Featured Spring Trips!

We have a featured 4 hour and 5 hour trip from March to May 20.  Packages for 4 people start at $700 plus a 20% minimum deckhand fee/gratuity with complimentary fish cleaning.   Certain rules apply.  See rates page for details about these featured trips.   Book your trip today!

Where Achievement Is An Absolute!

Come see how a half day (6 hour) charter can change your perspective on what deep sea fishing can be like.    Book your trip today!

Redefining Deep Sea Fishing, One Trip At A Time!

A family friendly, action packed fishing charter that breaks traditions and makes dreams come true.  Book your trip today!

Reach Your Full Potential!

We encourage you to participate at your own pace, so you will gain confidence and reach your full potential.  Book your trip today!

Deep Sea Fishing Adventures Begin Here!

A deep sea fishing charter that gives you action, some relaxation or something in between.  Book your trip today!

Raise Your Expectations!

Different in every way.  First we raised the bar, now we are setting standards.  Book your trip today!

Trips To Be Envied!

Taking your family deep sea fishing for the first time, isn’t such an imposition!  Book your trip today!

Nobody Forgets A Fight Like This!

Catching a big fish on light tackle.  There is nothing you can’t do, when you make up your mind to do it!  Book your trip today!

Motivated to give you the best fishing experience!

The experiences you receive while fishing with us, will shape who you while moving forward in life.  They are more valuable than any material goods you will ever possess!  Book your trip today!

What Face Will You Make When You’re Fighting A Big Fish?

The expressions on your face is priceless and we aim to catch that special moment for you.   Book your trip today!

Ever Caught a Kingfish?

King Mackerel are a fun fish to catch while trolling to and from the reefs.  They are always in season and are ideal for those who want to keep some fish for dinner.  June through October are best.   Book your trip today!

What Our Family Values Most!

Our relentless attention to every detail and improving the family fishing experience drives us forward!   Book your trip today!

Remember That Moment When You Held Your First Fish!

All of our trips come standard with complimentary professional photographs of your family fishing.  We’ve got you covered with our own high end camera and will give you a complimentary CD of all the pictures we take. Book your trip today!

Our Trips will Captivate, Surprise and Delight

If you catch a big Cobia like this one, the rest of your trip is made!  During late spring and summer, these migratory game fish show up on Alabama’s artificial reefs and they offer an incredible light tackle fight. Book your trip today!

Meet Captain Troy

His grand kids call him “Papa Bear.”  Come see for yourself why families trust this true gentleman.     Book your trip today!

Ever Caught A Mahi Mahi?

During the late summer, Mahi Mahi can be caught while trolling fishing south of Orange Beach.  If you are lucky enough to catch one, they are very tasty too!  Book your trip today!

Your Kids Can Drive Our Boat!

Would your kids like to learn how to drive the boat?  Captain Troy encourages you to come up and take the helm.   Book your trip today!

Escape Ordinary, Cruise The Distraction!

Distraction isn’t about luxury or status, it’s about satisfaction.  Her seamless blend of style, nostalgia and substance, crafted to ensure every fishing trip is something special.   Book your trip today!


Sea A World of Wonder!

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched.  They must be felt with the heart.”
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Shark Fishing is Exhaustingly Fun!

Want your own big fish story?  On most 6 hour charters, someone gets a chance to get a competitive edge over their buddies.  All sharks are photographed and then released.
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Indulge Yourself

Because you deserve it.  Your family will will always remember the time when you took them to experience a different kind of fishing charter in Orange Beach.
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Endless Possibilities

You never know what your going to catch while deep sea fishing near Gulf Shores.
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Dare To Be Different!

Redefining Charter Fishing – One Customer At A Time.   When it comes to deep sea fishing, we encourage you to keep only what you need for a few meals or release them all.  We are fishing for tomorrow.
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Your Family’s  Safety Matters To Us!

When you bring your family to fish with us, you are with one of the safest boats in town.  With us, “Safety Is No Accident.”    Book your trip today!

