Captain Steve Haeusler and crew welcome you to the new Charter Boat First Light website, your number one destination for Deep Sea Fishing In Destin Florida! Whether you are an avid fisherman or a novice looking to improve on your skills, let Captain Steve Haeusler and Charter Boat First Light show you the way. If you are new to the area or are visiting and looking for something fun to do, you have come to the right place.
With competitive rates and expert knowledge in the area and the fish in the area, Charter Boat First Light is your number one source for deep sea fishing in Destin Florida! Take a minute and browse through our site for information on our trips, photos of past fishing trips, rates, and more! Our DCBA boat captains represent: Deep Sea Fishing in Destin Florida, Destin Charter Boats, Destin FL Fishing Charters, Gulf Fishing, Bay Fishing, Inshore Charter Fishing, Destin Party Boats. Charter boats listed on Hooked On Destin are members of the Destin Charter Boat Association (DCBA).
Destin Fishing Charters: They book only the best private charter fishing boats in Destin, Fl. October 1st marks the beginning of Destin’s premiere fishing event of the year, The Destin Fishing Rodeo.
Throughout the month of October, the World’s Luckiest Fishing Village will play host to over 30,000 great fisherman as they compete to reel in the biggest game fish.
This year, the 37th Annual Destin Seafood Festival will officially begin on Friday, October 4th at four o’clock, and will run throughout the weekend, showcasing some of the best seafood Destin has to offer. Destin’s seafood festival tradition began in 1978, founded by the Charter Boat Association’s Women’s Auxiliary as a fundraiser for the local fisherman, and a way to attract visitors to the area. Over sixty-thousand people are expected to attend this year, for the most amazing local seafood, live music, fireworks, arts, crafts, and all around family fun. The weekend of October 16-19, is one of the South’s most celebrated festivals, The 39th Annual Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival, in the neighboring town of Niceville. Back in the days when the small town of Niceville was a nice little fishing village known as Boggy Bayou, local fisherman relied substantially on mullet, and poled flat-bottomed skiffs on the bay at night, listened for the jumping fish, and cast their nets.
This family friendly festival celebrating the mullet, and old Boggy Bayou traditions, was named one of the top 12 food festivals in the nation, and boasts three days of jam-packed fun with a large selection of food, including mullet, unique handmade arts and crafts, fun amusement rides and games, and top-notch musical entertainment. Kick back and relax in between bites, and watch your favorite college football team aboard the Destination, via Direct TV!
This entry was posted in Charter Boat Destination, Deep Sea Fishing in Destin, Local Events and tagged boggy bayou mullet festival, destin, Destin Charter Boats, Destin Deep Sea Charter Boat, Destin Fishing Charters, Destin Fishing Rodeo, destin florida, destin seafood festival, fall, family fun, festival, Fishing Tournament, florida charter boat fishing, game fish, game fishing, gulf of mexico, gulf of mexico fishing, mullet, seafood, season, shark on September 25, 2015 by Stan Phillips. The big news in Destin, Florida this summer is our Federal Red Snapper Season, which will begin June 1st, and run through July 14th, will be forty-four days long this year, compared to just nine days long last year. Red snapper is a popular, early-maturing, long-lived reef fish that are broadly distributed in the Gulf of Mexico. Snapper season has a strong economic impact for many coastal communities throughout Florida, including Destin. We offer a variety of family friendly private charters, ranging from as few as four hours to as many as twenty-four hours, and we can carry up to twenty-three passengers. If you plan to be in Destin, Florida this summer, give us a call (850) 259-3778, to reserve your spot or click here to book online with us today.
This entry was posted in Charter Boat Destination, Deep Sea Fishing in Destin, Local Events and tagged charter boat fishing, deep sea fishin, Destin Charter Boats, Destin Fishing Charters, destin florida, family fun, Fishing Competition, florida charter boat fishing, game fishing, gulf of mexico, red snapper season, saltwater fishing on May 13, 2015 by Stan Phillips. As April rolls in, and the weather warms in Destin, Florida, families flock to the Gulf coast for spring break, and to take advantage of one of the best times of the year to catch a wide variety of fish on the Gulf coast, especially aboard the Charter Boat Destination. Currently, this spring here in Destin, Florida, cobia, kings and blackfin tuna are running just offshore, and we are catching vermilion and white snapper, and A LOT of amberjack! We can arrange the fishing experience of a lifetime for you and your family, your clients, employees, or just a group of friends. This entry was posted in Charter Boat Destination, Deep Sea Fishing in Destin and tagged Anglers, charter boat fishing, Cobia, deep sea fishing, Deep Sea Fishing Destin, destin charter boat fishing, Destin Charter Boats, Destin Fishing Charters, family fun, florida charter boat fishing, game fish, gulf of mexico fishing on April 3, 2015 by Stan Phillips. This year the Destin Florida Cobia Tournament is full of GREAT cash prizes and SUPER prize packs on Super Saturdays!


