Known as the “World’s Luckiest Fishing Village”, Destin, Florida has some incredible gulf views, white sand beaches, and plentiful fishing. Alas, the only problem is that a great deal of the fishing happens from a fishing boat located offshore. For those that don’t have a fishing vessel, you would need to hire a charter for the full experience. Luckily, there are plenty of charters to choose from in Destin, Florida, and here is a short list of the best fishing charters to help you.

1. IntraCoastal Experience 

IntraCoastal Experience also known as ICX caters to both experienced and novice anglers who want to catch plenty of fish. Thus, IntraCoastal Experience has a few different options for charters. With the nearshore fishing package, anglers will go 2 to 5 miles from shore, where sport fish are known to frequent. These include mahi-mahi, blackfin tuna, triggerfish, king mackerel, Spanish mackerel, and also grouper to name a few. On average, this experience is around four hours long and will give you memories for a lifetime.

ICX offers another charter where anglers can fish between the mainland and the islands near Destin. The nearshore fishing package offers anglers an opportunity to fish in bays and creeks that are around three feet deep. These are packed full of redfish, speckled trout, flounder, and black drum. 

This charter is incredible because the captain is well-experienced. It is said, he goes out of his way to ensure that even the biggest novices in the group will also catch something during the charter. 

2. Destin Party Boat Vera Marie

Red Snapper that has been caught

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The Destin Party Boat Vera Marie, offers fishing cruises from a single passenger to parties of 56. Thus, this includes options for short and long-duration charters. But, the amount of time that you charter one of the ships is determined by how deep and what species of fish you target. Furthermore, if you go for a six-hour trip, you will likely find loads of red snapper. But, it is on the ten-hour excursions that you will be able to catch some giants of the sea. As an example, these include mahi-mahi and other massive fish that will give you all the sport fishing that you could ever want in a fishing experience. 

These charters have spectacular crews, and the boats come with air-conditioning and separate bathrooms for men and women. You do not need to bring a life jacket, gear, or bait. Aside from that, the crew will clean and filet your catch for you. Just take a cooler to keep the fish fresh when you take it home. 

3. Destin Inshore Guides 

Sharks that could be caught on this charter

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Destin Inshore Guides is a charter full of experienced fishermen who are natives to the Destin area. Moreover, these crew members have fished the local waters their entire lives and offer affordable fishing trips for the entire family. As such, fishing is abundant, and it will help children and novice anglers add to their fish counts. Destin Inshore Guides offers other excursions like night fishing and shark fishing, that is catch and release only. Unlike other charter companies, the focus of Destin Inshore Guides is on nearshore fishing and does not offer deep-sea fishing charters. That being said, the water around Destin is packed full of fish.

More so, you can choose between short or long-duration charter trips. Furthermore, if you want a certain type of fish, the experienced captains can take you to a spot where you can target them. In addition to the aforementioned shark fishing, anglers have the opportunity to target several species. These include redfish, speckled trout, king mackerel, Spanish mackerel, bonito, snapper, and amberjack.

4. Charter Fishing Huntress

Barracuda that has been caught

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This crew specializes in deep-sea fishing charters that will take you out into deep water where you can try to catch some giants. The captain and crew of the Charter Fishing Huntress ensure that anglers on their vessel will catch great fish and have fun while doing it. Those that have used this charter have said that it is an experience of a lifetime that creates incredible memories. 

Aside from that, you could catch barracuda, blackfin tuna, white snapper, and even bonito. The charter runs year-round and includes trips during the highly attended Destin Fishing Rodeo. Nevertheless, you can take a fishing trip with a group of up to six people, including children.

5. Boat Charter Destin 

Destin, Florida offers a plethora of affordable experiences, but need to look no further than Boat Charter Destin. With these charters, you could choose from inshore fishing or deep-sea adventures. More so, they have trips that are family and even pet-friendly, and their boats are focused on giving you a fun-filled day. 

You decide the fish you would like to catch, and Boat Charter Destin will do their best to accommodate you. Additionally, it is a great charter if you would like to go on shorter trips too. 

Go fishing in Destin 

Destin, Florida has some of the best fishing waters in the world. There is an experience that is waiting for anyone who loves to fish, whether you are a novice or an experienced fisherman. With many species of fish to target, it is no wonder why Destin, Florida is claimed to be the “World’s Luckiest Fishing Village”. Now that you have this short list, go find your favorite charter today.