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Fishing : First Shot Charters, where the fun begins!!

   Will Lady Luck shine on you in the “World’s Luckiest Fishing Village?” Come and see for yourself aboard the First Shot, out of Destin, FL. She’s a 20’ Cape Horn center console that can fit up to 4 passengers per trip. Captain Mike Dates, the owner and operator, has been fishing the area waters since childhood. A native of the Destin area, he’s been a USCG-licensed captain for over 16 years.

   First Shot specializes in fishing the coastal waters of the Gulf of Mexico as well as the back country waters of the Choctawhatchee Bay. In the gulf, your targets would be King Mackerel, Cobia, Blackfin Tuna, Sharks, Red Snapper, Grouper, Triggerfish, and much more depending on the season. The bay side is teeming with Trout, Redfish, Black Snapper, Flounder, Ladyfish and Bluefish.

   Capt. Mike primarily uses live bait, but he can easily accommodate fly and artificial fishermen as well. All the equipment and supplies necessary to clean the fish will be provided, along with a seasoned guide who will be there to help along the way. As a matter of fact he will also be happy to clean the catch for you following the trip.

   If you don’t want to keep the fish, Captain Mike is experienced in CPR fishing – “Catch, Photo, Release”. This way, you’ll ensure you do minimal harm to the fish you catch, which will then be safely released back into its natural habitat.

   From the first-time angler to the skilled professional, Capt. Mike will do his best to keep you on the fish and put a smile on your face. All fishing equipment for your group is provided by the Captain, along with fishing licenses for all occupants of the boat, so you can relax and enjoy an incredible time fishing.

Sunset/Fireworks cruise

Sandestin Tuesday nights at 915
FWB boardwalk Wednesdays at 9pm
Destin Thursdays at 9pm

   Between Memorial and Labor day First Shot Charters also offers private sunset/fireworks cruises 3 nights of the week Tues. Wed. and Thur. We leave the dock at 8pm to catch a breathtaking Destin sunset over the Choctawhatchee Bay and then make our way to a premier veiwing area where we anchor up, relax and watch the fireworks show. During your cruise there is also a high probability to see dolphins meandering through the emerald green waters. This is a 2 or 3 hour trip.

Crab Island or sunset cruise

   Crab Island cruise: Head out of the Destin harbor to the world famous Crab Island where the waters are emerald green and the water is shallow. Swim or walk around this giant area full of attractions and fun!! This is a 2 or 3 hour trip

Sunset cruise

   Venture around the area for a scenic tour of the harbor and east pass area in search of dolphins and any other aquatic sea life that we happen across. Finally, kick back while listening to whatever kind of music that you enjoy and watch yet another breathtaking Destin sunset!! Departure times vary according to sunset times This is a 2 or 3 hour trip