Gulf Coast Deep Water Fishing Trips
Deep water fishing is a truly unique experience. By traveling further offshore, up to 100 nautical miles, you will enjoy sport fishing at its finest. Some of the greatest catches live in the depths far off the coastline, and with each adventure, you will come home with new tales to tell. While the trips to the fishing spots can definitely be relaxing, these charters are designed for those looking for excitement. Deep water fishing is a true fight between human and fish, making it a much more physical activity than fishing close to the shoreline.
How Long Do Deep Water Fishing Charters Take?
Since you are going farther out onto the water, deep sea charters will consist of at least one overnight stay. The time frames can vary depending on the distance you are going and how many days you wish to fish. Our deep water fishing charters start at 36 hours and can last a week or more if you book a custom live aboard package.
Who Would Best Enjoy a Deep Water Charter?
Due to the length of time and travel of these charters, they are definitely designed for those who love to fish. Deep water fishing is considered sports fishing and requires more commitment and work than fishing close to the shore. While there will definitely be some downtime during your trip, when actively fishing, it is likely to be all hands on deck to bring in the large fish you will be likely to hook. Even though the boats are larger and more sturdy than shallow water boats, the water out in the Gulf can get choppy. Those with motion sickness may have problems during these types of charters unless they have the proper motion sickness medication.
What Type of Fish Can I Catch on a Deep Water Fishing Trip?
Depending on the time of year you book your charter, you may encounter a number of different species of fish, all sought after game fish, definitely worthy of the excursion. Some of the most common fish that can be found during your charter include:
- Marlin: Fishing from the Gulf, you can expect to find both Blue and White Marlin. Marlin are huge game fish, perfect for mounting and average between 200 and 400 lbs, though they can get well over 1,000 lbs. The best time of year to catch Marlin is from the months of May through October.
- Swordfish: Swordfish is a prize game fish, popular for mounting and eating as well. While most will average around 300 to 500 lbs, they can get as large as 700 lbs. To give you the best chance of landing a swordfish on your charter, be sure to book your trip for spring or summer.
- Wahoo: The Wahoo, known for its unique bright blue bands, can reach an average weight of 80 lbs. They are found of both tropical and subtropical waters and are best to catch in the months of July and August.
- Sailfish: Another popular fish for trophy hunters are sailfish. Known for their unique sail-like fin, they can achieve weights between 50 and 200 lbs. The season for sailfish only varies moderately in the Gulf, but the best time of year to catch them is June through September.
- Yellowfin Tuna: Catching a yellowfin tuna is definitely on every fisherman’s to-do list. They are one of the most sought fish for their taste, as well as their size. In the Gulf, you will regularly find yellow tuna over 100 pounds that can leap 6 to 8 feet out of the water. They prefer cooler waters, so the best time to fish for them is autumn through spring.
- Golden Tile: The Golden Tile is a beautiful fish often found in cold, deep water. Its meat is highly sought after and is described as tasting similar to crab. They can get as big as 30 to 40 pounds, and the best time to catch them is during the winter and spring months.
- Barrelfish: Barrelfish is a deep water species found anywhere from depths of 300 to 1200 feet. They are known to fight all the way to the surface, making reeling them in somewhat challenging. They average around 25 lbs and are best caught during the spring through fall.
Find that big game, sportfish you have dreamed of landing, by booking your deep water fishing charter today.