Did you know?
That the NOAA Southeast Fisheries Science Center Panama City
Lab has been collecting information on natural hard bottom reefs
in the Northeast Gulf of Mexico using side scan sonar since

They have published a map with coordinates for known hard
bottom reef areas. The area is between Destin and Panama city,
from around 8 miles off the coast to about 40 miles

Click on the map to the right to go to the site. Once on the site,
clicking on the orange bubble will bring up the coordinates and
other information for that reef area.

This web site is updated as I have time from other things going on. As there are a 1000 + different ways to do things, this is only
my way of fishing, nothing else,  and it is not the last word in fishing the area. I am by no means an expert but if you would like my opinion on something related to fishing
the area,
please email me at
FishingDestinGuide@cox.net.  It may take a few days before I get to it, so be patient. Thanks.....

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Highly Migratory Species
HMS Permits
All tuna (except blackfin),
billfishes, swordfish and
sharks require an HMS
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Who makes the fishing rules for this area? Basically you have the state, in the form of the Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commision (FWC)
in charge of all fishing rules for all waters in the state of Florida and out to sea for 9
miles, aka STATE WATERS.

The US Government, in the form of the Department of Commerce and its departments (NOAA, Gulf of Mexico Fisheries
Management  Council
 and  HMS Permits unit),  is in charge of the Gulf of Mexico waters from the state boundary out to
200 miles off the coast. aka,
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A local's guide to fishing around Destin and the Florida Panhandle    
Fishing around Destin
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Some local saltwater fish
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Gulf of

Known as the "luckiest fishing village", Destin is the home to some of the best saltwater fishing in the United States. The 100 Fathom  (600' depth) Curve of the
Gulf of Mexico draws closer to Destin than any other spot in Florida. This, along  with  Destin's close  proximity  to  the East  Pass  and  the Gulf  of Mexico,
allows quick access to the Gulf of Mexico's  fishing bounty.  he  purpose  of  this site  is  to acquaint a new fisherman  to  the Destin area  -  our local facilities,
fish, waters and fishing methods. Tight lines and good fishing!
FWC makes cobia rule changes . . .At the Dec. 5-7,
2017 meeting in Gainesville, the FWC Commission made
several changes to Cobia regulations.     
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Gulf Reef Fish Survey:
All  recreational anglers (resident
and non-resident) fishing from a
private boat off Florida’s Gulf coast
are required to sign up for the Gulf
Reef Fish Survey.
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Charter Boats

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Destin Beaches
Piers & Docks
Last updated February 13, 2018
What's biting this time of year and what can I keep?
Fishing reports, rumors and tall tales . . . . .
What will the man let me keep and what I have to
throw back . . . . .

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Some local live bait
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Some local freshwater fish
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Area Boat Ramps
Sandfleas (Mole Crabs)
Finding live bait around Destin

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 State Management for Recreational Red Snapper

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council recently voted to approve Exempted Fishing Permits (EFPs)
 for each of the five Gulf states that will allow each state to manage recreational fishing for red snapper.  The
FWC recently discussed a potential 24-day season in Gulf state and federal waters as a jumping off point for a
2018 Florida season proposal. This season length has potential to change.  This Exempted Fishing Permit
opportunity and 2018 recreational season dates should be finalized sometime in April and discussed at the April
25 - 26, 2018 FWC meeting in Ft Lauderdale.                                                                               
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New Reefs for Destin:
Okaloosa County will begin
accepting bids  for the construction
of 8 new snorkel reefs on Feb 21,
2018.  The reefs will be located
within 500' of the shore.
Construction on 7 new offshore
reefs will begin this summer. The
total cost will be $1.7 million and
will come from NRDA Phase III
money that is a result of the BP oil
spill. In addition to Okaloosa
County, Escambia, Santa Rosa,
Bay, and Walton Counties also
received grants under the Natural
Resource Damage Assessment
(NRDA) Artificial Reef Creation and
Restoration Project. For more
information, click on this FWC site:  
FWC NRDA Reef Project
2018 Scallop Season: The Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) recently
approved regionally-specific bay scallop open season
dates for 2018.

Franklin County through northwestern Taylor
 July 1 through Sept. 24. This region includes
all state waters from the westernmost point of St.
Vincent Island in Franklin County to Rock Island near
the mouth of the Fenholloway River in Taylor County.

St. Joseph Bay and Gulf County: Aug. 17 through
Sept. 30.
State waters from the Mexico Beach Canal
in Bay County to the westernmost point of St. Vincent
Island in Franklin County.
Norreigo Point Project Update:

Dredging operations for the Norriego Point
Stabilization project will begin in early March,
starting in Destin Harbor. The harbor dredging will
take approximately two weeks then the dredge will
move to the northern most reach of the East Pass
Federal Channel (north of the bridge) and work its
way south toward the pass. This operation will take
approximately 45 to 60 days.

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Red Snapper Season to open
from June 11 to July 21

4-17-2018 Florida wildlife officials
and Gov. Rick Scott announced a
40-day recreational red snapper
season for for both state and
federal waters in the Gulf of