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30A - Santa Rosa Beach, Florida


Destin Fishing Captain of the Year 2020
Co-Host of the Gulf Coast Boating and Fishing Seminar Series

Captain Mark Hotze


Charter and Guide Options

What to Expect

A Breakdown of a Typical Season


Link to our Instagram @30alighttackle


30A Light Tackle Charter Boat in Destin Harbor

This isn't your average fishing trip.


In 2018, we started running our own trips just to do things the way we wanted to. "Leave that little rod in the car," they'd say. "Spinning gear doesn't work offshore". Well, it did - and it still does. A different life spent traveling and fishing in different states and countries has let us develop a system that has proven to be successful and most importantly - fun as hell. Light tackle fishing in the Gulf of Mexico? An older gentlemen on a trip described it best - "You'll get to know that fish". 

No need to drive to Destin - we launch from almost smack dab in the middle of Santa Rosa Beach and are just minutes away from anywhere from Miramar Beach to Rosemary.

The trips are for a max of 4 people.


We offer the following trips from Santa Rosa Beach/30A:

6-8 hour gulf trips for reef/pelagic species like snapper, mahi, tuna, and king mackerel

Shark tagging trips as a volunteer participant in NOAA Marine Fisheries

Inshore/state water light tackle trips for tarpon, redfish, and trout

Offshore fly fishing trips- *if you know how to fly fish*

Slow Pitch Jigging trips

Surf/Beach trips for pompano and redfish when you don't feel like a boat ride (depending on availability)

New for the 2022 season is an industry leading 2022 Everglades 243CC with a second station/tower. Weighing at almost 6,000lbs - this boat can handle anything from back country waters to deeper offshore waters. We're pretty spoiled. It can run 50mph if we need to, and has a range of well over 200 miles. There are coolers on board for food and drinks, and a big fish box if we catch legal fish that you'd like to keep.  The boat is also registered with a fishing license so no additional licenses will need to be purchased. It's also full of safety equipment (life jackets, flares, fire extinguishers, satellite phone, etc) - just in case. 


The rods and reels we use aren't typical on a charter. We believe the last thing you should worry about when fighting a fish is whether or not the gear can keep up. In fact, we take the same rods and reels out when we're personal fishing too. Fighting a fish on a lighter rod might take a little bit of coaching, but we promise you won't be the same fisherman (or woman) by the time you get off the boat. And if you want more conventional tackle - just let me know, we can bring that too. Message us, and even if for some reason we can't do what you want - we're sure we can recommend someone who can. 

Destin Fishing Captain of the Year Award

Proud to be Partners with

Pelagic Pro Team logo
Shimano North America Partner
Sord Sponsor logo
Shipwreck Rum Sponsor Logo
Legendary Marine Fishing Ambassador
Everglades Pro Team Logo
Garmin Marine Ambassador
Half Hitch Sponsor Logo
MeatHead Charcoal Partner Logo
G Eye Jig Partner Logo


Captain Mark Hotze

Tel: 804-363-7340

Thanks for reaching out!

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