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Flats, Inshore Fishing Charter in Rockport

Ropin' Reds Inshore Adventure

100% (21)
23 ft 1 - 4 People $
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Offshore Big Game Trip

100% (15)
36 ft 1 - 6 People $$
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Orange Beach Inshore Bliss

95% (20)
24 ft 1 - 6 People $
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Fishing in South Padre Island

Deep Sea Fishing Charter in South Padre Island

South Padre Island Deep Sea

92% (13)
35 ft 1 - 6 People $$$
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Fishing in Islamorada

Deep Sea Fishing Charter in Islamorada

Offshore Thrills

100% (12)
40 ft 1 - 6 People $$
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Goose, Invasive Species, Lake Fishing, Hunting Trip in Plantation

Iguana Hunt/Peacock Bass Combo With Retriever Dog

100% (11)
22 ft 1 - 6 People $$

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Fishing in Gulf Shores
Fishing in Gulf Shores
Fishing in Gulf Shores
trip description for Gulf Shores Classic in Gulf Shores

Gout there and explore the rich inshore waters of Gulf Shores, AL with Captain Todd, a lifelong angler and local gamefishing expert! On this trip, you'll hunt down Alabama's classic inshore sport species: Redfish, Flounder, and Spotted Seatrout. You'll put a few different techniques to work, including jigging, bottomfishing, and sightcasting as you go after these exciting fish. Whether you're going for an all-time best or a first-time catch, Captain Todd knows how to put you right on the fish. Once you get off the dock aboard his beautiful 27' Shearwater bay boat, he'll introduce you to the best spots and hidden holes—then it's your chance to fight some fish! Captain Todd is an excellent teacher, and he's happy to provide some expert tips and tricks when the fish is on the line. His boat is also perfect for fishing these waters, with a 350 HP Yamama engine and some extra creature comforts to make your trip as comfortable as it is productive. Captain Todd will bring everything you need for a great day, including rods, reels, bait, and tackle; just remember proper clothing, a hat, and sunscreen and you'll be good to go! Read More

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Gulf Shores Classic

89% (9)
27 ft 1 - 4 People $
Fishing in Islamorada
Fishing in Islamorada
Fishing in Islamorada
trip description for Ocean Thrills with Captain Don in Islamorada

Join Captain Don for a fun day at sea! You'll be fishing aboard his 28' ProLine center console, equipped with twin Suzuki outboards, riggers, bait wells, and more! Enjoy catching a variety of offshore and reef fish including Sailfish, Dolphin (Mahi-Mahi), Wahoo, Blackfin Tuna, Gag Grouper, and Snapper. These fish are extremely exciting catches, whether this is your first trip of your hundredth! In addition, they're absolutely delicious eating, and Captain Don is happy to clean them for you at the end of the trip. Captain Don will provide everything you need for your offshore fishing adventure, including your fishing license, plenty of bottled water, live bait and professional fishing rods and reels. A private electric head (toilet) is available. We suggest you bring camera, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, food and beverages. Read More

Deep Sea Fishing Charter in Islamorada

Ocean Thrills With Captain Don

100% (12)
28 ft 1 - 4 People $$
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Fishing in Destin
Fishing in Destin
Fishing in Destin
trip description for Offshore Blitz: Half-Day Dash in Destin

Are you looking for an amazing fishing experience in Destin Florida? Join Captain Jake on an outrageous offshore slam! Get casting off on his 27' Sea Hunt center console equipped with twin 400HP Yamaha engines that launch the boat at up to 45 knots. Although this boat is great for families, all passengers must be above five years old. All anglers will have the opportunity to hook into lunker Redfish, Kingfish, Snapper, and Grouper. Captain Jake can host up to 6 fishermen at a time aboard his vessel. If weather conditions are right he can take you a little further out to fight monster Amberjack and Cobia. Whatever you catch, be prepared to take home and cook! Captain Jake will clean and fillet your fish free of charge. To bring home a delicious dinner, you will be using live bait to bottom fish the depths of the Gulf. The live bait well stores a variety of different baitfish, so you can experiment with trying several techniques. You will also be trolling using the wireless trolling motor, so just sit back, enjoy the sunshine, and wait for the scream of the reels. Captain Jake will provide all rods, bait, and gear necessary for an amazing day on the water. Just bring food, drinks, or even snorkeling equipment for underwater sightseeing. Don't worry - there is a bathroom on board so the half day journey is as comfortable as possible. No matter your fishing level or knowledge, this trip will be a truly unforgettable experience. Read More

