First Shot Charters

Will luck shine on you in the “World’s Luckiest Fishing Village?” Join First Shot Charters and come see for yourself. 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.

You’ll test your luck aboard the First Shot, a 20’ Cape Horn center console that can fit up to 4 passengers per trip. The First Shot crew primarily uses live bait, but they can accommodate fly and artificial fishermen as well.

All the equipment will be ready for you on board. The supplies necessary to clean the fish will be provided as well, along with a seasoned crew who are there to help along the way. As a matter of fact, they’ll also be happy to clean the catch for you following the trip.

If you don’t want to keep the fish, Capt. 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.

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

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. Join First Shot Charters and have your own slice of fishing heaven in Destin!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Viaje Privado
    8 Hour Trip
    Cancelación GRATIS 3 días de aviso
    8 Horas de Viaje, Empieza 6:00 AM
    $1,400
    Any serious angler will just love spending a full day on the water. With this 8-hour trip, you'll get to experience the best that Destin has to offer. Troll for game fish in the deeper waters, or bottom fish the reefs and wrecks for a range of delicious and exciting fish. From Kingfish to Snappers, Groupers and Amberjacks – these waters have it all. Beginners are welcome too, with the captain at hand to help anyone land their first catch.
  • Viaje Privado
    3/4 Day Trip (AM)
    Cancelación GRATIS 3 días de aviso
    6 Horas de Viaje, Empieza 6:00 AM
    $1,050
    You decide what you want to do. The beauty of a 6-hour trip is that it gives you the flexibility to decide what you want to do. You can head out into the Gulf and troll for King Mackerel, or stay in the nearshore waters and bottom fish the reefs and wrecks for beautiful, thrilling, and delicious Snappers, Groupers, Amberjacks, and many more.
  • Viaje Privado
    4 Hour Trip (PM)
    ¡solicitado! Última reserva hace: 15 horas
    Cancelación GRATIS 3 días de aviso
    4 Horas de Viaje, Empieza 1:30 PM
    $750
    Get out on the Gulf on this afternoon trip. You'll set up some trolling lines, targeting exciting and delicious Kingfish. These prized species are famous all over the Gulf and you'll need to bring your A-game if you want to fill the boat, and your fridge on this 4-hour trip.
  • Viaje Privado
    4 Hour Trip (AM)
    Cancelación GRATIS 3 días de aviso
    4 Horas de Viaje, Empieza 6:00 AM
    Viaje de temporada Oct 1 - May 15
    $700
    Catch the early bite and spend the morning fishing the bay or the Gulf. In the bay, you'll get to target species such as Redfish, Trout, and Grouper. If you head out a bit further, you'll get to do some trolling for Kingfish, Spanish Mackerel, and more.
  • Viaje Privado
    3 Hour Trip – Kids Fun (PM)
    ¡solicitado! Reservado hace: 4 días
    Cancelación GRATIS 3 días de aviso
    3 Horas de Viaje, Empieza 1:30 PM
    $600
    This is just a fun trip with kids in mind. Take your kids out on the water and get them hooked on fishing!! We will teach them how to fish in a fun environment in the calm waters of Choctawhatchee Bay. (sometimes in the gulf if the waters are calm) This is mainly a catch and release trip but if we catch something you can eat I will filet it and you can take it home for dinner!!
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Sobre el Captain

Mike Dates
Destin, Florida, Estados Unidos
Angler's Choice
115 Opiniones de los clientes
Tiempo de respuesta 1 hora
Miembro desde Septiembre 2014
Mike has been a USCG-licensed Captain since 2002, but he's fished the waters of Destin since 1969. A true native to the area and he just can't get enough of the beautiful village and her incredible fishery. He will work tirelessly to put you on the fish, and employ his wealth of knowledge and experience on every trip he runs. On a personal note, I love this business because I get to meet some really great people everyday and I feel relaxed and at home on the water. Start out as a client, end the trip as a friend.

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Especies de Interés

Amberjack Amberjack
Cobia Cobia
Grouper (Black) Grouper (Black)
Grouper (Gag) Grouper (Gag)

King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Redfish Redfish
Sailfish Sailfish
Sheepshead Sheepshead

Snapper (Red) Snapper (Red)
Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel
Tarpon Tarpon
Triggerfish (Gray) Triggerfish (Gray)

Especificaciones del barco

Cape Horn (Center console) construido en 2000, y restaurado en 2016. Impulsado por 225HP Yamaha motor, con una velocidad máxima de crucero de 35 nudos.