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  • Family Fishing
    Family Fishing It's time to put the accelerator down on your imagination and experience a family friendly fishing charter that is available nowhere else. If you want your family to be treated right, look no further. We are here to serve you!...
  • Deep Sea Fishing
    Deep Sea Fishing Escape ordinary and learn how to catch bigger fish on our exclusive half day charter. We will take your family to the best spots and teach you the secret techniques to deep sea fishing and help you land your next trophy fish. ...
  • Trolling Fishing
    Trolling Fishing Is a style of fishing, where we keep the boat moving, dragging baits and lures behind the boat at different depths, distances and speeds, waiting on a fish to strike. Trolling begins in early May and continues through late October each year. ...
  • Light Tackle Fishing
    Light Tackle Fishing On all of our half day trips you will be using NEW light tackle fishing gear that will be the highlight of your family trip. Our tackle is easy to use and ideal for first timers and kids. Remember, "Fishing Light - Get's The Bite®"...

Orange Beach Deep Sea Fishing Charters


Raise your expectations! A family friendly fishing charter that is different in every way.

Welcome aboard Captain Troy’s, Distraction Charter Deep Sea Fishing boat.   It’s time to raise your expectations and find out why our private charter fishing trips are so popular with families and first time anglers who are vacationing in Orange Beach and Gulf Shores, Alabama.  When you choose us, only you and your family will be the only ones on the boat except your captain and deckhand.  You may have as few as 1 person or a maximum of 6 people in your group.


One of the most comforting things in life is being with people who are just like you.  There is nothing more satisfying in this world to meet someone and immediately hit it off as if you were family.  When we started our company in 2002, we knew we had something special to offer families than just an ordinary fishing charter.   Unlike other companies who focus on getting you on the boat and filling the cooler, we knew our blend of southern hospitality and charm, along with some personal service and some light tackle action would be just right.

That is why we invite you to come along and see what we do for you and your family, so will fully understand what deep sea  fishing charters can be like, when you choose an offshore guide who really cares if you have a safe, action packed, education filled, happy experience.   When you choose  Distraction as your charter company, we promise to do our best and put you on some quality fish and let you learn how to catch them.   If you really want to have fun, our 6 hour trip will give you an opportunity to experience what we call bottom fishing or reef fishing.   These trips are our most popular and offer just the right amount of riding, trolling and fishing for red snapper, triggerfish and an occasional amberjack.  Even though these fish pull hard and taste great, they are highly regulated and most will have to be released due to seasonal closures.  Remember, the longer the trip you choose the more fish you will have a chance to learn how to catch.

No matter which trip is right for you,  if the fish you catch are in season or out of season and must be let go, we will still take you to catch them, take some photographs and release them.   If the fish you catch are in season, you are welcome to take as many allowed by law or just take some home for a few good meals.  Our goal is to educate, demonstrate and give you a platform to exercise your beginner skills or hon your angling knowledge.


Imagine your 12 year old catching a big mangrove snapper on his first fishing trip!

  • Children & Kids Fishing
    Imagine finding an offshore fishing guide that specializes in taking kids as young as 4, deep sea fishing. With us, parents can relax and kids can be kids. Families love what we do for them....
  • See Dolphins & Sea Turtles
    Being able to see Wild Dolphins, Sea Turtles, Pelicans and Seagulls up close, is the highlight of any fishing charter. There is so much more to deep sea fishing and we aim to share it with you....
  • “CPR” Catch, Photo, Release
    Our "Keep the Best, Release the Rest" option offers year round opportunities for those who want to experience fishing in Orange Beach....
  • Shark Fishing Fun
    It's time to "One Up" your buddies with your own big fish story. On almost every 6 hour charter, somebody has a chance to test their angling skills against one of natures Apex predators. ...

