Our Bay Fishing Charters typically run in the afternoons when the tide changes and the bite gets better! These charters run in the Choctawhatchee Bay and surrounding area waters. For a Bay Fishing Charter, we do NOT venture into the Gulf of Mexico. For our charters, you’ll arrive about 15 minutes prior to your departure. Once you are at the boat, the Capt. will load up all of your belongings. Once everyone is on the boat, the Capt. will begin your excursion into the bay. On some charters, the Capt. may have to throw a cast net to catch bait for your charter. You will likely reach your destination within 10-20 minutes of being on the boat.
During your charter, you may have to venture to find bait, meaning that the Capt. may have to throw a cast net a time or two. You will likely move to several different “spots” that the Capt. has logged in his fish finder; you may move to bridges, docks, and more. Once you’re at your first destination, you’ll cast into the water and hope for a bite! Once you’ve had a bite, do not set the hook; just reel! Some types of fish, the Capt. may advise you to release the drag on the reel, so that when you get a bite, the hook does not automatically snap. Once you have a bite, reel it in!! Once the fish is to the boat, the capt. will use a net to scoop it into the boat; he will measure it (FWC guidelines) and if it is a keeper, we’ll put it in the icebox after pictures!!
This will happen several times over the course of your charter. Approximately 3.75 hours into the charter, unless you’ve booked longer, you will make your way back to the dock at the Fort Walton Beach Yacht Basin. You will pay the Capt. via cash, credit card, or check. An 18-20% gratuity is customary. The Capt. will unload your belongings, including items in the cooler, take a group photo with your catch, clean and ice your catch.