Emerald Coast Fishing
Fish From Every Angle
Get hooked on some of the best fishing Florida has to offer...the way you want to fish.
Inshore trolling just off the beaches and in the bay begins in March with the cobia (also called "ling") run and continues through November. From April to November, Spanish and king mackerel, bluefish and barracuda bite big and often. May to October offers up bonito, jack crevalle and dolphin fish (mahi on the menu). And throughout the year, you'll encounter little and blackfin tuna biting.
Deep-Sea Bottom Fishing
Bottom fishing is a year-round operation for many party boats, which can accommodate from 25 to 100 people. Many provide all you need to try this form of fishing, including your tackle, bait and ice. Common fish include red snapper, scamp, warsaw, grouper, amberjack and triggerfish.
Offshore trolling starts at the 20-fathom curve, which is 24 miles south-southwest of Destin. Here, the color of the water changes to a deep blue near the drop-off, usually with a distinct line separating it from the azure blue of more shallow waters. Here you're likely to hook sailfish, spearfish, white and blue marlin, yellowfin tuna, dolphin and wahoo. Keep in mind that more billfish are brought into Destin each year than all other Gulf ports.
Try the Okaloosa Island pier, which is lit for night fishing and has rental gear available. Or try the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier, open from dawn till dusk and has everything you might need. And you don't need a license to fish here.
Flats & Freshwater Fishing
The Choctawhatchee Bay and the surrounding bayous (Boggy, Garnier, Cinco and Rocky Bayous) offer excellent fishing. Catch specks, red drum, Spanish mackerel, white trout and sheepshead near the piers, rocks and pilings in the bay.
And don't miss the freshwater fishing. Our many lakes, streams and tributaries cater to the freshwater enthusiast with plentiful panfish, catfish, trout and bass.