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Beach Conditions

Destin-Fort Walton Beach

Beginner charter fishing in the Gulf

Ages: 0-3 4-7 8-12
Price: $$ $$$
Duration: < 2 hours

Ready for the excitement of fishing out on the Gulf but want a shorter trip for new fisherman or younger kids?

During a nearshore fishing charter you’ll do just that, stay nearshore–always in sight of land! This means there’s less travel time, more fishing time and no time for boredom. Your trip will be customized based on your family’s experience level and interests. Your Captains will begin by explaining the different types of fish you’ll reel in and the different ways of catching fish (like trolling or bottom fishing). Charters that specialize in beginner trips will use light tackle, ideal for newbies, to reel in red snapper, grouper, Spanish mackerel, while teaching ways to preserve the ecosystem around you. Most charters promote catch and release, but you’re welcome to keep fish you do reel in, within regulation.

Local Scout Tip

Ask your captain for their favorite restaurants that will cook your catch. You’ll be surprised by how even picky eaters might enjoy eating a meal they caught themselves!

Find the expert that’s right for you

Life’s 2 Short Charters

Captain Alex Short has a few tricks up his sleeve. Join him on the water to learn and catch fish like cobia, snapper, triggerfish, grouper and more!

Scallywag Charters, Inc.

Scallywag Charters caters to anglers of all ages and skill level. Their Kid's Fishing Trip with catch and release lets families get a feel for inshore fishing.

Gulf Angler Charters LLC

Captain Preston Muller offers nearshore Gulf or offshore charter fishing in Destin. Open year-round. Great for kids!

Where to Stay

Inn on Destin Harbor

Located within walking distance to HarborWalk, they also offer an outdoor pool with views of Destin Harbor.  You can even go fishing on the Inn's charter boat.

Jetty East

Offering up-to 4 bedroom condos and uniquely located at the jetty. Perfect for snorkeling and exploring the clear jetty waters.

Destin Palms Select, LLC

The Palm's Resort is located in the heart of Destin and has a tropical lagoon with multiple pools.

Food + Drink

Harbor Docks

Known for their sushi, all of Harbor Docks' fish is sourced from their attached seafood market. Watch your catch come off of the boat and onto your plate!

Angler’s Beachside Bar & Grill

Located right on the beach, Angler's features all-day dining with a view of the Island Pier. Check out their all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast on Saturdays!

The Edge Seafood Restaurant & Skybar

Offers hook and cook with outdoor seating and a view of the harbor. The downstairs deck is family-friendly while the upper deck is adults-only.
Destin-Fort Walton Beach

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