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Heavy Tackle Fishing Charters Near Niceville, Fl
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
Overnighter Under The Stars
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
These trips are either 4, 5, or 6 hours. They are designed for the novice fisherman, families with young children and groups just pushed for time. With morning, midday and afternoon departures available, these trips are easy to fit into any hectic vacation schedule. But still allow for the chance to hook into some awsome fight fishing and delicious table fare! Everything that you need is provided on Captain Jason's charters, but feel free to bring some snacks and drinks if you'd like, and don't forget your sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses! Read More
Summertime Inshore - 53’ G&S
Embark on an extraordinary fishing adventure as we set sail from Destin, FL, under the moonlit sky. Our midnight departure takes you 20 to 30 miles offshore, where the deep waters hold a treasure trove of remarkable catches. Get ready to experience the thrill of a lifetime. Our fishing trips offer you the flexibility to tailor your experience to your preferences. Choose to engage in deep dropping or enjoy a full day of trolling, all according to your desires. Whether you're seeking the challenge of bottom fishing, the excitement of heavy tackle fishing, the allure of live bait fishing, or the anticipation of trolling, our experienced crew will guide you every step of the way. The abundant waters off the coast of Destin are home to an array of remarkable species. As we venture further offshore, be prepared to target Blackfin Tuna, Mahi Mahi, Snowy Grouper, Tilefish, and the lightning-fast Wahoo. These prized catches promise unforgettable battles and a true sense of accomplishment. Our crew will provide you with top-of-the-line fishing gear and equipment, ensuring that you have the tools necessary to land these impressive fish. From expert guidance to a deep understanding of the local waters, we are dedicated to delivering a memorable and successful fishing experience. As the sun rises, casting its golden glow on the ocean's surface, you'll find yourself immersed in the natural beauty that surrounds you. The open waters offer a serene and breathtaking backdrop for your fishing adventure. So, gather your fellow anglers and prepare for an unforgettable journey into the depths. Book your trip today and experience the thrill of the chase, the satisfaction of reeling in remarkable catches, and the memories that will last a lifetime. Read More
Midnight Magic: Offshore Thrills
Spend the perfect amount of time out on the water on this 6 hour trip with Captain Zach aboard a spacious and luxurious 42 ft sportfish! These 6-hour trips are usually combination trips: Captain Zach will spend some time bottom fishing for red snapper, triggerfish, and other assorted reef fish, and spend the 2nd half of your trip trolling for king mackerel, Spanish mackerel, wahoo, and other assorted pelagic fish Captain Zach and his crew strive to make sure that every passenger gets more than enough personal attention and assistance for an enjoyable saltwater fishing experience for the whole family including the kids. All bait, tackle, ice, license and permits rods and reels. As a general rule, Captain Zach will stop on your way out and catch live bait almost every day, if you decide you do not want to spend the time to catch bait there is a live bait boat that offers fresh live bait (when available) (not included in the base price of trips) There will be a professional mate working with you on the back deck throughout the day, helping you with knot tying, de-hooking, and icing the fish as they are caught. Once back to the docks your mate will hang your fish for photos, then clean, bag, and ice your fish. Read More
Relaxing Offshore Special
Head offshore with Captain Bobby aboard one of the nicest center consoles in the Destin fishing fleet! His 31' Center Console is one of the the only boats in the area equipped with Seakeeper technology. This instrument provide gyroscopic stability that negates chop and offshore instability for a smooth and comfortable fishing experience! After you get settled in, and Captain Bobby cranks up his twin 300 Yamahas, you will motor out a couple of miles offshore to do some trolling, deep-sea dropping, and fish catching! For these trips, you can expect to hook into the likes of Wahoo, King Mackerel, Snapper, Sharks, Jack Crevalle, Mahi Mahi, Bonita, Amber Jack, Cobia, and potentially Tarpon (in the summer months) just to name a few, and there are plenty more species the Gulf can offer up! You are welcome to get as involved as you would like with your adventure as well, whether you'd rather lounge until the reel starts screaming or if you want your hand on the rod the whole time, Captain Bobby is a master at matching your expectations. Beyond a fabulous boat and a comfortable ride, Captain Bobby 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 Bobby will take care of the rest to make the most of your Destin Offshore adventure! Read More
Mixed Bag Trophy Hunt
