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Light Tackle Fishing Charters Near Fort Walton Beach, Fl
Head out with Captain Cory for fishing at its best, Destin is known as "The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village"! You will be fishing on a 26' Crevalle Open, powered by a 350 4-stroke Mercury outboard. This vessel also features state of the art electronics. You never know what you’ll catch in the Gulf of Mexico! King Mackerel, Red Snapper, Cobia, Amberjack, Grouper, Tuna sharks and more. Captain Cory will guide everyone, from the most experienced anglers to family trips. Don’t forget to bring the kids! Cory also provides licenses, bait, tackle, water, and ice. Things that you want to bring include towels, camera, hat, sunglasses, sunblock, snacks, drinks, a small cooler, and your favorite music playlist! Read More
FWB Quick Run
Get your young ones into fishing with this beginner-level trip! The calm waters of Choctawhatchee Bay and exciting nearshore waters off the coast of Destin are perfect spots to learn the basics of fishing. Captain Jordan will show your kids everything they need to know to get started with that first cast as they target Sheepshead, Mangrove Snapper, Red Snapper, Vermillion Snapper, Spanish Mackerel, and Speckled Trout. Classic light tackle is all that's needed to target these fish, and Captain Jordan will get them set with the best bait to put one on the line! This trip takes place aboard a 22' Cape Horn center console that can fit up to 6 people. Powered by a 225 HP Honda engine, this vessel will safely get your little ones to where the fish are biting! On board is a GPS, Fishfinder, a Live Bait Well, a Wireless Trolling Motor, and an Ice Box to store any keepers. Captain Jordan will happily clean any meal-worthy fish free of charge. Captain Jordan will provide all rods, reels, tackle and live bait. We recommend your kids bring a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and any food, drinks or motion sickness aid they might need. Book your trip today and show your kids the awesome sport of fishing! Read More
2 Hour Kids Trip - 22’ Cape Horn
Hop on board with Captain Philip and experience an action-packed day of fishing outside of Fort Walton Beach! A professional angler with a wealth of local knowledge, Captain Philip is more than familiar with the most productive fishing grounds in the area. On these 6 hour adventures, you can expect to target Amberjack, Cobia, Grouper, Kingfish, Snapper (Red and Vermilion), Sharks, and Triggerfish. You’ll be fishing aboard Captain Phil's 33-foot Grady White equipped with twin Yamaha 300's. This baby has plenty of comfortable seating, and plenty SunShades toward the Bow and Stern perfect for those really hot summer days out on the Gulf. Captain Phil will provide all rods, reels, tackle, lures, and live bait. He will also clean and fillet your fish at the end of each trip. All you need to bring is food and drinks for the day (Capt. Phil will provide bottled water), a hat, sunscreen, a good pair of sunglasses, and some good company! **Note**: Children are more than welcome on board, although please let Captain Phil know how many you are bringing and how old. He does not recommend bringing children under 5. Read More
Grocery Run - 1/2 Day Trip
Now operating with Federal Permits for the Gulf of Mexico. Hop on board with Captain Philip and experience an action-packed day of fishing outside of Fort Walton Beach! A professional angler with a wealth of local knowledge, Captain Philip is more than familiar with the most productive fishing grounds in the area. On these 4-hour adventures, you can expect to target Amberjack, Grouper, Kingfish, Vermillion Snapper, Sharks, Triggerfish, or even try for Red Snapper when in season. You’ll be fishing aboard Captain Philip's 33-foot Grady White equipped with twin Yamaha 300's. This baby has plenty of comfortable seating, and plenty SunShades toward the Bow and Stern perfect for those really hot summer days out on the Gulf. Captain Philip will provide all rods, reels, tackle, lures, and live bait. He will also clean and fillet your fish at the end of each trip. All you need to bring is food and drinks for the day (Capt. Philip will provide bottled water), a hat, sunscreen, a good pair of sunglasses, and some good company! **Note**: Children are more than welcome on board, although please let Captain Philip know how many you are bringing and how old. He does not recommend bringing children under 5. Read More
Gulf Waters Quick Trip
Head out for a full day, 12-hour adventure with Captains Justin and Justin to run far offshore and get after Swordfish—one of the hardest-fighting fish in the Gulf! On this trip, you'll be heading 60+ miles offshore, trolling for lightning-fast gamefish such as King Mackerel, Mahi Mahi, Sailfish, swordfish, marlin, Wahoo, and Blackfin Tuna. Once you reach the best fishing grounds, you'll drop your lines much deeper to attract Swordfish, which migrate at great depths, hunting for squid, baitfish, ballyhoo, and more. These fish are hungry, and when they hit your line, you'll feel it! Bring your A-game on this trip, because the Swords will really test your strength, skill, and stamina. You'll be getting some serious fishing done aboard their 33' Contender center console. She's powered by twin Suzuki 300-HP engines, so you'll cruise offshore with some serious speed. This well-equipped vessel comes with all the necessities, including GPS, Fishfinder, a Live Bait Well, and an Ice Box to store your catches. This boat also has a comfortable cabin area so that you can relax in the shade between hook-ups. Captain Justin will provide top-of-the-line rods, reels, tackle, and fishing licenses. All you need to bring is sunglasses, sunscreen, a lunch, and any snacks or drinks you'd like to enjoy while onboard. Read More
