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Bringing Fun and Fishing together!

Covering the waters of the Forgotten Coast From 6″ to 60 Fathoms.

Carrabelle Charters (formerly Capital City Dive & Fishing Charters) is committed to providing a variety of charter services designed to meet the differing desires, needs and abilities of all its customers. Quality and assurance are provided within a framework of responsibility and safety.

To get to Carrabelle, take Highway 319 south from Tallahassee (or I-10) and follow to U.S. 98 west. The Moorings is in Carrabelle on your left just beyond the IGA Grocery store and just before the bridge.

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Fishing

TYPE OF FISHING

Let us take you on a Saltwater fishing adventure out of Carrabelle, Florida. Families with children welcome – sight-seeing/dolphin watching trips available. Prices are based on 6 people or fewer.

Trolling

Trolling trips are available both inshore (1/2 or full day) and offshore (full day). Inshore trolling is popular when the Spanish Mackerel are running and when the King Mackerel are at peak season. Longer (full day) trips may be required for wahoo, mahi mahi (dolphin fish) and the large “smoker” Kings. Frequently anglers mix these longer trips with some bottom fishing for snapper and grouper if time permits or after trolling bag limits have been reached.

Bottom Fishing

For bottom fishing we recommend a full day charter. We will take you to reefs and ship wrecks where you and your party will catch various varieties of snapper, grouper, amberjack, sea bass, trigger fish, and other assorted reef fish. This is an exciting trip and involves angler skill in setting the hook and getting the fish up. Grouper can be especially hard to raise from the bottom. Although the boat ride in and out will be longer than the trolling trips, many think it’s the only way to go.

36 hour Overnight Trip (2 days, 1 night)

Talk about a fishing trip! This trip consists of two days and one night of fishing. All food, drinks, bait, tackle, rods & reels and licenses are included along with Two 2 Days fish limits. These trips leave the morning of day one and return late afternoon of day two. If you love fishing this is the trip for you!!

Night Fishing

This is a great summer time “beat the Heat” trip. The bite is great all night with American Red & Black Snappers being the main catch along with some Grouper. This trip leaves the dock at 6:00pm and returns before daylight. This leaves you the rest of the day to enjoy on our local beaches.

Full moon summer nights are fantastic night Snapper fishing Trips!!!!

Middle Grounds

Multi day fishing trips to the famed Florida Middle Grounds, Bottom fish for Grouper amberjack, Mangroves, Red Snapper and many other large fish. You will be spoiled with this trip! All food, drinks, bait, tackle, and licenses are covered along with two (2) days fish limits. These trips leave late Friday night and return Sunday afternoon.
6 folks.

Diving

  • 2 Tank Dives
  • 3 Tank dives
  • Exxon Template / Empire Mica
  • Middle Grounds
  • Night Dives

Safety Requirements

To maintain the highest level of safety, we require the following of ALL divers:

CERTIFICATION

  • MUST be a certified diver OR under an Instructor’s supervision (instructor must be “current” and insured)
  • MUST have been diving in the past year

For deep/wreck dives:

(Exxon Template or Empire Mica) in addition to the above requirements

Advanced Open Water or equivalent certification OR have at least two logged dives to 80 feet or greater within the past 12 months

  • Depth gauge
  • Timing device
  • Alternate Air Source
  • Snorkel
  • (Computer is recommended)

For Middle Grounds dives:

in addition to the above requirements

Advanced Open Water or equivalent certification OR have at least 5 logged dives to 100 feet or greater within the past 12 months

  • Dive Computer
  • Nitrox certification- recommended
  • Alternate Air Source
  • DAN Insurance or other personal dive insurance (must present at time of departure and be in current standing.)

EQUIPMENT

During the dive, ALL divers must have:

  • BCD with power inflator (functioning properly)
  • Working regulators
  • Knife or cutting tool

For Night dives:

in addition to the above requirements

  • Primary Dive Light & backup light
  • Chemical Light (or other “personal” marker light device)

AT ALL TIMES, ALL DIVERS SHOULD:

  • NOT be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If you are drinking, or using drugs before the dive, you don’t dive.
  • NOT “share” scuba regulator with non-divers or snorkelers

The Boat

46′ Newton (Pressure Drop)

Pressure Drop is a custom, one-of-a-kind 46 foot (51′ overall) by 16.5 foot Newton Dive Special custom built for Captain Kamen.

Divers will fall in love with all the deck space. No more stepping on dive gear or crashing into your buddy while gearing up. Exit’s are made easy with the large open transom using a giant stride entry, while re-entry to the boat is as easy using the custom built ladder.

