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Deep Sea, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Orange Beach

Bottom Fishing And Trolling Fun 45'

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Deep Sea Fishing Charter in Gulf Shores

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46 ft 1 - 6 People From $1,500
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Fishing in Destin

Inshore, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Destin

Half Day - 31’ Cape Horn

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31 ft 1 - 6 People From $1,400
Fishing in St. Petersburg

Deep Sea, Nearshore Fishing Charter in St. Petersburg

St. Pete Offshore Experience

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32 ft 1 - 6 People From $700
Fishing in Islamorada

Deep Sea Fishing Charter in Islamorada

Deep Sea Trophy Hunt

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Fishing in Orange Beach

Deep Sea, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Orange Beach

6-Hour Bottomfishing & Trolling

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Fishing in Orange Beach
Fishing in Orange Beach
Fishing in Orange Beach
trip description for Orange Beach Mixed Bag in Orange Beach

Have a great experience trolling for Wahoo, Spanish Mackerel, King Mackerel and more with Captain Corey. After trolling to the fishing spot, you will bottom fish for snapper, triggerfish, etc. This trip is great for the whole family, especially the kids. Captain Corey specializes in all sorts of different styles and techniques! He's not a 1 hook fits all kind of fisherman! Whether it be running different trolling gear to land monster Wahoo or King Mackerel or using lite action spinning reels while catching a cooler full of mahi-mahi we’ve figured out what works best! As for bottom fishing sometimes we go from chicken rigs to sow rigs to free lining live bait! Whatever it takes to put you on the backside of a bent rod and a tight line! His boat comes loaded with all the gear you could possibly need for a successful day out on the water including all the rods, reels, tackle, bait, fishing licenses, and fish cleaning at the end of the day. So all you have to do is bring your favorite snack and drinks, your sun protection, and your camera, Captain Corey will take care of the rest! Read More

Deep Sea, Nearshore Fishing Charter near Miami

Orange Beach Mixed Bag

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38 ft 1 - 6 People From $1,125
Fishing in Destin
Fishing in Destin
Fishing in Destin
trip description for Destin Trolling & Bottom Fishing in Destin

Head further offshore to explore the Destin's prolific Gulf waters anywhere from 18-20 miles offshore! These 6 hour trips give Captain Kyle more time to implement a couple different techniques to catch different pools of species. Trolling these offshore waters can solicit a Mahi, Wahoo, Mackerel, or even a Tuna bite, while bottom fishing Captain Kyle's favorite reefs and offshore structure opens the door to a plethora of species like Grouper, Snapper, and Big Jacks. This trip is a great experience to catch some fish to bring home or to reel in just for a photo! You'll be fishing aboard captain Kyle's 40-foot Bertram Widebody Classic Sportfish that's powered by twin Cummins turbo desels! She has been customized with underwater fins to improve on an already superior stable ride. For your comfort during your trip, the boat is furnished inside the fully Air-Conditioned salon which includes a bathroom, microwave, DirecTV on the flatscreen television inside and Sirius Satellite Radio which can be enjoyed inside and out. She is also customized with a tower, downrigger, outriggers, and a large live well. For the nighttime hours, she has above water illumination as well as powerful underwater lights. No expense has been spared with a full array of state-of-the-art electronics, and top-notch fishing tackle. Captain Kyle and his crew will provide all the rods, reels, and tackle. All you need to bring is any food or drinks you might want. Read More

Deep Sea Fishing Charter near Miami

Destin Trolling & Bottom Fishing

100% (12)
40 ft 1 - 6 People From $1,920
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Fishing in Key West
Fishing in Key West
Fishing in Key West
trip description for Offshore Fishing,Reef & Wreck and Sunset in Key West

