Cobia Fishing 2019

Its that time of year! Destin Offshore Charters specializes in Cobia fishing and the best bay fishing in Destin, Florida.

Cobia can be found in a variety of habitats including coral reefs, rocky shores, and inshore around pilings. They are found in clean, offshore waters around drifting and stationary objects. Along the Gulf Coast, Cobia tend to inhabit the Panhandle area in late February, early March. They then travel southward along the coast beginning in April and peaking all along the Gulf Coast in July and August.

Cobia feed on fish, crabs and squid and can be caught by bottom fishing and trolling. They can be spotted as they travel in shallow water, markers, around pilings, buoys and anchored boats. They will also accompany other large fish and rays. You want to cast ahead of the fish, bring the lure across its path and work the lure with plenty of action. Cobia are tough fish to fight, so use caution getting them into the boat.

The Destin Cobia Tournament began March 1st and ends April 30th at 8pm. Contact Destin Offshore Charters for more details on Cobia fishing along the Gulf Coast.

Category: Offshore Fishing

Offshore Trolling in Destin

With the water pushed in really close this year, we are now able to offer some truly extraordinary offshore trolling at Destin Offshore Fishing Charters! Offshore trolling is a method of fishing where you draw one or more fishing lines through the water, instead of actively keeping it still in one position. This is normally done off of a moving boat or, if fishing from a bay, by slowly winding in your line. This gives the illusion that the tackle or bait fish is moving.

Offshore trolling can be considered one of the most effective ways to locate and catch fish. It allows you to cover a lot of water faster and can also allow you to catch fish at depths where most are not comfortable or experienced enough to with regular fishing. This method is also used to precisely control depth and speed, for those picky fish that need dinner and a show before they take the bait!

Our staff is always here to answer questions and help you, step by step, with any fishing, trolling, fish, or water-related questions you might have! We’re passionate about what we do here and always love to talk to and educate others about the sport we love to do most!

So come on out and consider Destin Offshore Fishing Charters a destination with the family and join us on either our daytime or nighttime trips, where you can put what you’ve learned about offshore trolling to use! See you on the water soon!

Category: Offshore Fishing

Amberjacks Season 2018

The 2018 Amberjack Season will open May 1st, 2018 and will go until May 31st. They will have a brief closure during June and July and then reopen August 1st. Amberjacks are a pound for pound, hard fighting fish. They range in size and grade depending on how far offshore you are fishing. Captain Chris Kirby on the Backlash requires an eight-hour minimum trip for Amberjack fishing. We use all live bait and it isn’t uncommon to have multiple fish hooked up at once. Amberjacks are required to be 34 inches in length to harvest. Most of the Amberjacks you will catch while offshore fishing with the Backlash will range from 40 to 50lbs.

Category: Offshore Fishing

Destin Offshore Fishing

The Charter Boat Backlash is one of the finest sought after offshore charter fishing boats in Destin, Florida. With Captain Chris Kirby, you are sure to experience charter boat fishing on a level unlike any other. The Backlash specializes in near-shore trips ranging from 4 to 6 hours that are perfect for kids and families.

The Backlash also offers offshore fishing trips ranging from 8 to 16 hours for the hardcore deep-sea fishing trip. If you really are looking for the ultimate trip ask about our overnight bottom fishing or Tuna and Sword fishing trips!

You can experience targeting a wide verity of fish species while charter boat fishing with us in the Gulf of Mexico, depending on the length of excursion. Our more common and well known species are Red Snappers, Groupers, Amberjack, King mackerel, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, Sailfish, Blue marlin, and Swordfish just to name a few.

Deep Sea fishing is fun for all ages and a must-do when you come down to Destin, Florida. No matter if it is just you and your family or if you have a company vacation you are putting together with a large group of employees you need to entertain, we can accommodate multi boat trips for large numbers.

We are assured once you come offshore fishing with us aboard the Charter fishing Boat Backlash you will fish with us every time you decide to go Deep-sea fishing in Destin, Florida. We will handle everything from start to finish so you can just relax and have the time of your life.

They don’t call Destin, Florida the luckiest fishing village in the world for nothing!
Book your trip now to be sure you won’t be left at the dock!!

Category: Offshore Fishing

Drydock Season!

Every year around the last day of January we know playtime is over. Although we still fish some throughout the winter, a majority of our off time is spent hunting around the country. When February 1st rolls in, it’s time to get down and dirty. These first two weeks are spent grinding, sanding, waxing, painting, etc. Fixing anything and everything the boats need to have fixed before the upcoming season. This is our official gear up and get ready for the craziness!

If you have never seen The Fisherman’s Boat Yard in Freeport, FL it is worth the visit. In early February the Boat Yard is quite the site to see. All size boats from 40 footers all the way up to 70 footers are pulled out of the water and placed very carefully on dry land. There are some behemoths here! Makes a six foot man look like an ant when standing side by side with one of these boats.

