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trip description for Winter Fishing Frenzy in Destin

No matter the time of year, there is always something to catch in Destin FL! Captain Jonathan has been fishing these waters year-round and is an expert on fish habits through changing seasons. For these winter trips inshore, banner days can be had on Redfish, Trout, and Flounder. Most of the redfish are going to be slot-sized and limits can certainly be had. Big bull reds are slightly fewer and further between often lurking in the open water. To chase these, Captain Jonathan will scout the bays and shorelines for birds corralling schools of baitfish. These giant reds like to sit under these schools and get an easy meal. You can also target Bluefish, Mangrove Snapper, and the occasional Shark in the inshore water this time of year. If the weather permits, make your way into the nearshore waters to go after some Amberjack, Cobia, Goliath Grouper, Jack Crevalle, King Mackerel, Mahi Mahi, and various Snapper species. You can use a variety of techniques to target these fish, and this vessel is equipped to handle bottom fishing, drift fishing, heavy tackle, jigging, light tackle, and trolling. Just let Captain Jonathan know what you want to catch and he'll get you squared away with the best method! Captain Jonathan will meet you at the dock with a fully loaded 22' Cape Horn bay boat. Powered by a 250 HP Evinrude engine, this sturdy vessel will have no problem maneuvering the inshore Destin waters. She's equipped with a GPS, Fishfinder, a Live Bait Well, Multimedia System, Wireless Trolling Motor, and an Ice Box to store your catches. Captain Jonathon will even clean any keepers you bring in at the dock. Captain Jonathan will provide all Rods, Reels, Tackle, Bait and Fishing licenses you will need for a wonderful fall day out on the water. You can expect temps to be in the 40-60 degree range in the wintertime so make sure you bring a jacket and your favorite snacks and drinks. Captain Jonathan will take care of the rest to ensure you have an outstanding day out on the water! Read More

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trip description for Half Day Trip - 22' Cape Horn in Destin

Captain John (“JT”) will take you on an unforgettable fishing adventure in Destin, Florida! On this 4-hour or 5-hour adventure, you’ll be targeting Bonito, Cobia, Flounder, Gag Grouper, King Mackerel / Kingfish, Mangrove Snapper, Red Snapper, Redfish, Spanish Mackerel. Captain JT knows just where the fish bite. Take his advice and you could land yourself a trophy-sized fish! This trip is great for anglers of all ages and skill levels. You’ll be fishing aboard Captain JT’s 22-foot Cape Horn center console equipped with one 250 HP Yamaha engine. This boat can accommodate up to five anglers, so make sure you bring some good company! Captain John will provide all rods, reels, tackle, lures, licenses, and live bait. He will also clean your day’s catch at the end of your trip free of charge. Should you want to fly fish, he will also provide the gear. All you need to bring is food and beverages of your choice, sunscreen, a hat, and a cooler with ice to take home your day’s catch. The crew is excited to give you a great fishing trip – it doesn’t matter if you’ve fished a hundred times or whether this is your first time taking the family fishing – there’s something for everyone to enjoy! Read More

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Half Day Trip - 22' Cape Horn

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Hop on board with Captain Robbie and prepare for an action-packed day of fishing the Florida Panhandle! Destin fishing is world-famous for a reason, and the inshore and nearshore Destin waters are perfect for chasing some exciting catches not too far from the dock. On this 4-hour trip, Captain Robbie will take you through the inshore flats and bay systems around Destin where you can target a huge selection of fish including Blacktip Shark, Florida Pompano, Flounder, Redfish and Speckled Trout. On beautifully calm days, Captain Robbie can occasionally take you out on the Gulf side to target Gag Grouper, Mangrove Snapper, Vermilion Snapper and more. To target these fish, you'll be using a variety of techniques such as light tackle, heavy tackle, bottom fishing, trolling and jigging. Whichever type of fish you want to catch, Captain Robbie will get you set up with the best method! You’ll be fishing aboard a 21' Cape Horn center console with a 250 HP Yamaha engine and enough seating to accommodate up to 4 passengers comfortably. This vessel is equipped with GPS, a Fishfinder, Tuna Tower, a Live Bait Well, and an ice box to store your catches. Captain Robbie will happily clean any keepers for no additional cost! Captain Robert will provide all rods, reels, tackle and live bait. All you need to bring is sunscreen and any food or drinks you might need. Climb aboard with Captain Robbie! Read More