The charter boat fishing in Destin, Florida really picks up in March with the Destin Florida Cobia Tournament, and the beginning of the annual spring run of Cobia.
And every year the Cobia migration is highly anticipated by Destin Florida’s Anglers because Cobia can weigh up to one hundred forty pounds, with many fish weighing-in between fifty and ninety pounds!
Participating in the Destin Florida Cobia Tournament aboard the Charter Boat Destination, watching the surface action, and angling Cobia, is one of the most exciting fishing charters that Destin, Florida has to offer.
The 18th Annual Destin Florida Cobia Tournament is right around the corner, and we are booking charters 7 days a week. This entry was posted in Charter Boat Destination, Deep Sea Fishing in Destin, Local Events and tagged Anglers, charter boat fishing, Cobia, Deep Sea Fishing Destin, Destin Charter Boats, Destin Deep Sea Charter Boat, Destin Fishing Charters, Fishing Tournament, florida charter boat fishing on February 27, 2015 by Stan Phillips.
Destin and Harborwalk Village are bustling with Snowbirds, Super Bowl XLIX talk, and the excitement of Mardi Gras, as everyone prepares for the 2015 season.
The Destination just returned from dry dock, the bottom is nice and clean, and the topside has been repainted. Because we know how you miss the sunshine, the cool Gulf breeze, the salty air, the crystal clear emerald green water, the sand between your toes…and that unmistakable tug on your fishin’ line…. This entry was posted in Charter Boat Destination, Deep Sea Fishing in Destin and tagged Anglers, charter boat fishing, deep sea fishing, Deep Sea Fishing Destin, destin, Destin Fishing Charters, family fun, Fishing Tournament, florida, florida charter boat fishing, January on January 27, 2015 by Stan Phillips. This month aboard the Charter Boat Destination, Anglers of all ages brought in good drops of Triggerfish, vermilion snapper, red snapper, amberjack and grouper. As 2014 comes to a close, and we reflect on another fun (and productive) year of fishing the Gulf waters, we are very thankful to each one of you for your loyalty and support. This entry was posted in Charter Boat Destination, Deep Sea Fishing in Destin and tagged Anglers, december fishing report, deep sea fishing, Deep Sea Fishing Destin, destin, destin charter boat fishing, Destin Charter Boats, family fun, florida, game fish, gulf of mexico fishing on December 31, 2014 by Stan Phillips. During November we were catching amberjack, grouper, king mackerel, mahi, amberines, and black and vermillion snapper. As Thanksgiving gives way to the Christmas Season, you don’t want to miss Santa’s grand entrance to the Destin Harbor, the Holiday on the Harbor ARTwalk, and of course, my favorite, the 28th Annual Destin Boat Parade through the Harbor, on December 14th.
Remember, we run charters during the winter months in Destin, so be sure to give us a call when you get tired of Turkey leftovers. This entry was posted in Charter Boat Destination, Deep Sea Fishing in Destin, Local Events and tagged Anglers, charter boat fishing, deep sea fishing, destin, Destin Charter Boats, family fun, florida, florida charter boat fishing, game fish, thankful, thanksgiving on November 25, 2014 by Stan Phillips. Halloween marks the end of the Destin Fishing Rodeo, bringing with it cooler weather and shorter days here in Destin.
The kings, scamp, trigger fish, amberjack, and vermillion snapper were biting like crazy, and we experienced abundant catches all month long. We also enjoyed sharing in the Rodeo fun and excitement over the last few weeks, as some of Destination’s anglers weighed-in their catch.