Climb aboard with Captain Trey for an exciting day of offshore fishing only a short run off the coast of Destin, FL! The blue waters off of Destin are a great place to chase some of the beautiful gamefish that Florida and the Gulf of Mexico are known for. On this all-day deep-sea fishing trip, Captain Trey will typically either bottom fish for species like Snapper, Grouper, Tilefish, Jacks, or Shark, or troll for species like Wahoo, Kingfish, Mahi, Tuna, and Marlin. The best part about these longer all-day trips is you'll have time to try it all! Just let Captain Trey know what you want to catch and he'll get you the best setup and some expert tips. Everything you reel in is yours if you want to keep it (and it's in season), and Captain Trey will happily clean any keepers. You'll be fishing aboard a luxurious 53’ G&S sportfish that can up to 15 anglers. Powered by twin Cummins engines combining for a whopping 1340 HP, she'll get you to the prime offshore spots in a hurry! This well-equipped vessel comes with all the necessities including GPS, the latest sonar and fishfinding technology, a Live Bait Well, an Ice Box to store your catches, and a Fighting Chair. It also boasts comfortable amenities such as Air Conditioning, a Multimedia System, a Microwave, and a comfortable head on board as well. Captain Trey will provide all rods, reels, tackle, and fishing licenses. All you need to bring is sunglasses, sunscreen, and any snacks or drinks you might need. Join Captain Trey for an offshore excursion like you've never seen! Read More
All Day Deep Sea Fishing
Launch aboard a 26' Mako with Captain Zach to explore the prolific waters of the Emerald Coast! Capt. Zach has lived in Destin his whole life and has been fishing these waters year-round since he was a kid! Captain Zach's favorite types of fishing are sight fishing Cobia in the spring and whacking Mackerel while trolling live bait. He can do it all though and loves fishing all kinds of different methods depending on the time of year. On the day of your trip, you will meet up with Capt. Zach at the East Pass Marina where the Malia Ann sleeps, but don't worry, this 26' beauty is always loaded with all the gear you could possibly need, ready and rearing to take you out on the water for an epic saltwater adventure! Thus, all you need to bring is your lunch, snacks, drinks, and sun protection, and Capt. Zach and his trusty vessel will take care of the rest! Read More
Run And Gun Destin - 26' Mako
Head out for a full day 12-hour adventure with Captain Lane to go DEEEEP to hunt trophy size fish the blue waters are known for! For these trips you'll start your day well before sunrise, usually around 5am, as you climb aboard Captain Lane's absolute War Rig. His 42' Freeman Catamaran is built for offshore fishing, overnight runs out to the hump, and landing monster pelagics. For these 12 hour trips, you can run anywhere from 25-90 miles offshore! But don't fret a laborious slow trug offshore... with 4 300 Yamahas strapped to the stern this rig can cook up to 65 knots to make sure you waste no time getting out to Captain Lane's favorite offshore spot and gives you more time to fish on the back end as the ride is quicker back to the dock. You can talk with Captain Lane about your experience level, target species, and other comfort preferences before you make the run, so ultimately you have the say in how far offshore you'd like to run. But if weather conditions are right, and you're up for a voyage, this 12 hour trips is where a lot of dreams come true, and where truly fantastic catches can be made. Heading 60+ miles offshore, standard offshore species are all well with a range like Amberjack, Mahi Mahi, Big Red and Gag Grouper, Wahoo, Sailfish and Blackfin Tuna. But on top, the extra time opens the door to deep water species like Yellow Fin Tuna, Marlin, and even Swordfish. By no means are any of these species a shoo-in for your 12-hour trip, but the odds of catching a big game fish like that do exist. It's that chance, that chase, that catch (hopefully) that attracts avid fishermen to this trip. Captain Lane will provide all 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
Chasing Trophies In Destin
Come aboard with Captain Zach for an exciting day of offshore fishing! The blue waters off of Destin are a great area to go after some of the beautiful big game fish that Florida is known for, and with this trip you'll see it all! On this 10 to 12-hour trip, Captain Zach will take you off the coast of Destin where you'll be targeting a selection of fish including Amberjack, Cobia, Gag Grouper, King Mackerel, Mahi Mahi, Red Snapper, Sailfish, Wahoo, and maybe even a Tuna bite! You'll be using a variety of methods to catch these fish including light tackle, heavy tackle, bottom fishing, trolling and jigging. The best part about this combo trip is you'll have time to try it all! Just let Captain Zach know what you want to catch and he'll get you the best setup and some expert tips. Everything you reel in is yours if you want to keep it, and Captain Zach will happily clean any keepers. You'll be fishing aboard Captain Zach's luxurious 42’ Custom sportfish that can comfortably