My family lives in a rural area and it suits us well. We enjoy outside activities that put us in fresh air and challenge our bodies. Particularly, boys need adventure in their lives and it can be difficult to find time to provide that for them. Our guys are teenagers and they love the outdoors. They do pretty much everything that can be done outdoors. They have been wanting for some time to go on a deep-sea fishing trip, and we promised them we’d make it happen.
This promise was initialized back in the summer, while Red Snapper was still available. Due to various other commitments and the two weekend trips to Louisiana, we just couldn’t pull it off before mid-November. Looking at the calendar, the only other free weekend we were seeing was the weekend of Veterans Day. That was to be THE weekend for our fishing trip. Early in the week I searched and found some wonderful information on a party boat. We would be able to hop onto it Friday morning, and leave out by about 8 a.m. for an eight-hour trip of fishing.
The family got up at 4 a.m., packed sandwiches, drinks, and snacks, and took off for Destin, FL. We found the waterfront but we weren’t able to find the boat I had researched earlier in the week. We walked down the docks till we found a booking center for a different pair of boats, the Destin Princess and the Destiny. Both were booked for Friday but we booked our trip for Saturday on the Destiny, an 8-hour fishing excursion, and headed back home. It’s not all that far for us, about a two-hour drive each way, and it was a holiday so we weren’t crushed.
Of course the captain has no control over the weather, but his crew sure made the rest of the fishing trip enjoyable and memorable.
My Family’s Takeaway
A couple of notes on this trip: Neither my husband nor I had been offshore fishing for more than 20 years, and the boys had never gone offshore, so we all took 1 Dramamine about an hour before departure. I don’t know if we would have needed it, because the water was perfect all day. But we knew we didn’t want to have anything interfering with our trip.
I cannot say enough good about the captain and crew of the Destiny. We knew exactly what to expect and they delivered. They showed us how to fish, how to have fun doing it, how to stay safe, they helped us land the fish, and untangle our tangles. At the end of the trip, they filleted them for us–four cuts with a sharp knife, and we had two fillets per fish.
I can highly recommend this company if you decide you want to go deep-sea fishing. The Destiny Princess will take you on a shorter trip, closer inland, but either boat will provide you with a family adventure.