Destin’s Ultimate Guide Service – The Soggy Bottom II

Capt. JJ Botelho Destin, FL Incorporated Licensed Insured
Destin's Ultimate Guide Service - The Soggy Bottom II-Person
5 out of 5 stars

Hit the waters of Destin, Florida with an experienced, certified charter service. The Soggy Bottom II is a family friendly charter specializing in fishing the inshore waters of Destin, the bay, and nearshore fishing trips in the Gulf of Mexico.

Destin’s Ultimate Guide Service is owned and operated by Captain JJ Botelho. With years of local experience and a veteran team, you don’t need any prior fishing experience to have a successful day on the water. Young families are more than welcome aboard, there’s life jackets and all USCG required safety equipment on deck. If this isn’t going to be your first rodeo, Capt. JJ and his team will work with you to make sure you’re getting the experience you came for!

Captain JJ Botelho and the Soggy Bottom II team offer a wide variety of trips lengths to choose from. You can relax and spend the morning on Destin’s pristine beaches, then hit the water on the 4hr afternoon trip. Maybe you’re the serious angler looking to test your skills in the Emerald Coast? The split trip and full day trips will take you off the coast into the Gulf targeting King Mackerel, Red Snapper, Cobia, Amberjack, and more hard fighting species.

The Soggy Bottom II is a 22ft Cape Horn center console fishing machine, powered by a 225hp Yamaha engine. She’s licensed and spacious enough to comfortably fish a maximum of six anglers at once. While fishing the backcountry and inshore waters of Destin, The Soggy Bottom II’s power poles will anchor the vessel without alerting the nearby fish.

No matter which trip you decide to reserve, you’re in for an exciting day on the water. Captain JJ will let you know which species are in season and where the bite is the hottest. You can let your Captain know what you’re interested in catching and he’ll work with you to make it happen, season dependent. Your trip price for the day includes a fishing license for everyone on board, use of top of the line fishing equipment, lures, live bait, and your catches will be cleaned at the end of the trip.

Leave the worries at the dock and get ready for a Destin fishing trip you won’t forget! Many great memories await you, book today!

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  Launch Location

Harbor Boulevard, Destin

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Trips start at $560

5 Trips

1-6 guests

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2012 22' Center Console

250 HP engine(s)

  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Children Welcome
  • Clients Keep Catch
  • No Illegal Substances



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Includes 4 guests
+$100 per additional guest, Max 6 guests

Includes 4 guests (+$100  $ per additional guest • Max 6 guests)

Trip time: 1:00pm to 5:00pm (4 hours)

3 Day Cancellation Policy

Spend your afternoon fishing the Bay or on the nearshore waters of the gulf fishing for Redfish, Flounder, Mackerel, Sheepshead, and more. Our launch time can be flexible! 

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Includes 4 guests
+$100 per additional guest, Max 6 guests

Includes 4 guests (+$100  $ per additional guest • Max 6 guests)

Trip time: 8:30pm to 12:30am (4 hours)

3 Day Cancellation Policy

Hit the water with us in the evening as we fish the Bay targeting Redfish and Trout! We'll be fishing the Choctawhatchee Bay under the lights, you can expect to catch Flounder too! 

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Includes 4 guests
+$100 per additional guest, Max 6 guests

Includes 4 guests (+$100  $ per additional guest • Max 6 guests)

Trip time: 5:30am to 11:30am (6 hours)

3 Day Cancellation Policy

Our six hour trip gives you the option to fish the bay or the Gulf. Let your Captain know what you're interested in catching, and season dependent, he'll make it happen! On this trip we'll likely catch Red Drum, King Mackerel, Snapper, Bluefish, and more! 

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Includes 4 guests
+$100 per additional guest, Max 6 guests

Includes 4 guests (+$100  $ per additional guest • Max 6 guests)

Trip time: 5:30am to 1:30pm (8 hours)

3 Day Cancellation Policy

Are you looking to bring home a cooler full of fresh fillets?  Get ready for a full day fishing the Bay or the Gulf, wherever the bite is the hottest! Redfish, King Mackerel, Trout, Sheepshead, and so much more are what you can expect to be bringing home. At the end of the trip, we'll clean your catch !

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Includes 4 guests
+$100 per additional guest, Max 6 guests

Includes 4 guests (+$100  $ per additional guest • Max 6 guests)

Trip time: 5:30am to 3:30pm (10 hours)

3 Day Cancellation Policy

This trip is for the serious anglers wanting to make the most out of their stay in Destin! We'll hit the Gulf early and spend 5hrs trolling or bottom fishing for King Mackerel, a variety of Snapper, and many other species. At noon, it's time to head back to the harbor where you'll be escorted to a waterside lunch. After lunch, we'll use light tackle to fish the bay targeting Redfish, Flounder, Blues, and more! 

