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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

the Creeks
& RIvers

Fishing the
Lakes &

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: 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 16, 2014: State of Florida Gulf recreational red snapper
season set by FWC

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) set the Gulf recreational
red snapper season in state waters April 16 at a meeting near Tallahassee. The
season will be a total of 52 days in 2014 and will start the Saturday before Memorial
Day (May 24 this year) and remain open through July 14, closing July 15.

Starting the season the Saturday before Memorial Day will provide recreational red
snapper fishing through an important holiday weekend, helping attract more visitors
and bringing economic benefits to our coastal communities.

The federal season is currently projected to be 11 days long, starting June 1 and
remaining open through June 11. This season is subject to change depending on
projections by NOAA Fisheries for when the recreational red snapper quota may be

Florida state waters in the Gulf are from shore to 9 nautical miles. Federal waters
extend from where state waters end, out to about 200 nautical miles.

The daily bag limit will remain 2 per person in state and federal waters.
April 17, 2014  Gulf Council Update - April 2014
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council met in Baton Rouge, Louisiana,
April 7 - 10, 2014, to discuss a number of fishery issues, including several related
to the management of red snapper. Here are some of the actions taken by the
Council last week.
2014 Recreational Red Snapper Season
After receiving a briefing on a recent court decision in response to a legal
challenge on management of the recreational component of the red snapper fishery,
the Council took actions to prevent the recreational sector from exceeding its quota in
2014 and beyond. For the short-term, the Council asked the National Marine Fisheries
Service (NMFS) to implement an emergency rule to establish a 20% buffer on the 5.39
million pound recreational quota. The 20% buffer, which provides a low probability
(15%) that the quota will be exceeded, combined with the 2013 landings estimates,
results in a recreational annual catch target (ACT) of 4.312 million pounds, and an
11-day red snapper recreational season for 2014. The bag limit will remain 2-fish per
person. The 11-day season takes into consideration the incompatible state seasons
and bag limits adopted by Texas, Louisiana, and Florida; however, it does not take
into account a recent decision by Louisiana to have a year-round red snapper season
in state waters.  NOAA Fisheries will conduct further analysis to determine if
the 11-day season is adequate.

The Council also voted to withdraw a framework action submitted in February
that would rescind the Amendment 30B permit provision, which requires vessels with
federal charter vessel/headboat permits to abide by federal regulations if more
restrictive when fishing in state waters.To address the issue long-term, the Council
asked staff to include accountability measure actions and alternatives for the
recreational allocation, such as buffers and overage adjustments, in the Red Snapper
Allocation Amendment (Reef Fish Amendment 28).  

Read More of the meeting's results