Fishing South Walton: Guide to Top 30A Charters and Visitor Tips

Fishing South Walton ranks as a favorite activity and must-do when visiting the 30A area. Its location and access to beaches along the Gulf of Mexico and Choctawhatchee Bay provide both open waters and secret nooks for visitors trying to catch the ‘big one’. With so many fishing opportunities, several fishing charter companies call the area home and specialize in family-friendly fun and lots of catches. Not sure where to start? Learn about the top charters along 30A:

Top 9 Charters for Fishing South Walton

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Santa Rosa Charters

One of the top South Walton fishing guides, Santa Rosa Charters LLC specializes in back bay fishing in Choctawhatchee Bay. The bay sits north of Miramar Beach and offers 30 miles of water to explore. Several fish species live in the bay, and those fishing with Santa Rosa Charters may catch redfish, speckled trout and gulf sturgeon, to name a few. Families can choose to fish for four to six hours, and tours are based on one to four participants. This option also caters to children unable to fish the full four hours, and parents can book a two-hour afternoon trip just for them.

30A Inshore Charters

30A Inshore Charters offers light-tackle, family-friendly fishing charters in five beach areas including Grayton and Seaside. Possible catches include redfish and trout, and 30A Inshore Charters provides all equipment and license responsibilities. Other fun activities that 30A Inshore offers to families should include sightseeing tours and crabbing charters.

Fishy Booty Charters

In Grayton Beach, head to Fishy Booty Charters. These South Walton fishing charters depart from Grayton Beach, and guests can try to catch species including grouper, mackerel and sharks. Trips range from three to four hours, and Fishy Booty supplies all equipment and bait. To add to the adventure, book a four-hour diving trip or sightseeing tour.

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Eagleray Charters

Ideal for all ages, Eagleray Charters offers trips ranging from four to seven hours. This fishing adventure explores Choctawhatchee Bay and near shore the Gulf of Mexico. Each charter accommodates groups four or less, and focuses on redfish and trout. While fishing, guests may also catch black drum, mangrove snapper, Spanish mackerel and flounder.

Not a Dog Charters

Another expert in fishing South Walton is Not a Dog Charters. The Not a Dog, a custom-built catamaran built by charter Captain Kerry, welcomes all skill levels and ages. Groups of four or smaller will enjoy fishing for red snapper, grouper, trigger fish and king mackerel. In the spring, families may also catch cobia. Not a Dog offers three- and four-hour trips, and provides all equipment and bait.

Dead Fish Charters

Award-winning Dead Fish Charters won Grand Champion by Visit South Walton as the best fishing charter in 2016. This charter offers bottom, surface, cobia and tarpon fishing for groups of four and smaller. Charter times range from three to four hours, and possible catches include grouper, snapper, tuna and barracuda. Dead Fish Charters also offers half- and full-day tarpon fishing at Indian Pass.

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Captain Phil’s Charters

Groups of five and fewer should check out Captain Phil’s Charters led by native Captain Phil. Rates include three- and four-hour excursions with equipment and bait provided. Fishers will enjoy trying to catch various species of snapper, grouper, mahi mahi, cobia and mackerel. Occasionally, guests will also catch sailfish and sharks.

Florida Boy Adventures

Accommodating groups as large as six, Florida Boy Adventures offers inshore tours in the bay. This top-rated fishing charter ranks as one of the best in the South Walton-30A area. With Florida Boy Adventures, which meets in Santa Rosa Beach, guests can book flats-fishing, fly-fishing and sightseeing trips. The flats fishing option provides all gear, with possible catches including redfish, trout, black drum, ladyfish and sharks. Those fly fishing should bring their own gear and equipment.

30A South Walton Fishing Tips

Visitors planning to book one of these 30A fishing adventures should plan to dress approximately and bring a few things along. Morning temperatures can become chilly, so it’s best to dress in layers. Here are a few other items to bring:

  • Cooler kept in the car for catches
  • Camera kept in waterproof bag
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses, hats
  • Soft-sole shoes, such as flipflops or sandals
  • Refreshments and snacks. Most charters provide bottled water, however snacks and additional non-alcoholic refreshments are welcome.

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