2022 Gulf Red Snapper Season Opens June 19

Exciting news for anglers! The 2022 Gulf Red Snapper Summer Season has been extended to 57 days this year and will open on June 17 and run consecutively through July 31, 2022. This will be the longest combined season that has ever been available! In addition, Snapper Season will include a Fall Gulf Red Snapper Season, which includes 12 additional days, including Veteran’s Day weekend and Thanksgiving. Due to the popularity of Gulf Red Snapper, the community has invested heavily in nurturing this species. Destin has the most active artificial Continue reading

Published on Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Gag Grouper & Snapper Season in Destin, Florida – Fishing Responsibly

Are you considering a fishing trip to Destin, Florida? If so, you may want to consider planning your trip around one of the popular fishing seasons. Gag Grouper, Red Snapper, and Cobia are some of the most popular fish caught in our local waters. Fishing seasons for these fish have become shorter and shorter due to over-fishing. Local fisherman and Newman-Dailey real estate agent, Colin Kirkwood , shares his knowledge and recommendations for sustainable fishing in Destin, Florida: “If you’re heading to Destin, Florida to fish this year Continue reading

Published on Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Girls Just Want to Have Fun and Go Fishing

Destin has long been named “THE LUCKIEST FISHING VILLAGE IN THE WORLD” and each October it hosts the Destin Fishing Rodeo.  The entire month of October brings experienced fisherman along with newbies to our waters to catch a prize.  Recently, one of Newman-Dailey's top real estate agents,  Diane Green , wondered "why do the guys always have all the fishing fun?  Why not have JUST female anglers try their luck?" So Diane and her friends did just that! Here's what she shared:  "Ten women, all locals, Continue reading

Published on Monday, October 14, 2019

Guide to Fishing in Destin

Guide to Fishing in Destin  Want to go fishing during your Destin vacation? Here are tips you should know before you go.   Know before you go. Be sure to check the flag and surf conditions before you go. Whether on a boat or shore fishing, it is important to plan for the weather and potential rough surf. It is also important to be aware of what fish are in season, which are catch and release, how many you can keep etc. Click the link to the Catch/Release/what’s in Season section below to get a downloadable pdf.     Who Continue reading

Published on Friday, July 5, 2019

Destin Party Boat Fishing

Destin is known as the World’s Luckiest Fishing Village. So, if you’re feeling lucky or just feel like getting fishy, hop aboard the Destiny or the Destin Princess Party Boat and set sail for a 6 or 8 hour cruise.       Locally owned and operated, these captains and crews have been in the business for a long time, dating back to what we call ‘Old Destin’. And while you’re out there, it does take you back in time to simpler days where it w just you and the sea battling over the fish below Continue reading

Published on Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Dads in Destin will be hooked on the Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic, June 21-25

It is Father’s Day weekend and we’re excited to welcome all the Dads to beach for a week of fun with the family. We know that many Dads love fishing and there are lots of fishing options along the Emerald Coast, including taking a chartered fishing trip , pier fishing, shore fishing, Bay fishing and being a participant or spectator at  one of the richest fishing tournaments, the Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic.  Destin is often referred to as the World’s Luckiest Fishing Village due its proximity to deep water. The Desoto Canyon Continue reading

Published on Friday, June 16, 2017

A Guide to Pier Fishing Along Florida’s Emerald Coast

There are few things more relaxing than spending a day out in the sun fishing. Florida’s Emerald Coast, famed for its clear waters and sandy beaches, is home to some of the Gulf Coast’s best pier fishing. With half a dozen prime locations to choose from between Pensacola and Panama City Beach, visitors can head to the beach to catch some sun and to  fish year-round along the Emerald Coast. Okaloosa Island Pier This concrete pier is one of the top fishing destinations in Northwestern Florida. Located in Destin, also known as &ldquo Continue reading

Published on Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Spring Fling Cobia Tournament, March 31-April 2

It's Cobia season! And while we love to eat this tasty fish, many locals and visitors enjoy the sport of catching them. Cobia move in schools down the beach from Pensacola all the way down the Florida Gulf Coast to Key West, making these fish ideal for sight-casting. The  Annual Spring Fling Cobia Tournament weekend offers anglers a chance to cash in on their catch from March 31, 2017 to April 2, 2017. The World Famous AJ’s team hosts the tournament at the Destin Harbor. The annual tournament is the premier cobia event in Northwest Florida Continue reading

Published on Friday, March 31, 2017

Best Fishing Charters for Families with Kids and Teenagers in Destin

There are several reasons Destin is known as the "World's Luckiest Fishing Village." It is home to the largest and most elaborately equipped fishing fleet in the State of Florida.  In addition, Destin offers the speediest deep-water access than any other Gulf coast community in Florida.  And finally, there are a number of underwater structures that attract fish, resulting in higher volume and size of fish caught.   While Destin is known for its large fishing fleet some charter services cater more to children and families than others Continue reading

Published on Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Tips for Fishing with Kids in Destin

There is a certain joy every angler experiences when they get that undeniable tug on the line.  It doesn’t matter if it is a little pinfish or a 10 pound fighter, it’s just fun.  The Emerald Coast is teeming with opportunities to introduce kids to the pleasures of fishing. Younger children will probably fare better with beach or dock fishing while older children will certainly enjoy pier fishing and boat fishing.  Here’s some tips for fishing with kids in Destin: Be patient.  Tangles, snags, no bites and lost fish do occur, Continue reading

