Captain Mike Eller
Capt Mike has been fishing in the Gulf of Mexico for over 30 years. He started fishing aboard his dad's charter boat when he was 14 years old and has been at it every year since.
Over the years Capt Mike worked as a 1st mate on several very good charter boats in the fleet and obtained his captains license at the age of 19 and started running charter and working on commercial fishing boats in the winter season.
"We have fished the entire northern gulf from Apalachicola to Morgan City. Having the background of commercial fishing really taught me how to fish hard and competitively and years on charter boats taught me how important is was to take care of my customers and work hard to show them a good time."
Capt Mike has lived in Destin since 1980 and seen the charter boat fleet make many changes.
Capt Mike started fishing in Destin on older wooden charter boats and made the transition to the modern, fast custom sport fishermen that are custom built with big live wells, lots of fishing space and all the comforts of home.
"We just want to have fun and catch some fish, folks are here to go fishing and have fun and that's what we specialize in. It's what we do!"
"We are fortunate enough to have some of the BEST mates in Destin and that makes all of the difference in the world!" A big, nice boat with a top notch crew!
Mike has served as an officer in the Destin Charter Boat Association for over 20 years as the secretary, President and Co President. Mike was the Okaloosa county artificial reef coordinator for 4 years and wrote numerous grants to fund large artificial reef projects offshore of Destin, FL. and is a lifelong advocate of artificial reef building in the Gulf.
As scuba divers, Mike & Kathy have had the opportunity to explore the reefs & wrecks offshore of Destin and gain even more insight as to the natural coral and limestone reef system offshore of Destin.
Mike has served on the Board of Directors of the Destin Fishermen’s Co-Op as well as the National Association of Charter Boat Operator’s (NACO). Mike and his wife Kathy are extremely active in the Destin community and have organized and run the Destin Seafood Festival from 2011-2013 and continue to lend their experience and time to the Festival. They also fully support and sponsor awards in the Annual Destin Fishing Rodeo and the Miss Destin Pageant.
We take the fishing business very serious and want to make sure that you have a great time on the Lady Em and experience the best Destin has to offer with a good crew, nice boat and friendly attitudes.