Family Deep Sea Fishing Opportunities

family fishing charters with kids

A Laid Back, Action Packed, “G” Rated Fishing Charter For Families and First Timers

If you are like most families or are first timers who have never been deep sea fishing before, choosing a fishing charter in Alabama can be overwhelming.   With us, we keep the choices simple and offer plain explanations as to what we offer and what you can expect.  When you choose an Orange Beach Fishing Charter like the Distraction, you have nothing to worry about, because we always have your best interest at heart.

What we do for families who are vacationing in Orange Beach and Gulf Shores, Alabama, is unlike any other fishing charter around.  We take you to catch fish, but we take customer service to a whole new level.  We are extremely polite, professional, courteous, respectful and patient with everyone.  Since we specialize in family fishing, you are encouraged to bring the kids along so we can spend time with them and hopefully influence their life in a positive way.    We do our best to keep fishing rods bent and offer you an experience like no other.   If you like to laugh, have fun, joke around and catch fish, we are the charter boat for you.

Moms Don’t Worry With Distraction – We also have the unique ability to calm fears and anxieties you may have about taking your babies or family, offshore fishing for the first time.  If you don’t understand something or have a question or concern, we will take the time to explain how and why we are doing what we are doing.  When it comes to fishing, we will show you over and over again until you are comfortable using the tackle and are catching fish all by yourself.

Guaranteed – Unlike Any Other Fishing Charter Around


Sharing our love for fishing with your kids is what we are all about.  We love it when a child comes up and takes the helm and learns something new.

When it comes to going deep sea fishing, we are not an alternative to other charters in Orange Beach.  There is a huge difference between we do for you and what our competitors advertise.  Sure, all charter boats near Gulf Shores and Perdido Key, Florida take people deep sea fishing and we all catch fish.  What separates us from the herd is, we have the patience to and have a unique ability to teach basic angling skills to people who have never fished before (First timers), or have never been given the opportunity to learn how to fish in saltwater.  When you combine education with excellent customer service, patience, professionalism, kindness and gentleness, this is what really pulls us ahead of the competition.   That is why our company has the reputation of  being one of the best fishing charters around.

We care more about you getting a personalized, hassle free, “G” rated, quality fishing charter experience with value added services, more than our own personal gain.  Humbling ourselves and by asking our guests how we can better serve you, is the most rewarding things we have ever done.  This equates to you getting a lot of hands on experience and some incredible light tackle action.  If the fish you catch are in season and you want a harvest a few fish for dinner, that is alright by us.    If you decide to let them go, we will take some incredible photos of your catch so you can prove what you caught.

One of the biggest differences about us is, we are professional anglers and stewards of our marine resources.  We are not hard core anglers that put a lot of pressure on you to land and force you to keep every fish you catch, no matter the size.   We take people fishing who want to catch fish and have a good experience.  We are the ones who will be right there cheering you on while you fight and try to land a big fish using light tackle.  We will also be the ones who will pat you on the back when you lose one, saying, “It’s OK, you will get the next one.”  We have no ego and don’t try to impress anyone other than you and your family with good southern hospitality.  Now, If you happen to catch a limit of fish and you want to keep all of them, that is fine by us too.  We just understand that not everyone wants to keep a bunch of fish that they may not want or have means to handle or transport them back home.   Being responsible fishing guides, it is important to us that nothing we catch, goes to waste.

An Orange Beach Charter Boat Captain With A Servant’s Attitude

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Captain Troy cares enough to learn each of your names and then call you by them!

