I just returned off a deep sea fishing trip in Destin,Florida. My brother in law stayed in my Destin Pelican Beach Resort condo 3 weeks ago and while there he went out deep sea fishing. I asked him about the boat and captain of his boat and he said he would not recommend him at all as he was not very professional. I spent 2 days scouring the internet for a value priced deep sea fishing trip in Destin. Here is the website that caught my eye and was ultimately the trip for me after many questions for Captain Tim and the Charter Boat Double Time.My good friend James and I flew down to Destin last Friday to do some work on my Destin Pelican Beach condo(we all stayed there since it sleeps 6) and also slip in a little fishing trip(Jeff-my brother in law mentioned above) also met us there.
The Double Time is a Cat Catamaran(2 hulls) powered by (2) 150hp outboard motors. I found out quickly that this boat can go anywhere the much larger boats can go simply because the way the double hulls are able to ride the waves.
Captain Tim and I discussed not only price but what fish I could expect to catch. He promised to take(3 of us) trolling for king and Spanish mackerel and also save time for bottom fishing mainly for red snapper, grouper, and any "bonus" fish that may come along.
After Captain Tim visited a bait boat just off the beach(bought us 30 spot) and we caught a few more bait ourselves(cigar minnows) we headed off about 10 miles east and about a mile offshore(boat trip lasted 20 minutes). He showed me on his depth finder and fish finder a "wreck" he intended for us to fish and right away(within 1 minute after letting all three lines out) I caught a very nice king mackerel. One of the other guys immediately lost a king and right after that I caught a nice Spanish mackerel. Jeff and James caught several fish that Captain Tim called hard tails and we threw them back. About an hour later the bites stopped and the captain asked me if we would like to visit a couple of other wrecks and reefs to bottom fish.
This boat captain has the coordinates of all the "hot spots" to both bottom fish and troll. He explained to us that we would have to bait our own hooks(we were already experienced deep sea fishermen so no problem) as he would be working the engines to keep us suspended over the reef and fish he was watching on the depth and fish finders. Again almost immediately we started catching fish and most of those were red snapper. I believe the biggest red snapper I had on the line was also the one a big shark wanted as much than I did. You can see from the picture that he got the bigger half. The limit for red snapper is 2 per person but I believe we caught a total of 10 nice red snapper and kept the limit of 6. In addition to the hard tails we also caught a bonus snapper and I caught a Bonita.
After that shark ate half my biggest snapper I told the captain I want to catch that shark. He told me how to handle the shark if I got him hooked. Obviously by brother in law was listening because we both hooked a shark soon after. Captain Tim told us both that one of us would have to break off as he could not chase both sharks. Since Jeff had caught a shark three weeks earlier we decided to break his off and during this time my shark was peeling off the line.
Captain Tim took off(with boat) after the shark so I could play catch up with the shark. After a few more minutes of fighting the shark I handed the pole to James and he fought it another 20 minutes. We finally got the shark to the boat and captain Tim(who is a deep sea diver also) stuck his water proof video camera in the water(on a pole) and shot us a short video of this shark. I hope you enjoy the video as much as James and I enjoyed fighting the shark. We chose to break him off and return to fishing for more king mackerel.
We got on the boat with Captain Tim at 7am and got back to the dock at 1:30. It took Captain Tim about 30 minutes to clean those fish. We paid him the fee of $725(6 hours) plus a tip. Captain Tim is the most professional and knowledgeable Destin deep sea fishing charter captain the three of us have ever fished with and we all told him we would be calling him again soon.
I also told Captain Tim that I would write about our adventure and hopefully grab him some more business(because of Activerain google juice). I also asked him if any of my readers want to go deep sea fishing would he offer them a discount for reading this article and he told me to offer a discount of $50(off any of his fishing charters). I am doing this for him because of the great Destin deep sea fishing trip he took us on. You can reach him at 850-685-1932 and tell him Captain Mike sent you(he calls me that because I flew my plane to Destin).