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Join Robbie for an epic day of surf fishing on the beautiful beaches of Destin, FL! On this trip, you'll be able to relax on the beach while waiting for your rods to bend on big Redfish, Trout, and a ton of other inshore species. Surf fishing is a great way to enjoy some family time and soak up some sun while also hooking into some big fish! Robbie's land-based fishing charters are really fun for the entire family! It’s so easy and fun that even kids can do it. Robbie will provide the necessary tackle and bait, so you'll be all set for a great trip. All you'll need to bring are your favorite snacks, drinks, and your personal belongings, and Robbie will take care of the rest! Read More

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Destin Surf Fishing Trip

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trip description for Bay Fishing Trips in Destin

Join Captain David for your unforgettable fishing experience in the Choctawhatchee Bay along the Emerald Coast - the proximity of the Gulf Stream brings large prestigious game fish right to our doorstep, while the bountiful shallows along Florida's Coast provide a great variety of inshore species. On this trip you'll be exploring the calm waters of Choctawhatchee Bay and the intercoastal waterways as you search for redfish, speckled trout, and other inshore bay species. Our experienced guide will take you to grass flats, oyster beds, docks, bridges, and jetties, providing the perfect setting for a memorable fishing adventure. We also offer a great option to Introduce young children to the wonders of the worlds luckiest fishing village with our 2-hour specialized Kids Trip/Catch and Release service at ECBC. Your little ones will enjoy an exciting adventure filled with boating, saltwater fishing, and the opportunity to see incredible SeaLife such as sea turtles and dolphins. It's the perfect experience to create lasting memories for the whole family. With light tackle and live bait, you’re guaranteed a successful and enjoyable fishing experience. Our fishing boat is a 22 ft Cape Horn flats center console boat restored in 2018 with a 2021 Yamaha 150 HP outboard motor. She will accommodate up to 4 adults, we do allow 5 guests if there are 3 or 4 children in your group. Captain David has over 20 years of Fishing Experience in the Destin, FL area which includes 12+ years as a Professional Guide. With the knowledge from his experience, he will take you to the hottest fishing spots in the area. Captain David offers a variety of fishing trips for anglers of any skill level and also provides a great experience for families with young kids looking to enjoy their day outdoors along the Beautiful Emerald Coast. We specialize in targeting Trout, Redfish, and other local species. Our goal is to give you an enjoyable, safe, and memorable fishing experience that you will never forget. Hop aboard with Emerald Coast Bay Charters in Destin Florida today! Read More

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Everything to Know About Booking a Destin speckled trout fishing charter

What are the best speckled trout fishing charters in Destin?

Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 41 speckled trout trips in Destin, and the most popular trips in the area are Destin Deep Sea Adventure guided by Cliff, Destin Nearshore Run guided by Robbie, and Kayak Fishing with Dave and Crew guided by David.

Our guides in Destin are rated a 5 out of 5 based on 2707 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 Speckled Trout charter include Santa Rosa Beach, Niceville and Fort Walton Beach.

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

What types of speckled trout fishing charters are common in Destin?

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

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

How much do Destin speckled trout fishing charters cost?

for speckled trout in Destin prices can range anywhere from about $540 to $1,400, but the average price for a half day trip for speckled trout in Destin is $767. The average price for a full day trip for speckled trout in Destin is $1,324.

What month is best for speckled trout fishing in Destin?

The most popular season for speckled trout fishing in Destin is summer, and most anglers book their trips 16 days in advance.

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

Speckled trout, also known as spotted sea trout, are a prized catch in Destin, Florida, offering anglers thrilling action and delicious table fare. These fish are abundant in the area's shallow bays, estuaries, and grass flats, making them accessible to both novice and experienced anglers alike. Speckled trout are known for their distinctive spotted markings and can be found year-round in Destin's waters, although they are most plentiful during the warmer months.

