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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.

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 30.49% catch rate for Red Snapper, based on 15972 Red Snapper counted.

    Destin Red Snapper Counts Chart


  3. Vermilion Snapper

  4. Vermilion Snapper

    There is a 13.2% catch rate for Vermilion Snapper, based on 6915 Vermilion Snapper counted.

    Destin Vermilion Snapper Counts Chart


  5. Red Porgy

  6. Red Porgy

    There is a 6.99% catch rate for Red Porgy, based on 3663 Red Porgy counted.

    Destin Red Porgy Counts Chart


  7. Round Scad

  8. Round Scad

    There is a 6.92% catch rate for Round Scad, based on 3625 Round Scad counted.

    Destin Round Scad Counts Chart


  9. Grey Triggerfish

  10. Grey Triggerfish

    There is a 6.67% catch rate for Grey Triggerfish, based on 3496 Grey Triggerfish counted.

    Destin Grey Triggerfish Counts Chart


  11. Spanish Mackerel

  12. Spanish Mackerel

    There is a 4.29% catch rate for Spanish Mackerel, based on 2246 Spanish Mackerel counted.

    Destin Spanish Mackerel Counts Chart


  13. Pinfish

  14. Pinfish

    There is a 4.15% catch rate for Pinfish, based on 2176 Pinfish counted.

    Destin Pinfish Counts Chart


  15. Spot Croaker

  16. Spot Croaker

    There is a 4.04% catch rate for Spot Croaker, based on 2116 Spot Croaker counted.

    Destin Spot Croaker Counts Chart


  17. Gag Grouper

  18. Gag Grouper

    There is a 3.23% catch rate for Gag Grouper, based on 1691 Gag Grouper counted.

    Destin Gag Grouper Counts Chart


  19. Greater Amberjack

  20. Greater Amberjack

    There is a 2.51% catch rate for Greater Amberjack, based on 1313 Greater Amberjack counted.

    Destin Greater Amberjack Counts Chart


Recommendations above based on 107 species of fish and 52387 fish counted for April around Destin.

To date, there are 161 species of fish and a total of 560135 fish counted for Destin and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 11/29/1899 (125 years).

Last Update: 4/18/2024 7:01:10 PM

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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Top Destin Fishing Spots

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The Top 10 Fishing Spots for Destin are the following:

  1. Boxcar Reef

  2. Thomas Hayward (Liberty Ship)
    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

  3. Henderson Park East Snorkel Reef (HE-39)

  4. Sherman's Reef (Barge #1 Site)

  5. Navarre Barge
    Navarre Barge  

  6. Captain Hills Grouper Rock
    Captain Hills Grouper Rock

  7. Permatilt

  8. Fish Haven
    Fish Haven

  9. PEN-08

  10. PEN-11

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Latest Destin Fishing Reports

  • Locally Owned and Operated
    Destin Fishing Charters has been locally owned and operated since 2006. We own and captain several of the boats ourself and we book for lots of other great boats in Destin. W

  • Corporate Trips Bachelor Parties and Large Groups
    Destin Fishing Charters is the best company to contact for corporate trips bachelor parties and large group trips. Red snapper season is right around the corner so give Desti

  • Where the Map Turns Blue – Episode 4
    Destin Fishing Charters is super proud of our very own Capt. Preston Muller on Home Grown for being the featured guest on Episode 4 of the podcast “Where the Map Turns Blue”

  • Christmas New Year and Flounder!
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Destin Fishing Charters! We hope you and your family enjoyed the holidays as much as we have. Destin Fishing Charters has had lots of

  • Need a Christmas gift?
    Looking for the perfect gift for the fishing enthusiast in your life? Look no further! Destin Fishing Charters offers gift certificates for fishing trips!! We have the best b

  • Wahoo Rodeo Winner – Home Grown!
    Destin Fishing Charters wanted to give a special shout out and Congratulations to Capt. Preston Muller and crew on the charter boat “Home Grown” with Gulf Angler Charters for

  • FAQs
    Frequently Asked Questions Q: Why should we book with you and not someone else? How do I know you have the best boats and captains? Well you don’t know me from Adam but I scr

  • Rodeo Ready
    The Destin Fishing Rodeo is a month long fishing tournament in October and Destin Fishing Charters will have lots of boats participating! Give us a call or text to get on a g

  • Fish So Nice They Named It Twice!
    I get a lot of inquiries at Destin Fishing Charters about mahi mahi – fish so nice they named it twice! Mahi Mahi typically start showing up in June and July and run through

  • This Just In!
    They have just announced that gag grouper and amberjack will open September 1st for the 2023 season! Destin Fishing Charters has the best boats to book your 8 10 or 12 hour t

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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. 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

  3. 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!

  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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