Capt. Art Smith has fished the waters around Destin Florida for over 25 years.


Capt. Art Smith has fished the waters around Destin Florida for over 25 years. He also spent a lot of time exploring under the sea as a Master S.C.U.B.A. Diving Instructor for the past 35 years not only along the Emerald Coast but all over the world. So you might say he knows where the fish live. He takes pride knowing that he can guarantee that he can place you above the fish. Captain Art has been the Master of this 48 foot custom built charter boat with a walk around deck and a 20×17 foot fishing cock pit, for over ten years. When you board the Miss Nautica you are not just a customer you become part of the crew. Once you are part of the crew, you become one of the family who is always welcome and taken well care of.

When the vessel returns to the dock he will hang your fish and assist you in taking photos of your catch, so don’t forget your camera. If you would prefer, he can arrange for them to be taken professionally by one of our local photographers, just let us know in advance. The first mate will then cut and bag your catch of the day and proceed in cleaning the boat for tomorrow’s trip.

Your First Mate

Your mate works hard for you starting his day well before day break preparing for your day of fun and adventure by cleaning the boat, getting your ice, out all of the safety equipment. He will help you stow your gear and prepare to make way.
As the crew leaves the Destin Harbor not only will he point out some of the historic sites but he will also give a brief description of the gear and tackle you will be using for the day. The first mate will also explain the importance of using live bait which you can either catch or if you wish to save time purchase for $20.00 per scoop.
On the journey heading out to the fishing grounds he will continue maintaining the boat and may tell you a few of his great adventures at sea and a few of the great catches he has helped bring aboard. When the crew arrives at the first stop the first mate is there to assist you and if needed will teach you the fine science of fishing.

Your Mate works for Gratuity and it is customary to give him 20% for a job well done.
Thank you… Capt. Art