Fish Offshore in Destin

If you’re vacationing in Destin, a deep sea fishing trip is a must. With many charter boats available, you’ll want to cut through the crowd and call Destin Offshore Charters. You’ll have the fishing experience you’ve been wanting when you’re in their hands.

Near-shore trips range from 4-6 hours and are perfect for the entire family. Others may want a longer trip, and that can be arranged, as well. Longer trips can last from 8 to 16 hours and provide the ultimate fishing experience.

The Gulf of Mexico offers a large variety of fish, including red snapper, grouper, amberjack, king mackerel, wahoo, mahi mahi, sailfish, blue marlin, sword fish and others. Your captain will know the best locations for you to encounter the best fishing. While nothing is guaranteed a far as which fish you’ll catch, you are guaranteed a good time.

Make a reservation and prepare to board. This vacation will be the fishing trip of a lifetime so don’t forget the camera.

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Everyone’s Bucket List Fish ~ The Mahi-Mahi

Mahi- Mahi, Dorado, Dolphin… whichever name you call it, is a name heard around the coast. Everyone wants to reel in one of these over the top colorful, tasty fish. This is one of our most popular requests on our trips.

A Mahi-Mahi is considered part of the pelagic family. Pelagic fish are species found neither near the bottom or near the shore. These free-swimming fish are often caught while deep water offshore trolling. They are also known to be hanging around sargassum seaweed patches or floating objects that have accumulated bait fish to school around it. Unlike many other species of fish, a mature dolphin is very easily determined to be a male or female by just the way they look. The males (or bulls) will have a large prominent protruding forehead while the females (or cows) have a rounded shaped head. Mahi-Mahi are also known for their mesmerizing blue, green, and yellow colors. They are truly a piece of art swimming around.

Mahi-Mahis are among some of the fastest growing fish. They don’t live much long than four to five years but regenerate very rapidly. Female Mahis will spawn two to three times a year and can produce between 80,000 and 1,000,000 eggs per event! That is a lot of kids.

To better your odds on catching one of these fish of a lifetime, we suggest booking an all-day 12 hour (or longer) trip. This will allow enough time to travel to the clean blue, deep water where the Mahi-Mahi usually homestead. Also, while trolling for Mahi-Mahi you have a chance to hook up a sailfish, wahoo or blackfin tuna as well.

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Triggerfish Are Open!

Triggerfish season will extend from March 1st to May 31st. They will reopen later in the year starting August 1st – December 31st. The bag limit is 1 fish per day and must be 15 inches to the fork. Triggerfish are by far one of the most delicious reef fish in the Gulf. Their firm, flaky white meat is perfect for a blackened fish sandwich.

Our half day, six hour trips have consisted of mostly bottom fishing for Triggerfish, White Snappers, and Vermillion Snappers. The fishing has been great and consistent. The live bait has been abundant as well which has been excellent for our longer all day ten-hour trips. Fresh live baits have been crucial for firing up our Scamp Groupers. We are excited for the 2019 Red Snapper and Amberjack season to open as well, as we have been catch and releasing quite a few Jacks and Reds while bottom fishing for our Triggerfish. Red Snappers and Amberjacks will be out of season until later in the year (See below).

Offshore Trolling has been rather slow right now. The King and Spanish mackerel haven’t showed up yet with the water temperatures still being rather cold. The weather has been very up and down with highs in the 70s and even 80s one week and then lows reaching down to the 30s the next. We are hoping for the cold to push out soon and the water temp to start rising.

2019 triggerfish season


Gulf State Waters
Minimum Size Limit: 34” to the fork
Daily Bag Limit: 1 per person
Season: Open May 1st – 31st and August 1 – October 31st
**Federal Regulations for Amberjack season will be announced soon!

Red Snapper

Gulf State Waters
Minimum Size Limit: 16” total length
Daily Bag Limit: 2 per person
Season: Proposed 2019 season: June 11 – July 12

Gulf Federal Waters
Minimum Size Limit: 16” total length
Daily Bag Limit: 2 per person
Proposed 2019 open date: June 1st

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Extension to Red Snapper Season

Red Snapper season has been extended and this season will be the longest season since 2013. There has been a 39 day extension to Red Snapper season this year. This is really great news because it’s not just a 3 day season like it has been for a few years, it will be on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays including Monday and Tuesday July 3 and 4, and Monday September 4.

Snapper season was really limited to only 3 days and that meant there wasn’t much time to catch fish. With the new season here, there is an estimated amount of fish caught per day which is 230,000 pounds. This will result in more than 11 million pounds harvested by September 5. The previous catch limit was 3.8 million pounds. This new season will result in nearly 7.4 million pounds over.

For all the fisherman out there wanting to go fishing, come and join us so that we can go catch some Red Snapper. Every weekend until September 4 will be available for Red Snapper fishing. We need to take advantage of this because there is no telling what could happen to the rules next season!

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October is Destin’s Fishing Rodeo with Backlash!

destin rodeo with backlash
With the start of October comes not only the Halloween decorations, but every Destin fisherman’s favorite time of year. It is your time to join in the fishing experience that’s taken place since 1948! The Destin Fishing Rodeo is held from October 1st thru the 31st, and daily weigh-ins are located behind AJ’s from 10am-7pm.

Don’t Miss Shark Saturday!

Hang ‘Em High every Saturday in October. It’s time to put in all that muscle work from the summer to the test. If you bring in the largest shark of the day, you’ll get a cash prize! What are you waiting for? Start reeling!

Aboard the Backlash, your captain will be Chris Kirby and his professional and skilled fishermen. Just because summer is over does not mean the fishing fun has come to an end. Book your fishing trip now to take part in this yearly event!

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Offshore Trolling

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!

To those that aren’t as familiar or are coming here to begin their first fishing experience, 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!

Used to catch pelagic fish (fish that live on neither the bottom nor top of the water), we like to target blue and white marlin, dolphin (mahi-mahi), and tuna. Don’t be surprised if you hook a sailfish while you’re out there as well!

A huge part of our goal in providing you the best fishing experience we can is teaching you about the sport and educating people on the matter―whether it’s the first time you’re fishing with us or the hundredth. 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!

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In Season: Red Snappers

June 1st marks the beginning of red snapper season, but here at Destin Offshore Fishing Charters, we’ve started a little early!

One of the most sought after offshore fishing spots in Destin, Florida, our beautiful, blue water is filled to the brim with all of the hottest species of the summer, including red snappers, groupers, amberjack, king mackerel, wahoo, Mahi Mahi, sailfish, blue marlin, and the always-popular swordfish. Just in the past two weeks, everyone here in Destin has been having an incredible time with this delicious tasting billfish.  Last week, in both of our daytime and night-time swordfish trips available to offer, we had a three for three swordfish trip! In other words, we had three fish hooked, three fish caught. The night version of this trip is the most popular, with offshore deep sea dropping and offshore trolling included as options.

Fun for all ages and the whole family, our red snapper trips book up the fastest out of all of our trips, so make sure to call ahead! Our charter boat Backlash will have 46 days for harvesting, and this includes both the nighttime and daytime options. Like we said before, nighttime is a very popular option, offering a fun way to spend a summer night and avoid the heat! No sunblock needed for this trip!

Nighttime fishing offers up a multitude of advantages compared to daytime, such as it obviously being much cooler than during the day. Especially here in Florida, where temperatures can reach anywhere in the upper nineties in the summer months, beating the heat is never a bad option. Nighttime also allows for less crowded waters and usually less wind, meaning the water is generally calmer.

Hope to see you soon!

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