(View some of the
fish our Customers have caught.)
We fish for different fish depending on the time of the year.
In the early spring (April & May) its big
Groupers spawn in the
springtime and school together 35 to 65 miles offshore of Destin.
They congregate on rock bottom and coral reef in areas that are
to far off for a lot of boats. This is
our best grouper fishing time of the year. Most of our
serious fishermen do their first trip of the year during the early
All of the boats have had the winter off and there has been no
pressure on the fish stocks at all. The fish are bunched up and
Red snappersappers start in June
and the 1st few months is just outrageous bottom fishing.
We also target big cobia in April and
May. Sight fishing for monster cobias on light tackle is a challenge.
One on one, with a big cobia on the surface. We also fish several
cobia tournaments during that time looking for that monster fish.
In the summer months you will find us fishing offshore for the
big sport fish too. Wahoo’s, black fin tunas, big kings, dolphin,
marlin and sailfish move in and the light tackle sport fishing gets
hot. Fishing live baits on the surface and with down riggers, searching
out the weed lines for offshore activity. A lot of days we can combine
some offshore sport fishing as well as some deep-water amberjack
In the summer months (mid May thru mid Sept.) you
never know what the day is going to bring. You could be presented
with any number of different species all in the same day. 2-day
marlin and tuna trips are very popular. Fishing up to 150 miles
offshore around the deep water floating oil rigs. Defiantly not
for the meek or mild!
When the weather cools down in the fall the bottom fish get charged
back up just in time for the October Fishing Rodeo.
Sword Fishing in the Gulf of Mexico
on the FISH N FOOL. Sword fishing offshore of Destin is done around
the 100-fathom curve, which is 50-60 miles offshore. We typically
set the boat up to drift over the depth contours that we want to
fish that night. The swordfish come up in the water column at night
to feed near the surface. We like to swordfish! We like it a lot!!!
For us, it's a chance to go one on one with a big mean fish both
of us down on the deck, working with the angler and loving life.
Swordfish are awesome and they get our blood pumping! And their
good to eat!!! No matter how much of a sport fisherman I am, I still
like to kill something to eat. It?s just practical. Yes it's a big
beautiful, strong fish, and its also good to eat! BONUS!! We love
to fish for swordfish!! Its normally slick calm with a full moon
or a partial moon, the boat is drifting in the current with the
motors off and all the lights shining. Its just nice, its quiet
and its peaceful!! And then of course you get the bite and it?s
on!! What a blast. Drifting at night in 1-3 thousand feet of water
with the underwater lights lighting up the water around the boat.
Whole squids and glow sticks fished 150 to 300 feet below the boat.
The music?s playing, there are a couple of million stars out and
life is good!! Typically we will fish 3 or 4 lines at a time staggered
at a couple of depths. Some times we wait hours for a bite and sometimes
we get a bite within a few minutes. Sometimes we have two on at
a time. If you get three or 4 bites and catch one or two swordfish,
it?s a good night. Swordfish are big powerful fish with a 3-5 ft
sword attached to the swordfish?s face and he knows how to use it
to his advantage. Swordfish have a thick tail and a powerful stroke
and the fight is typically a straight up and down battle with the
swordfish occasionally coming to the surface to jump. Of course
it is at night so all you see is the glow stick out there jumping
up and raising cane and the line stripping off the reel. Very exciting!!
Gain 30 ft; lose 40 ft, give and take. Keep steady pressure on him
and hang on for the long battle. The tackle that we use for sword
fishing is custom-built stand up rods with gold Penn International
50 wide reels with a full body harness, so that you can fight them
with a harness or with the post on the boat.
The boat is drifting in the current with a large sea anchor.
(a parachute in the water) off the bow. With the boat drifting in
the current, sometimes you have to fight the fish all the way around
the boat a couple of times before bringing them to the side of the
Sword fishing on the FISH N FOOL is typically done on a
18 to 24 hour trip or on a overnight trip.
We can swordfish during
the night and either bottom fish during the day or do some offshore
trolling for Wahoo’s, dolphins, sailfish and blue marlin.
can sword fish on a 18 hr trip if we leave the dock around 7 pm
and make the ride out to the 100 fathom curve with lines in the
water around 10:30 / 11:00 and fish until daylight. We pull our
lines shortly after daylight, make a fresh pot of coffee and get
our day started. Either make a run inshore to start bottom fishing
or put our lines out to start trolling for a big blue marlin or
some wahoo dolphin action.
If we swordfish on a two day
trip we will do it that on the night that we stay offshore and finish
up our trip the next day either bottom fishing or trolling.
Sword fishing is something we do in combination with either bottom
fishing, offshore trolling or tuna fishing around the rigs.
The Destin Fishing Rodeo is a month long fishing tournament
with many different categories to fish in. The rodeo is a 50+ year
tradition in Destin and makes October in Destin a special time of
the year. The Destin Seafood Festival is always on the 1st weekend
in Destin and is also great tradition in Destin not to be missed.
The Fish N Fool is entered in the Rodeo every year and all of all
anglers and customers fishing in Oct. are entered automatically.
In the fall months of Oct. and Nov. the weather starts to cool
off and the fish get to snapping.
We fish for all kinds of
bottom fish as well as do a lot of offshore trolling. "Offshore
fishing on the breaks (what we call the Edges) 23-28 miles offshore,
we target schools of blackfin tuna,
king mackerels and the occasional wahoo,
big dolphin and cobias. There is no telling
what you might hook or catch live bait trolling with down riggers
in the deep water."
November turns to Indian summer in Destin
November turns to Indian summer in Destin and there are no people
in Destin and the Fishing offshore is awesome. The Red snapper go
into off-season Nov. 1st and we concentrate on the blackfins, amberjacks
and groupers. An incredible month to fish in Destin. Great weather
and great fishing.
during the year we have a lot of different options to fish for.
The trick is to have a long enough trip to get to the less fished
offshore fishing grounds and having the time to work and fish once
you get there.
If you are staying at Sandestin, Seaside, Rosemary Beach, Destin,
the Sandestin Hilton or the Emerald grand at HarborWalk
you will be fishing out of the Destin Harbor
. For reservations:
Destin Charter Boat Fishing & Destin Deep Sea Charter Boat Fishing
On the Destin Charter Boat Fishing Fool
For Destin Charter Boat Info and Reservations:
Charter Boat FISH N FOOL
3794 Indian Trail
Destin, Florida 32541