Destin Fishing

Good things come to those who bait!!

Destin is no longer considered, as it once was, a small fishing village!  Destin contains the largest charter fishing fleet in the state of Florida and Destin is a community that embraces a love for fishing. Destin has been known as The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village since 1965 when Captain Reddin was participating in the eighth annual Destin Fishing Rodeo and was visited by Governor Brunson.  Captain Reddin took the governor and his wife on a
15 minute fishing trip and returned with a 15 pound Mackerel!  When the governor returned to Tallahassee, he was asked during a television interview if it was unusual for someone to catch a fish that big.  Governor Brunson replied, “Not if you fish in Destin, those people live with the fish, it has to be The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village!” This has remained Destin’s slogan ever since.  The number of Fishing Rodeos
Compass Resorts Destin Fishing Tripand Tournaments held in Destin are endless, as are the amount of state and world records that have drawn crowds from miles around.  Some of these prized catches include Cobia, Red Snapper, Flounder, Pompano, Grouper, Tuna, Amberjack and of course, the Blue Marlin. 

It is a truly a sight to remember when the Destin Charter Boats, or the Fishing Fleets from the Tournaments, make their way back through the Destin Pass as the sun sets behind them.  The Captain and his crew proudly display, overlooking the breathtaking Destin Harbor, their prize of the day!  Although many visit the Destin area and enjoy the weigh-in moments, nothing will ever compare to being a part of a day at sea in Destin.  From
Destin charter fishing to surf fishing there is always something new to try. View our Destin Fishing Guide to
find out where and how to make the best catch or our Destin Fishing Concierge for more information on local
businesses.

Destin Charter Fishing

One of the most renowned fishing experiences of a lifetime awaits you here!  A Destin vacation is home to hundreds of professional charter boats.  A fishing charter captain will take you on a guided trip that can satisfy anyone from a novice fisherman to an experienced angler. Regardless of your skill level as a fisherman, you can be satisfied in knowing your captain will provide you with the necessities to a bountiful day of casting.  Destin offers 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 12 hour fishing trips!  Many captains offer over night Destin fishing charters allowing you a couple of days of sport fishing.  This is for the true die hard, as it is an experience you will never forget!!  Whether you are looking for a small center console or a fishing yacht that is full of luxury, Chartering a boat in Destin, Florida is a must do!

Florida’s Choctawhatchee Bay is separated from the Gulf of Mexico and connects through Pensacola entering south Destin at the Pass. The Bay is forested by wetlands and characterized by marshes and also contains some of the best inshore fishing around!  You will find our local shrimp boats out daily, oyster beds, and some of the biggest Blue Crabs around.  Flats and fly fishing are also available in our expansive bay! Your catch for the day can be Snapper, Grouper, Redfish, Skip Jack and Speckled Trout!

Destin Surf Fishing

You will also enjoy surf fishing from the shore or at one of our local’s favorite spots!  The Okaloosa Island Fishing Pier which is a 1262-foot long pier is great to walk down just to see the local’s catch for the day and even better to fish from.  Destin is complete with bait and tackle shops where you can find everything you and your family need for an exciting day of fishing our Emerald Green Waters!  There are a several other spots located at the foot of the Mid-Bay Bridge and Gulf Shore Drive, just pass the Destin Pass that also have great fishing for Reds, Specks, and Bluefish!  Located on your way out to the Destin Pass, from shore you may fish off the East Pass Channel Jetties. The jetties were built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1969 to protect the Gulf of Mexico’s shifting sands.  The jetties are constructed with large boulders but fishing from this beautiful location in Destin brings Redfish, Mangrove Snapper, Bluefish, Sheeps head, Spanish Mackerel and Cobia. 

If you haven’t experienced a day of fishing in Destin, with the industry that made Destin The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village, you need to!  Destin promises you a truly exhilarating experience and holds a place on the list of most treasured memories for the whole family.

We invite you to get Hooked on Destin!

 

Print 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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13330 Emerald Coast Parkway
Destin, FL 32550
Local: 850.269.1005  Fax: 850.269.1661
Email: info@Compass-Resorts.com

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