fit 6 anglers. Powered by twin Detroit Diesel engines for a combined 600 HP, she'll get you to the prime offshore spots in a hurry! This well-equipped vessel comes with all the necessities including XM Satellite Radio, GPS, Fishfinder, a Live Bait Well, and a Fighting Chair. It also boasts comfortable amenities such as air conditioning, a full-size refrigerator, and freezer, microwave, George Forman Grills, full-size clean restrooms, sleeping accommodation for up to six, Flat-screen Television, carpeted salon, galley, V-birth Captain Zach will provide all rods, reels, tackle and fishing licenses. All you need to bring is sunglasses, sunscreen, and any snacks or drinks you might need. Join Captain Zach for an offshore excursion and make some memories to last a lifetime! Read More
Destin Cobia Masters - 42’ Uniflite
Run out on the Gulf Side to explore the Nearshore waters and the plethora of artificial and natural reefs off Destin's beautiful white-sand beaches. Captain Robert is a great choice for a family-friendly and action-packed day on the nearshore waters of the Gulf of Mexico. No Destin adventure is complete without a dose of light and heavy tackle workouts reeling in Mackerel, Bonito, Cobia, Vermilion (mingo) Snapper, and much more. Step aboard the “Reel Crazy,” which is a 24’ Proline center console. It is a fully rigged and well-prepared for the current bite fishing machine. With a 300 HP Suzuki engine strapped to the back you'll be out over Captain Roberts secret spots with a line in the water in no time at all. The boat also features a live well to keep your bait fresh. On your way out to the Gulf, Captain Robert will stop to meet up with the Bait men to stock up for the day. If the bait man has already run out of bait, he will quickly take you to catch your own. Captain Robert is very focused on customers’ satisfaction and showing you a great time out on the water, but like any good captain his most important priority is safety. If one of your fishing buddies doesn’t feel well, you will return to the shore and the captain will only charge for half the trip’s price. Because after all, you are there to have fun! All trips come with a license, quality gear, tackle, and bait. Captain Robert will clean your catch for you at the end of the day as well, and send you home with a bag full of fillets ready to jump straight to the frying pan. Just bring your favorite drinks and food and welcome aboard! Read More
Launch with Captain Bobby for a 4-5 hour adventure for some to take home some delicious fish and fill the freezer with some rod bending action. Captain Bobby's boat is one of the nicest and newest Center Consoles in the Destin fishing fleet equipped with a Sea Keeper for enhanced stability on your way out and while you're out there. This incredible device provides a gyroscope effect to eliminate the effect of the chop out on the ocean! This Sea Keeper will be put to good use for you too: After you get settled in and Captain Bobby will crank up his twin 300 Yamahas, you will motor out 40 min to an hour out to get to the fishing grounds. Once out there, Captain Bobby will help you hone in on one species. Everything will be provided for you aboard his boat, if you'd like to save some time you can buy your live bait on your way out from the dock for around 60$. This will give you some extra fishing time so you won't have to catch it while your out there. This is the perfect trip for getting dinner, a kids trip, or to do catch and release. Read More
Destin Offshore Grocery Run
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 to 6-hour trip, Captain Robbie will take you through the inshore flats and offshore waters of Destin where you can target a huge selection of fish including Amberjack, Blacktip Shark, Cobia, Florida Pompano, Flounder, Gag Grouper, King Mackerel, Mahi Mahi, Mangrove Snapper, Red Snapper, Redfish, and Speckled Trout. 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 Robert 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, a Flybridge, 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
Destin Nearshore Run
Hop on board with Captain Jordan and prepare for a spectacular fishing experience in the "World's Luckiest Fishing Village"! The inshore and nearshore waters around Destin are a great spot to catch some sought-after fish without going too far from the dock. On this 5 to 8-hour trip, Captain Jordan will take you to the inshore waters of Choctawhatchee Bay or venture into the nearshore Gulf waters where you can expect to target a huge selection of fish. Amberjack, Blacktip Shark, Cobia, Gag Grouper, King Mackerel, Mahi Mahi, Red Grouper, Red Snapper, Redfish, Speckled Trout, Tarpon, and Triggerfish are all in these waters. To target these fish, you'll be using a variety of techniques such as light tackle, heavy tackle, bottom fishing and trolling. Just let Captain Jordan know which fish you want to catch and he'll get you set up with the best method! 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. This "World's Luckiest Fishing Village" excursion can host up to 6 people, so grab some friends and book your trip today! Read More
Gulf Fishing Fun - 22’ Cape Horn CC
