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“PHENOMENAL TRIP !!!”
Review of Dark Side Charters

Dark Side Charters
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Experience the best fishing the Emerald Coast has to offer. 36' Contender Center Console easily accommodates up to 6 passengers comfortably. Customized fishing trips 4-14 hours. All licenses, equipment, and bait provided, no experience necessary. Bottom fishing for grouper or snapper, trolling for mackerel, shark fishing, or offshore trolling for Mahi, Tuna, or Wahoo. USCG certified captain and our experienced deckhand will make for a fun and memorable fishing trip you won't forget! Conveniently located at Treasure Island Marina, Panama City Beach. Come on and bring the whole family for a great fishing adventure!
Useful Information: Lockers / storage, Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed 29 July 2017 via mobile

If you are looking for a world-class experience for bottom fishing or a trolling trip these are the guys to go with. Captain Ryan and deck hand Myles went above and beyond to get us on 9 different species of fish. We had our limits on a couple different species that we wanted. We also opted to purchase our live bait which was inexpensive instead of catching it so we could spend more time catching game fish. Our family of 4 were completely worn out from catching fish the entire time with these guys. It was very nice going out in a boat that has speed and comfort to get to and from the fishing grounds instead of paying for a slow boring boat ride and fish for a short amount of time like some other charters we have been on in the past. Needless to say when we got back to the dock everyone that was around could not believe the amount of fish we had on board. We were not able to keep several fish due to not being in season or ate by cudas and dolphin which was fine because the cleaning fees we racked up at Treasure Island Seafood Market were fairly high. Fees were high because of the amount of fish we had. We ended up with 142 pounds of keeper fish and 53.5 pounds of clean fillets. We will be coming back and going out on the Salt Crusher with Dark Side Charters. If you choose these guys you will not be disappointed.

Thank Colby K
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Alicia S, Manager at Dark Side Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 31 July 2017

Thanks so much for taking the time to review us. We are so glad you liked the boat and were pleased with your catch of fish! Enjoy those filets you will be eating the next few months! Can't wait to fish with you again soon.

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Reviewed 21 July 2017

We can't recommend these guys highly enough. We came in almost anxious with anticipation because we had such high expectations. We had been looking forward to this-- my four boys and me-- for months. Captain Ryan and Miles did not disappoint. We will certainly be back. I spent three days searching, and have been on several other fishing trips before this one. Here is what we specifically love about Captain Ryan and Miles:
1. They have a faster boat to get out to the locations, which means you spend half the time in transit, and double the time fishing.
2. They know EXACTLY where the fish are, what type of fish are where, and how to get to them. We heard a comment that they were the only boat that keeps reaching their limits of fish each trip. This was true with us. If you want to catch a ton of fish, these are your guys. Their experience and knowledge showed.
3. Family friendly. They were courteous, used no bad language, no smoking, no behavior that we found in any way objectionable. They were very helpful for my 12-year-old, who is pretty experienced for his age, but still found their assistance invaluable.

We caught mahi-mahi, amberjack, king mackrel, bonita, several different types of snapper, trigger fish, and more. A great day! Highly recommend.

Thank wilborn7
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Alicia S, Manager at Dark Side Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 22 July 2017

Thank you for taking the time to review us. We are so glad you were pleased with your trip. Customers like you make our job exciting! Enjoy your catch. Looking forward to fishing with you and your boys again soon!

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Reviewed 16 June 2017

My first experience deep sea fishing was fantastic. Captain Ryan and 1st mate Miles took us to several hot spots and were on the ball the whole time during our 8 hour trip. We had a full box of various snappers, a Bonita, a couple small sharks, and we even reeled in a 10' dusky shark that stole a couple of large red snappers from us.. it was awesome! We made some excellent fish tacos that evening from the haul. Ryan and Miles were professional, polite and ran a tight ship... :)

Thank RCush10
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Alicia S, Manager at Dark Side Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 22 July 2017

Thank you for taking time to review your trip! So glad you were happy with your catch. Looking forward to fishing with you again soon!

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Reviewed 10 June 2017 via mobile

1st time fishing for me in Florida. Captain Ryan took us out on the Salt Crusher. Beautiful boat! Loved all the space and the padded walls. Ryan and Miles were so genuine and full of hospitality. We caught a boat load of fish including some killer Red Snapper, Atlantic sharks, and Bonita. This knowledgeable crew worked tirelessly to make sure we didn't have any wasted time. Hooks were constantly baited and in the water and captain Ryan has a high standard for fish size. The Salt Crusher absolutely crushed it!

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Alicia S, Manager at Dark Side Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 14 June 2017

Thank you for taking the time to review us Ben! We enjoyed fishing with you and can't wait to go again soon. Happy customers like you make our job so exciting! Enjoy your catch and hope to be hearing from you again!

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Reviewed 27 May 2017

Excellent Trip!! Very nice solid dry ride even though we had some sporty seas on the way back. Captain put us on the fish in short order with a limit of red snapper. We then moved on to beeliners and white snapper until everyone was worn out reeling in fish. Both captain and mate are seasoned professionals that take care of your every need throughout the day. If you want to have a great experience without breaking the bank then Dark Side should be your first choice!!

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Alicia S, Manager at Dark Side Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 14 June 2017

Thanks so much for taking the time to post a review for us! Can't wait to fish with you and your husband again soon! We are glad you enjoyed the boat as well.
Tight Lines!

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