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Captain J.J. Botelho

  (30 years experience)

Soggy Bottom Fishing Charters


Destin, FL

Guide Expertise

Master GuideTechnical FishingFly FishingDrift FishingGood with New AnglersGood with FamiliesGood with KidsSaltwater FishingLive Bait

Guide Gear

Live BaitLuresReelsRods

Take advantage of some of the best inshore fishing the Gulf of Mexico or Choctawhatchee Bay has to offer! Based out of Destin, one of Florida's top fishing destinations, Captain J.J. Botelho runs a variety of trips and will make sure to take you to all the top local spots!

Whether you're new to fishing or a passionate angler, Soggy Bottom Charters can provide you the perfect day on the water catering to your experience and goals. Captain J.J. says his biggest satisfaction from fishing these days is teaching kids how to fish and watching them catch some of the biggest fish they've ever laid eyes on. No matter who you are, it's always his goal to help you become a better angler... and catch some of the biggest fish of your life.

Soggy Bottom Charters has a fleet of 2 Cape Horn center consoles. Dry and comfortable, these boats are perfect for both the Gulf and the Bay. They're heavy and their wide beam allows them to ride like a dream even in rough conditions. They're 2 of the best-riding and best-fishing boats in the 22' and 20' size range.

Soggy Bottom Charters offers a range of trips to suit any taste and supplies all the tackle for an incredible variety of fishing techniques. On Gulf trips, you’ll have the chance to troll for the bite of a range of strong-fighting and tasty fish. Test your skills against larger pelagic species like Sailfish, Mahi Mahi, Cobia, and more. On shorter bay fishing trips, you'll target Redfish, Speckled Trout, Spanish Mackerel, Tarpon and more.

Guide Boats

Soggy Bottom

Capacity: 6 Guests


Soggy Bottom II

Capacity: 6 Guests


Guide Territory


Gulf of Mexico


Choctawhatchee Bay

Cancelation and Refund Policy

Paying for your Trip 

When you book your fishing trip, you will need to first put down a deposit to hold the reservation. Then, the remaining balance will be charged to your account on the day of the trip.

1. Place your deposit

  • Your deposit will be 15% of your full trip charge.
  • When the guide confirms your trip or if autobooking is enabled, Guidesly charges your credit card with a deposit to guarantee your reservation.

2. We charge the rest the remaining balance day of trip.

  • The remaining balance will automatically be charged to your card given on the day of the trip. Tips are handled thru the app / website after your trip has been completed.

Cancellation Policy and Guidelines 

Customers Cancellation Guidelines:
At Guidesly, you have until 14 days prior to your scheduled trip, to cancel and get your deposit back in full. If you fail to cancel before the 14 days, Guidesly will keep your deposit.

If there are impeding weather conditions, we give a 100% guarantee refund back in full. We will also give customers the option to reschedule the trip or take the deposit refund.

Guide Cancellation Guidelines: In the rare event a Guide has to cancel a reservation, customers will get your deposit back in full.

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