Launch aboard Captain Taylor's 40' Infinity sportfisher for a first-class Gulf Coast fishing experience out of Destin FL. With years of experience fishing the waters off the coast of Destin, Captain Taylor will put all of his knowledge toward getting you on the fish safely and in style! After you meet up with Captain Taylor at the East Pass Marina, he'll crank up the engines, you will motor out a couple of miles offshore to do some trolling, deep-sea dropping, and fish catching! For single-day trips you can expect to hook into the likes of Wahoo, King Mackerel, Snapper, Sharks, Jack Crevelle, Mahi Mahi, Bonita, Amber Jack, Cobia and potentially Tarpon (when they're around in the summer months) just to name a few, and there are plenty more species the Gulf can offer up! You are welcome to get as involved as you would like with your adventure as well, whether you'd rather lounge until the reel starts screaming or if you want your hand on the rod the whole time, Captain Taylor can make it happen! Beyond superior service and luxurious amenities, Captain Taylor also provides all 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, snacks, and drinks, your sun protection, maybe a towel, and your camera! Otherwise, Captain Taylor will take care of the rest to make the most of your Destin saltwater adventure! Read More
Destin Offshore Thrills
Captain Jason caters to your fishing needs whether it’s for your, family, friends or business. First-time anglers and experienced anglers so come one come all, and let Captain Jason create your next fishing adventure! His sturdy vessel can carry up to 6 people for your private charter. Captain Jason offers a variety of charters including deep sea, trolling, and bottom fishing. The Gulf of Mexico offers many species of fish. Whether you're bottom fishing for Red Snapper, Grouper, Trigger, or Amberjack, or trolling for King Mackerel and Wahoo, or even sightfishing for Cobia, the Gulf has it all! You'll be fishing aboard a beautiful 36' Tiara Motor Yacht with all the amenities. The cabin offers a TV, DVD player, and stereo system with an aux plug-in (so you can blast your favorite tunes!). The cabin is fully air-conditioned along with a full bathroom/shower and a fully furnished State Room. The interior is very comfortable with plenty of seating. She is also equipped with all the latest safety equipment. Captain Jason's mission is to ensure a first-class fishing experience and keep you coming back to beautiful Destin, Florida. The boat is fully equipped with everything you'll need. The only thing you need to bring is food, drinks, sunscreen and plenty of energy. Captain Jason and his crew look forward to fishing with you! Read More
Destin Gulf Trip - 36' Tiara
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
Welcome aboard the ultimate offshore fishing adventure in Destin, FL! As you step onto Captain Nick's 31' Cape Horn center console, you'll be in a prime position to chase down some epic offshore sportfish species, including Black Marlin, Blackfin Tuna, Wahoo, and Mahi Mahi. As you venture further offshore, you'll be surrounded by the crystal clear waters of the Gulf, with stunning views of the coastline and wildlife along the way. Once you reach your fishing grounds, you'll troll a variety of baits and lures at depth, looking to attract bites from migrating pelagic sportfish! Captain Nick's expertise and years of experience in the waters off Destin mean that he knows exactly where to find the fish and how to hook them. He'll provide all the guidance you need to make the most of your day on the water, whether you're an experienced angler or a first-timer! When it comes to reeling in your catch, his spacious and well-equipped boat has everything you need. From the latest fish-finding technology to a comfortable and shaded seating area, you'll have all the amenities necessary for an unforgettable day of fishing. Whether you're looking for a family-friendly adventure or a challenging and exhilarating fishing experience, this offshore charter with Captain Nick is the perfect choice. Come on board and make some memories that will last a lifetime! Read More
Destin Bluewater Trip
Everything to Know About Booking a Niceville heavy tackle fishing charter
What are the best heavy tackle fishing charters in Niceville?
Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 80 heavy tackle fishing trips in Niceville, and the most popular trips in the area are Destin Inshore Adventure guided by Seth, Reef and Wreck Hop guided by Wayne, and Destin Coastal - 26' Blue Wave guided by Chris.
Our guides in Niceville are rated a 4.96 out of 5 based on 9603 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 heavy tackle fishing guides in Niceville? Check out our beginner and family friendly heavy tackle fishing guides in Niceville.
What types of heavy tackle fishing charters are common in Niceville?
Deep Sea fishing is the most popular for heavy tackle fishing in Niceville as well as nearshore fishing, inshore fishing, and jetty fishing.
The most commonly sought after species for heavy tackle fishing in Niceville are: 1. kingfish, 2. red snapper, 3. gag grouper, and 4. mahi mahi.