I am Captain Troy Frady.  I am a professional offshore angler, a servant, a host and your point of contact when booking your charter fishing trip.  I spent almost 20 years in the corporate world as a bank loan officer,  free lance commercial pilot and a full time transportation manager for a fortune 500 company before giving it all up to live a dream of making a living on the water as a charter fishing guide, outdoor writer and photographer based out of Orange Beach Marina.  I encourage you to read about us and see what we do for families like yours.  Our family and kid friendly fishing trips are safe,  fascinating and valuable, you will not find another trip like it anywhere else.  I guarantee it.   You will experience unique activities and get to see some amazing sights that might be overlooked elsewhere.  Being a servant, we don’t just take you deep sea fishing, we take you to have an educational experience fishing and everything that encompasses.   Our company has become a destination favorite for families and first timers that want to escape ordinary charter fishing.  We take pride in and encourage you to read all of our trusted customer reviews so you can see what other families like yours say about what we do for them.

kids fishing with dad

Spending time with your children while they are learning how to fish is what we call “Quality Time.”


little boy holding mahi mahi or dolphin fish.

Families with Kids love fishing with Captain Troy

Deep Sea Fishing trips that offer the best opportunity for you

Our most popular deep sea fishing charter of all times is the half day, 6 hour light tackle trip.   I know that some of you are concerned about taking your kids offshore for the first time and wondering how they will do.  When a family with small kids have chosen a shorter trip in the past, they almost 99% of the time, wish they had done a little longer trip because they have so much fun.  Because of that, we only offer 6 hour trips during the peak summer months.  This custom tailored private trip is ideal because it offers you a combination of both trolling and bottom fishing and you will catch some amazingly nice size fish.   By choosing the half day trip your family will have more opportunities to experience a good charter fishing trip.    I assure you, 6 hours goes by quick when you are having fun and catching fish.

If you want a little more out of your fishing trip and you have the time and budget, our full day 10 hour trip is ideal.   If you give us 10 hours, we will get you farther offshore where your family will have a chance to catch something other than red snapper.  These full day trips are idea from May to October each year.  Who really knows what you will catch when you choose a full day trip.  You just might get lucky and catch something real big.

wahoo fishing in orange beach

Ever caught a Wahoo? They are one of the fastest fishes in the ocean.

For those of you who want to take your angling skills to a new level, we offer one on one tutorials and educational trips for you.  These All Day (10 hour) trips are highly specialized and they teach you advanced angling.  These trips are not meat hauls because the fish are all highly regulated and seasons are short.  They are designed for those anglers who are wanting to learn more about saltwater angling, just like they see on TV.   These trips offer knowledge that can be passed on to future generations.   What an All Day trip gives you is a chance to broaden your knowledge and expand your horizons.

 Reasons Family’s Choose Distraction Charters.

  • We offer secure online booking that is fast, efficient and is hassle free.
  • We don’t require a 50% non refundable deposit.  You get to keep all your money in your pocket until the day of the trip.
  • We have a satisfaction guaranteed – or we will make it right policy.
  • Our boat is maintained to the highest of standards and cleanliness.
  • We have the best safety equipment on board, including an inspected inflatable life raft and fire system.
  • You get to indulge yourself while experiencing a safe, private, “G” rated, kid friendly, laid back, hassle free, deep sea fishing charter in a way that can be found nowhere else.
  • Your captain and crew are really good educators and hosts. We care if you have a good time and hope you learn how to catch some big fish. We are competent, knowledgeable and will always put your happiness before our personal gain.
  • Our boat has a cold air conditioning system.
  • You and your family are welcome upstairs at any time (as long as sea conditions allow it).
  • We encourage children and shy family members to engage themselves at their own pace or comfort level and do something they can’t do at home.
  • We don’t fish in unsafe or extremely rough sea conditions.  You can relax when it comes to bad weather, if it’s too rough, we simply don’t go.  (If seas are 3 ft or less, we usually go) Because we don’t take deposits, you don’t have to worry about getting a refund if the seas don’t allow us to get out.  Some days are more comfortable than others, but we do all we can to make you happy and keep your family safe.
  • We do our best to take as many photos and film a movie of you while you are fishing. We 0ffer you a complimentary copies of your family while fishing and a movie of your entire fishing trip. This way, you can re-live your charter whenever you like.  You can also see who caught the most fish.
dad helping son reel in a fish

Sharing that moment when your child reels in their first fish is magical, and we aim to capture that moment for you.

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