Deep Sea, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Destin

Offshore Blitz: Half-Day Dash

100% (3)
27 ft 1 - 6 People $$
Fishing in South Padre Island
Fishing in South Padre Island
Fishing in South Padre Island
trip description for SPI Classic in South Padre Island

Climb aboard with Captain Aaron and experience the thrill of some seriously top-notch shallow water fishing! Aside from the ship channels, the water is no more than 6’ deep, making it a great fishery for families and novice anglers who would like to avoid choppy waters. Captain Aaron will guide you to some inshore honey holes and flats that will allow you to try your hand at either bait fishing or sightfishing! The species you can expect to target using this technique are Redfish, Black Drum, Sheepshead, and Flounder. For these trips, Captain Aaron uses his 20' Shallow Sport, which has a crasy shallow draft and sneak into the skinniest of water! Make sure to bring a valid Texas Fishing License as well as food and drinks of your choice. Other than that, Captain Aaron will provide the rest. He will provide all lures, rods, reels, and tackle. Bring your kids or your angling buddies and head out to a fishing adventure to remember with Captain Aaron! Read More

Flats, Inshore Fishing Charter in South Padre Island

SPI Classic

75% (12)
24 ft 1 - 6 People $$
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Fishing in South Padre Island
Fishing in South Padre Island
Fishing in South Padre Island
trip description for 4-Hour Inshore - 30’ Triton in South Padre Island

If you’ve never been fishing around South Padre Island, then you’re missing out! And if you want to explore it in style, hop aboard Captain Henry's 30' Triton for a relaxing yet action-packed day out on the water! Capt. Henry is a super-knowledgeable fisherman, who not only knows how to have a good time but also knows all the best honey holes to whack the big three: Redfish, Trout, and Flounder! You'll be fishing aboard his badass 30ft Triton Center Console so you'll have no trouble cutting through light chop, and fishing days when the wind is blowing. She also provides a comfortable head (restroom) on board so you don't have to worry about hauling back to the dock in case of emergency! Captain Henry will provide you with all the quality rods, reels, and tackle you could possibly need for a successful day out on the water. His also has tons of shade, tons of seating, and tons of room, so you can relax with your favorite beverage while you wait for your reel to start whirring! Make sure you bring a valid Texas Fishing License with a saltwater stamp as well as some snacks of your choice, and Captain Henry will take care of the rest. Read More

Inshore Fishing Charter in South Padre Island

4-Hour Inshore - 30’ Triton

100% (9)
30 ft 1 - 6 People $$
Fishing in Port Aransas
Fishing in Port Aransas
Fishing in Port Aransas
trip description for Coastal Bend Inshore Slam in Port Aransas

Let Captain Alex be your guide to some of the top fishing locations on Texas' long, beautiful Gulf coast. Captain Alex is based out of Port Aransas, but he fishes all the water in the Coastal Bend, from Aransas Pass down to Corpus Chisti Bay. He specializes in rod-and-reel techniques for catching Redfish, Spotted Seatrout, Drum, and Flounder, and will provide all the equipment and bait you'll need for the ideal inshore fishing adventure. All you need is your Fishing License, proper clothing, some sunscreen, and a cooler for your cold drinks. You'll be fishing aboard his 23' Majek center console, a fast boat powered by a 200-HP Evinrude engine. Captain Alex knows this water well, and he'll put you on top of some terrific fishing spots. Depending on the area and the species, you'll use a combination of live bait and lures on light tackle to bring in the fish. Alex is extremely knowledgeable and can certainly help you practice your cast or tell you about fish behavior and ecology. Captain Alex's chartered fishing trips provide a great way to get out on the water and relax on the Bay with your family, friends or co-workers on that special outing! So head out with Captain Alex to make some memories worth making! Read More