During the spring and summer months, speckled trout fishing in Destin can be particularly productive. As the water temperatures rise, speckled trout become more active and move into shallower waters to feed. Anglers often target these fish using a variety of techniques, including casting artificial lures such as soft plastic swimbaits, spoons, and topwater plugs. Live bait, such as shrimp or small baitfish, can also be highly effective when targeting speckled trout in the shallows.

In addition to the warmer months, speckled trout can also be caught in Destin during the cooler months of the year. As temperatures drop, these fish may move to deeper waters or seek out warmer pockets of water near structures such as bridges, docks, and submerged vegetation. Anglers can adjust their tactics accordingly, using slower presentations and targeting areas with more consistent water temperatures to locate speckled trout during the winter months. Overall, speckled trout provide anglers in Destin with exciting fishing opportunities year-round.

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

Speckled trout, also known as spotted sea trout, are available for fishing in Destin, Florida, throughout the year, offering anglers consistent opportunities to target this popular species. However, the best seasons for speckled trout fishing in Destin typically coincide with changes in water temperature and weather patterns. In general, speckled trout fishing tends to peak during the spring and fall months when water temperatures are moderate, and the fish are more active.

During the spring, as temperatures begin to warm up after the cooler winter months, speckled trout become more active and move into shallower waters to feed. This period, usually from March to May, is considered prime time for targeting speckled trout in Destin. Anglers can find these fish in bays, estuaries, and grass flats, where they feed on baitfish and crustaceans. Using a variety of artificial lures and live bait can yield successful catches during this season.

In the fall, speckled trout fishing in Destin experiences another peak as water temperatures start to cool down after the summer heat. From September to November, speckled trout become more aggressive as they feed heavily in preparation for the upcoming winter months. Anglers can capitalize on this feeding frenzy by targeting speckled trout in shallow waters using a range of lures and bait. Additionally, the fall months often see less fishing pressure compared to the busy summer season, providing anglers with more opportunities to catch trophy-sized speckled trout. Overall, the spring and fall seasons offer excellent fishing opportunities for speckled trout enthusiasts visiting Destin.

What techniques are popular for catching speckled trout in Destin?

When it comes to speckled trout fishing in Destin, employing the right techniques can significantly increase your chances of success. One effective technique is using artificial lures such as soft plastic swimbaits, topwater plugs, and suspending twitch baits. These lures mimic the movements of baitfish and can entice speckled trout to strike, especially when retrieved at varying speeds to imitate natural prey behavior.

Another productive method for catching speckled trout in Destin is live bait fishing. Anglers often use live shrimp, mullet, or pilchards rigged on a popping cork or free-lined to target speckled trout. This technique allows the bait to move naturally in the water, attracting the attention of hungry trout. Additionally, fishing with live bait provides the advantage of appealing to the trout's sense of smell and taste, increasing the likelihood of a successful hookup.

For anglers targeting speckled trout in deeper waters or around structures such as bridges and docks, jigging can be a highly effective technique. Using lead-headed jigs tipped with soft plastic trailers or live bait, anglers can bounce the jig off the bottom to mimic the movement of prey species. This method is particularly effective for targeting larger speckled trout that may be holding near the bottom or seeking cover around structures. Experimenting with different jig colors and sizes can help determine what the fish are actively feeding on and improve your chances of landing a trophy-sized speckled trout. Overall, combining these techniques with knowledge of the local waters and fish behavior can lead to a rewarding speckled trout fishing experience in Destin.

What other species are popular in Destin?

Apart from speckled trout, Destin offers a diverse range of fishing opportunities for anglers looking to target various species. One popular option is redfish, also known as red drum, which can be found in abundance in the waters around Destin. These hard-fighting fish are known for their aggressive strikes and are often found in shallow waters around grass flats, marshes, and oyster beds. Anglers can use live bait such as shrimp, mullet, or crabs, as well as artificial lures like spoons and soft plastics, to target redfish effectively.

