Why You Should Choose Distraction Fishing Charters!

fishing with kids is fun

We specialize in family fun and love to see your kids faces as they reel in a big fish.

Our customers are just like us.  We want control of our life and to experience things that nobody else could even dream about.   Since we started our business in 2002, we have changed almost every aspect of charter fishing in the United States.   From providing excellent customer service to promoting conservation, we have led the pack.

We are the very first deep sea fishing charter to promote conservation.  This is because almost all fish species in the Gulf of Mexico had been severely over fished or depleted.  Many are experiencing over fishing today.   If the fish you want to catch pulls hard, tastes good or is big, it is highly regulated.    Our company believes that there needs to be more balance, better data collection and anglers need to only take what they need, not what they can.  This way, our grandchildren and theirs will always have fish to catch.

Reasons For Being First In Family Fishing

Becoming the first charter in the nation to create and grow the term “family fishing” has changed everything in our industry.   Coming from the corporate world, I learned early that you can’t be like everyone else.  Having changed the trucking industry in the 1990’s, I know that when you change an industry for the good, others will follow.  Because of what we did, many others are marketing themselves as family friendly.  But many fall short because they don’t understand truly what we do for family’s.

Because I started family fishing, I knew I had to offer something different, not just be an alternative.  The first thing I did was to challenge status quo and the way things are done.   The reason why  Distraction is unlike any other fishing charter in Orange Beach is because Why we do what we do for you.  What we do for you is different than any other deep sea fishing boat around Alabama.

To many anglers, having a good fishing trip means “you caught a cooler full of fish.”   To us, we believe the reason WHY you are going fishing is more important that WHAT you catch.  We catch as many fish as everyone else.  The way we teach our guests how to catch fish really sets us apart from others.   You see, when we came along in 2002 and still to this day, we felt we have a higher calling than just being “just another fishing charter in Orange Beach or Gulf Shores.”

Some Reasons You Need To Consider Distraction:

The owner of the boat is your captain:  This is important because an owner has a vested interest in insuring you get a return on your investment.  Boats that have for hire captains don’t give you the attention and effort you deserve.  When you have the owner of the boat serving you, you are guaranteed to get his best effort.

You Get A Better Trip Because We don’t pay brokers to book our boat:  Brokers like charter marina’s, fishing booker website, fish anywhere, fare harbor, trip shock websites, etc, all take a 15% to 30% cut off the top in the form of a non refundable deposit.  The deposit brokers make you pay, is actually a brokers fee or commission.

Because we do not allow any brokers to book our boat, this means we have the revenue to get you where you need to go, so you can catch better quality fish.  Charters that use brokers, cut corners, pull back on the throttles to save fuel, have poor tackle, etc.  We recognize the value in having our guests book direct.

The captain and crew of the boat are drug and alcohol free:  We are members of a random drug and alcohol testing program.   This is important because having someone that is not impaired while your family is on the boat is important and is safe.

The charter boat is fully licensed and insured:  We are licensed in Alabama and Florida State waters, as well as federally permitted to operate out to 100 nm offshore.  We are also fully insured in case of accident or injury.

We give you more fishing time and less riding: On our premium trips, we run a little faster and take you straight to where we think we can catch you the most fish.  We don’t idle out trying to save a little fuel money.  Because you booked direct with us, we have the fuel budgeted and we will burn it in order to give you the best fishing trip.

New and well maintained fishing tackle:  Because we don’t pay brokers, we are able to invest back in our equipment.   Our rods and reels are commercial quality and they see more use in one week than most fishing poles see all year.  For that reason, we do our best to maintain our tackle very well.  It would be too expensive to replace everything each year.  So, we have a rotation schedule that we follow.  We get rid of the old reels that we can’t get parts for and we replace our rods every couple to three years.   If you are fishing with a reel that malfunctions, we will give you another one to use.

