Spring & Summer Fishing Seasons in Destin

Wow what a Spring! April we celebrated our 6th weather conditions and the Cobia were biting. We at Destin Charter Service would love to thank all who participated for another successful tournament. Congratulations to this year’s winners: 1 No Alibi 72.4lbs and 2nd Rests (62.7lbs) won some Calcutta money for their fish. 1st UnReel- 163 lbs and 2nd

May in Destin features the Week of Blessings and this year is our 57th Charter Service especially look forward to Thursday evening for the Blessing of the Fleet. This year it takes place on May 29th 5:30. If you have never been a part of this blessed event we highly recommend it.

With Summer just around the corner, Red Snapper Season has been much talked about this year, as always we are very optimistic about the fishing. We have many boats ready and able to fish our State waters from May 24th of fishing Federal waters June 1st  Annual Ling-a-Palooza and were fortunate to have ideal 1st place fish- Outta Line 66.6 lbs. Dana Ann (54.6 lbs and 53.2lbs) and The Defense  place aggregate went to charter boat Realin Script- 146.3 lbs.1 place aggregate went to the charter boat annual event. We at Destin  with the service starting at 4pm, Boat Blessings starting at 5:00 and a Fish Fry at  through July 14th  and if you are looking for “The Big One” we have vessels capable  through June 11th.

 

10 Steps to Create a Tropical Christmas Ornament

10 Steps to Create a Tropical Christmas Ornament

A beach, coastal or tropical Christmas theme is rather non-typical in the light of the more traditional red and green of the holly and the ivy. However, it can be unusual, original and a means to let your creativity shine. A coastal holiday décor relies more on texture and shapes than on an array of color.

If you love the sand and surf, there are so many cool things to collect while beachcombing to use in your holiday décor. Driftwood, surf-eaten shells and bits of coral can set the mood and bring back memories of warm, sun-kissed vacations. Craft ornaments to decorate a tree in keeping with a tropical Christmas. Below are directions to creating a tropical beach in a glass ball.

Supplies  

Clear glass ball ornaments

Sand

White iridescent glitter

Sheet of Paper and paperclip  OR small-neck funnel.

Assortment of seashells, sea glass, tiny starfish and sand dollars

Tacky glue

Q-tip swabs

½” wide paintbrush

Ball of coarse white twine (can be purchased at hardware store)

Silver, gold or copper metallic paint marker (optional)

If you live in a coastal area, you can collect sand and seashells from the beach. If you don’t, you can buy both at craft stores, along with clear glass ball ornaments.

 

Directions

  • Remove lid from glass ball

  • Mix iridescent glitter in with white sand

  • Curve sheet of paper to make a funnel and secure with paperclip – or use a small-neck funnel – to pour some of the sand mixture into the bottom of the glass ball. Fill the ball with about ½” of sand.

  • Next, drop in a few small shells and tiny pieces of sea glass.

  • Add small starfish and/or sand dollars, if desired.

  • Before replacing the metal top closure to the ornament, use a Q-tip swab to spread a bit of tacky glue around the neck of the ornament’s opening. Attach the metal cap with hanging loop back in place at the top of the ornament.

  • Load ½” paint brush with tacky glue and paint a ring about 1” wide around the perimeter of the base of the metal cap of the ornament.

  • Take the end of the ball of twine and set it in the crevice below the ornament’s cap. Press it securely up close to the cap and circle it around the cap. Continue to wind the twine around the top of the ornament working outward, pressing the twine into the inch-wide ring of tacky glue. You can add more glue if you need it as you go until you have a cap of twine the width you desire. Cut the string free from the ball of twine.

  • Use a Q-tip swab moistened in water to erase any extra smears of glue. Cut a length of twine and loop it through the top cap of the ornament and tie it to create a loop to hang the ornament.

  • Use a metallic paint marker to write beach-like messages around the middle of the ornament.