Two weeks of preventative maintenance and The Backlash is ready to be back in her slip picking up the next group of anglers! HERE WE COME 2017!

backlash during drydock season
drydock for the backlash
Category: Offshore Fishing

Our Most Memorable Trips from 2016!

SEE YA 2016! We would like to say THANK YOU to all those who fished on the Backlash with us this past year and wanted to take a second to reminisce on some of the great trips we had over the year:

fishing trip

Always a great time fishing with this crew! What a catch and absolute gorgeous day on the water. A special thank you to Burt, Lynn, Tracy, Norm, Pam, and Brent!
girls fishing trip

WHAT A CATCH! A huge thank you to these girls and their hard work reeling in these big groupers and snappers

blue marlin trip

A day we will never forget! 300-pound Blue Marlin caught while tolling out to go Sword fishing! Thank you to our crew and God for this sea monster! She was caught and released.

From our four-hour half-day trips to our 3-day over-night trips, it was our pleasure being able to take y’all out on the water day after day! A huge thank you to all those who fished with us this past year on board the Charter Boat Backslash and we can’t wait to see y’all again in 2017!!!

Follow Us on Destin Offshore Charters Social Media

Despite the first day of summer officially not being until the 20th, we at Destin Offshore Charters are in full swing for the summer! With the kids out on their summer break, now is the perfect time to start creating memories and documenting all of your adventures. We have a few pictures we’d like to showcase from May that we have shared on our Instagram and Facebook last month. Going forward, at the start of the new month we will be showcasing a few pictures you have shared with us of your awesome days on the boat and of course – your catches!

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Now it’s your turn! Document your fun in the sun this summer. Follow us on Instagram, Like our Facebook page and tag us in your pictures. Use the hashtags #CHARTERBOATBACKLASH or #DESTINOFFSHORECHARTERS on social media and maybe you’ll be featured in our June round-up! We’re ready to double-tap your catches!

Destin Offshore Charters Social Media
Instagram: @charterboatbacklash

Curious about what other hashtags you should use in your social media? Try these: #destin #florida #fishing #deepseafishing #offshorefishing #grouper #mahimahi #snapper #amberjacks #triggerFish #tuna



Finally, red snapper season has been announced for federal waters. The Charter Boat Backlash will have 46 days for harvesting Red Snappers! These trips book up the fastest! Call ahead to be sure you won’t be left at the dock.

We will also be running night time Red Snapper charters. The Backlash is equipped with underwater lights and floodlights on the deck to light up the night. These trips are a great way to beat the heat and relax. Red Snappers bite just as good and sometimes better at night when the water gets hot in the summer.

If you are vacationing on the Emerald Coast, THE place to catch that trophy Red Snapper is on the Charter Boat Backlash. Captain Chris Kirby has a 100% success rate on ALL Red Snapper fishing trips. Call now for available dates.

Catch y’all on the water!

Amberjack Season is in Full Swing!


The Amberjack fishing has been awesome! The average amberjack weight is 40-50 lbs. These reef donkeys will give you a fight like no other. The Charter Boat Backlash is the boat to fish with if you want to target trophy Amberjacks in the Destin Florida area. Along with Amberjack fishing the triggerfish are still in season and we have been catching some beautiful triggers as well.

Don’t get left at the dock, book your trip on the Charter Boat Backlash with Destin Offshore Charters. Book it now! (850)685-9368

Overnight Fishing

Overnight fishing can be a lot of fun but if it’s your first time, it’s good to come prepared and know what to expect. Of course the captain and crew of the vessel you’re chartering will be there to provide any gear you may have forgotten to bring, help you learn the ropes, and have as much fun as possible. However, it’s always better to be as over prepared as possible instead of relying on the charter for gear that they may run out of. Bring necessities that you can’t be without, even if the charter already provides them, such as―changes of clothes, sunblock, and plenty of water. Extra fishing line and bait is always a good idea too, just in case the fish dine and dash one too many times!

It’s always good to pack your gear while keeping your targeted fish in mind; bring baits that will relate to the particular type of fish you will be fishing for. No need to bring the whole tackle box, considering space is limited on overnight charters. Everything you bring will for the most part have to fit below deck along with everyone else’s gear, so that the deck is clear to move around. The very last thing you want is the deckhands tripping over gear when they’re running up to net your big catch!

Carefully consider what type of fish you want to go fishing for as well. Think about the time of year it is, what type of fish are in season, and the location you’re chartering from. Depending on how new you are to overnight fishing, the captain may take care of most of this to start off with. But the more often you go out, the faster you will be able to make those decisions yourself and be responsible for your own adventure.

At Destin Offshore Charters we welcome beginners and seasoned fisherman alike to join us for overnight fishing off the beautiful coast of Destin. The Backlash and her crew are always prepared and knowledgeable on any type of fishing excursion you might have in mind. We will gladly walk you through the basics, or get out of your way so you can get down to reeling in the big one. And of course we’ll be there to back you up when you hold up your hands and tell your friends the fish was this big.

See y’all on the water!