Destin Inshore Guides

Catch a Big One With Destin Inshore Guides
Local Expert's Rating:
4 / 5
The Bottom Line:

Offering a variety of excursions including shark fishing, night fishing and family fishing trips, Destin Inshore Guides will take you to where the fish are biting without having to venture into the rougher waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Cruises stay in the bay or within site of land, making for a calm, relaxing experience that anglers of all skill levels and ages will enjoy.

- The Local Expert Team

There’s a reason Destin is known as “the world’s luckiest fishing village.” Cast a line in the water and within seconds, you’ll have a bite, often from an amberjack, red snapper, bonita or even a shark! Fish are so abundant, you don’t even need to head out to sea. You’ll have just as much luck nearshore or in the calm waters of Choctawhatchee Bay.

Even amateur anglers will catch something, especially if you book a fishing trip with Destin Inshore Guides. You’re sure to come away with memories — and lots of fish — aboard the Reel Lucky, Destin Inshore Guides’ 25-foot bay boat. Captain Josh is one of the most knowledgeable guides on the Florida coast. He always knows what’s biting and where to find it. Captain Si is not only a skilled angler, but he’s great with kids. And if you don’t know how to filet what you catch, ask your captain to show you how. They’ll be glad to do it for you.

The outfit offers a number of different fishing cruises. Want to stay in the bay? Not a problem. Your captains will take you to fish over grass flats, oyster bars, around bridges and jetties, looking for redfish and speckle trout. Want to venture a bit further out? They’ll take you for some trolling and bottom fishing, looking for king mackerel, Spanish mackerel, amberjack and bonita just off the coast. Want to hook an apex predator? Let Inshore Guides take you on a shark fishing trip. There’s a good chance you’ll have to release what you reel in, but you can purchase a taxidermy replica of your catch. Want a unique experience? Book a night fishing cruise. The crew will take you to well-lighted areas along the shore where fish will practically jump right into boat!

Destin Inshore Guides welcomes anglers of all ages and skill levels. Children are welcome and the captains do a great job keeping them entertained and safe. Unlike many fishing charters, Inshore’s boat has a small bathroom. Family fishing outings can be booked for two or three hours stretches rather than the usual half-day or full-day excursions. And if your kids aren’t interested in fishing, Destin Inshore Guides will be glad to cruise around looking for dolphins and sea turtles.

All your gear is provided by your captains, along with a fishing license for your entire group. 

Insider Tip:
– Destin Inshore Guides makes every effort to fish, even if it’s raining. There’s plenty of storage space on the boat, so take multiple layers of clothing in the event of rain. It’s also a good idea to take bug repellant, especially if you’re staying in the bay.