Bad-to-the-Bone Full Day Trip
Head out for an OVERNIGHT Fishing adventure with Captain Justin and run out DEEEEP 120-150 miles Offshore! Have the opportunity to catch Yellowfin Tuna, Swordfish, Marlin, Sailfish, Mahi-Mahi, Wahoo, Cobia, Grouper, and many more that live within the plethora of Oil Rigs! Make sure to bring plenty of drinks, snacks and food during this adventure. Water and Gatorade will be provided during this trip! Read More
Badass Overnight Bluewater
Launch aboard a 33' Contender with Captain Justin for a first-class offshore fishing experience out of Destin FL. Captain Justin will put all of his knowledge toward getting you on the fish safely and in style! The 8hr fishing trip is our half-day fishing excursion. During this trip, we will run 30-60 miles offshore and have the opportunity to catch larger species. Such as Snapper, Wahoo, Grouper, Mahi Mahi, Amberjack, Cobia, Tuna, and many more. Less travel, more time for fishing! You are welcome to get as involved as you would like with your adventure as well, whether you'd rather lounge in their comfortable E-sea Rider Bean Bags until the reel starts screaming or if you want your hand on the rod the whole time, Captain Justin can make it happen! Beyond superior service, expert tips, and great vibes, Captain Justin also provides the best rods, reels, tackle, bait, and fishing licenses you could possibly need for a successful day out on the water. Thus, all you need to bring are your favorite lunch, snack, and drink, your sun protection, maybe a towel, and your camera! Otherwise, Captain Justin will take care of the rest to make the most of your Destin saltwater adventure! Read More
Chasing Lunkers Offshore Trip
Hop on board with Captain Jordan and prepare for an action-packed day of shark fishing! If you're craving some excitement, this trip is for you. Captain Jordan says that a whopping 9 out of 10 of these trips land a shark! On this 5-hour trip, Captain Jordan will take you a bit off the coast of Destin where you can expect to target some mean-looking Blacktip Sharks. You'll be doing some light tackle and bottom fishing to attract these sharks. This is one of Captain Jordan's most popular trips, so don't miss out on this action! Captain Jordan fishes aboard a 22’ Cape Horn center console with a capacity for six people. Powered by a 225 HP Honda engine, this vessel will have no problem getting you out on the beautiful Destin waters. The vessel is complete with all the necessities: GPS, Fishfinder, and a Live Bait Well. Captain Jordan will provide all rods, reels, and tackle. All you need to bring is sunscreen and any food, drinks and motion sickness aid you might need. These awesome shark fishing trips can host up to 6 people, so grab some friends and book your trip today! Read More
Sharks Baby! - 22’ Cape Horn
If you’re looking for a memorable fishing experience in Destin, Florida, Captain Reid will lead the way! Captain Reid has 18+ years of experience fishing the waters surrounding Destin and 6+ as a guide. He’s known to reel in some pretty big fish! On these 4-hour trips, expect to target a variety of inshore and offshore species, as well as bottom-dwelling reef fish such as Red Snapper and Vermilion Snapper. There is also Gag Grouper, Black Grouper, and Goliath Grouper, Amberjack, Jack Crevalle, Cobia, and King Mackerel. You’ll be fishing aboard Charter Boat Rewind, a 46-foot sportfisher equipped with two 375 HP engines. This vessel also has a fishfinder, GPS, air conditioning, live bait well, kitchen, refrigerator, multimedia system, outriggers, and an ice box. She can accommodate 6 anglers. Make sure you bring some food, drinks of your choice, and a cooler to take home your day’s catch. Captain Reid will provide all rods, reels, tackle, lures, and licenses. Live bait is included in the trip price. Come on down to Destin and make some memories with Captain Reid! Read More
4 Hour Trip - 46’ Egg Harbor