This entry was posted in Charter Boat Destination, Deep Sea Fishing in Destin and tagged Anglers, charter boat fishing, deep sea fishing, Deep Sea Fishing Destin, Destin Charter Boats, Destin Fishing Charters, Destin Fishing Rodeo, Fishing Competition, Fishing Tournament, florida charter boat fishing, game fish on October 31, 2014 by Stan Phillips. We use a combination of Penn and Shimano reels that are matched to custom built rods for specific applications.
This entry was posted in Charter Boat Destination and tagged Deep Sea Fishing Destin, Destin Charter Boats, Destin Deep Sea Charter Boat, Destin Fishing Charters on August 17, 2014 by Stan Phillips. Captain Steve Haeusler has over 30 years of fishing experience in Destin Florida and has been chartering deep sea fishing trips for over 20 years.
Destin FL has an abundance of Red Snapper, Grouper, Amberjack, Scamp, Triggerfish, which are all fish that we catch bottom fishing. If you are ready to take the next step and book your deep sea fishing trip with Charter Boat First Light, contact us today for more information. Parasailing, paddleboard rentals, charter fishing, dolphin cruises, sunset trips, sailing, pirate boat, snorkeling and more! Over $100,000 will be awarded in cash and prizes, and practically every game fish will be recognized. The rodeo is free for all anglers fishing aboard a registered vessel, like the Destination, so make your reservations now to participate in the most popular tournament on the Gulf Coast!
Thirty-seven years later the Destin Charter Boat Association carries on the tradition, and the festival has grown into a huge celebration of Destin’s rich marine heritage.


The mullet was then salted and preserved in fish barrels, and sold or traded to farmers from Florida and Alabama for vegetables. In April the water is warm, the sun is shining, the temperature is comfortable, and the bite is strong.
Each year these big fish migrate through Destin, Florida’s coastal waters towards their spawning areas near the Mississippi Delta. Give us a call today at (850) 259-3778, or fill out our contact form, to book your charter fishing trip for your Destin, Florida vacation. We can happily report, we experienced mostly mild sixty-degree days, and plenty of sunshine…which means we had some great fishing days! Life slows down just a little as the tourist crowds drift away, the hustle and bustle of the holidays subside, and the Snowbirds arrive.
We hope you had an amazing experience aboard the Charter Boat Destination in 2014, and we hope to see you again (or for the first time) in the new year. We are thankful for our loved ones, a measure of health, and the liberties we possess as Americans, among other things.
Catching an amberjack is quite a satisfying feeling, because they always put up a big fight. Deep sea fishing is one of the most unique activities Destin has to offer, and the cooler weather brings with it exciting new species of fish, and bountiful catches. Whether we are live bait fishing inshore, bottom fishing or trolling big lures offshore, we have tackle designed to get the job done.
With his experience and expertise, your next Destin Florida deep sea big game fishing trip will be one to remember!
You can reach Charter Boat First Light by phone at 850-837-9195 or by cell at 850-699-2188. They have many different cruises to choose from and they only take 6 people or less on their charters. Wether you’re trolling inshore for king mackerel, offshore for marlin, or going deep for grouper, you will be eligible to win. The weigh-ins are open to the public, and held every day in October, from 10AM to 7PM, on the harbor boardwalk near AJs.
The average Red Snapper grows to be about twenty-five pounds, with the largest Red Snapper caught in Destin, Florida, weighing in at 46 pounds. From the tower we can spot an individual Cobia, or small schools of Cobia, swimming just under the surface of the emerald green Gulf waters, off the Destin, Florida coast.
A couple of cold fronts rolled through and churned up the water, which kept us from fishing…but only for a few days.
Here in Destin, we are also thankful for several mild, sixty-degree-sunny weather days sprinkled throughout our winter months, despite the unseasonably cold temperatures gripping the rest of our country. Blue Marlin, White Marlin, Sailfish, Swordfish, Yellowfin Tuna, are offshore deep water trolling fish but they are not always easy to find. Plus, every Saturday in October is Shark Saturday, and the largest shark will win a cash prize! These fish are fun to catch, wonderful to eat, and have become the focus of many of the Charter Boat Destination’s fishing trips. After we spot the Cobia, we maneuver the Destination so our Anglers can cast a bait in front of the slow moving fish.
Taking a fishing trip with Charter Boat First Light drastically increases your chances of pulling in some of Destin’s biggest fish.



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