What is the Right Boat for Me?
Our boats are vastly different. "Home Grown" is by far the largest and is the only vessel
permitted to fish offshore (past 9 miles). It is actually almost 3 times the size as our next
largest vessel - "In-To-Wishin". We encourage all parties who wish to have a more
comfortable and roomy fishing experience to book aboard "Home Grown"especially if the party
consists of 6 full grown adults. The main difference in "In-To-Wishin" and "Fa La Me" is that
"Fa La Me" has a more stable catamaran hull and "In-To-Wishin" has higher sides (gunwales).
"In-To-Wishin" is also the only vessel within fleet with a toilet. All boats are designed for
speed to get to the fishing grounds quickly.
Why is Bay Fishing and Gulf Fishing the Same Price?
Our rates are already below the Destin mean charter rates. We use the same amount of fuel
on average for a Bay trip or a Gulf Trip. Many times, Bay fishing will use more fun depending
on time of year.
What is the Right Trip for Me?
We always try and deliver honest expectations over the phone but here is a short list that may help
- Gulf Fishing (Nearshore or Offshore)
Gulf Fishing is what Destin is truly known for. We have a very rich Gulf fishery full of many different
species. You never know what you may catch in the Gulf. If you are looking for a more action
packed trip with stronger fighting fish, the Gulf is definitely for you! We like to call the Gulf "Jurassic
Park" because you never know what you may see or catch!
- Bay Fishing
Our Bay fishery is fun and exciting, however, it is not the trip for you if you are after lots
of numbers and hard fighting fish. We offer Bay fishing mainly for families with young
children wanting a calm water fishing trip. Do not expect to "fill the cooler" on any of our
bay fishing trips. Recent regulation changes make it hard for us to bring back fish.
- How many fish will I be able to keep?
We can always put you on lots of fish on our Gulf Trips, however rules and regulations
determine what fish we are allowed to bring back to the dock to clean. Please try and book at least
6 hours if you are wanting to bring more than a few fish back home with you. While the 4 hour trip
is a great beginner's type trip, we encourage all who are wanting "keepers" to book at least 6
hours in order to allow the captains to make it to the better fishing grounds especially if you want
to target a limit of Red Snapper.
- I would like to stay close to shore, is that possible?
We are here for you and can design a close to shore trip for you upon request. All of our trips
aboard "In-To-Wishin" and "Fa La ME" do not fish out of sight of land. Lots of great fishing takes place
within the first few miles off the coast of Destin so land is close and within sight!
- When should I book?
We recommend booking as early as possible. A good rule of thumb is "When you book your
hotel/condo, we should be your next call"!
- Can I bring my young children?
Of course! We LOVE our kids and think it is important for them to learn the proper way
to saltwater fish. Each captain within Gulf Angler Charters has lots of experience with
kids. We recommend at least 3 years old for their first trip.
What Fish Are In Season During My Charter?
It is best to call us and ask about your desired dates to determine what is in season. The government
is constantly changing seasons and sometimes seasons are not announced far in advance. We keep
track of seasons on a daily basis so call us and we can give you an idea of what to expect.
We do not group fishermen together for charters. However, if you would like to find a couple of
fishermen to group together on your charter to help supplement costs you may absolutely do so.
We found it very difficult to group like-minded guests together which is the reason we stopped
grouping on our end. If you can find your own group, we will be happy to take you!
My Credit Card on File
Will not be charged UNLESS - You do NOT show up or you do NOT cancel within 10 days of your
scheduled charter. Cancelations must be communicated in writing via email to Preston@Gulf-
Angler.com. You will pay at the end of your trip on the docks with your captain via cash, check or
Morning Charters vs Afternoon Charters
Typically the morning bite is stronger than the afternoon. However, we guarantee that you will catch
fish on either trip. We have had some amazing afternoon trips. You really just never know. As a rule of
thumb, the morning is tradiontally a stronger bite.
Is There a Mate On Board?
There is a full time mate on board "Home Grown" on all trips. The mate works strictly off of gratuity-
15-20% is the norm. He is crucial to a successful day of fishing and will maximize your day on the
water as well as teach you proper fishing methods and answer any question you may have.
What if it is Too Rough On My Charter Day?
90% of our days in the Gulf consist of calm seas (under 3 feet - especially during the summer
months). If it is too rough on your scheduled day, we will do our very best to re-schedule you. If we
are unable to re-schedule you due to rough seas, your card on file will NOT be charged. The captain is
the only person who will make the decision if it is too rough. Your safety is our priority and we do not
force trips if it is unsafe.
Live Bait Purchase Option (Gulf Only)
In the summer months, live bait is crucial to a successful charter. Lucky for us, we have a company
that caters to our charter boats. This company uses custom nets to catch the bait each morning
and sell to the charter boats. The average cost is $20 for a 4 hour, $40 for a 6 hour, and $60 for 8 or
more hours. Of course, if you do not wish to purchase bait, we can catch it on the way out. It will take
between 20-40 minutes out of your fishing time but the kids enjoy catching it on occasion. Live bait
MUST be caught or purchased daily! The bait requires large amounts of oxygen and does not survive
overnight in the Destin harbor. Fresh, day-of bait is paramount in the summer months.
Seas Sickness and Motion Sickness
If you are prone to sea sickness or scared you may get sea sick, we recommend you take a less-
drowsy dramamine the morning of your charter or a prescription patch if recommended by your
doctor. If seasickness occurs and you request to return to the dock prematurely, you will be charged in
full for the charter you booked. We have found that dramamine and the patch work VERY well but
please consult with your doctor first.
* On a case by case basis, we can sometimes return the sea sick passenger and return to the fishing
charter depending on how far out the boat is at that time.
How Far Out Does Each Boat Fish?
Our Nearshore charters aboard "Fa La ME" and "In-To-Wishin" stay within 9 miles of the beach and
within sight of land. Our offshore boat, "Home Grown" is the only vessel federally permitted to fish
past the 9 mile mark into federal waters out of sight of land.