Flats, Inshore, Jetty, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Port Aransas

Coastal Bend Inshore Slam

100% (8)
23 ft 1 - 4 People $$
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Everything to Know About Booking a live bait fishing charter

What are the best live bait fishing charters?

Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 1532 live bait fishing trips, and the most popular trips are Ropin' Reds Inshore Adventure guided by Jim, Offshore Big Game Trip guided by Bryan, and Orange Beach Inshore Bliss guided by Rob.

Our guides are rated a 4.88 out of 5 based on 2538 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 live bait fishing guides / fishing lessons? Check out our beginner and family friendly live bait fishing guides.

What types of live bait fishing charters are common?

Deep Sea fishing is the most popular for live bait fishing as well as inshore fishing, nearshore fishing, and flats fishing.

The most commonly sought after species for live bait fishing are: 1. redfish, 2. speckled trout, 3. kingfish, and 4. mahi mahi.

How much do live bait fishing charters cost?

live bait fishing prices can range anywhere from about $500 to $2,600, but the average price for a half day trip live bait fishing is $799. The average price for a full day trip live bait fishing is $1,810.

What month is best for going on a live bait fishing charter?

The most popular season to go on a live bait fishing charter is spring, and most anglers book their trips 26 days in advance.

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

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

Recent Reviews of Captain Experiences

  • ★★★★★
    Roy was one of the best guiding trips I’ve ever been on! Very funny but also super informative and patient if you are a beginner! If you are in Florida you gotta check out this bass fishing guide!

    Brian K. with Roy S. of Fort Lauderdale, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Experienced fisherman. On the water a lot and knows where and what fish you can catch to make sure you have the best day.

    Eric K. with Edwin E. of Marco Island, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Had the best time with Ron and the crew! Would highly recommend this experience to anyone!

    Josh G. with Ron C. of Pompano Beach, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Capt. James’ excellent customer care and service was only exceeded by his fishing and boating knowledge. We felt safe and well cared for on a two day trip where both days exceeded our expectations! We experienced great numbers of fish caught, which was exactly what we asked him to provide us! Kudos to a genuinely nice young man who damn sure knows how to help you catch fish and have fun! Good boat and equipment as well. 5 stars easy!

    Patrick M. with James G. of Fort Myers, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Roy was an excellent guide. He took me and my 7 year old son all over Lake Osborne. We caught a bunch of Peacock and Striped Bass. He was very patient and extremely knowledgable. Highly recommend this service and will definitely be back the next time I am in Florida.

    Richard A. with Roy S. of Delray Beach, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Marty was awesome. Extremely knowledgeable. We were all novices, but he took his time. Explained what he was doing, where we were, had some awesome stories to tell. Our guide also cancelled on us, and Marty was assigned to us by the site. I called to cancel because he was over an hour drive away, but he came to pick us up for a little gas money. What an experience. Great price. Don’t hesitate!

    Joshua J. with Marty C. of Gulf Shores, Alabama

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Mark at Captain experiences was great put us rite on the trout we must have caught 50 and hit our limit I would defiantly recocomend captain experiences to all my fishing buddy's thanks captain experiences 👍✝️🙏

    Kenny H. with Mark H. of Port Aransas, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    Great trip caught plenty of fish and had a wonderful time with the crew

    Chad F. with Jerry W. of Gulf Shores, Alabama

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Jim took me and my husband out and we had a blast he knew the area very well and was knowledgeable of where the bites would be. Would definitely book again

    Shannon P. with Jim G. of Rockport, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    Great time with Capt. Justen. He is very knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful. We caught a good mixed bag of fish and hope to go fishing with him again.

