Destin's Oldest Pastime: Charter Fishing

Nick-named "The World's Luckiest Fishing Village", Destin's charter fishing fleet sits head and shoulders above the rest. From Red snapper season to our world-famous Fishing Rodeo, these boats bring in the fish. Experienced captains know where to go to find the fish, and professional Deck Hands are with you to assist in bringing in the big catch. The sights, sounds and smells of the harbor docks are like no other; 50 and 65 foot boats display their catches every day - some hauls as large as 700 - 800 lbs. Then it's time to round out your day with a cool drink, some new friends, and plenty of "fish stories" as the sun sets over the beautiful Destin harbor. Book a fishing charter today and enjoy one of Destin's favorite things to do!

Understanding charter boat fishing in Destin

destin inshore fishing charterCharter Fishing offers a variety of trips, usually referred to as "Deep Sea Fishing" charters. In order to book your trip you'll need to know how many people are in your group, the length of time you'd like to fish, your budget for the trip, and what kind of fish you'd like to catch. Party Boat trips are the least costly of the Charter Fishing trips. These trips are offered at reduced rates due to the number of people aboard. Group or shared Charter fishing is slightly more expensive as the number of passengers on board is typically limited to 10-15 people. Private Charters cost a bit more as you are reserving the entire boat just for your group. Inshore or Nearshore fishing is another form of private charter. These boats typically accommodate 4-8 passengers and fish in the nearby emerald waters of the bay or along the coastline. It's a good idea to wear layered clothing, a hat, towel and sunscreen. A cooler with ice, food and drink for the trip (No Glass Containers). Experienced Captains and Deck Hands are available to help you realize your dream of catching "the big one". Deck hands are eager to show you the basics and share their expertise. They'll even bait your hook for you! We recommend booking a Destin charter fishing tour because they are great for groups and families.

Customer Reviews from

Fishing with kids
"My husband and three children ages 6, 10 and 12 recently went on this fishing trip and had a great time. The original trip had to be rescheduled due to weather but Rodeo Joe worked with us on our schedule and got us rescheduled. When they went fishing the went on the 2 hour kid friendly trip and that it was. They each caught multiple fish some they got to keep and some they had to throw back. Rodeo Joe helped each kid and educated them on fish and how to fish. We would highly reccomend Rodeo Joe to anyone looking for a fishing trip with children. I am sure the non children trip is great also. It is a small boat and inland fishing but great for kids."
Jenny Murphy - Hannibal, MO

5 star fishing with captain joe
"We really enjoyed our fishing trip with Captain Rodeo Joe! It was just my wife and I, and it was great having the private charter so we could really enjoy ourselves without a crowd of people that we don't know stumbling around. Joe, being a local born and raised in the area, knows the fishing grounds like the backside of his hand and it was really nice learning about the local area and "things to do in Destin". We caught some nice fish while having nice conversation with Joe and really having a relaxing time. He is really laid back and very professional. When it was all over, Joe fileted the fish for us and gave us a recommendation on a place that will cook it up for us. And since he's from here, you know he knows the best places to go. We are from Texas, but the next time we are in the Destin/Ft Walton Beach Area, we will definitely look up Captain Joe and go fishing with him again! He really took great care of us. From baiting the hooks, to casting the lines for us, and all the way to fileting the fish for us. It was a great time. All we had to do is reel 'em in! And since he told us about a place to cook 'em up, all we have to do is eat 'em up. Great time with 5 star service!"
Joe Davis - Frisco, TX

Great Times
" WOW!!!! Thats what comes to mind first. We went as a family of five and all enjoyed it so much. We were able to all catch fish , the people were very helpful and very kind to the kids(always a plus). We are already planning to use the same boat for our next trip!! Thanks!!!"
Vidal Ruiz, Dallas, TX