 

Suggested beach-like inscriptions:

My heart is at the beach

Give me the sun and the sea

I need the sea ~ It touches me

Home is where the waves crash

The voice of the sea speaks to the soul

Shore do wish you a Merry Christmas

Each day is like a newly found seashell

Deep Sea Fishing Done Right: Tips for Deep Sea Fishing

destin deep sea charter fishing serviceDeep-sea fishing means bigger water and bigger trophy fish. Anglers head out from inshore waters into the wild blue lured by the combination of big adventure and big fish. The Emerald Coast’s waters team with marine biodiversity, making deep sea fishing a popular sport in our area. Moreover, access to deep water is close in; cutting the time it takes to go deep enough for trophy fish in half compared to the rest of the Gulf. The continental shelf of the Emerald Coast’s part of the Gulf of Mexico (referred to locally as “The Edge”) goes from over 100’ deep less than 10 miles out from shore and reaches 400’ deep around 24 miles out. This is where sportsmen find the “big ones”:  tuna, billfish, wahoo, and trophy-size grouper. Here is where more than ten 10 salt-water world fishing records have been set. This is the reason why “The Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic”, hosted each June, is ranked one of the top 10 billfish tournaments in the world.

A short trip to deep water with an abundance of a variety of fish makes our waters a preferred destination for deep sea sportsmen. Destin is home to over 140 charter fishing boats – a sure fire indication as to just how productive and “lucky” our Emerald Coast waters are. Certainly, the first ingredient to having success in deep sea fishing is to have an available catch. The second would be an advantageous combination of optimal water temperature, good weather, and the right bait or fish lures. Third would be water current over underwater structures such as natural reefs, artificial reefs, wrecks or rock piles. With these, an angler is bound to find a fun day fishing emerald waters.

Deep sea fishing is a trending sport. Television shows like Deadliest Catch or Shark Men have brought attention to going after the “big ones.” Although deep sea fishing is fun to do, it is very different from the regular fishing that most people have experienced. Avid anglers may have been fishing for years, but find themselves out of water, so to speak, when switching to the specialized equipment for deep sea excursions. For the greatest success in deep sea fishing, an expert with knowledge of your fishing area should be on board to supply tips on where to fish and how to make best use of the equipment.

That is his contribution to a favorable outcome. For your part, below are some pointers to make your deep sea and offshore fishing trips enjoyable and successful.

  • Look to the sky. Yes, part of the enjoyment of fishing on the Emerald Coast is beautiful skies. But here, we mean watch the sea birds. Look for gulls that feast on small bait-type fish. If they are there feeding on small bait, odds are there are probably larger game-type fish below the water surface just as interested in the smaller fish.

  • Pay attention to floating wood or debris. When you chance upon a large piece of floating wood, you can find large game fish in the area and even enjoy some dolphin encounters.

  • Look for Snook. Snooks are described as “inshore fish with an attitude”. They like to be around ledges, posts and rock piles around inlets and passes. These great catch-and-release giants can be found in the Florida Panhandle when our waters heat up during the summer. They are considered a challenge to catch as they tend to be finicky about how and when they will consider a presented bait. And, they can be a fun catch because of their fighting tactics.

  • Full moon, crab delight. During full moons, crabs shed their shells and stripers come looking for them. Benefit by using soft crab imitations for bait.

  • Find the dolphin, find the tuna. Yellowfin tuna are usually found schooling with dolphins. So if you see a group of dolphins, chances are there are some tuna in the area.

  • Watch out for other species. The presence of dolphin can be a sign of tuna, but make sure when fishing for species like tuna that you do guard against snagging dolphin and ocean animals that you wouldn’t want to catch or aren’t allowed to catch. Study the difference between fair game species and those off limits and learn ways to avoid catching the latter.

  • Know the Bait. Learn what the larger fish are feeding on during each season of the year, and especially when you are fishing for them. True, this is something you need to pay attention to in regards to any type of fishing. However, when it comes to deep sea fishing, you will most likely need to buy a specific type of bait for best success. Talk to some experienced anglers who specialize in catching the type of fish you’re going after. Talented anglers are willing to share their knowledge on a number of sport fishing forums online. One covering our area can be found here.

  • Unwanted transfer. Be sure to rinse your hands after applying sunscreen while out on the boat. The smell and taste can transfer to the bait you’re handling, causing the fish to stop biting.

  • Cut and Burn. Deep sea fishermen use spiderwire because its like a spider web. It’s easy to feel the fish’s strike on the bait. But, spiderwire is also more difficult to cut. If you have trouble cutting through a spiderwire braid, try burning it through with a lighter or a match flame.

  • Head for the Reef. The best place to fish is near reefs as they are hot beds of activity for smaller fish, which means larger fish wanting to feed will swim to a reef or along its outskirts. Here are GPS numbers for Destin’s fishing reefs.