Pressure Drop handles the occasional nasty gulf weather with ease with her large bow which slices right through the toughest of waves, while everyone sits back enjoying a pound free ride.

Pressure Drop is equipped with top of the line electronics to include “live” Doppler radar and ipod stereo hookup and all Coast Guard required safety equipment along with an Offshore First Aid Kit and Oxygen for diver related emergency’s.

The Captain and crew wants their guests to feel as comfortable as possible while aboard, that’s why nothing has been overlooked.

Angler Panga 26′

The 2008 26 Panga from Angler features a Constantly Variable Deadrise to handle almost any adventure on the water. Powered by a single outboard mounted to the transom bracket with the closed transom. The Panga is a pleasure to operate. And with more than twenty-six feet overall length, it will provide a smooth and dry ride if the weather kicks up. Designed with a roomy and functional, non-skid deck, the Panga keeps our clients and crew comfortable. Whether it’s diving, fishing or anything else on the water, the Panga can do it.

Hewes Redfisher

The Hewes Redfisher 16′ is powered by a Yamaha which allows us to navigate our clients safely and comfortably along the Gulf Coast of North Florida, while allowing access to shallow waters on inshore adventures. The boat is best suited for flats and backcountry fishing.

Let Capt. Chuck Simpson show his vast knowledge and experience, while he takes you for a great day of flats or backcountry fishing.

Dive Sites

Exxon Template

History: The Exxon was an experimental subsea template from offshore Louisiana to a permitted artificial reef site off Florida. It was deployed in 1979 and was the first drop of the “Rigs To Reefs” Projects. This deployment was sponsored by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.The site has a max depth of 105′.

Bryson Memorial Reef

History: two steel vessels – one an 80-footer and the other a 108-footer sunk within 300 feet apart. The deployment was done in 1997 with an addition of concrete and steel rubble in 1998.

Yamaha

History : June 2001 Reef Addition Deployment

At the Yamaha Reef, an additional 350 tons of materials (donated by as a result of recent renovations at the Leon County Civic Center) was deployed over a 2 day period by Coastal Reef Builders Inc. of Pensacola. Conditions on the first day made anchoring difficult but nonetheless 150 tons were placed about 50-100 yards south of the existing barge-wreck with some stacking to a relief in excess of 6 feet. On the second day, deployment at Yamaha was preceded by a small stop off at the One More Time, where 30-40 culverts were rolled into position about 10-20 yards north of the shrimper-wreck. Relief at this site was as high as 7 or 8 feet. Notably last year’s deployment at the One More Time site showed heavy encrustation and growth with a large number of resident fishes spread out through the enlarged reef complex. The second deployment at Yamaha placed about 200 tons within the same 50-100 yards south of the barge-wreck with some vertical pieces giving a relief of over 20 feet (pending the next significant storm event) in at least 5 locations.

Oar2K

The Empire Mica was a British oil tanker, built in 1941 by Furness S.B. Company of Haverton Hill on Tees. She was 479′ long, with a 61′ beam, displacing 8,032 gross tons. The Mica was en route from Houston to England for the Anglo-American Oil Company Limited when two torpedoes from the U-67 ignited the 12,000 tons of oil she was carrying. The ship burned for a day as it drifted in the Gulf, finally sinking in 105′ of water south of Cape San Blas, Florida. Thirty-three crewmen lost their lives in the attack.

The explosions did a great deal of damage to the Empire Mica. Most of the remaining structure forms a large debris field. However, part of the bow section is relatively intact and rises almost 60′ off the bottom. The boilers, propeller shaft, and rudder make good landmarks on the wreck; her large screw was salvaged in 1981. The wreck site attracts abundant marine life including amberjack, barracuda, snapper, and grouper. It is one of the best wreck dives along the Florida panhandle.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you tell us about the Pressure Drop?

The Pressure Drop is a custom Newton 46 which was designed and constructed for a single purpose – Fun and relaxed Fishing and Diving. The vessel is 50 feet long overall with a wide 16.5 foot beam designed for a stable platform and unmatched comfort. Powered by a Caterpillar Turbo diesel, the Pressure Drop cruises at 20 knots. She is the fastest and newest charter vessel in the Carrabelle Florida.. The two air conditioners & two hot showers round out the vessel.

Where does the Pressure Drop depart?

The Pressure Drop departs from the “A” dock at the Moorings marina, in front of the office store.
Does the Pressure Drop operate on weekdays?

YES, normal weekday departures are scheduled a minimum of 2 weeks prior, with departure at 7:30 AM and return at around 4:30 PM. .

