Destin is home to some of the best fishing in the country.  Picking the right boat and captain can mean everything in having the best time on your deep sea fishing excursion.  Here are a few tips on how to make the most out of your fishing experience.   Good luck fishing!

1)  The longer you fish, the more you'll catch: If you really want to have a good day of fishing, take an 8 or 10 hour trip. The 4 or 6 hour trips are just not out long enough to get you a solid catch.  Typically, you'll go out about 20 miles on an 8 or 10 hour trip.  The further they go out, the more fish you'll catch (and the bigger too).  

2)  The difference between party, private and group charters:   There are typically 3 types of charters you can go on.  The least expensive is the party boat charter. The prices in Destin range from about $50-80 per person.  Party boats will cram people on the boat until there is no room left.  However, party boats are known for tangled lines, small fish, and a lot of people on the boat.  This is great for young families or people on a budget.  Party boats can catch some good fish, but it's not a serious fishermens choice.

The group charter is recommened if you want less people on the boat, but you don't want to pay the high prices of a private charter.  Typically, there will be 10-15 people max on the boat and you'll be paired up with other parties.  The fishing is much better because there is less people.  You will pay around $100-200 per person depending on how long you go out.

And lastly, the private charter is for people who want to go out with no other strangers.  They usually put a deposit down on their trip so no one else can book that boat.  Typically private charters have around 6-10 people on the boat and they'll pay top dollar for the reservation.  

3) Check the boat out before you go:  Always stop by the boat a day before your trip and see what they're catching.  If you notice that they are coming back empty, try finding another captain.  

4) Check reviews online:  If the company has a website or reviews, check and see what people think about them.  Try finding another boat if the reviews are negative on a consistant basis.

5)  Rain Policies and Cancellations:  Never make a reservation unless you've agreed to their cancellation policies.  Some boats will charge you regardless of bad weather.  They will either reschedule or you lose your money.  See how long they have been in business as well.  Longevity of a charter boat company is important considering most come and go.

6) Price Check around the Harbor:  Don't immediately assume that a long trip at a super low rate is best.  You are here for one thing and that's too catch fish.  There are many charters that are inexpensive, but also don't catch fish!  Most charter boat companies stay consistent with their prices so price should not be your main concern.