  • Get hooked on the Circle Hook. Using a circle hook assures more catch and are better for the fish since their engineering hooks just in the lip, not in the fish’s gut. These hooks are much less likely to harm the fish, especially fins and gills. A variety of fish will latch onto live bait on this hook. If your object is catch-and-release, then this is the best option for doing minimal damage.

  • Avoid Sea Legs. To minimize seasickness, watch the horizon and stay on deck. Also, stay away from the boat’s fumes. Breathing them can aggravate the problem.

  • Anchors Away. Eventually, the nature of deep sea fishing will result in an anchor stuck at the ocean floor or on debris. It the anchor gets stuck at the bottom, try attaching a float to it. Return after the tide has changed in direction. This should be enough to loosen the anchor.

All these tips should help your next deep sea fishing excursion the Gulf of Mexico. If you pay attention to these tips you should have a great time with successful results.  You will be able to catch some big ones, especially if you pick the right location and put all that the area’s waters offer to your advantage. But, perhaps the most important tip to having a blast is keeping the right attitude. Not every time is going to be lucky. Certainly, not every time will catch the fish of a lifetime. The important thing is to enjoy your time on our emerald waters.

 

Events for Good Causes at The HarborWalk Village this November

Great entertainment and great causes are a theme at Harborwalk Village this month of November.  Starting this weekend on the 9th you can enjoy Blues, Brews and BBQ and help support the FRLA Educational Foundation. Then mark your calendar for cars, art, and a taco festival. Help support the Wounded Warrior Project, Others Inc. and the Salvation Army.

Events for Good Causes at The HarborWalk Village this November

Events for Good Causes at The HarborWalk Village this November

Blues, Brews and BBQ

November 9, 2013 | 11:00 AM- 4:00 PM

Blues, Brews and BBQ on November 9th at Harborwalk Village is being sponsored by the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association’s Northwest Florida and will benefit the FRLA Educational Foundation. Local restaurants are firing up their grills for this fund raiser. There will be a craft beer tasting and creative BBQ contest. The Blues will be provided by The Blenders, The Modern Eldorados, and Season Ammons Band. Support the next generation of hospitality professionals and have a great time at it!

The Blenders

“… a combination of musicians that are constantly melding musical influences into their sound. Drawing from artists as diverse as Steely Dan, Smokey Robinson and Van Morrison, the band puts its own unique spin on both vocal and instrumental tunes alike.”

The Modern Eldorados

“… have evolved a sound that taps deep into the roots of traditional country, western swing and the rockabilly style.”

Season Ammons Band

“…nominated for best “Female Vocalist” and best “Singer/Songwriter” in Destin FL.”

Cars and Coffee

November 10, 2013 | Time 11:00 AM-11:00 PM

Porsche of Destin is hosting a car show at Harborwalk Village with all proceeds to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. WWP honors and helps empower Wounded Warriors who incurred a physical or mental injury, illnesses, or wound, co-incident to their military service on or after September 11, 2001. Family members or caregivers of a Wounded Warrior may be eligible for the program. Come on out to Cars and Coffee and view a show case of specialty cars by car enthusiasts. Enjoy beverages, food and live entertainment.

ARTWalk on the Harbor

November 17 | 11:00 AM  –  4:00 PM

Artwork, a silent auction and a canned food drive will be held on November 17th. Proceeds will benefit Others Inc., a non-profit organization of the United Methodist Church of Destin. View and purchase a wide range of local artwork while you enjoy the harbor activity. Get ready for Christmas by stopping by the gift wrap for donation table at the Destin Boardwalk booth.

Crab Island Catina’s “Tequila and Taco Fest”

November 23, 2013 | Time: 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Enjoy Tacos and help support the Salvation Army. Crab Island Cantina is hosting their 1st Annual Tequila and Taco Fest on November 23rd. Come and sample a wide variety of tacos, sauces, and tequilas. Bid in the silent auction while listening to great live entertainment.  The Salvation Army has been a great cause since 1865 and is known for being one of the largest distributors of humanitarian aid.  Tickets for purchase are available at both Crab Island Cantina and Pepito’s Restaurant.