How much do Niceville heavy tackle fishing charters cost?
for heavy tackle fishing in Niceville prices can range anywhere from an affordable $350 to $3,000 and up, but the average price for a half day trip for heavy tackle fishing in Niceville is $1,429. The average price for a full day trip for heavy tackle fishing in Niceville is $3,620.
What month is best for on a heavy tackle fishing charter in Niceville?
The most popular season to go on a heavy tackle fishing charter in Niceville is summer, and most anglers book their trips 15 days in advance.
Do I need a Niceville fishing license and what are the bag limits in Niceville?
You’re in luck! Our fishing tours in Niceville 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 Niceville.
Recent Reviews of Captain Experiences
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
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
My som (age 10) and I went out this morning on a 4-hour charter, and we had a fantastic time! Super clean boat with plenty of room, and he knew all the best spots for redfish and trout. Captain Josh was great with my son, and I wouldn't hesitate to book with him again.
Matthew A. Madison M. with Joshua R. of Niceville, Florida
All I can say it that it was interesting. Our trip was scheduled from 7-10am and we boarded his boat a little before 7. Instead of having the bait ready, we took a 20 minute boat ride so he could buy bait for the day. It went downhill from there. We basically fished 3 places on Destin bay that even a guy who had never been on the bay could've chosen. A grass bed by the coast guard station, a rock jetty and bridge pilings. We boated zero fish from these spots. The final spot was fishing a cove that was basically 2 feet deep of crystal clear water and obviously we caught nothing there. At that point he did offer to go back to the grass bed but I had seen enough of his guiding abilities to know we were done. After a long boat ride back, in his anger, at full throttle thru relatively rough water, we get back to the dock. He asks for payment and I ask him what he thinks is fair. He states full price is what he thinks is fair. I told him that was really BS but didn't hesitate to provide the QR code for payment. After scanning the code I mentioned to him that he might want to pursue a different line of work since he obviously wasn't very good at finding catchable fish. I have seen better equipment at garage sales too. Half the reels didn't work properly and we all had issues with that. All of that aside, we paid in full but I did not tip him and we started our drive home. At this point I started to receive nasty texts from Seth Litton. He said he was going to tell all the captains in the Destin area to never take me or my family out on a guided fishing trip. He called me a cheapskate for not tipping. It was unreal. I received 3 nasty texts in all even after I told him to cease contact with me. I know there are some good guides out there. Anyone can catch fish on a good day. Guides are paid good money to at least catch a few on bad days. And in the rare event you don't, and it has happened in the many times I have done this, they will always offer you a future discount on a trip or discount the trip you just took. Neither of these happened. Looking back, from the poor equipment, the fact he didn't even catch local water bait, the places we fished, etc., I should've known this guy just simply wasn't up to the task. It's a shame it cost me 550.00 to learn that. Due to all of this I will probably never take a trip sponsored by Captain Experiences again. People will say there are 2 sides to every story but what I have stated here is 100% factual truth.
Steve D. with Seth L. of Niceville, Florida
Great to work with, answered all questions we had for him. Very nice and prompt in what he was doing, kept the party active and ready to fish. Encouraged us along the way, would refer him to anyone and look forward to hopefully enjoying some fishing again with him one day!
Eric G. with Seth L. of Niceville, Florida
We had A stellar day on the water with Captain Seth. He was at the dock ready to go when we arrived. The night before he had suggested we skip the bay and fish the gulf which ended up being the right choice. The day was beautiful with 2-3 foot swells. We saw dolphin on the way. We enjoyed the ride out to the first fishing spot with Seth providing insights to the area as well as giving us a rundown on the day and the fish we would be catching. Before Captain Seth could grab the second pole, my son was already pulling up the first fish, a large red snapper. Out of season, bummer! That set the tone. We caught fish all day and ate a portion of it that night. The 5 of us on the boat all took turns at brining in Amber Jacks and we were able to keep the two biggest ones. More than once we had 3 poles with fish on at the same time. Two poles with fish on to many times to count. Seth was fun to be with. He was attentive and personable. It was a blast watching him help my daughter bring a large amber jack. It was a great day with my family and captain Seth. I will recommend him to my family and friends. A great way to spend the day away from the crowds. Loved it.
Robert D. with Seth L. of Niceville, Florida
We all had a great time, seth was awesome and very knowledgeable. He was also great with the kids. We will definitely be back!!!
Nicholas W. with Seth L. of Niceville, Florida
Captain Seth gave us a great fishing experience and I highly recommend him. If we’re back in the area we’ll definitely go fishing with him again.
Joe R. with Seth L. of Niceville, Florida
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