Climb aboard with Captain Antonio "Tony" for an epic 4 to 8-hour experience up to 17 miles off the coast of the beautiful Florida Keys. Whether you want to troll the open waters or post up and do some bottom fishing, this luxurious 35' Egg Harbor sportfisher will have you covered! Trolling the open waters can produce hard fighting species like Amberjacks, Sailfish and Mahi. Trolling trips are great because the boat and the knowledge of your captain take care of half the work for you. You get to sit back, relax, enjoy the sweet sea breeze, and rest your arms while you wait for the reel to start screaming and your work to begin. Bottom fishing changes the target species to an entirely different set of fish. You can expect delicious and hard-fighting reef species like Snapper, Grouper, Cobia, Kingfish, and even Sharks! The experienced crew will provide all the fishing gear you need, and they'll even serve up some delicious sandwiches on the 6 and 8 hour trips. All that’s left to do is bring some drinks and sunscreen, and cast off with Captain Tony! Read More

Deep Sea, Inshore, Nearshore Fishing Charter near Miami

Offshore Fishing,Reef & Wreck And Sunset

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35 ft 1 - 6 People From $900
Fishing in Miami Beach
Fishing in Miami Beach
Fishing in Miami Beach
trip description for Bachelor Party Fishing Fun! in Miami Beach

Bachelor Party Fishing has never been easier. We operate the largest charter fishing boat in Miami and can fit parties of up to 24. Bring the whole wedding party or just the boys or girls for a fun-filled day. We are not a typical drift fishing “Party Fishing” boat but rather we are a sport fishing charter boat and we can take you out to hook Swordfish, Marlin, Sailfish, Mahi-Mahi and more. Captain Manny and the friendly crew provide everything to have your day with us as much fun as possible. All you need to do is bring the beer and food or if you would prefer we can provide that too. For those that just came for the party and do not want to fish or when you want to get out of the sun, the boat has a full galley with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth stereo and HD flat screen TV all in air-conditioned comfort. Your Bachelor Party Fishing Trip will be an experience and memory to last a lifetime. The Captain and Mate will provide you with top quality fishing equipment including conventional and spinning tackle ranging from 10 to 130 lb class. When it comes to cleaning and filleting the catch. Crew members will kindly bag and ice desired fish wanted, so a 20 % gratuity would be appreciated and split among themselves. This trip is very child friendly, so don't hesitate to bring your little ones along! Read More

Deep Sea, Inshore, Nearshore Fishing Charter near Miami

Bachelor Party Fishing Fun!

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57 ft 1 - 24 People From $850
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Fishing in Freeport
Fishing in Freeport
Fishing in Freeport
trip description for 8 Hr Deep Sea in Freeport

NO FUEL CHARGE and FISH CLEANING INCLUDED. Our 8-hour trip targets Red Snapper, reef fish, King Mackerel, Mahi Mahi, Cobia, Sharks, & more, depending on seasonal availability up to 35 miles from shore. Our 31 Ft Contender will get you to the fish quickly and comfortably maximizing fishing time. Structures fished include rocks, wrecks, shrimp boats, weedlines, & more. We anchor, drift, troll, jig, and use a combination of live and dead bait depending on the species targeted. NO SHARKS ALLOWED ON BOARD Read More

Deep Sea Fishing Charter near Miami

8 Hr Deep Sea

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31 ft 1 - 6 People From $1,350
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Fishing in Pompano Beach
Fishing in Pompano Beach
Fishing in Pompano Beach
trip description for Sunrise Saltwater Slam in Pompano Beach

Embark on the ultimate offshore sportfishing adventure with a 43-foot Post Sportfish vessel based in Pompano Beach, FL. Designed with the angler in mind, this fishing machine offers ample deck space and comfortable amenities inside, ensuring a remarkable fishing experience. We are equipped with state-of-the-art equipment, guaranteeing a smooth and enjoyable ride on the open waters. Step aboard and let Captain Ron, a 50-ton USCG licensed captain with over 30 years of experience, guide you to the hottest fishing spots. No matter your skill level, all are welcome on this exciting expedition. Whether you're a seasoned angler or a beginner, our team provides top-of-the-line fishing equipment, ensuring you have the tools necessary for a successful outing. As you cast your line, feel the adrenaline surge through your veins. Pompano Beach, FL, is renowned for its diverse and abundant marine life, making it an ideal destination for offshore sportfishing. From battling powerful game fish to reeling in trophy catches, every moment spent aboard promises an unforgettable adventure. With Captain Ron's expertise and the comfort of the well-equipped vessel, you can focus on the thrill of the chase and the excitement of reeling in your prize. We ensure a comfortable ride, allowing you to enjoy every minute of your fishing experience. Book your offshore sportfishing trip today and prepare for an extraordinary adventure on the open waters of Pompano Beach. Let Captain Ron guide you to a fishing experience of a lifetime, where memories are made, and epic catches await. Read More

