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First Shot Charters

ABOUT First Shot Charters :

First Shot is a 20’ boat that can fit up to 4 passengers per trip. Captain Mike Dates, the owner and operator, has been fishing the area waters since childhood. A native of the Destin area, Mike has been a USCG licensed captain for over 13 years.

First Shot crew primarily uses live bait, although they can easily accommodate fly and artificial fishermen as well. All the equipment and supplies necessary to clean the fish (should you decide to keep any) will be provided, along with a seasoned crew who are there to help along the way. Matter of fact, they’ll also be happy to clean the catch for you following the trip.

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.

From the first-time angler to the skilled professional, Capt. Mike will do his best to keep you on the fish and put a smile on your face. All fishing equipment for your group is provided by the Captain, along with fishing licenses for all occupants of the boat.

First Shot Charters POLICIES :

Free Cancellation - You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 7 days before the trip date. Full refund issued if your trip is cancelled by the captain in the event of unsafe weather conditions.
Our Charter Specializes in Inshore, Offshore (9miles), Flats, Nearshore, Reef, Wreck and Backcountry Fishing. Some Techniques We Use Include: Light Tackle, Bottom Fishing, Fly Fishing, Trolling, Heavy Tackle. Species We Target Are: Amberjack, Grouper (Black), Grouper (Red), Redfish, Sheepshead, Spanish Mackerel, Cobia, Grouper (Gag), King Mackerel (Kingfish), Sailfish, Snapper (Red), Triggerfish (Gray). Our Boat Has a 4 Person Capacity And An Overall Length Of 20'. Custom (Center console) originally built in 2000 and restored in 2016, is powered by a 225HP Yamaha engine with a maximum cruising speed of 35 knots.

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