Destin has always been known as one of the finest fishing locations in the world so it is no surprise we are referred to as the “World’s Luckiest Fishing Village.” With the largest fishing fleet in the State of Florida, we offer a wide variety of fishing from deep sea fishing to bay fishing.

There are unlimited ways to fish in the Destin Area. Deep sea fishing, bay fishing and surf fishing are all popular pastimes, with Destin sporting the largest fishing fleet in the State of Florida. There are over 100 charter boats to choose from ranging in size from 6 passenger capacity to over 100. A huge variety of fish including red snapper, grouper, triggerfish, scamp, amberjack, cobia, blackfin tuna, king mackerel and more are found in the area. The highlight of the fishing community is the annual Destin Fishing Rodeo that runs from October 1 through October 31 each year. For 51 years fishermen from all walks of life compete in over 30 different categories for more than $100,000 in prizes. All saltwater game is eligible so everyone has an equal chance to win. Destin also features other fishing tournaments including the Cobia Tournament in March and April, and the annual Destin / Ft. Walton Beach Sportfish Tournament.

Fishing Guide

Flounder
Best Location: Gulf – Bay
Average Size: 3/4 – 6 lbs.
Best Season: All Year
Best Baits: Cut Bait – Shrimp Blue Marlin

Best Location: Gulf
Average Size: 45- 550 lbs.
Best Season: April – Dec
Best Baits: Bonito, Strip, Skipjack, Mullet, Balao, Live Bait Tarpon

Best Location: Gulf – Bay
Average Size: 3 – 90 lbs.
Best Season: April – Nov
Best Baits: Mullet, Crabs Black & Red Grouper

Best Location: Gulf
Average Size: 1 – 60 lbs.
Best Season: All Year
Best Baits: Cut Bait – Live Bait Amberjack

Best Location: Gulf
Average Size: 1 – 65 lbs.
Best Season: All Year
Best Baits: Cigar Fish, Mullet, Spoon, Live Bait Whiting

Best Location: Gulf
Average Size: 3/4 – 5 lbs.
Best Season: Mar – Oct
Best Baits: Shrimp, Cut Bait, Sandflea Red Snapper

Best Location: Gulf
Average Size: 1 – 40 lbs.
Best Season: All Year
Best Baits: Cut Bait – Live Bait Little Tuna

Best Location: Gulf
Average Size: 3 – 21 lbs.
Best Season: All Year
Best Baits: Duster, Spoons, Bonito, Strip Sheepshead

Best Location: Bay
Average Size: 1 – 10 lbs.
Best Season: All Year
Best Baits: Sandflea, Crab, Shrimp Warsaw – Grouper

Best Location: Gulf
Average Size: 5 – 350 Lbs.
Best Season: All Year
Best Baits: Cut Bait – Live Bait Scamp

Best Location: Gulf
Average Size: 1/2 – 20 lbs.
Best Season: All Year
Best Baits: Cut & Live Bait Croaker

Best Location: Bay
Average Size: 1/2 – 4 lbs.
Best Season: All Year
Best Baits: Shrimp, Cut Bait Spanish Mackerel

Best Location: Gulf – Bay
Average Size: 1 – 5 lbs.
Best Season: April – Nov
Best Baits: Jigs, Spoons Cobia

Best Location: Gulf
Average Size: 10 – 92 lbs.
Best Season: Mar – May
Best Baits: Jigs, Crabs, Plugs, Live Bait Speckled Trout

Best Location: Bay
Average Size: 1/2 – 8 lbs.
Best Season: All Year
Best Baits: Shrimp, Jigs, Plugs King Mackerel

Best Location: Gulf
Average Size: 3 -50 lbs.
Best Season: April – Nov
Best Baits: Jigs, Spoons, Cigar Fish Dolphin

Best Location: Gulf
Average Size: 1/2 – 55 lbs.
Best Season: May – Oct
Best Baits: Jigs Spoons, Bonito Strip, Mullet, Cigar Fish, Balao White Trout

Best Location: Bay
Average Size: 1/2 – 4 lbs.
Best Season: All Year
Best Baits: Shrimp, Cut Bait Wahoo

Best Location: Gulf
Average Size: 8 – 75 lbs.
Best Season: April – Nov
Best Baits: Jigs, Strips, Mullet, Balao Cigar Fish Pompano

Best Location: Gulf
Average Size: 1/2 – 8 lbs.
Best Season: Mar – Nov
Best Baits: Jigs, Sandflea Bluefish

Best Location: Gulf – Bay
Average Size: 1/2 – 6 lbs.
Best Season: April – Nov
Best Baits: Small Duster, Spoons Sailfish

Best Location: Gulf
Average Size: 5- 60 lbs. Best Season: April – nov
Best Baits: Bonito, Strip, Skipjack, Cigar Fish, Mullet, Balao, Live Bait Triggerfish

Best Location: Gulf
Average Size: 1 – 12 lbs.
Best Season: All Year
Best Baits: Cut Bait Sail Cat

Best Location: Gulf – Bay
Average Size: 1/2 – 20 lbs.
Best Season: All Year
Best Baits: Cut Bait White Marlin

Best Location: Gulf
Average Size: 20 – 90 lbs.
Best Season: May – Dec
Best Baits: Bonito, Strip, Cigar Fish, Mullet, Balao, Live Bait Blackfin Tuna

Best Location: Gulf
Average Size: 4 – 25 lbs.
Best Season: All Year
Best Baits: Jigs, Spoons, Mullet, Balao

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