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 is a fully licensed and insured offshore charter and sportfishing boat that can carry up to 6 passengers maximum.  You can have as few as 1 person or as many as 6 in your group to charter 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 have one boat (41′ Hatteras named Distraction) that we own and operate.  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.

Where Our 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 Fish

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

On our full day trips, we take you anywhere from 25 to 40 miles offshore, where the water is anywhere from 150 to 300 feet in depth.

Your Captain and Crew

Your captain and crew are professional in every aspect of the operation.  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.

We Are Unlike Any Other Fishing Charter Around

The most important thing you need to know is, we pioneered family fishing back in 2002.  We are really good at it.  However, we offer full day trips especially designed to allow you to catch many different varieties of fish.   Still today, no other charter captains take the time with family’s and tourists like we do and teach them how to catch saltwater fish.  We don’t fish ourselves.  Instead, we teach you how to do it.  This way, you can come away from your trip knowing that you learned how to do something all by yourself.

We began by focusing on the FAMILY in 2002.   Because of our success with family’s, that market is saturated with boats that are marketing the same thing.  Just so you will understand, we are and will always be family oriented.  The difference is, we actually care if your family is treated right, learn how to catch fish and actually enjoy being in a laid back environment that calms your minds.

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 began asking them, “what would you like to do with the fish you catch?”

We budget for fuel and we get you offshore at a safe and efficient manner.

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.

Back in 2002, we started Distraction Charters with a vision.  We had a clear vision that included offering something unheard of in the charter fishing industry.  We wanted to change the way people looked at deep sea fishing and bring the industry into the 21st century.  We also wanted to offer a level of service and professionalism that was unheard of.

Being like you for most of my life, there are a lot of people have a preconceived notions as to what to expect when it comes to deep sea fishing.   Most have either fished as a kid or had someone older, tell them the way fishing used to be when they did it way back when.

When we came along, we broke the mold and started showing families that not all charter fishermen and experiences have to be so unpredictable or grumpy, and getting a good captain and crew was really important if you want to have a good time and catch some quality fish.

We love families and it shows!

Because we are not hard core fishermen or meat hunters, whose sole mission is to fish for and keep limits, we give you opportunity to spend time with us and ensure you get the service that you deserve.  We are laid back anglers who’s purpose is to keep the rods bent and your family reeling in sights, sounds and experiences.

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 a different kind of charter boat, 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.

Imagine finding a fishing trip that is just right for you and your family

reeling in a big fish

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

Imagine finding an expert captain and a professional crew in Orange Beach who actually cares about your family having a good experience; one who listens to your concerns and actually hears you all the time. Imagine finding a charter boat that offers a hassle-free and easy step by step reservations process and doesn’t require a 50% up front deposit. Imagine finding a guide that has a can do spirit, offers personalized service, is laid back and enjoys watching families with kids, catch fish. Imagine a charter that offers a “G” rated atmosphere that is always safe for families and kids. Imagine how happy your family will be for choosing a fishing experience that is fun, entertaining, full of action and creates memories that last a lifetime.

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.