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Sunrise Saltwater Slam

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47 ft 1 - 6 People From $750
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Everything to Know About Booking a wahoo fishing charter

What are the best wahoo fishing charters?

Why should I book a wahoo fishing charter with Captain Experiences?

Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 505 wahoo trips, and the most popular trips are Bottom Fishing and Trolling Fun 45' guided by Seth, Offshore Adventure guided by Seth, and Half Day - 31’ Cape Horn guided by Christian.

Our guides are rated a 4.79 out of 5 based on 3197 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 wahoo guides / fishing lessons? Check out our beginner and family friendly wahoo guides.

What types of wahoo fishing charters are common?

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

The most common fishing techniques are trolling, heavy tackle fishing, and bottom fishing but live bait fishing and light tackle fishing are popular as well.

How much do wahoo fishing charters cost?

for wahoo prices can range anywhere from about $888 to $5,248, but the average price for a half day trip for wahoo is $1,497. The average price for a full day trip for wahoo is $3,178.

Is booking a fishing guide worth the money?

Hiring a guide provides a number of benefits and many choose to book a fishing guide for a combination of experience, local knowledge, convenience, and cost-effectiveness.

Working with experienced fishing guides who know the best local spots and techniques can dramatically increase your odds of a great day. Having someone who is on the water every day and knows the area like the back of their hand is going to give you the best chances of success.

Booking a guide is also more cost effective, especially if you only get out a handful of times per year. When you consider all of the costs you would incur on your own such as the price of a boat, maintenance, insurance, gas, high-quality gear and tackle, repairs, and more, you’ll find that DIY is sometimes not worth the expense.

Even if you’ve got a great setup already in your home waters, booking a guide also provides a great opportunity to experience new techniques, new locations, or even a chance at a new target species to knock off the bucket list.

What month is best for wahoo fishing?

The most popular season for wahoo fishing is summer, and most anglers book their trips 69 days in advance.

Do I need a fishing license for wahoo and what are the bag limits for wahoo?

See here for more information on wahoo fishing licenses, wahoo bag limits, and fishing season regulations for wahoo. When in doubt, your fishing guide will always know the right wahoo rules and regulations.

What is a Wahoo?

The wahoo (Acanthocybium solandri) is an aerodynamic predator who is known for its sharp teeth, zebra-like pattern, and speed, and they are prized gamefish because they are great to catch and great to eat.

The fish itself is very long and slender with a longish snout filled with sharp serrated teeth and a few small fins on the top and bottom of the fish. They have tiny scales similar to other members of the mackerel family. Its coloring is unique, generally showing a deep blue/purple color and silver below with vertical blue stripes running down its side that are especially prominent shortly after the wahoo is caught (be sure to snap some quick photos if you are keeping the fish, the colors fade quickly just like a mahi). 

Wahoo can be found in warm waters around the world and are beloved by anglers for their leap - it won’t happen every time, but wahoo are known to jump well out of the water (their speed helps them here). They have even been known to launch last-minute attacks at lures that are already coming out of the water at the boat. 


How big do Wahoo get?

Wahoo size usually limits out at about 5 ft and 20-50 pounds, but they can grow up to 100 inches and a bit under 200 pounds. Wahoo generally reach maturity at about 2 years of age depending on location and gender and are believed to live until about 6 years of age, making them a relatively fast-growing species. They are known to grow fairly quickly, and after reaching about 40 inches can grow an additional 1.5 inches per month. Their size is also correlated with water temperatures, and although they are a warm-water fish they are known to be bigger in cooler waters.