Another sought-after species in Destin is flounder, known for its unique appearance and delicious taste. Flounder inhabit sandy or muddy bottoms near structure, including docks, bridges, and jetties, where they lie in wait for passing prey. Anglers can target flounder using live bait such as mud minnows, mullet, or shrimp, as well as artificial lures like jigs and swimbaits. Fishing around tidal currents and drop-offs can increase the chances of encountering flounder, especially during their seasonal migrations.

For anglers seeking larger game fish, Destin offers opportunities to target species such as cobia, king mackerel, and amberjack. Cobia, also known as ling or lemonfish, are prized for their hard-fighting nature and excellent table fare. They are often found near structure such as buoys, wrecks, and reefs, where they feed on baitfish and crustaceans. King mackerel, or kingfish, are known for their blistering runs and aerial acrobatics when hooked. They can be targeted using live bait such as cigar minnows or trolling with artificial lures and spoons. Amberjack, on the other hand, are powerful fish found around wrecks and artificial reefs in deeper waters. Anglers can target them using live bait such as pinfish or jigs worked near the bottom. Overall, Destin offers a wide range of fishing opportunities for anglers of all skill levels and interests.

Recent Reviews of Captain Experiences

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    All of us had a blast. Enjoyed every minute of it. The kids caught a nice size keeper each. Definitely will come back again.

    Sidney B. with Jordan N. of Fort Walton Beach, Florida

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    Had a wonderful time. Was crazy windy but we made the best of it. Caught about 19 fish between the 5 of us.

    Nikema B. with Jason Y. of Shalimar, Florida

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    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

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    Great Trip! Weather was great and caught some fish

    Brian S. with David P. of Destin, Florida

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    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

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    I had an amazing experience kayak fishing! 10/10 recommend! Great fishing option for one person. My guide Brett was knowledgeable and fun! I’ll be booking again!

    Jennifer G. with David P. of Destin, Florida

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    Good trip

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

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    Great Trip! Couldn’t ask for a better guide. He put us right on the fish.

    Justin T. with Cliff A. of Destin, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    It was a very good trip. The guide was very knowledgeable and very helpful.

    Robert M. with David P. of Destin, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    A great day - dodged the weather and spent the time looking and catching fish. Very curious and provided top end service all around. Until next time.

    Paul R. with Kent P. of Niceville, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Marvin was the perfect captain for our 6- and 9-year-old girls. Very patient and attuned to the kids. Looking forward to our next fishing trip with him!

    Eleanor M. with Marvin G. of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida

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    Capt Cliff and Kyle helped this old lady mark off a wish on her bucket list! My family and I had a wonderful time. God provided the perfect weather and the guys provided a perfect experience.

    Miriam W. with Cliff A. of Destin, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    5 star for captain experiences . Captain Jayson put my son and I on fish. We caught supper and had a local restaurant in Destin prepare our fish bounty. Highly recommend!

    Chris R. with Jordan S. of Fort Walton Beach, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Cliff and Kyle were incredible! They are great with kids and did an awesome job keeping us on the fish. There was constant action. I highly recommend booking with Captain Cliff. We will definitely be back.

    Kevin S. with Cliff A. of Destin, Florida

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    captain Marvin worked hard for us fishing was rough with conditions of the day would book again . only thing was when paying the bill I was surprised to find out that my $138.00 deposit and 35.00 taxes was not part of the total trip price quoted. the final price with deposit and taxes came out to be $863.00 not $690.00 and that's what I paid . plus including tip of $120.00 witch I felt was deserved Not sure why this came out this way but I found this misleading quoted $690.00 total price paid $863.00 plus tip I was told that that's the way it works at captain experience . not the way I was use to

    Ronald J. with Marvin G. of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    We had a wonderful time. Everything was great. This was a graduation gift to our son Ryan.

    Matt P. with Cliff A. of Destin, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Seth was great! Very flexible with times due to weather. Several good fishing stories, and everyone had a great time.

    Jimmie D. with Seth L. of Niceville, Florida

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    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

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Jason was such a pleasure to be around and very knowledgeable about the fish we were looking for. He made sure we had the best experience possible!

    Heather G. with Jason Y. of Shalimar, Florida

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