. with Harold S. of Destin, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Early morning nearshore private trip, with a total of 4 in our group during the month of September, 2022. Great experience for everyone in our group. Amazing, knowledge and experienced captain and first mate, well worth the trip. Top notch fishing experience with a resulting "better than anticipated" haul of various types of catches. Would 100 percent recommend! We have every intention of booking this Vessel /Captain sometime again in the future when we return to the Destin area for holiday.

    Eric J. with Harold S. of Destin, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    The trip was great. The captain shared before we left the dock that the fishing had declined over the past couple of weeks but he would do his best to find them. We ended up with a good day catching 42 keepers. We would reserve with him again.

    Dwane T. with Harold S. of Destin, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    He was the best. He out is in the mackerels in a matter of minutes and keep us on them. He was super nice. His deck hand was by far better than I could possibly describe. One of the other boats said he was the king of mackerels and I believe it is true. Loved the experience and opportunity to go fishing with mr Harold

    Kenneth E. with Harold S. of Destin, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    I lost a big one! I mean I struggled with all my might to see it get away… I will return next year. Captain Peyton was unavailable but his Co captain professional and knowledgeable and assist my friends and I. I look forward to next year!

    Joey M. with Payton A. of Destin, Florida

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