What's the biggest Wahoo ever caught?


The biggest on record is a massive 184 pound fish caught by Sara Hayward out of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico in 2005. This is also said to be a nearly impossible record to beat by some, due to the sheer size and separation from other records. Wahoo also frequently break off, are hard to target, and are commonly taken by the tax man (shark), so this record will likely stand for some time unless someone gets lucky!


Where is the best place to catch Wahoo?


Wahoo are distributed throughout warm waters worldwide and can be found in most tropical and subtropical sportfisheries around the world. Common destinations outside the US include the Bahamas and Mexico, but this is a common “bycatch” in many regions around the world while trolling. The more temperate the waters, the more likely the wahoo is to be seasonal.

When should I catch Wahoo?

The best season for Wahoo in the Gulf of Mexico is both November to February and again in August to September, although for much of the year wahoo are an incredible bycatch if you are lucky enough. On the Atlantic side, wahoo will swim north in the warmer spring and summer months and otherwise be found closer to south Florida and the Keys.

The season in the US is always open, so if you can find them you can keep them. There is no size limit and a bag limit of 2 only exists in Florida, Maryland, and the Carolinas.

How do you catch Wahoo?

Wahoo are pelagic and are generally a solitary fish, preferring to swim either alone or in fairly small groups. Because of this, they are usually caught on accident while trolling or targeting other species because they are hard to predict.

If you want to target wahoo specifically, you definitely want to set up a high-speed troll with artificial lures (or a slightly slower speed for live bait) on downriggers about 20-40 feet down. You really can’t troll too fast for a wahoo, and they are also happy to munch close to the boat. You can use a standard 80 or 100 lb braid and Rapalas.

They’ll make a big initial run and may give a few acrobatic jumps, so make sure you have a wire leader so make sure the wahoo doesn’t slice right through your line


Are Wahoo good to eat? What are the best Wahoo recipes?

Wahoo meat is white to grey, and delicate to dense, and is known to be delicious both raw and cooked. If they were easier to catch, the fish would almost certainly command a bigger commercial market. As it stands, if you are lucky enough to catch some, you are in for a treat. The flavor is somewhat mild and can be slightly oily (reminiscent of other mackerel). The Hawaiian word for Wahoo is “Ono” which translates to “good to eat”. We recommend eating some raw right off the boat before taking some home to grill for a firm, white, crisp grilled fish.

Recent Reviews of Captain Experiences

  • ★★★★★
    If you want to catch fish, better call and get on board. Hardest working captain I’ve ever seen in my 20 years of offshore fishing. Not only did we limit out in multiple species captain Tommy gave us a great experience and let us do what we wanted to. captain Tommy has the go to spots for big snapper,grouper, and sport fish as well.

    Zachery A. with Tommy L. of Clearwater, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Had a great time and caught everything we could catch. The crew was knowledgeable, fun and super helpful! Definitely going again! Gavin and Ben were awesome! Highly recommend!!

    Sean S. with Tom A. of Orange Beach, Alabama

  • ★★★★★
    Our guide and captain were great in Puerto Rico, which is why I’m giving it 5 stars. I do not want our confusing/stressful experience to reflect poorly on the people we actually worked with. Our issues were with the parent company “Captain Experiences.” They were not knowledgeable on fishing license needs; I only asked about fishing licenses to verify what I read on their website because it was a bit contradictory. I was provided the wrong answer by someone at Captain Experiences, and was only given the correct info after I screenshot their website and emailed it to them. Also, the directions to the pick up location were not clear. Any other fishing tour we have gone on, the captain makes contact prior to the trip to make sure everything is taken care of. We were given the name of the Puerto Rican company’s owner not the captain and guide. Needless to say, my husband and children were very stressed before we located Franco and Petine (who were great and knew nothing about our issues). Located them at 7:26, with trip starting at 7:30. My son caught a good sized white marlin and my daughter had a fish get off the hook. Again, Franco and Petine were great. The issue is communication and clarity prior to the trip.