Get ready for some bottom fishing fun with Captain Wayne down on the Emerald Coast. Wayne has been fishing these local water for 20 years and has hundreds of honey holes (both reefs, wrecks, and live bottoms) up and down the nearshore waters around Destin. With only a 15-minute ride to the gulf, you can be tight on a fish in a matter of minutes. And you don't have to worry about wasting your time sitting over the same spot on this trip, if the fish aren't hot in one spot, you'll be hopping between reefs and wrecks working your way further from Destin throughout the day to find the best action. Typical species you can expect to encounter on these trips include Triggerfish, Amberjack, Grouper, and a variety of Snappers. If bottom fishing isn’t your thing, Captain Wayne can switch gears and try your luck trolling for King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, and even the occasional Mahi-Mahi or Blackfin Tuna that slips in closer to shore. You will meet up with Captain Wayne at L J Schooners Dockside Restaurant to board his 26’ NauticStar center console that comfortably fits up to 4 anglers. It is equipped with a freshwater shower if you end up taking a dip in the ocean, a full head, 2 bait tanks, and an ice box to provide you with the best possible experience. Captain Wayne will also provide you with top-notch fishing rods, tackle, and bait, and will clean your catch for you! Captain Wayne will supply you and yours with sunscreen, water, and snacks. Read More
Reef And Wreck Hop
Head out with Captain Taylor for an awesome experience out on the water for fishermen of all skill levels. His 40-foot Infinity sportfisher runs on twin Cummins 450-horsepower engins that can travel nearshore or offshore at high speeds. This kid-friendly, double-decker boat can hold up to 6 people, so it's perfect for families. Outside, it's kitted out with live wells and downriggers/outriggers for trolling up to six rods. Inside, the interior has extensive navigation systems, a toilet, kitchen, bed, and shower. With a first mate on board, television, refrigerator, ice box, and even air conditioning, Captain Taylor can provide an incredibly comfortable experience. When Snapper season is in, everybody is trying to get in on the action! So if you want to head out with a guide who knows how to catch limits, Captain Taylor is your man! Captain Taylor's 40' Infinity sportfisher is federally permitted, which means he can head beyond 9 miles offshore to hit the offshore reefs, rigs, and wrecks where all the big Red Snapper hang out. These waters get less pressure than the state waters and usually result in quicker limits and bigger catches! Once you're out there, Captain Taylor will chum up the water to get the Snapper up off the reef and a little higher in the water column. Then you will drop some cut bait down on them and hope the biggest one hammers your hook, and get ready for a fight when it does! Captain Taylor and his crew will provide all rods, reels, tackle, lures, and live bait. All you need to bring is food and drinks for the day, a hat, and sunscreen. He will clean and fillet your day’s catch at the end of the trip, so make sure you bring a cooler to take it home. Read More
Destin Bottom Bonanza
A fishing charter in Pensacola/Gulf Breeze, FL, is the perfect way to experience the Gulf Coast's rich fishing opportunities. On this trip, you'll head out to chase a wide range of inshore and nearshore species on either fly tackle or ultra-light tackle, both of which are a blast for anglers of all levels. Captain Richard is an expert when it comes to fish here off the coast of Pensacola/Gulf Breeze, and he'll be able to show you some great spots to catch all kinds of fish. You'll be targeting a range of species, including Pompano, Spanish Mackerel, Redfish, Speckled Trout, and Tarpon, each of which requires its own unique approach. Some of these fish rarely break 10 pounds, while Tarpon can grow to over 100! Given this huge range, don't be surprised if you switch tackle and rigging several times throughout your trip, as you pursue different species. Pensacola Beach Fly Fishing is a Do No Harm charter! All fish will be released. As Fly Fishing International Certified Casting Instructor, Richard can help tune up your cast or get you out there as a first timer. If you're using fly tackle, you'll likely be using 7 to 10-weight rods with saltwater reels designed specifically for the job. Equipment is provided, you will be using top of the line Thomas and Thomas fly rods with Tibor and Abel fly reels. You'll also use a range of flies, including surface poppers, streamers, and other kinds of imitators, all of which can entice different fish species. If you're using light tackle, you'll be using spinning rods and reels loaded with braided line. You'll also need a range of lures, including jigs, spoons, and soft plastics. Captain Richard will point you in the right direction, so you can be confident you're throwing the perfect tackle for the job! Fishing here in Pensacola/Gulf Breeze is a great way to enjoy Florida's beautiful coast and hook up some fantastic species! The fish are feeding—what are you waiting for? Read More
Pensacola Bay Fly Fishing
Get out there with Captain Payton for an exciting fishing adventure on the waters off Destin, FL! Whether you’re a beginner looking to learn some basics or a more experienced angler looking for a new trophy, Captain Payton is an expert at catering your trip to your goals to ensure that you’ll have a day to remember. On this trip, you'll go after a wide variety of inshore and nearshore species, from Triggerfish, Grouper and Snapper to Mahi-Mahi, Wahoo, and more. You'll chase the bottomfish off the reefs and structure, and troll further out for the speedier open-water species. These fish are not only a blast to catch, they're delicious on the grill too! Captain Payton runs a 27' World Cat center console on this trip. She's a fishing machine, and her twin 225-HP Yamaha four-stroke engines pack a serious punch. Regardless of whether you're chasing Snapper in deep water, fishing reefs, or trolling for pelagic predators, this boat has got you covered. Your rods, reels, bait, tackle, licenses and fishing equipment are fully covered by the captain. You only need to pack your snacks, drinks, and sun protection. The captain will also clean and fillet your catch free of charge at the end of the day. Read More
