About Distraction Fishing Charters

catching a big wahoo fish

Catching a big Wahoo is always a possibility while deep sea fishing in Orange Beach on our specially requested full day trips.

Distraction specializes in Family fishing.  We actually are the first charter in the nation to focus on family, education and promoting conservation.   Our customers are First Time Anglers and Family’s that want to be treated with respect and kindness.  We make sure we don’t stress anyone out or put pressure on you while you are fishing.

We are a fully licensed and insured offshore charter or deep sea fishing boat that can carry up to 6 passengers maximum (regardless of participation).  You can have as few as 1 person or as many as 6 in your group to book our boat.

We only offer private fishing charters.  This means only you and your group will be on the boat during your trip.  We do not offer shared expense, walk on trips or put you together with other people in order to keep your cost lower per person.

We own and operate one boat.   (41′ Hatteras named Distraction)  Captain Troy and his deckhand are with you on every fishing trip.  This is important because when a captain owns and runs their own boat, you will be assured you get the best fishing trip available.  They have a vested interest in your happiness and satisfaction.

Where Our Charter Boat Is Docked

We are docked just left of the Orange Beach Marina dock store which is located at 27075 Marina Road, Orange Beach, Alabama 36561

Where We Take You To Fish

We fish off the beach, near the shore on short trips, and farther offshore where we call it deep sea fishing.  Deep sea fishing can be up to 50 miles out, depending on the length of the trip you book.  Since most of our trips during the summer months are 6 hours in length, we usually stay within 16-20 miles or just out of sight of land or the condo’s,    Depending on the humidity and air quality, you can usually still see the tops of the condo’s from where we fish.

Even though we offer 10 hour trips, we will customize any trip in order to get you farther offshore as long as we have the time or don’t have a second trip that day.  During the off season, we will offer you an 5 hour trip or longer, depending on your request.  These full day trips take you anywhere from 25 to 40 miles offshore, where the water is anywhere from 150 to 300 feet in depth, usually.

Your Captain and Crew’s Professionalism

Your captain and crew are professional in every aspect of the operation.  We are drug and alcohol free.  We are members of a required random drug and alcohol testing program.   You can rest assured that your family is in competent and qualified hands when you allow us to serve you.  You don’t have to worry about us being under the influence of anything other than happiness.

Why Distraction Is Unlike Any Other Fishing Charters Around

Peter Drucker said ” You can’t be an expert in something that used to work.”  Coming from the corporate world of over 20 years, that is so true.  That is why we offer a different kind of fishing charter, not just an alternative to other ones.   When I tell you we are different, we mean it.  I will explain below my past experiences with other charters for the past 30 years, in order to help you understand why we are the way we are.

Our Experience With Old School Fishing Charters – I grew up in a banking and farming family that always chartered fishing boats from the 1970’s through the 1990’s, to take our family and our clients deep sea fishing.  I remember hearing my dad and our customers talking about how many of the captains had such a wonderful personality – sarcastically speaking.  Some captains we fished with were wonderful.   On the flip side, there were just as many captains who only cared about you catching a cooler full of fish rather than being nice, pleasant and happy.  When we found a charter, we usually stuck with them.

How we do things differently – Because of our past experiences, we when we started charter fishing, we wanted to be different than the rest.  From the time you book your fishing trip, until we say goodbye, we are always there for you and asking are you satisfied.  Unlike other charters and brokers, we don’t require a deposit or a brokers fee up front.  A simple credit card on file will hold your trip.  We do not even make you pay for your trip before you get on the boat.   We can’t guarantee how the fish will bite, but we guarantee we will treat you right, or we will make it right.

Still today, no other charter captains take the time with family’s like we do and teach your family how to catch saltwater fish.  We don’t fish ourselves like many other guides do.  Instead, we educate you on how to use our equipment.  We then demonstrate how to bait your hook and drop your lines to catch the fish.  When you come with us, you will come back feeling like you have accomplished something.  You will be happy with yourself and your trip.teach you how to do it.