    Austin N. with Justen S. of Hitchcock, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    Had a great day fishing with Mike and Marcus. They were very friendly and worked hard to make sure we had a great time! Highly recommend.

    Sarah S. with Mike M. of Fort Lauderdale, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Captain David was a great guide. I had a good time and got to land some really nice fish. Thank you.

    Curtis H. with David L. of Aransas Pass, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    We had a terrific day with Pete!

    Kipp H. with Pete R. of Islamorada, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Great Captain, great First Mate, caught a sailfish, multiple mahi mahi, Bonita, kingfish, and a giant Jack Cravel. Couldn’t have been better

    Christopher M. with Mike M. of Fort Lauderdale, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    I could not have asked for a better outfit to take our family fishing. Captain Keith took us to the best spots and we caught something each time. Pat and Captain Keith were amazing with our diversity of age and skill level. Thank you again.

    Terry H. with Keith N. of Madeira Beach, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Experience of a Lifetime! You know when you book an Air&BnB or an excursion and you have a slight apprehension due to the uncertainty of what the host guarantees? I will tell you this upfront, book with confidence. Let me explain… I’m going to do my best, but to capture the essence of what we experienced, in simple written word, is nearly an impossible task. Our guided fishing trip really started out like any other excursion. We met early morning, dockside at the “Bait House”. The host gave very clear and concise directions to our link up, what to expect and recommendations on what to bring along. The day before our trip, the staff reached out directly to ensure everyone was on the same page. We had (6) in our party. (3) adults and (3) kids. We packed our own lunches, drinks, adult beverages and snacks. This kept the guides fully engaged on fishing and not preoccupied preparing some spoiled kids’ lunch on the water. We also packed along warming layers and rain/wind gear. Our cadre of guides consisted of a captain/primary guide (Luke) and deckhand/assistant guide (Ben). Both were very cordial, professional and entertaining with their banter and dialogue. The boat was a 33’, fiberglass, Suzuki twin-engine, center console workhorse that appeared to be specifically designed for guided fishing. The live-well was fully packed with ice to preserve our harvested fish. (3) large bean bags were provided to lounge on while underway. The boat had been fitted with modern electronics for navigation, communication and fishing. Very nice, reliable, comfortable and safe vessel. Upon boarding we got a quick brief and were given ample storage space for all the gear we brought. This was key as everything must be stowed while underway. Our initial boat ride was 24 miles off the shore of Clearwater, FL. The ride was teeming with wildlife. As the sun came up, the city skyline disappeared into the horizon until you couldn’t see anything but ocean in every direction. It was magnificent. From start to finish, our guides were very organized on the boat. Gear, tackle, cabin, live bait, ect. all well organized and serviceable. As situations changed, they communicated clearly what they needed from us. Personnel management to balance the vessel and alleviate excessive listing, along with keeping the deck open to allow freedom of movement was well executed. The equipment provided was better than adequate. All of the gear was well maintained and prepped for use. From rigging and baiting to removing the fish and cleaning/prep, the guides handled every aspect of the equipment very well. My wife wanted to accomplish (2) things. She wanted to harvest fish for our family dinner that night, and catch the biggest fish. Both were achieved. We caught A LOT of fish. We began fishing for large Amber Jack, however the guide identified that the bite was slow so we shifted gears to catch our daily harvest. We slammed a bunch of amazing fish. Porgy, Hogfish, Red Snapper, Grunt and others. We also caught some fun interesting fish like: Lizard fish, Remora (suction cup fish) and blow fish. Some were even reused as bait for the huge Amber Jack we caught later in the day. After catching plenty of fish for dinner, we moved back to our original location for another run at the large Amber Jack (AJ); an artificial reef of an intentionally sunken ship. Fishing in about 80’ of water, we quickly hooked into our first AJ. After locating the targeted species, the guides quickly switched gears in an epic display of professionalism and mastery of their craft in order to draw out the largest AJs. The communication between the guides and their actions was impeccable. One man on the rod, the other in full support. As the guide asked for a certain type/color of bait fish, the other pulled it from the livewell and began to toss the same baitfish overboard. When that particular bait was unsuccessful, they moved onto another type. This was system repeated several times until they found the right bait. It was really cool to see. Very fast, deliberate and accurate fishing. Once we had the right bait, it was like the AJs were “switched on”. Shortly we were pulling monster AJs in the boat. Huge fish the size of both of a grown man’s legs. After an exciting run of pulling in several huge AJs, we were down to our last baitfish. What I’m about to tell you just can’t really capture how awesome this last cast truly was. Now, earlier in the day we had an AJ get bit by a shark. We got it in the boat and it had some teeth marks and a gushing blood. It was crazy cool. However, this last cast set into motion a series of events that we’ll certainly remember for the rest of our lives. The line was cast and immediately hooked up. My wife was fighting this monster AJ (Yes, the biggest fish of the day) for several minutes. As the AJ was retrieved and became closer to the boat (so close we could see it) two HUGE sharks swam right to it taking a gigantic bite out of the AJ. When I say “bite” I mean a literal shark-head-shaped-bite. A cartoonish bite. Like, imagine what you would see on a Saturday morning cartoon. The bite was so clean and the exact round shape of the jaws of a shark. It was remarkable. As it got up to the boat, guide Ben (in an epic display of reluctant courage mind you) reached down and pulled up this AJ. Even the pictures just don’t do this experience justice. My wife, grabbed this fish holding it right in the bitten area like a savage. She was so excited! We were all excited. As we unhooked the AJ, the guides tossed it back out and a full-on shark feeding frenzy erupted. Multiple sharks attacking this AJ in just the most amazingly violent display. This was straight up, no BS, some National Geographic sh!t. When the AJ was pulled in, nothing remained but a huge sardine head. The Gulf gave us a show we’ll never forget and it was all due to the expertise, fast thinking and relentless efforts of our guides. As if our experience wasn’t enough, our ride back was filled with dolphins, sea turtles and a host of other incredible wildlife. The guides cleaned and prepared all of our harvested fish. They even labeled them by name so we knew what types they were. Our family loves the outdoors, and we have a saying when we venture out, “Don’t expect anything”. The fishing trip that day took everyone by surprise as to how incredible it unfolded. If you are looking for an amazing experience on the water, book with confidence because we had the experience of a lifetime.