Destin Fishing Adventure
Visit the flats around Pensacola Beach and to wear out the fish with Captain Corey! Captain Corey is a master at getting his clients on 3 Big Three: Redfish, Speckled Trout, and Flounder. He also knows how to get you on a bunch of other fun species like Black Drum, Sheepshead, and many more. If the weather permits, Captain Corey can also take you further out to the Gulf to chase down Mackerel and Snapper. No matter what the day brings or what your preferences are Captain Corey will meet you with his 24' Blazer bay boat fully loaded with not only all the gear and bait you could possibly need but also with a great attitude and birth of fishing knowledge to ensure you catch you limit! Thus, all you need to bring is your sun protection, snacks and drinks, and your camera, and let Captain Corey take care of the rest. Read More
Half Day Gulf Classics
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
Combo Reef & Trolling Trips
Hop on board with Captain Tim and prepare for an action-packed fishing experience off the Florida Panhandle! The inshore and nearshore waters around Milton are a great spot to catch some sought-after fish without going too far from the dock. On this 4 to 8-hour trip, Captain Tim likes to hang around the inshore waters and hit Redfish, Speckled Trout, Flounder, and other inshore sportfish. He also loves to run it further offshore when weather conditions permit. In the local nearshore waters, you can expect to find Snapper, Cobia, King Mackerel, "Bull" Redfish 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. Just let Captain Tim know which fish you want to catch and he'll get you set up with the best method! Captain Tim will provide all rods, reels, tackle and live bait. All you need to bring is sunscreen and any food or drinks you might need. Enjoy your day out on the water with Captain Tim! Read More
Legends Of The Emerald Coast
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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Everything to Know About Booking a Fort Walton Beach light tackle fishing charter
What are the best light tackle fishing charters in Fort Walton Beach?
Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 115 light tackle fishing trips in Fort Walton Beach, and the most popular trips in the area are Destin Bay Fishing guided by Joey, Fishing the Florida Panhandle guided by Jordan, and Gulf Fishing Fun - 22’ Cape Horn CC guided by Jordan.
Our guides in Fort Walton Beach are rated a 4.93 out of 5 based on 9581 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.
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What types of light tackle fishing charters are common in Fort Walton Beach?
Deep Sea fishing is the most popular for light tackle fishing in Fort Walton Beach as well as inshore fishing, nearshore fishing, and flats fishing.
The most commonly sought after species for light tackle fishing in Fort Walton Beach are: 1. kingfish, 2. red snapper, 3. spanish mackerel, and 4. redfish.
How much do Fort Walton Beach light tackle fishing charters cost?
for light tackle fishing in Fort Walton Beach prices can range anywhere from an affordable $300 to $3,000 and up, but the average price for a half day trip for light tackle fishing in Fort Walton Beach is $850. The average price for a full day trip for light tackle fishing in Fort Walton Beach is $2,155.
What month is best for on a light tackle fishing charter in Fort Walton Beach?
The most popular season to go on a light tackle fishing charter in Fort Walton Beach is summer, and most anglers book their trips 15 days in advance.
Do I need a Fort Walton Beach fishing license and what are the bag limits in Fort Walton Beach?
You’re in luck! Our fishing tours in Fort Walton Beach 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 Fort Walton Beach.
Recent Reviews of Captain Experiences
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
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
Great trip! Captail Philip has a super clean boat. Great job on coaching how to fish. Loved the boats layout. Big enough to ride comfortably at high speed. We'll definitely book again.
Greg S. with Philip R. of Fort Walton Beach, Florida
First and far most this was my first time going deep sea fishing.Captain Phil and Denise made it so easy for me and the fellas he was very patient and well knowledgeable with the fish and the area were in . We had a blast everything was great the company and the music. Thank you Captain Phil we will be doing another trip in the future
Josiah R. with Philip R. of Fort Walton Beach, 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
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
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