Destin Area Fishing
Destin is known for its outstanding fishing. After all, we are the worlds luckiest fishing village. You'll come for the beach, but you'll be back for the fishing!
Fishing in Destin does not require the use of a boat. Many species of sport fish are caught in the Emerald Coast waters off of the beach pier and jetty. This type of fishing in the Gulf is best between April, when the first Pompano arrive, through October.
The inshore trolling season runs from March through November and begins with the run
of the Cobia (Ling) in the Spring. In the Destin area the most successful and popular
method of catching Cobia is by sight casting. This method involves sighting the Cobia
first, either in singles or schools. Once the Cobia is spotted the captain will position
the boat so that either the angler or the mate can throw a bait to the fish, and let me
tell you, a 100lb. Cobia on 20lb spinning tackle is not an experience that you will soon
forget. This is perhaps one of the most exciting types of fishing that an angler can
Most of Destins fishing fleet specializes in deep sea bottom fishing. The bottom
fishing in Destin is good year round. Boats are available for charter half day, all day,
and over night. Bottom fishing yields catches of Grouper, Amber jack, Scamp, Trigger fish,
Snapper and Cobia.
Fishing offshore is like being in another world. The water changes from a turquoise color to a bright deep blue. Destin is known as the billfish capital of the Gulf because of the highly productive trolling areas southwest of Destin.
Then the serenity is ended when a 400lb. blue comes out of nowhere and nails the Ballyhoo rig on the flat line. Put yourself in the chair...could your heart handle the excitement and the adrenaline rush of a battle that may well last for hours.
Florida residents, nonresidents and recreational divers must have a saltwater fishing license unless covered by one of the following exemptions:
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