Longitud
20 ft
Capacidad
4 personas

Tipos de Pesca

Pesca de Orilla
Pesca Cerca de la Costa
Pesca en Alta Mar
Pesca en Arrecife
Pesca de Naufragio
Pesca en Aguas Poco Profundas
Pesca Backcountry

Técnicas de Pesca

Equipo Ligero
Equipo Pesado
Pesca de Fondo/ Bottom Fishing
Troleo
Pesca con Mosca
Drift Fishing
Pesca de Mar Profundo

Servicios

GPS
Localizador de peces
Flybridge
Vivero para la carnada
GPS
Localizador de peces
Flybridge
Vivero para la carnada

El Viaje Incluye

Cañas, carretes y equipo
Carnada Viva
Señuelos
Limpieza y Fileteado
Licencia de Pesca

Política de Cancelación

Cancelación gratis hasta 3 días antes del viaje

Los clientes pueden cancelar o modificar su reserva hasta 3 días antes de la fecha del viaje sin cargo. Si el viaje se cancela o modifica después, o en caso de no presentarse, se cobrará el 100% del depósito.

Políticas

Traslado no incluído
El traslado desde / hacia el lugar de salida no está incluido en las tarifas del viaje.
Se permiten niños
Te quedas con la pesca
Se permite captura y liberación

Pago

Reserva con 20% depósito
Cuando el capitán confirme tu viaje, FishingBooker cargará a su tarjeta de crédito un depósito del 20% para garantizar la reserva.
Pagar el balance restante al capitán
El saldo restante se pagará directamente al operador del charter en la fecha del viaje o antes en uno de los siguientes métodos de pago:
Efectivo
Visa
Mastercard
Cheques

Al pagar el saldo restante con tarjeta de crédito, habrá un cargo adicional del 5%

Destin Calendario de Pesca

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Opiniones de los clientes

Calificación general
Fotos de clientes (120)
4.9
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de 5 estrellas de 115 reseñas
Barco
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Tripulación
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Experiencia
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
8 Hour Trip with Captain Mike
Meat in the cooler! Red snapper and king mackerel
King mackerel fight hard and fun to carch
+117
Calificación del pescador
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Opinión de los pescadores
Buena experiencia
97%
Capitán amigable
100%
Recomienda este charter
98%
Apto para niños
99%
Satisfecho con el barco
99%
Atrapé lo que quería
88%
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Doug M.
Bixby, OK
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent  5.0
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Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Tripulación
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent En general

6hr trip. Highly recommend Capt. Mike. Kind…laid back

VERIFICADO   NUEVO  3/4 Day Trip (AM) on Julio 26, 2021
About us:  I am a lifetime fisherman from Oklahoma, and all of my family have fished, but this was our first saltwater adventure....
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Matt L.
Chattanooga, Tennessee
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent  5.0
Experiencia:
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6 Hour Bay Fishing Trip with Captain Mike

VERIFICADO   3/4 Day Trip (AM) on Junio 21, 2021
We originally had scheduled an off shore fishing trip with Captain Mike for 6 hours. Unfortunately, we were not able to go...
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Jordan C.
Winder, Georgia
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8 Hour Trip with Captain Mike

VERIFICADO   NUEVO  8 Hour Trip on Julio 29, 2021
Captain Mike was awesome. He kept us on fish all day. This picture doesn’t do it justice. We were bringing them in all day....
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Timothy V.
Sand Springs, OK
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6hr Trip With Captain Mike

VERIFICADO   3/4 Day Trip (PM) on Junio 23, 2021
Captain Mike was a wonderful guide. He worked hard to get us our limit of Red Snapper . I had mentioned when I booked the trip...
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Brenda G.
Springdale, Arkansas
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent  5.0
Experiencia:
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Courteous and helpful

VERIFICADO   NUEVO  3 Hour Trip – Kids Fun (PM) on Julio 22, 2021
Weather conditions were not optimal but a good time was still had. Captain mike is a very nice gentleman and went above and...
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FAQs about First Shot Charters

First Shot Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $600 per group - 3 Hour Trip – Kids Fun (PM) (3 hours)
  • $700 per group - 4 Hour Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $750 per group - 4 Hour Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $1,050 per group - 3/4 Day Trip (AM) (6 hours)
  • $1,400 per group - 8 Hour Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with First Shot Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Localizador de peces (Sidescan and structure scan)
  • Flybridge
  • Vivero para la carnada

Trips booked with First Shot Charters include:
  • Cañas, carretes y equipo
  • Carnada Viva
  • Señuelos
  • Limpieza y Fileteado
  • Licencia de Pesca

First Shot Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Pesca de Orilla
  • Pesca Cerca de la Costa
  • Pesca en Alta Mar (9 miles)
  • Pesca en Arrecife
  • Pesca de Naufragio
  • Pesca en Aguas Poco Profundas
  • Pesca Backcountry

First Shot Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Equipo Ligero
  • Equipo Pesado
  • Pesca de Fondo/ Bottom Fishing
  • Troleo
  • Pesca con Mosca
  • Drift Fishing
  • Pesca de Mar Profundo

Top targeted fish species with First Shot Charters include:
  • Amberjack
  • Cobia
  • Grouper (Black)
  • Grouper (Gag)
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Redfish
  • Sailfish
  • Sheepshead
  • Snapper (Red)
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Tarpon
  • Triggerfish (Gray)