Summers in Destin, Florida are hot – what’s a better way to cool off than to jump on the boat with Capt. Joey and enjoy the Gulf wind at your face and sunshine enhancing those Emerald waters? Summer-time fishing is one of the best times of the year! Destin is known as the World’s Luckiest Fishing Village and many stories confirm this! From the variety of size of the Red Snapper, to the fight of a King Mackerel or Jack Crevalle, to the beauty of a Mahi-Mahi, to the luck of landing a Tarpon, the chances for memories aboard our SX240 Skeeter are infinite. Children are welcome for a trip out into the Gulf; as we do not go out into the Gulf of Mexico if the seas are too rough.
Gulf Fishing begins in March on the hunt for a Cobia, then moves into King Mackerel, some surf fishing, and as the weather gets warmer, landing some Red Snapper, possibility of a Grouper, Mahi-Mahi, Tarpon, Black Snapper, Jack Crevalle, Amberjack, and a variety of other types of fish (subject to FWC guidelines which you can find here.)
Our trips include bait, tackle, rods, reels, ice, cleaning of the fish, and fishing licenses for all parties aboard our vessel. With that being said, please don’t be alarmed if there are days that we do have to catch our own bait. It is normally quick and pain-free, but sometimes the Live Bait Boat is not out in the Gulf for us to swing through and pay for the bait. Also, depending on what we’re after that day we can use frozen Squid, dead cigar minnows, and more!
Included in our charter prices are 4 passengers; however, our Skeeter is one of the very few inshore charter boats that can hold up to 6 passengers. We do charge an additional fee for having 1-2 extra passengers aboard.
8-hr Cobia Trips
8-hr Tarpon Trips
4-8hr Gulf Fishing Trips
6-hr Shark Fishing Trips
Ask about our discount for Catch and Release Charters!
We highly recommend a minimum of 5 hours for your Gulf Fishing experience.
Q: What items are included in your charter prices?
For all trips aboard our boat, we include bait, tackle, rods, reels, ice, cleaning of the fish, and your fishing licenses. For specialized flounder gigging and bowfishing charters, we supply the gigs, bows, and arrows.
Q: What do you recommend we bring?
Your lucky cap! We recommend snacks, drinks, hats, no-spray sunscreen, and polarized sunglasses. We also recommend a small cooler in the back of your vehicle to take your fish filets with you.
No need to bring your cooler aboard the vessel—we have a large cooler aboard that you can stow your snacks and drinks in and we’ll return them after your charter. Please no black-soled shoes.
Q: How many people can you take on each charter?
Our charter prices include 4 people; however, our vessel can board up to 6 passengers. There is an additional charge PER the 5th and 6th person ONLY. The charge depends on the type of charter booked and the time of year.
Q: Is this deep sea fishing or a private charter fishing boat? What’s the difference?
Deep sea fishing typically targets Federal waters and heads offshore approximately 32+ miles and you’re on the boat with roughly 40 other people at the same time targeting the same type of fish. Panhandle Fishing Charters operates as a private inshore charter company; we target state waters and venture less than 9 miles offshore and typically you can still see land majority of the time. On our vessel, it’s just you and your family making memories together; not being overcrowded and targeting the type of fish you want to catch. The difference between the two types of fishing is the distance travelled to get to your fishing spot and the amount of people on each trip. If you’re looking for private, more intimate fishing with your family or friends, then we’re you’re go to.
Q: What time should we arrive prior to our charter?
For fishing, we recommend arriving 15 minutes prior to your trip start time. During the spring and summer months we run multiple trips per day; we kindly ask that you arrive safely and on time so your charter can leave at it’s designated time.
For bowfishing; we recommend arriving 30 minutes prior to your trip. This allows time for practice shots at the dock beforehand.
Q: Do you clean the fish?
Yes! We filet, bag, and ice your fish for you! Don’t forget to leave a cooler in the back of your vehicle so you can take your fish with you.
Q: Can we bring our own gear?
If you have bows and arrows made for bowfishing, you are welcome to bring them aboard. We do ask that there only be three shooters at a time due to safety precautions.
As for fishing gear, lures, bait, etc. we do ask that these be left behind.
Q: How long do you travel aboard the vessel until you’ve reached your fishing destination?
The time varies depending on the type of trip you are on. For instance, we do not travel as far for a Kid’s 3 hour trip as we do a 5-hour gulf trip. For our gulf trips, within 30/40 minutes, you will likely be at your first spot. For a bay fishing charter, within 10 minutes, you are likely at your first spot. We do try several spots to get you on as many fish as possible.
Q: Can we keep everything we catch?
Unfortunately due to FWC regulations, we can only keep what is considered in-season and within legal lengths. The FWC’s goal is to regulate and manage our fishing industry so that no fish or marine wildlife becomes endangered or extinct. You can follow their regulations here for more information. At Panhandle Fishing Charters, we do promote catch and release charters to better help our fishing industry thrive - ask about our discounted catch and release trips!
Q: What are your recommended hours for gulf fishing?
We recommend a minimum of 5 hours for gulf fishing.
Q: What will we catch?
Depending on the season, Flounder, Cobia, King Mackerel, Tarpon, Red Snapper, Black Snapper, Mahi Mahi, Trigger Fish, Amberjack, Jack Crevalle, occasional Grouper and Shark