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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!
Fishing Destin Guide©

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

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  It may take a few days before I get to it, so be patient. Thanks.....

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Fishing the
Santa Rosa

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& RIvers

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from a
Local Fish
Bays, Bayous, Beach and near shore

Pompano      Spanish Mackerel        Triggerfish     



                  Local Bait

Local Fishing Techniques

         After the Catch

Keeping your fish fresh        Cleaning your fish        Storing your fish  

Cooking your fish        Recipes

          Fish Identification

Local Names for fish             Local Bay & Beach Fish          Texas Outdoors Shark ID Article

Texas Outdoors Prohibited Sharks Article
Weather Resources
Rutgers Univ NE Gulf
of Mexico Imagery

Destin Fishing Guide Library
Rod, Lures, Tackle Making


Janns Netcraft

Tackle Making Magazine

Lure Components

Lil Mac Molds

K Molds

Anglers Workshop

Acid Rod

Custom Tackle

Tackle Underground

Fishing Tackle Links                

Tackle Warehouse

Barlow's Tackle


Swellinfo surf forecasts
February 27, 2014: Fishing Western Lake  Still cool in Destin, think the
temperature only made it up into the high 50s today but had to get out of the house.
Bass are on the beds in the local lakes, so headed over to Western Lake. Western
Lake is one of the Dune Lakes located about 12 miles east of Destin.        
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A Fisherman's Guide to
the Rules and
Regulations for fishing
around Destin

If you are just starting to
fish this area, you need to
understand all the rules.
Click here to start.
Crab Links                                  

FWC Blue Crab Regulations

Blue Crab Forum

Jeffs Crab Page

Kayak/Canoe Links                    

Florida Paddling Trails

Florida Greenways and Trails



Local Fishing & Boating Resources
Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management
Council Meeting Schedule

April 7 - 11, 2014               
Embassy Suites
4914 Constitution Ave.
Baton Rouge, LA 70808

June 23 - 27, 2014
Marriott Beachside
3841 North Roosevelt Blvd.
Key West, FL 33040

August 25 - 29, 2014  
Beau Rivage
875 Beach Blvd.
Biloxi, MS 39530

October 20 - 24, 2014           
Renaissance Battle House
26 N. Royal Street
Mobile, AL 36602
The politics of fishing the Gulf

Boating Links                             

Reel Boating Forum

The Hull Truth

The Wooden Boat Forum

Boat Design Forum

Maps & Charts

Local Organizations

NOTE: Trying to update all the bad links, etc but with the weather
improving, fishing is getting in the way - please be patient
Lion Fish Menace
The invasive Lion Fish first appeared off the east coast of Florida in 1982. It has since
moved into the Gulf of Mexico and is reproducing at an alarming rate. They have no
natural enemies in this area. They eat native fish and have negative effects on the
overall reef habitat and health as they can eliminate species that serve important
ecological roles such as fish that keep algae in check on the reefs. Lionfish also
compete for food with native predatory fish such as grouper and snapper.

Fish Kill Hotline:
Call 800-636-0511,  or
submit a fish kill report.
To learn more about fish
Click Here
Rare or Unusual Fish
If you catch a rare or
unusual fish in Florida
waters, please report it.
Saltwater:    (727) 896-8626
Freshwater: (561) 391-6409
For more information,
Click Here

Wildlife Law Violations:
Call the Wildlife Alert hotline:
888-404-FWCC (888-404-3922).
Cellular phone users, call *FWC or #FWC.

Or send a text to
Tagged Fish:
If you catch a tagged fish, please report it
by calling the   Angler Tag Return Hotline:
or emailing:

For more information,
Click Here
Shrimping Links                         

Jethro's Shrimping

Lee Noga

Ozello Shrimper

FWC Shrimp Regulations

Shrimpnfish Florida

Miscellaneous Tips                                      

How to sharpen a knife


March 31, 2014:  The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is to
meet April 16 in Tallahassee. Among the items to be discussed are  setting the Gulf of
Mexico state recreational red snapper season.  At this time, they have proposed
opening state waters May 24 through midnight of July 14, 2014. Federal waters (are
closed to recreational red snapper fishing until June 1, 2014.

Florida state waters go out to 9 nautical miles. Alabama state waters go out to 3
nautical miles.

The 2014 Gulf of Mexico federal red snapper recreational season will be 40 days,
opening at 12:01 a.m., June 1, 2014, and closing at 12:01 a.m., July 11, 2014.(2-fish
bag limit and a minimum size of 16 inches fork length)

Also to be discussed is the Gulf Reef Fish Registry. Essentially they are trying to come
up with a way to count the number of reef fish like red snapper, grouper, and triggerfish
caught by recreational fishermen. Several workshops were held earlier this month to
get public input into this. Among the ideas considered will be mandatory permits (tags).
March 31, 2014: FIshed the beach a little while today, but no luck on anything.
The beach gets busy with swimmers around 10:00 until around 4:00pm. The cobia
fishermen are busy trolling the outer bar.
April 5, 2014: Tried the beach again. Tide was coming in, fished from about 7:15 to
10:30. Getting too crowded and no luck..... BUT, as pulling my last bait in, had a 14"
Pompano hit it just outside the first breakers. Nice fight. Put the bait back out but no
more fish. Used a Mustad prerigged Pompano rig but replaced the hooks with #2  (or #
1) circle hooks. Thumbnail size piece of fresh shrimp from Sexton's Seafood. You really
don't have to cast that far, just outside the first breakers.
Didn't see any sand flea colonies, blind raked one small one. Water temperature is
about right, so the fleas and pompano should start showing up in force any time now.
Boats trolling for cobia just outside the outer bar. Still a chill in the air it seems though,
cold winter here.
Pompano hit the top bait (piece of fresh shrimp) on a
pompano rig
Boats just outside the outer beach sand bar looking
for Cobia
April 7, 2014: The federal government's Gulf Council is presently meeting in New
Orleans  (April 7 - 10, 2014) discussing many things that will affect fishing in the Gulf of
Mexico. Among the items being discussed are:

 Discussion of Red Snapper IFQ Modifications (potential Amendment 36)
 Review of Amendment 40 – Sector Separation Options Paper
 Discussion of Framework Action – Modifications to IFQ Species Quotas
 Review of Legal and Policy Aspects of Allocation
 Discussion of Final Draft of Amendment 28 – Red Snapper Allocation

For details,
click here for the agenda of the Committees Agenda of the Gulf of Mexico
Fishery Management Council and
click here for the meeting agenda of  the  Gulf of
Mexico Fishery Management Council

Friday, April 11, from 12:00pm - 1:00pm EST, the day after the meeting ends, Dr. Roy  
Crabtree will provide an update and take questions about red snapper management in
the Gulf of Mexico, including the 2014 recreational red  snapper fishing season.

If you would like to take part in this, dial 1-800-593-8999 and use the password: FISH

March 27, 2014: The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on March 27
ruled that the federal government violated the law by failing to properly manage the red
snapper fishery in the Gulf of Mexico.

The decision affirms all commercial fishermen claims in a June 2013 lawsuit that federal
regulators illegally allowed recreational fishermen to exceed their share of the Gulf of
Mexico's combined red snapper quota in six of the past seven years without holding the
sector accountable. For the full article click here
Court Rules  from
April 9, 2014: Gulf Council Reef Fish members approve emergency
rule reducing recreational red snapper season to 11 days..
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