    Victoria M. with Jose C. of San Juan, San Juan

  • ★★★★★
    What an amazing trip!!!! Great captain and deck hand!!! Caught a shark a bunch of snappers and other stuff!!!!

    Josh . with Kyle L. of Destin, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Our captain was very intune with our group. He worked very hard to make it a successful trip

    Jake J. with Tommy L. of Clearwater, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Was a great trip, got on some nice fish. Got surprised by a large school of smaller mahi mahi but had fun with the instant hook up and seemed to last a good bit. Captain was great, very knowledgeable and supplied drinks if we needed any. The boat was clean and spacious for the both of us and had plenty of rods in the water.

    Tony P. with Hunter L. of Key West, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Our family had a great time with Ralph, Tati, and Mike! We’ve never deep sea fished before and Mike taught us everything we needed to know! We would definitely book with them again.

    Kevin M. with Ralph M. of Miami, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Chris and Jack his First Mate were fantastic. Two excellent fisherman that make the most of your time on the water and constantly trying different ways to catch the fish. They know just where to go!

    Paul R. with Christopher A. of Fort Lauderdale, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Tony was great. We'd definitely book again.

    Houston H. with Antonio E. of Key West, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Fantastic trip with Capt. Joel and Darren. Got us on some great Mahi Mahi, and kept at it for the whole trip. Highly recommended.

    David L. with Joel B. of Marathon, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    He put us on the Best Fishing Day of our Life's... Hi and his Dad And His Son TONY #15. He was so Great and the day was Perfect 🥰. Now my whole family has caught a Mahi or Rainbow 🌈 Runner .

    Hugh H. with Antonio E. of Key West, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Fantastic experience! Great captain (Mark)! Great deckhand (Tyler)! Great boat!

    Ramis G. with Mark T. of Miami, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Great day out. Caught a bunch of fish. Fantastic experience. We will definitely be back again.

    Anjanette M. with Sig O. of Miami, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    We had an amazing trip! Ron and Chris were awesome! We didn’t have much knowledge of fishing going into this. They made it easy and taught us a lot. We caught a variety of fish. We DEFINITELY will be doing this again with Ron on our next trip down to Florida. Thank you for such a wonderful experience!

    Hailee T. with Ron C. of Pompano Beach, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Had a great time Captain Steve and First mate Jeff was very professional.

    David R. with Thomas D. of Key West, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Nate and Patrick were AWESOME!!!! Great with the kids. They had a fantastic time fishing

    Maureen B. with Nathan S. of Panama City Beach, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Capt. Corey and his 1st mate were top notch! Super engaging, friendly and informative, and they put us on the fish right away! From bottom fishing to trolling, we were reeling in the king mackerel and red snapper. When you wanted to relax, the AC cabin was a nice escape from the sun. Highly recommended!

    Tim R. with Corey H. of Orange Beach, Alabama

  • ★★★★★
    Great Captain, great Mate, great boat and great time! Captain Steve got us on the Mahi and slayed em! Full limit on Mahi and a couple of barracuda. We had one sailfish come look but not for lack of trying! Jeff knows his stuff and never stopped working and made sure we were fishing the entire time. We completed our limit by landing all three of a triple set. I have fished my whole life and this was a fantastic trip. Highly recommend the Sea-clusion and Captain Steve.

    Arik G. with Thomas D. of Key West, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Excellent experience with Captain Corey on the Wahoodat. Half day trip for red fish, was great time and family friendly.

    Michael F. with Corey H. of Orange Beach, Alabama

  • ★★★★★
    What a great experience!!! We had 4 kids with us ranging in age 4-9yrs old and a couple of grandparents too. We all had a great time!! The kids each caught a few fish and were thrilled! Kelly was amazing with the kids and we’re gonna eat well tonight! Captain Doug was communicative and delivered the perfect first experience on a fishing boat. We’ll be back!

    Valerie R. with Doug P. of Orange Beach, Alabama

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