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Destin Fishing

Destin Fishing

Destin is known as The World's Luckiest Fishing Village. Located on the Emerald Coast, with beautiful white beaches and emerald colored water, Destin is one of the top fishing destinations in the US. From the fruitful waters of the Choctawhatchee Bay, thosands of reefs and shipwrecks off the coast, and excellent offshore fishing in the Gulf of Mexico, Destin offers anglers many different styles of fishing.

Fishing the inshore waters around Destin allows anglers to catch many different species of fish, including Black Drum, Bluefish, Flounder, Pompano, Redfish, Sheepshead, and Whiting. Tarpon and Bonefish are frequent targets of many fishermen. On some of the reefs in the bay, there is also good snapper fishing.

On the many reefs and shipwrecks around Destin, there is good snapper and grouper fishing. Amberjack and Baracuda lurk in the same areas. There is also excellent King Mackerel fishing much of the year.

Fishing offshore of Destin provides anglers with lots of Mahi-mahi and Wahoo. There is also good billfishing with Blue Marlin, Sailfish, Swordfish, and White Marlin to be caught.



Top Destin Fishing Spots

  1. Thomas Hayward (Liberty Ship)
    4/8/2014 4:27:03 PM - SS Thomas Heyward was a Liberty ship built by Alabama Drydock and Shipbuilding Company at Mobile, Alabama, laid down 21 February 1942, and launched 31 May 1942. It was named f


  2. Boxcar Reef
    11/12/2018 3:55:40 PM -


  3. Sherman's Reef (Barge #1 Site)
    2/24/2016 12:47:43 PM -


  4. Navarre Barge
    4/11/2013 6:27:26 AM - Navarre Barge  


  5. Captain Hills Grouper Rock
    2/24/2017 9:21:50 PM - Captain Hills Grouper Rock


  6. Permatilt
    1/22/2017 8:15:52 PM - Permatilt 


  7. Fish Haven
    1/17/2017 11:38:28 PM - Fish Haven


  8. PEN-08
    7/6/2017 8:14:01 PM - PEN-08


  9. PEN-11
    7/6/2017 8:19:40 PM - PEN-11


  10. PEN-10
    7/6/2017 8:17:04 PM - PEN-10



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Destin Fishing Forecast

Target Species of Fish

Based on historical data for fishing Destin, you should target one of the following species for this time of year:
  1. Red Snapper

  2. Red Snapper

    There is a 31.27% catch rate for Red Snapper, based on 2190 Red Snapper counted.

    Destin Red Snapper Counts Chart
    Red

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  3. Grey Triggerfish

  4. Grey Triggerfish

    There is a 13.17% catch rate for Grey Triggerfish, based on 922 Grey Triggerfish counted.

    Destin Grey Triggerfish Counts Chart
    Grey

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  5. Red Porgy

  6. Red Porgy

    There is a 10.45% catch rate for Red Porgy, based on 732 Red Porgy counted.

    Destin Red Porgy Counts Chart
    Red

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  7. Vermilion Snapper

  8. Vermilion Snapper

    There is a 8.67% catch rate for Vermilion Snapper, based on 607 Vermilion Snapper counted.

    Destin Vermilion Snapper Counts Chart
    Vermilion

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  9. Greater Amberjack

  10. Greater Amberjack

    There is a 6.77% catch rate for Greater Amberjack, based on 474 Greater Amberjack counted.

    Destin Greater Amberjack Counts Chart
    Greater

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  11. Gag Grouper

  12. Gag Grouper

    There is a 6.51% catch rate for Gag Grouper, based on 456 Gag Grouper counted.

    Destin Gag Grouper Counts Chart
    Gag

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  13. Pinfish

  14. Pinfish

    There is a 2.81% catch rate for Pinfish, based on 197 Pinfish counted.

    Destin Pinfish Counts Chart
    Pinfish

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  15. Banded Rudderfish

  16. Banded Rudderfish

    There is a 2.77% catch rate for Banded Rudderfish, based on 194 Banded Rudderfish counted.

    Destin Banded Rudderfish Counts Chart
    Banded

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  17. Sheepshead

  18. Sheepshead

    There is a 2.16% catch rate for Sheepshead, based on 151 Sheepshead counted.

    Destin Sheepshead Counts Chart
    Sheepshead

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  19. Scamp

  20. Scamp

    There is a 1.33% catch rate for Scamp, based on 93 Scamp counted.

    Destin Scamp Counts Chart
    Scamp

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Recommendations above based on 65 species of fish and 7003 fish counted for February around Destin.

To date, there are 146 species of fish and a total of 424540 fish counted for Destin and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 4/11/1931 (92 years).

Last Update: 2/8/2023 2:26:53 AM

*** PLEASE NOTE ***
Please check local, state/province, and federal laws before fishing for any species found on this site. All data is based on historical data found for this area, and in some cases as far back as the year 1600.

View full Destin Fishing Forecast to see all species and best lures and colors to use.