Fall for 30A of Mice and Monarchs

It’s October. Some of our earliest “Snowbirds” aren’t birds or even Canadians for that matter. They are the Fall Monarchs. These butterflies must vacate the north before they’re trapped by the cold. We’re already seeing them arrive here in Northwest Florida. The Fall Monarchs emerge as adults at the end of summer in the north and aren’t adapted to handle the cold temperatures and change in moisture. For these late bloomers, their lives are different from earlier broods. Instead of mating and laying eggs, they focus all their energy into migrating 2,000 miles south to central Mexico. These travelers drink nectar and catch warm gulf air currents to allow them to soar instead of using powered flight. Some hardier ones may winter in South Walton, while others celebrate fall with us here on the coast and move on.

Fall Fun in South Walton Florida

Fall Fun in South Walton Florida

October 18, 2013: Monarch Butterflies at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

The monarch is the only butterfly known to make a two-way migration as birds do. Ranger Tammy of Topsail Hill State Park will present the amazing life of the Monarch butterfly October 18, 2pm-3pm. The event finishes with a craft project where attendees make their own butterfly. This program is great for all ages, so gather in the Clubhouse and help us celebrate these regal butterflies. Event takes place at 7525 W. Scenic Highway 30A. The program is free with the standard park admission of $6.00 entry per vehicle.

October 11, 2013: Choctawhatchee Beach Mouse Program at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

The migration of the Monarch butterfly is just one reason to enjoy the Emerald Coast during the fall. Another adorable creature to celebrate is resident uniquely to our area – the Choctawhatchee Beach Mouse. This cute little fellow comes out at night and lives in our South Walton dunes. It burrows and excavates nests within the dunes’ sand among sea oats and grasses.
In this program, Topsail Hill Preserve State Park teaches how they track these endangered mice and how we can ensure these dune inhabitants survive and thrive. South Walton is blessed to have coastal dune lakes beyond compare, and with them come a fragile ecosystem. The critical habitat for the Choctawhatchee Beach Mouse is unique to 12.6 miles of coast in Walton and Bay Counties. These nocturnal mice have survived thousands of years since barrier islands were formed. Their continued existence depends largely on our conservation of a healthy dunes ecosystem.
Event takes place at 7525 W. Scenic Highway 30A. The program is free with the standard park admission of $6.00 entry per vehicle.

November 9-10, 2013: Flutterby Children’s Arts Festival

Another event that celebrates the migration of butterflies through South Walton is the Flutterby Children’s Arts Festival in Rosemary Beach. This year the festival will be open from 10am-4pm on November 9th and 10th. A special feature planned for the festival is “Cottages for Kids”, a collection of designer playhouses. The event has become known for its live music, storytelling, face painting, hula hooping, and animal encounters. For the artist in all of us, there will be street and mural painting. On hand will be various artists and exhibitors. One of the exhibitors is a master gardener will be on hand to teach kids how to build their own butterfly garden. Children will have the opportunity to craft their own butterfly wings, create artwork, and take home a butterfly plant. The festival is free and open to the public. However, some of the activities will require $1 tickets. You can get more information by calling the Cultural Arts Alliance at 850-622-5970.

Fishing offers great health benefits

photo19The health benefits of fishing are often overlooked. Avid fishermen know these benefits very well, yet in the sheer excitement of the catch of the day, or the focus on the end result of fresh fish for supper, the simple health benefits might get lost in the conversation.  Here are the health benefits of fishing that shouldn’t be overlooked.

Fishing as a low impact excersize

Fishing is a low impact activity and low stress activity. While fishing keeps you moving for hours, it doesn’t have the stress demands or risk of jarring to to the muscles and bones that high impact excersise does. Presently the average American is sitting still for 9.3 waking hours of their day. Fishing is a fun and rewarding activity that helps combat the sit-down syndrome that Americans face.

Walk to your favorite fishing spot for a cardio workout

Fishermen who walk to their favorite fishing spot get their heart rate up.  As far as cardio excersise goes, you will probably not dodge the excersize as much as getting up early to make sure you don’t wait in line at the gym for the walking machines. If you don’t have a favorite fishing spot, exploring to find those new fishing spots can also be added to your cardio excersize regime.

Fishing as a strenous work out

The beauty of fishing is that it varies from a low impact excersize to a high impact exercise. If you are deep sea fishing and you start reeling in a big catch, you will rotate into a high impact workout. You can count on the benefits of a strenous workout if you go bass fishing.

Fishing increases brain power

Fishing helps you recharge your brain because fishing unplugs you from the daily stresses. This unplugging from every day life will actually help your focus and sends you back to every day life with the ability to problem solve more effectively.