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The fight of a lifetime – Crevalle Jacks are in a class all by themselves

Why Captain Troy

Some captains want to be a good fishermen, get rich or be recognized as being the best.  I have always thought differently.  As far back as I can remember,  I have cared more about other people more than myself.  Having a servant’s attitude has always served me well.

Just so you know, when you choose an Orange Beach fishing charter, you are actually choosing the captain and crew, not a boat.    Our job is to entertain you and to make sure you get the best fishing trip and experience you can.  From the moment you make your initial reservation request with us, until the time you step off the boat, I care if you have a good time and catch a lot of fish.

Family Fishing Means You Get More, Not Less

Family fishing doesn’t mean you get less of a charter trip, it actually means you will get more.  When we say, you get more, it simply means that we give you the personal attention and service that can be found nowhere else.  Our job is to educate, demonstrate and help you learn how to catch saltwater fish all by yourself.  We have a unique ability to take the shyest kids and bring them out of their comfort zone and let them experience things that they might miss if they were fishing with someone else.  We make learning to fish, fun and the kids like how we take them through confidence building steps that will help them the rest of their lives.  The first time anglers who fish with us really appreciate how gentle we are with their family, and for good reason.

When you choose Distraction, you will get a charter crew that really cares if you have a good time and would do nothing to upset or offend you.  Family and kid friendly fishing is our life blood and our passion.  When you choose our services, you will be around a professional crew who always puts your happiness and safety before our personal gain.   We have a vested interest in putting you on fish and serving you well.  When you choose us, you will get a fishing charter that is so valuable, you will not find another one like it elsewhere.

Relax And Let Us Take Calm Your Fears and Anxieties About Deep Sea Fishing

After you book your deep sea fishing trip, you will be able to relax, because you will know exactly what to expect to receive.  That is because, we want what we do for you to be seen from every angle and backed up by hundreds of reviews of satisfied customers.  With us, there are no surprises, no pressure, no up front or non-refundable deposits, no hidden agendas, no surcharges and there is certainly no wasting of your time.  There is only excellent customer service and an honest effort to please your family.


You will love how gentle we are with your family

What Our Customer Say About Us

  • We don’t stress you out, hassle you, give you uncertainties or inconveniences.  We know what you expect and we promise to do everything we can to help you relax and enjoy your time on the water.  We understand that you don’t do this every day and we don’t expect you to know everything about charter or deep sea fishing.  That is why we take the time to educate you and your family on how to use the tackle and then allow you participate at your own pace.  We are calm and gentle with you at all times.
  • We give you Nostalgia.  Our boat is older, but she is newly restored, clean, with new engines, generator, safety system, etc.   She is a Hatteras and when on board, you will go back in time of the early days offshore fishing when life was simple and life was good.  Ernest Hemingway would have loved our boat.

Families Love The Distraction Charter Boat

  • We will always put your happiness and safety before our personal gain.   There is nothing more peaceful than knowing you have nothing to worry about except showing up and being ready to have a good deep sea fishing experience.  If for some reason we feel that the sea conditions or weather might be questionable, we will communicate with you and explain why we are being cautious with your family.  There is nothing more important than communicating with our guests and not taking chances or risk getting someone hurt or making them miserable.
Customer Google Review proving that we will always put your happiness and safety before our personal gain.

Actual Review proving that we will always put your happiness and safety before our personal gain.

  • Satisfaction Guaranteed.  We can’t control the weather, the sea conditions or what fish you will be able to catch or keep, but we do control how well we treat you.  If for some reason you are not fully satisfied with the service you receive, let me know immediately and we will make it right.

Why Distraction Cares So Much About You!

President Reagan said that he had rather experience it once, instead of hearing it a thousand times.  Caring about you and your family is our nature.  It’s how we live.  It is who we are.   It all goes back to the way we were raised.  Also, my wife told me some 30 plus years ago that talk is cheap and that anyone can tell you they care about you.  If you really want to let someone know you care about them, you have to show them.

Come let us show you how much we care about you!