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Following is a brief description and pictures of some of the common salt water fish you may catch close to the beach (within 3 miles) and
in the bays, bayous, and sound. I have used the name that it is most commonly referred to in this area as the primary reference name.  The
other names that it may be called are also included.  Illustrations by Diane Rome Peebles   Provided by the Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission, Division of Marine Fisheries Management

Black Drum
(Pogonias cromis)

Catfish,
Gafftopsail
(Bagre marinus)

aka: Sailcat, Gafftop

Bluefish
(Pomatomus
saltatrix)

Bonito
(Euthynnus
alletteratus)
aka: Bobo, Bonita,
Little Tunny)

Bonito
(Sarda sarda)

Rare in Destin

Catfish,
Hardhead
(Arius felis)
Cobia
(Rachycentron
canadum)
aka:Black Salmon,
Crab Cruncher,
Crab Eaterh, Eel
Sucker
Croaker
Atlantic
(Micropogonias
undulatus)
aka: Bull Croaker,
Croaker, Golden
Croaker

Flounder, Gulf
(Paralichthys
albigutta)
aka: Doormat (Large
fish), Flatfish

Flounder,
Southern
(Paralichthya
lethostigma)
aka: Doormat (Large
fish), Flatfish

Grunt, White
(Haemulon plumieri)

Jack Crevalle
(Caranx hippos)

aka: Crevalla, Jack,
Yellowtail Jack

Ladyfish
(Elops saurus)

aka: Skipjack, Baby
Tarpon

Mackerel,
Spanish
(Elops saurus)

aka: Skipjack, Baby
Tarpon

Mackerel, King
(Scomberomorus
cavalla)
aka: Cavalla,
Smoker (Large),
Snakes (Small)
Grouper
Gag

Permit
(Trachinotus
falcatus)
Rare in Destin but
they have been
caught here.

Pompano,
Florida
(Trachinotus
carolinus)

Redfish
(Sciaenops
ocellatus)

aka: Bull Red
(denotes a huge
one, > 30"), Red,

Ribbonfish
(Trichiurus lepturus)

aka: Atlantic Cutlass
Fish

Snapper,
Mangrove
(Rhomboplites
aurorubens)
A lot of locals call it
a Black Snapper.
Aka Gray Snapper

Spadefish
(Chaetodipterus
faber)

Tarpon
(Megalops atlanticus)

aka: Silver King

Trout, White
(Cynoscion
arenarius)

aka: Sand Trout

Trout, Silver
(Cynoscion nothus)

aka: Skipjack, Baby
Tarpon

Trout,
Speckled
(Cynoscion
nebulosus)

aka: Spotted
Seatrout, Sea Trout

Whiting,
Southern
(Menticirrhus
americanus)

aka: Southern
Kingfish, King, King
Whiting

Whiting, Gulf
(Menticirrhus
americanus)

aka: Channel Mullet,
Ground Mullet,
Kingfish
Fishing Destin Guide©







A local's guide to fishing around Destin and the Florida Panhandle    

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.  
The  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!
Inshore Saltwater
fish of Destin
(From the beach and in the
bay)

While some of these fish
can also be caught in the
deeper offshore waters
(King Mackerel, Cobia,
etc), I have placed them in
this category just to give
you an idea what can be
caught close to shore here.

A lot of these fish are
migratory and will only be
found here predominantly
from April to October.
Locals usually look for a
water temperature of
around 70 degrees for
these fish to show up.
              
                 Last Updated: Feb 2014

    Local Inshore Fish:  This will give you an ideal what can be caught here. For more information, I
    would recommend you get a copy of Florida Sportsman "Sport Fish of the Gulf of Mexico" ( Can be
    found at the local stores or order it online here ). Also, the state of Florida publishes a free guide to
    Florida's fish "Fishing Lines". You can order a copy online by clicking here, or download it.

     A good site for fish identification is
Anglers Guide to  Fishes of the Gulf of Mexico..   Or you
      can find it online at RodnReel.com.  Other good web sites are:

     
Fish Base                Strange Saltwater Fish                FWC Saltwater Fish ID        FWC Rays ID

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Sheepshead
(Archosargus
probatocephalus)

aka:
Convicts, Donkeys

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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