Published on Monday, June 20, 2016

October is the Destin Fishing Rodeo

We’re in the final weeks of the 67th Annual Destin Fishing Rodeo . This is a great time to get in on the action or simply head down to the docks to view the weigh-ins. Destin has long been known as the World’s Luckiest Fishing Village and the Destin Rodeo takes fishing to a competitive sport. Here’s the top things to know about the Destin Fishing Rodeo: How do you enter the Destin Fishing Rodeo? There are two ways to get in on the action. Either schedule a fishing charter aboard a boat that is registered in the rodeo. Or fish on Continue reading

Published on Thursday, October 22, 2015

Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic, June 17-21

Whether you like to catch fish, eat fish or just watch the pros weigh fish, we think you’ll enjoy the annual Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic, June 17-21, 2015.    Ranked the fifth richest billfish tournament in the world by Marlin Magazine , the Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic is held in Miramar Beach, Florida at the Sandestin Marina.  Sanctioned by the World Billfish Series and part of the International Game Fish Association Off-shore circuit, this event gives serious angling teams their shot at winning a huge pay-off. The competing Continue reading

Published on Thursday, June 11, 2015

18th Annual Destin Cobia Tournament in Destin Begins This Weekend

Destin has been coined the “World’s Luckiest Fishing Village” and for good reason. The Destin area offers both in-shore and deep sea fishing. As locals, we all have our favorite fishing seasons and cobia season is always a favorite. These fish swim in near shore areas and are caught by trolling.  We’re not sure if cobia is more fun to catch or eat so we encourage our guests to try both. The 18th Annual Cobia Tournament kicks off this weekend. The tournament takes place at HarborWalk Marina on the Destin Harbor. Watch from the docks or charter Continue reading

Published on Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Fishing in Destin this Spring

Destin has earned the reputation as the “World’s Luckiest Fishing Village.” As such, Destin has annual calendar events and festivals that celebrate this revered sport.   Stinky's Annual Pompano Fishing Tournament From March 31 through May 5, anglers may enter the annual Pompano Fishing Tournament and compete for bragging rights and prizes. Hosting by Stinky's Bait Shack on Hwy 30A, this beloved local tournament kicks off on March 30th at Stinky's Bait Shack & Restaurant in Santa Rosa Beach. Learn more here .    Continue reading

Published on Wednesday, March 19, 2014

South Walton Hosts Billfish Tournament, June 19-23

  As one of the fastest growing billfish tournaments on the Gulf Coast, the Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic takes place this weekend at the Baytowne Marina at Sandestin. Whether you're an angler or a spectator, you'll get reeled in watching the weigh-ins. In the past several years two blue marlin “Granders” (blue marlin weighing over 1,000 lbs.) have been weighed in, and state records for blue marlin and both bluefin and yellowfin tuna have been broken! Weigh-ins will be held from 4-9 p.m. on Friday (6/21) and 4-10 p.m. on Saturday Continue reading

Published on Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic, June 19-23

The 2013  Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic kicks off today at the Sandestin Marina! Whether you're an angler or a spectator, you'll be lured by the fun events and hooked on watching the weigh-ins. This incredible annual billfish tournament elevates fishing in Destin to a new level! As the fastest growing billfish tournament on the Gulf Coast, an expected 85 teams will compete for over $1.5 million in cash awards. The annual event offers something for everyone.  On Tuesday night (6/18), the Continue reading

Published on Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Fishing in Destin

Destin is known as the World's Luckiest Fishing Village. If you're looking for things to do in Destin, consider a chartered fishing excursion. The invigorating day out on the water allows you to experience one of the most popular coastal pastimes and the potential reward of catching your own dinner. The announcement that Red Snapper has been removed from the overfishing list is the cause for much celebration. With the population of Red Snapper rebounding, the result is a healthier ocean, along with more recreational Continue reading

Published on Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Stinky's Fish Camp Pompano Tournament

There are many Florida fishing seasons along the Emerald Coast, spring brings an abundance of Pompano. This time of year you'll find menus throughout Santa Rosa Beach and Destin, Fla. filled with different preparations of this deliciously sweet, mild flavored fish . Next month begins the Stinky's Fish Camp Pompano Tournament . The fun kicks off at Stinky's Fish Camp restaurant in Santa Rosa Beach with a Captain's Party on April 1st. No it's not an April Fool's joke, Stinky's holds a Crawfish Fest that Continue reading

Published on Thursday, March 7, 2013

Gulf Coast Inshore Charters - Fishing for fun!

This week, we're delighted to have Scott Fais of Central Florida News 13 in Orlando and Bay News 9 in Tampa visiting South Walton and the Destin, Fla. area. We've greatly enjoyed showing him around and uncovering some of the special experiences here in Northwest Florida for his program, Florida on a Tankful. His first adventure was an inshore fishing excursion in the Choctawhatchee Bay, courtesy of Captain Clint Hood of Gulf Coast Inshore Charters . Scott has heard that Destin is known as the world's luckiest fishing village and that there Continue reading

Published on Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Sunsets & Fishing

Last Saturday and Sunday was a GREAT weekend for sunsets and fishing! Thanks to Colin Kirkwood, our fishing real estate sales agent for the photos! Continue reading

Published on Tuesday, October 19, 2010

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