Because of our success with family’s, that market is now saturated with boats that are  calling themselves “family friendly.”  Just so you will understand, we are and will always be family oriented.   We were the boat that started it all and we continuously up our game and stay way ahead of our competitors.

When it comes to angler education, we strongly believe that teaching children and novice anglers how to catch saltwater fish is important.  It is also important to talk to them about conservation and the importance of taking what you need instead of what you can when it comes to fishing.   We were the first in the entire nation to ask potential customers, “what would you like to do with the fish you catch?”   We still do this today because there are a lot of people that want to catch fish, but don’t care to eat a lot of fish.  That is ok with us.

When you allow us to serve your family, we don’t put any pressure being put on you at all.  When you allow us to serve you, you can relax, enjoy the sights, sounds and get ready for some world class fun.

Our Goal For You and Your Family

Our goal is to take you to the best fishing spots and keep your poles bent, catching one fish after another.  We focus on you having something tugging on your line every time we stop the boat.  Since we don’t fish for limits or only big fish, your family gets to enjoy a relaxing fishing experience where you can actually fish.

As long as the fish are biting, we will let you catch them.  After we have fished a spot and you have caught some fish, we will ask you if you are ready for a break while we move to another reef.  Then the process of catching fish starts all over again.

Your Safety and Happiness

We always put your safety and your happiness first.   We would love to give you a perfect fishing trip every time.  However, the wind and waves often hinder us from giving you perfectly calm conditions.  We do our best to communicate with you about sea conditions and your safety and happiness at all times.  We care if you get a good fishing experience.

The Fish and Your Participation?

While most of the fish we catch on our 6 hour trip are average size 14″ to 17″, some of them are really nice size fish and may be a lot larger.  Our longer trips are different.  We take you to try and catch as many different species of fish as we can, so you can experience what all lies beneath the seas.  As with any fishing trip, the length of your trip, weather conditions, moon phases and your participation are all keys to catching quality fish.  You can’t catch them if you are not participating.  That’s why we encourage everyone to participate, no matter their age.

jack crevalle fish

Catching a jack crevalle is a treat for any family. The food quality is not so good, but the game fish fight is one to remember.

Everyone likes the way we explain things so you will know we care about you getting a return on your investment.   This ensures that you get the best charter fishing trip available.  We are conservationists when it comes to deep sea fishing.  We strongly believe that we need to take only what we need from our marine resources.  This is because we want future generations will have fish to catch.  We also do all we can to ensure the fish you catch and release survive.  We do this by using barbless circle hooks and fish descending devices that keep fish from getting the bends.

The Best Fishing Trip We Offer

Our featured year round fishing charter, is the Half Day – 6 Hour deep sea fishing trip.   These trips are ideal for families and first time anglers.

Our full day trip is about 10 hours in length.  These trips are ideal for family’s that want to get out to deeper water which is 28 to 40 miles offshore.  These are ideal for those who have been fishing before, but want to see what all is out there.

Why We Do, What We Do, For Families and First Time Anglers

boys fishing

Competition between brothers is common.

We love families and it shows!

Parents and Grandparents Love What We Do For Them


Moms play a vital role in a child’s development. They also love to share those moments when their child catches their first fish.

Whether you are parents,  first timers, have small kids or are involved grandparents, you will find something uniquely impressive when you allow us to custom tailor a deep sea fishing trip that is just right for you.  Our guests have the opportunity to get involved at any level they choose and will learn something new about deep sea fishing in Orange Beach that you never knew existed.  Being parents and grandparents, we want everyone to experience deep sea fishing.  We especially encourage those parents who have children or family members with special needs, to bring them with us.  We welcome them.

In addition to learning something new, your family will have a lot of fun and get a chance to catch some really nice fish using light tackle.  With fishing seasons and bag limits being reduced to just a few weeks or months on popular species like red snapper,  you may not be able to keep any of the fish you catch during certain times of the year.  That doesn’t mean you won’t catch some quality fish.  We can certainly catch a lot them and take a picture of you holding your trophy or first fish.

