It's Miller Time on the island - Bud Miller gets away from ‘hustle and bustle’ of the boardwalk

Miller Time

Capt. Bud Miller has his own boat, Miller Time, docked at Adventure Marina at the foot of Brooks Bridge on Okaloosa Island.

Published: Friday, July 12, 2013 at 03:41 PM.

He's not sick, retired or even dead — Destin's Capt. Bud Miller is alive and fishing out of Adventure Marina on Okaloosa Island.

Miller, 48, who manned the helm of the charter boat Melanie Dawn for 13 years at HarborWalk Marina, now has his own boat "Miller Time," named by his 10-year-old son Jacob.

"It's cool … how many people do you meet that's named Bud Miller and have a boat named Miller Time," Miller said. "And I don't even drink  — anything, especially beer."

This is Miller's second season at Adventure Marina at the foot of the Brooks Bridge.

"Last year was slow, but this year is much, much better," he said. "People are finding us now," noting they now have signage up on the highway as well as rack cards around town promoting the fishing charter. "People are finding us and we are fishing every day just like in Destin, just without all the hustle and bustle."

Since making the move to Adventure Marina, Miller said he's heard crazy rumors that his boat had burned; he had retired or gotten cancer; or that he had died. But now in his 15th year, he's still fishing and entering the Gulf of Mexico through East Pass in Destin — just like always.

"From here to the Destin bridge it takes me 18 minutes on this boat," said Miller, who is still a member of the Destin Charter Boat Association. "It's not bad. It's a nice ride and gives us a chance to meet the customers and talk to them before we get out there and get our butts beat up," he chuckled.

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