Latest Destin Fishing Reports

  • Best Charter Company and Family Friendly!
    1/8/2023 7:40:39 PM - Destin Fishing Charters offers the best charter service that Destin FL has to offer. Our charters are family friendly and we cater to all ages! Give Destin Fishing Charters a


  • The Best of the Best!
    1/3/2023 10:23:26 AM - Happy 2023! Destin Fishing Charters only offers the best captains and boats Destin FL has to offer. Book your boat for 2023 before the best boats are booked up. It’s almost t


  • Matchmaker
    11/29/2022 1:38:34 PM - Here at Destin Fishing Charters we know the captains personally and work with you to find the “perfect fit” for your party in terms of boat crew trip length etc. There are a


  • Year Round Fishing at Destin Fishing Charters
    10/11/2022 10:14:16 AM - The “busy” season here in Destin FL usually refers to March-October when tourism is at it’s peak and families are able to take vacation. However fishing is great here year ro


  • The Early Bird Gets the Worm (and best boats)!
    8/10/2022 1:47:25 PM -      Summer 2022 has been an absolute blast and snapper season is still going strong at Destin Fishing Charters! The Destin Fishing Rodeo in October will be here before you k


  • State Snapper Open for Destin Fishing Charters
    6/19/2022 4:50:22 PM - Federally permitted boats were able to keep red snapper beginning June 1st and as of June 17th state permitted boats are able to keep red snapper too!! The bite has been as h


  • 2022 Red Snapper Season Open June 1 – Aug 18
    6/1/2022 2:30:09 PM - NOAA Fisheries and the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission have announced the opening of the 2022 Red Snapper season for federally permitted Charter For-Hire vessels in the Gu


  • 2022 Gag Grouper Season Open
    6/1/2022 11:22:31 AM - The popular Gag Grouper season is currently open in Federal waters off Destin Florida along side the Red Snapper summer season (which runs through day-end August 18th). The m


  • Oh Snap! Destin Fishing Charters Red Snapper Dates 2022
    4/26/2022 4:01:05 PM - It’s official! 2022 Snapper dates were announced yesterday! Destin Fishing Charter’s permitted boats (most sport fish express and some larger center console boats) can keep s


  • Booking Options – Destin Fishing Charters
    3/25/2022 2:06:07 PM - People are often curious as to why Destin Fishing Charters does not offer online booking options. It is simply because we would much rather you communicate with us one on one


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Top Destin Bait & Tackle Stores

  1. Adventure Marina
    Bait, Tackle, Pontoon and Jet Ski rentals.

  2. Half Hitch Destin
    Half Hitch carries outdoor equipment, gear, fishing tackle, accessories, and clothing for almost any activity or adventure you want! Follow us to stay informed about the fish and game industry, area events, educational seminars, tournaments, product

  3. The Ships Chandler
    We’re proud to say that we’re the oldest fishing tackle store in Destin and have been serving anglers in our area for almost 40 years. We stock everything an angler would need for inshore, beach, and offshore fishing. We pride ourselves in offering

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Top Destin Fishing Charters & Guides

  1. Back Down 2 Fishing Charters
    Charter Fishing out of Destin, Florida ia a great experience! It is even better aboard our custom charter fishing boat built by Miller Marine. Deep Sea Fishing in Destin aboard this sport fisherman is more than just a fishing trip. Purchased by Capta

  2. 100 Proof Charters
    The charter Boat 100 Proof is a custom, 52’ G&S sportfisher. We specialize in family fun and offer fishing trips from 4 hours on up to 3 days!

  3. Destin Fishing Charters
    Welcome to beautiful Destin, Florida known as the World’s Luckiest Fishing Village. Destin, Florida offers world class fishing year round to include deep sea fishing, sport and bay fishing charters. Whether it’s a family fun trip, corporate trip, or

  4. Charter Boat Huntress
    The Huntress is a 40' Infinity Fiberglass Sport Fisherman, U.S. Coast Guard approved up to 6 passengers, air conditioned cabin, clean restroom, friendly crew, fast, and well equipped with the latest marine electronics. Captain Mike Graef has bee

  5. Sure Lure Fishing Charters
    We offer bay fishing, in-shore trolling, off-shore trolling, shark fishing, and bottom fishing charters. We know that not everyone is looking for the same kind of fishing experience, so we pride ourselves in working with Destin's finest charter b

  6. Harborwalk Charters
    Home of the Destin Fishing Fleet with over 30 Gulf and Bay fishing boats, HarborWalk Charters in Destin, Florida boasts a wide variety of fishing for all levels of experience. Our Captains are well trained and seasoned with Gulf of Mexico deep sea fi

  7. Brian Howard's Charter Fishing
    Specializing in Bottom Fishing and Trolling.

  8. Vengeance Charters


  9. Finest Kind Charters
    Deep Sea Fishing Destin. Luxury charter fishing at affordable rates.

  10. Pescador III
    Charter Fishing in Destin offers charters for various types of fishing. We also offer private dolphin cruises, Crab Island swimming excursions and burials at sea.

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Top Destin Marinas

  1. Adventure Marina
    Bait, Tackle, Pontoon and Jet Ski rentals.

  2. HarborWalk Marina
    Serving Destin Fishing Fleet Since 2007.

  3. Destin Marina
    We are located on the north side of the Destin bridge, just off Calhoun Avenue. With one of only two boat launches in Destin, we provide easy access to Crab Island, Choctawhatchee Bay, and the Gulf of Mexico. We also offer day-to-day boat slip rental

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Latest Fishing Spots

Cubera Snapper 13461

Gag Grouper 14088

Gag Grouper 14085

Gag Grouper 14082

Gag Grouper 14079

Gag Grouper 14076

Gag Grouper 14075

Gag Grouper 14074

Gag Grouper 14069

Gag Grouper 14066

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Bouy Conditions

Station 42039 - PENSACOLA - 115NM SSE of Pensacola, FL
February 8, 2023 11:40 pm CST
Location: 28.787N 86.007W
Wind Direction: SSE (150°)
Wind Speed: 17.5 knots
Wind Gust: 19.4 knots
Atmospheric Pressure: 30.15 in (1020.9 mb)
Air Temperature: 72.7°F (22.6°C)
Dew Point: 66.2°F (19.0°C)


Current Moon Phase

Waning Gibbous Moon

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