What dives are scheduled for weekends?

Two (2) day trips are scheduled every Saturday and Sunday, with the morning departure at 7:00 AM and the afternoon departure at 1:30 PM. boarding times are 30 minutes prior to the departure times.Please check out our trip schedule page.

Is Night Diving available?

Night dives are scheduled throughout the year depending on interest. They will normally be posted on the web on our Trip Schedule page. These dives are inexpensive two (2) tank dives. Departures depend on the sunset time, so please call to check boarding and departure times.

What is provided?

All Rods, Reels, Tackle, Bait & Licenses are provided at no extra charge for fishing charters. All Hot and cold beverages are also included in the charter.

What level of diving is done aboard the boat?

The Pressure Drop’s normal diving level rarely exceeds “intermediate”. Although many of our sites could be considered “intermediate” we will not normally dive an “intermediate” site that has turned “advanced” due to weather or sea conditions. Our emphasis is on “RECREATIONAL” diving. Advanced dives are reserved for specail charters and require proper certification.

Does your Dive Master dive with the divers?

No!

The Dive Master on most Florida charter boats is primarily the safety swimmer. His/her duties also include briefing the dive procedures and emergencies, keeping track of divers as they enter and exit the vessel, and checking equipment safety and function before the divers enter the water. The DM also enters the water to assist divers who are having difficulty or find themselves unable to return to the vessel due to fatigue or other emergency situations.

A tour guide can also be made available at an additional charge if you make prior arrangement with Capital City Dive & Fishing Charters.

What about crew experience and makeup?

The Pressure Drop has one of the most qualified crews in Northern Florida. A USCG-qualified crew is onboard on all trips. The typical makeup of the Pressure Drop crew includes a USCG-licensed Master Captain, a senior deck hand (most often a USCG-licensed captain as well), a certified Dive Master or an Instructor. Most of our crew members each have more than 5 years of recreational, commercial, or military diving experience and have worked for Capital City Dive & Fishing Charters since it began operation in December 2000.

What about safety equipment?

Besides an extensive first aid kit designed by our Crew, we maintain one “E” size O2 bottle and regulator to treat divers . We also maintain all USCG required safety and survival equipment and have a built-in automatic Halon fire suppression system in the engine compartment. GPS, Emergancy Postion Radio Indicating Beacon (E.P.I.R.B), Radar, VHF Radio, and Sonar are also part of our safety and survival equipment.

What should I bring?

Bring all of your own personal equipment or contact us or a local dive shop to arrange for rental gear. Cameras are always welcome on this boat, We can also arrange to have photo equipment delivered to the boat as well for an additional charge.

We encourage you to bring your gear in a soft bag so that it can be collapsed on board after making ready your BCD and tank, in order to make room to move about the vessel. Hard boxes such as Rubbermaid “Tuff Totes” or similar containers or “roll-around” dive bags cannot be collapsed and continue to occupy large areas even when empty.

Partial suit-up should be done on shore, so arrive early enough to load your personal gear, fill out the paperwork, and partially suit up at the dock. The trip to our most distant sites can be as long as 45 minutes or as short as 15. Dressing on a boat while underway is not recommended, and often your dive can be shortened if you are only just starting to suit up after arriving at the site.

Check with your doctor, but motion sickness medicine should be considered. Trip Tone, Bonine, Dramamine, etc should be taken several hours before boarding the vessel if approved by your doctor. Eat lightly before the trip, and avoid heavy breakfasts loaded with bacon, acidic fruit juices, etc.

For your shoreside stay in Carrabelle dress beach casual, Carrabelle has many cool mornings where a marine layer (fog, overcast, etc) remains long after the late morning sun has already burned off the layer in inland areas. Temperatures usually range in the low 80’s and mid 90’s in the summer and fall, and are cooler in the winter and spring.

Other items we recommend you bring are a towel, sunscreen, a pullover or jacket for after-dive, and a container for your eyeglasses if you wear them.

Should I tip the crew?

Please note that the cost of the trip does not include gratuity for the extra service and help you will receive from the Pressure Drop crew. Tipping is not required, but sincerely appreciated when earned. The crew pride themselves on providing the extra service that really stands out from the others to make your trip with us enjoyable and safe. 15-20% percent is the norm.

Chris May 24, 2018

Hi,

How are you, I am not sure if you have a need for a Newton 46ft but we have one available at present in St. Lucia.

She is 3 years old in excellent condition. Powered by Cummins QSL9 405 hp with 2400 hours. She has the US coastguard package and asking US$ 360,000.
Let us know

Chris

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