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. Vermilion Snapper

  2. Vermilion Snapper

    There is a 27.15% catch rate for Vermilion Snapper, based on 16004 Vermilion Snapper counted.

  3. Red Snapper

  4. Red Snapper

    There is a 13.38% catch rate for Red Snapper, based on 7890 Red Snapper counted.

  5. Grey Triggerfish

  6. Grey Triggerfish

    There is a 7.54% catch rate for Grey Triggerfish, based on 4447 Grey Triggerfish counted.

  7. Blue Runner

  8. Blue Runner

    There is a 5.27% catch rate for Blue Runner, based on 3104 Blue Runner counted.

  9. Red Porgy

  10. Red Porgy

    There is a 4.45% catch rate for Red Porgy, based on 2624 Red Porgy counted.

  11. King Mackerel

  12. King Mackerel

    There is a 4.31% catch rate for King Mackerel, based on 2538 King Mackerel counted.

  13. Greater Amberjack

  14. Greater Amberjack

    There is a 3.75% catch rate for Greater Amberjack, based on 2209 Greater Amberjack counted.

  15. Gag Grouper

  16. Gag Grouper

    There is a 3.19% catch rate for Gag Grouper, based on 1881 Gag Grouper counted.

  17. Round Scad

  18. Round Scad

    There is a 2.99% catch rate for Round Scad, based on 1765 Round Scad counted.

  19. Pinfish

  20. Pinfish

    There is a 2.4% catch rate for Pinfish, based on 1413 Pinfish counted.

Recommedations above based on 110 species of fish and 58948 fish counted for September around Destin.

To date, there are 142 species of fish and a total of 426038 fish counted for Destin and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 4/11/1931 (91 years).

Last Update: 9/22/2022 10:32:24 AM

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.

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Latest Destin Fishing Reports

  • 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

  • Waiting on Red – Destin Fishing Charters in Destin FL
    3/25/2022 1:45:53 PM - Red snapper season in Destin FL typically opens in June and runs through the month of July. We are still waiting for the official snapper dates to be announced but as soon as

  • The Merry Month of May – Destin Fishing Charters
    3/25/2022 1:31:05 PM - The month of May has everyone itching to get outside swim go to the beach and FISH!!! Amberjack season or “reef donkeys” open up in May so it’s the perfect time to get a char

  • April Forecast – Fishing in Destin FL
    3/25/2022 1:07:13 PM -           If I were a betting woman I’d say that in every fisherman’s report this month the word “COBIA” will be mentioned. And that’s because…Cobia fishing is the highlight

  • Destin Fishing Charters loves kids!
    3/2/2022 2:16:38 PM - Happy March! Spring Break is the perfect time for families to get out on the water. The weather is beautiful and the fishing is great. Our captains and crew are excellent wit

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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. 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

  5. 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

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

  7. 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

  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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Mingo Snapper

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Bouy Conditions

Station 42039 - PENSACOLA - 115NM SSE of Pensacola, FL
September 25, 2022 8:40 am CDT
Location: 28.787N 86.007W
Wind Direction: NE (50°)
Wind Speed: 3.9 knots
Wind Gust: 7.8 knots
Average Period: 3.6 sec
Mean Wave Direction: E (86°)
Atmospheric Pressure: 29.97 in (1015.0 mb)
Air Temperature: 82.9°F (28.3°C)
Dew Point: 70.3°F (21.3°C)

Current Moon Phase

New Moon

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