earns its name as the "World’s Luckiest Fishing Village"
by virtue of its famed emerald Gulf shore – deep and inshore
waters that hold enough sailfish, grouper, mackerel, cobia, tarpon
and wahoo to inspire an extensive fleet of fishing charters, a
bevy of tournaments (including the October-long Fishing Rodeo),
and a glorious selection of seafood restaurants. With the speediest
deep-water access to the Gulf, Destin claims more billfish catches
annually than any other Gulf port and up to four times more fish
species than most other destinations.
|World's Luckiest Fishing Village
Famous fruitful waters are internationally recognized. The offshore
shelf dips straight from Destin's East Pass to 100-foot (30m) depths
within 10 miles (16km) -- the speediest deep-water access on the
Widest Variety of Catches in Florida Gulf
Up to four times more than most destinations, 20 species of edible
game fish are always in seasonal runs.
Boat Fleet in Florida
Destin harbors more than 140 vessels from party boats to private
charters. All offer deep sea, inshore and bottom fishing for as
little as $25 a half-day. Free fish cleaning for the day's catch
provided by many charters.
for Charters and Cruises
More billfish are caught each year off the coast of Destin * Fort
Walton Beach * Okaloosa Island than all other Gulf ports combined.
Offshore trolling begins only 27 miles (43km) out. Prime months
run April-October for sailfish, white marlin, blue marlin, dolphin
Year-round concentrations lure red snapper, grouper, warsaw, amberjack,
scamp and triggerfish.
The elusive cobia begins running in March. Lasting through November,
subsequent runs include Spanish mackerel, bluefish, king mackerel,
tarpon and blackfin tuna.
1,200-foot (360m) Okaloosa Pier is lighted for night fishing and
known to shelter 100-pound (45kg) tarpons. Casting from finger jetties,
sandy shores and the 3,000-foot (900m) Destin Bridge Catwalk hooks
speckled trout, white snapper and redfish.
Bay and Bayou
Catch sheepshead, white trout, channel bass, croaker, sailcat, bluefish
and buckets of blue crab all year.
Some of the best fishing is found in Blackwater, Shoal and Yellow
rivers -- teeming with bass, bream and catfish.
An array of stocked ponds, such as the 350-acre (140ha) Hurricane
Lake in Blackwater River State Park, are filled with channel catfish,
large-mouth bass, bluegill and shellcracker.