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Fish Species

King Mackerel
Mahi Mahi
Red Snapper
Spanish Mackerel
Spotted Seatrout

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Safety Features

  • Life Jackets
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • First-Aid Equipment


  • GPS
  • Fishfinder

Boat Gear

  • Livewell
  • Power Poles

Fishing Techniques

  • Bottom Fishing
  • Drift Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Jigging
  • Light Tackle
  • Spinning
  • Trolling

Fishing Policies

  • Children Welcome
  • Clients Keep Catch
  • No Illegal Substances

Price Includes

  • Catch Cleaning & Filleting
  • Fishing License
  • Fresh or Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Rods, Reels & Terminal Tackle

Fishing Location

  • Backcountry
  • Flats
  • Inshore
  • Nearshore
  • Reef
  • Wreck

About the Vessel


Capt. JJ Botelho

Boat Type

Center Console

Boat Length


Year Built


Engine Manufacturer


Number of Engines


Engine Horsepower

250 HP

Customer Reviews

Destin's Ultimate Guide Service - The Soggy Bottom II-Person
5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Trip

    Created Ray

    I don't often give a 5 star review, but this was one of those times. We called last minute and got a night fishing spot. Wow! Captain Bobby was fantastic. Took us to a spot and with 5 minutes we were pulling in keepers. My son had a blast and caught a huge trout within an hour. The smile on his face makes it worth every penny. Captain Bobby took great care of us the whole night. He even cleaned the fish and bagged them with ice. As someone from the Midwest who does not know much about fishing the ocean. Captain Bobby helped make it so much fun. Before you knew it the trip was over. If you are looking for a private fishing trip go with these guys. You will not be disappointed. I asked a lot of stupid questions, broke line, and lost bait. I would turn around and Capt. Bobby had another pole, shrimp and answer. I got to fish while he would help my son. It was really a great time. I cannot wait to come again!

  • Wonderful Captain

    Created Melinda Martinez

    Cpt. Bobby was such a wonderful guy and once we got out on the water we spotted a group reds. He was an amazing help and made the trip enjoyable for all of us. Reached our limit with amber jack and reds and the trip was action packed!

  • Inshore Fishing

    Created Ken Geers

    Captain J J knows Inshore fishing. My three grown sons and I wanted an Inshore fishing experience and we got it big time. Any Destin Fishing Charter will give you a boat ride. Captain JJ with Destin's Ultimate Guide Service will catch fish. Thanks Captain JJ.

  • Great Trip

    Created Mark H

    Captain Andrew was great. Being a native of the Fort Walton/Destin area he was very knowledgeable and really fun to talk to. Got us on the water on time and after hitting a couple spots with no luck he said hold on. Twenty minutes later we were catching Kings and Cobia like crazy. A few times the bait barely hit the water before we had a strike. Don't know if it was our lucky day or if Andrew was just that good but when we got back it turns out the other boats got skunked. Will definitely be back and Thanks JJ and Andrew.

  • Woohoo for Wahoo!

    Created Cdbissett

    Capt Ben delivered a great trip on the Soggy Bottom II !! The kids wrestled some Amberjack and Mackeral and had a blast! The best part of the trip though was the 25 lb Wahoo they snagged just before coming in! What a memory! Thank you for a great time!

  • Had a Blast!

    Created ToshaTaylorRN

    JJ was awesome! We called around 9 am searching for a 4 hour trip for ourselves and two teenage sons. JJ wasn't going out, but said give me an hour to get the boat ready! We took off and within 20 seconds of dropping lines it was "fish on"!! I "had" a bucket list shark, he saw to it I fought a good one!! Thanks JJ!! Will definitely use again! (Happy 11th Anniversary as well)

  • Fantastic Fun!

    Created s2heard2016

    Our family decided we wanted to experience some deep sea fishing. So, we booked a charter with Captain JJ Botelho on the Soggy Bottom II and are so glad that we did! There were four of us: myself, hubby and our two teenage boys. It was obvious from the beginning that Captain JJ was an experienced fisherman. The weather had been ominous all week before our scheduled tour and Captain JJ kept in contact with us keeping us updated on the weather and how he could work around our schedule if a problem arose. We were very fortunate and the weather was cooperative which allowed us for a great morning of fishing. Captain JJ knew all the best fishing spots and kept us busy all morning. We kept Captain JJ busy as well, because as soon as we dropped a line we were reeling them in! We finally had to resort to catch and release as we had so many fish! What a nice problem to have!

  • Great Adventure

    Created stephenheard

    Booked a fishing charter with Capt J.J. Botelho on board the Soggy Bottom II and had a terrific time. Despite the weather threatening to unleash its fury at any moment, Capt J.J. still helped us find the fish that were biting and biting and biting. We finally had to stop and start with catch-and-release because we were catching so many. Capt J.J. was terrific in helping all us with the proper fishing techniques, handling the caught fish once we brought them in, and continuously re-baiting our hooks. He made the trip a real adventure and the family had an absolutely great time. We'll be looking him up on our next trip to Destin.