    Yuliya H. with Brad D. of Clearwater, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Nick tried his best but the fish just weren't biting. Nick was very nice and knowledgeable we just wish we caught more fish.

    Andy G. with Nick H. of Clearwater, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Had a most excellent time. We were scheduled for an offshore trip but wind and waves caused us to cancel this trip. However, we rescheduled for later in the day for a tarpon fishing excursion. This was a blast ! We saw sharks up close and landed several yellow jacks which gave us a good fight before being returned to the water. After trying and trying (never give up) we snagged a good sized tarpon. After a good fight which included multiple boat maneuvers it was brought to the side of the boat before being cut loose to fight another day. We thoroughly enjoyed the time spent with the captain and first mate. Both were very attentive to us, making sure that our hooks were still baited and that we had all the help required for landing and documenting our catches before returning them to the water. A great time was had by all! The boat was immaculate and we had no issues if any sort.

    Lynn E. with Steve S. of Marathon, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Frank maintained contact up to the day of the Charter. Arrived on time and well prepared. He was knowledgeable of the area and was a great experience. We caught tuna, wahoo, barracuda, red hind grouper, yellow jack, and trumpet fish. Definitely recommend Frank.

    Stephen S. with Frank A. of Rincon, Rincón

  • ★★★★★
    Great experience!

    Bryan A. with Tony M. of Biloxi, Mississippi

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