We expose you to deep sea fishing in Orange Beach in a way that allows you to truly absorb all of those magical moments and a world of wonder that might be missed if they were not pointed out.   There is so much more to charter fishing than just riding on a boat and filling a cooler.  Our goal is for your family and kids not to miss a thing and to catch some quality fish.

trolling fishing with mackerel

Escape Ordinary and try a different kind of fishing charter. Experience fishing with Distraction Charters

Being different, not just another Alternative.

Deciding to take your family deep sea fishing in Orange Beach it is important to know what we are actually doing for you.  We are family fishing specialist that only offer exclusive private charters.  These trips are ideal for those who don’t want to be around a lot of people they don’t know or want to be with a professional crew.  All we offer are family fishing and both the half day charters and all day charters are a lot of fun.  We also have two daily departure times during the summer months on our half day trips.  This makes it ideal for those who want to sleep in or rise with the chickens.

We are good at what we do and we focus on making your families fishing trip special.  Simply put, we put others first, and it shows.   One of the biggest misconceptions people have about fishing is, they assume all charter boats are the same.  Well, all boats do have similar bells and whistles and we all catch fish; but what we really do for you is offer great service and work hard to personalize your trip so you will be enthusiastic about your adventure.  We offer a premium service that allows your family to engage at any level they choose.  We love to laugh, have fun and help you learn how to catch fish.

In addition to having a professional captain who acts more like a host and our guests get to take advantage of many services we provide.  These services include a laid back atmosphere,  use some incredible light tackle gear and we take you to fish on reefs that we only know about where you will have a chance to catch bigger fish.   We calm any anxieties you may have about bringing the kids fishing so you can just sit back and enjoy your trip.   There is nothing we love more than seeing a family spend time together and share some really neat experiences.   In the end, you get a trip that is a unique experience and gives you a better return on your investment.

How we custom tailor your fishing trip

fishing for mahi mahi in orange beach

Imagine Catching Mahi-Mahi while you are fishing in Orange Beach

When deciding to book a fishing trip for your family or for your kids, it is important to include as much information you can on the reservation form so I can see how I need to start custom tailoring your trip. In addition to basic personal information, we have a space where we ask you to “tell us what you expect to get out of this trip.” This is the space that allows you an opportunity to tell us what you would like to get out of this experience or address any concerns you might have.  This field is an opportunity to tell us what you are thinking or to explain what you want out of the fishing trip.  I read everyone of them and use them to help prescribe a custom trip that is unique to your family or group.   Personalized service comes standard on our trips and best of all, we will call each of you by your name.

There are a lot of people who have taken our half day trips in the past, and are now ready to graduate to the next level.  That is why we began offering our All Day charters.   They have been hugely successful and popular among many of our past guests.

reeling in a big fish

Come on and Indulge Yourself by fishing with us. Besides, Don’t you deserve it?

Leading The Next Generation Of Charter Fishermen

Since early childhood, we dreamed how if we had our own charter boat, we would do things differently.   Judging from our own past charter fishing experiences dating back as far as the early 1970’s, this gave us an opportunity to capitalize on and blaze our own trail  by offering value added services to you.  Over the years we made mistakes, but we learned from them and made an effort to change.  Instead of fighting “the way it has always been done”, we evolved, grew and have now grown our small business into one of the most successful charter operations around.  We did this by communicating with our guests and heard what they were saying.  By doing so, we began offering families something uniquely different than any other charter company around.  We became the first of what is known now as The Next Generation of Charter Fishermen.  We are caring, considerate, responsible and an accountable operation.  We created a company that attracts like minded anglers, who really care about their family having a good first experience.

You will be extremely pleased at how gentle and professional we are with your family and children.  When you choose one of our exclusively private fishing charters in Orange Beach, Alabama, you and only your family or group will be on the boat except for our professionally staffed captain and crew.