First Shot Charters

Capt. Mike Dates Destin, FL Incorporated Licensed Insured
First Shot Charters-Person
(7Reviews)
5 out of 5 stars

First Shot Charters is your best source to score big in the “World’s Luckiest Fishing Village”. Destin, Florida is a fisherman’s paradise. With white sand beaches and the emerald green waters teeming with life, it’s no wonder anglers from all over the globe visit to fish this popular fishing hotspot. 

Captain Mike Dates will be manning the helm as you venture out on these gorgeous waters in search of your trophy catch. A native to the local area, Capt. Mike has been fishing Destin since 1969 and has been USCG-licensed since 2002. Capt. Mike will use the knowledge and experience he has gained over the years to make sure your trip with him is as successful as possible. 

Your trip with Capt. Mike will cover the Destin area and could end up searching the fishing grounds of Fort Walton Beach, Miramar Beach, Santa Rosa Island, Okaloosa Island, Santa Rosa Beach, Choctaw Beach, and many other wonderful locations along Florida’s emerald coast in the Gulf of Mexico. 

Your Destin fishing adventure will take place aboard Capt. Mike’s 20’ Cape Horn center console that can fit up to 4 passengers. She has all the necessary safety and navigational equipment and features a livewell for keeping your bait and catches fresh. 

We offer 4-8 hour trips that let you decide what you want to do. You can go offshore in search of big game or see what the backcountry and flats have to offer. We will provide you with rods, reels, tackle, bait, and a fishing license. We will clean each catch at the end of your trip so you can enjoy as a meal later on. 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.

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, Triggerfish, and much more depending on the season. The bay side is teeming with Trout, Redfish, Black Snapper, Flounder, Ladyfish and Bluefish.

First Shot Charters is a perfect fit for first-time anglers and skilled professionals alike. Captain Mike Dates will make it his personal goal to put his passengers on the fish and see them catching them with smiles on their face. Book a trip with us today to create memories that will last a lifetime!

833-I-GO-FISH (446-3474)

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  Launch Location

214 Harbor Boulevard, Destin

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Trips start at $600

5 Trips

1-4 guests

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2000 20' Center Console

225 HP engine(s)

  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Children Welcome
  • Clients Keep Catch

Availability

TRIP DATE
NUMBER OF GUESTS

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private

4 HOUR TRIP (PM)

Includes 4 guests

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

3 Day Cancellation Policy

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.

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private

5 HOUR TRIP (AM)

Includes 4 guests

Trip time: 6:00am to 11:00am (5 hours)

3 Day Cancellation Policy

You decide what you want to do. The beauty of a 5-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. 

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private

6 HOUR TRIP (AM)

Includes 4 guests

Trip time: 6:00am to 12:00pm (6 hours)

3 Day Cancellation Policy

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. 

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private

7 HOUR TRIP (AM)

Includes 4 guests

Trip time: 6:00am to 1:00pm (7 hours)

3 Day Cancellation Policy

You decide what you want to do. The beauty of a 7-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. 

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8 HOUR TRIP (AM)

Includes 4 guests

Trip time: 8:00am to 4:00pm (8 hours)

3 Day Cancellation Policy

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.

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Fish Species

Amberjack
Cobia
Grouper
King Mackerel
Red Snapper
Redfish
Sailfish
Sheepshead
Spanish Mackerel
Tarpon
Triggerfish

Additional Details

Safety Features

  • Life Jackets
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • First-Aid Equipment
  • EPIRB
  • Flares

Navigation

  • GPS
  • Fishfinder

Facilities

  • Flybridge

Boat Gear

  • Livewell

Fishing Techniques

  • Bottom Fishing
  • Deep Sea Fishing
  • Drift Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Light Tackle
  • Trolling

Fishing Policies

  • Children Welcome
  • Clients Keep Catch

Price Includes

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

Fishing Location

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

About the Vessel

Captain

Capt. Mike Dates

Boat Type

Center Console

Boat Length

20

Year Built

2000

Engine Manufacturer

Yamaha

Number of Engines

1

Engine Horsepower

225 HP

Customer Reviews

First Shot Charters-Person
(7Reviews)
5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly Recommend

    Created Dave Yelverton

    Captain Mike is such a PRO! Every year in June we hit his secret bottom fishing spots and load the boat with snappers. He's a pleasure to be around, and does a great job putting you on the fish. If you're in Destin and want to fish, Captain Mike is THE MAN. Highly recommended!

  • 5 Stars!!

    Created Scott Prybys

    Mike was a top notch guide for my 6 and 8 yr old. He was very patient, kind, and knowledgeable. He put us onto fish within minutes and even made sure the adults had some fun too with some larger species. Will be using him next year.

  • Overall Great Time!

    Created Aaron Goodwin

    We had a great time with Capt. Mike!! He got us on those snappers and it was a reeling good time!! Will use again in the future for sure!!

  • Fun Time!

    Created Amanda Hudson

    We had a great time! He is great with kids aboard! We will definitely go back to First Shot Charters!

  • Had a Blast

    Created Angela Dates

    Awesome guy really knows his stuff. You want to catch some fish he is your guy!

  • Family Trip

    Created Jessy Jennings

    Captain Mike is fantastic he is so patient with children and always makes sure they have a great time.

  • Great Trip

    Created Gina Ware

    Great fishing trip. Go out every time I'm in town. Biggest fish I've ever caught on any charter I ever went on.