Fishing lowers blood pressure, pulse rate and cortisol rate

Yes, many fishermen might not tell their spouses this enough, but fishing does lower blood pressure, pulse rate and cortisol raite. It is because fishing renders the same benefits as a ‘forest bathing’ or what the Japanese term “shinrin-yoku.” It is the practice of spending a few hours in a wooded area. Studies show that those who practice this have lower pulse rates, blood preassure and cortisol rates than those who spent those hours in a city. In fact, exposure to natural settings have shown resluts in reducing ADHD symptons in children.

Fishing Increses Dexterity

Baiting and reeling helps keep your fingers dexterous. Casting and reeling also helps keep shoulders and arms fexlible, activating muscles that otherwise are not used often. The next time you go fishing you can chalk it up as a good upper-body workout.

Fishing is healthy for your lungs

When you go fishing, you gain the benefit of high oxygen and low pollution. This isn’t only great for your body, but it is great for your lungs.

Fishing increases your vitamin D levels

Spending  time in the sun raises levels your Vitamin D levels. Vitamin D helps protect against heart disease, diabetes and other health issues.

 

Red Snapper Season Update is Good News for Fisherman

Good news for fisherman! One of Florida’s favorite sports fish, Red Snapper, will have a supplemental recreational season open up once again from Oct 1-21, 2013 in Gulf State Waters. The Florida Wildlife Commission has just approved it at the September Commission meeting.

A supplemental season for Gulf federal waters may very well be in the future as well. That decision is being held until the recreation harvest estimates for the regular 2013 season are completed. They are still being analyzed by federal fishery managers. It is expected that NOAA Fisheries will be able to make an announcement in the next few weeks regarding a federal season for red snapper in October.

This year the red snapper season in State waters was a 44-day season (from June 1 through July 14, closing July 15). State waters are from shore to 9 nautical miles in Gulf waters. In Federal waters the season had been a 28-day season (June 1 through June 28 closing June 29). Federal waters extend beyond that line to 200 nautical miles.

The yearly quota for how many pounds of red snapper can be harvested has increased in the past few years, yet the length of the federal season has shortened. Federal fishery managers say this is because there are more fishing red snapper and fishing for the larger red snapper.

Red snapper are long-lived, early-maturing reef fish. They can live to be 57. It is the larger females, however, that contribute the most eggs. It is important to maintain and abundance of the older and larger fish for a sustainable red snapper stock.

In 2013 the FWC chose to go ‘inconsistent” with the federal season. They based their decision on the reports that the upcoming federal stock assessment would most likely show that the red snapper population was doing better than the first reports.

The minimum size limit for red snapper is 16’’ and the limit is be 2 per person per

day– within a 10-fish snapper aggregate limit. Recreational and commercial fishers in Gulf waters off Florida are required to use circle hooks and dehooking devices when fishing for reef fish of which red snapper is included. The requirement for venting tools was eliminated as of September 3, 2013. FWC will consider consistency for Gulf state waters at a future Commission meeting. The rule had been instituted in 2008 and since then, other methods have been discovered that help improve the survival of released fish.

Red Snapper has good reason to be on the top of the list with both Florida Fishermen and Florida cooks. It is a strong fighting fish found in deep waters. Snapper are known to use strong, head-shaking tactics, insuring a great challenge to the fisherman.  Its meat has a fine texture with a delicate flavor that lends itself to many ways of cooking. The whole fish can be broiled, grilled, pan-fried, steamed, baked or deep-fried, its skin having an excellent taste to it. Some various recipes can be found  at http://www.myrecipes.com/t/fish/red-snapper/.

Spend Labor Day at the HarborWalk Village

Local Songwriters and Performers in Free Summer Concerts

From August 29th through September 1st Harborwalk Village is hosting The Endless Summer Music Series!  The series spotlights our amazingly talented songwriters and artists in the area.

Some of the artists spotlighted:

Jeff Cohen: His songs have been featured on over 20 million albums! Cohen is a multi-award winning songwriter and producer. The Band Perry which went to # 5 on Billboard Charts with a song that Jeff co-wrote, “Postcard From Paris.”

Sherri Austin:  Austin has been an ACM Award nominee for “New Artist of the Year,” has claimed the #1 Chart position on CMT’s Countdown with her music videos and she received the desirable “Golden Guitar Award” in Australia. “Sherrie’s songwriting prowess was responsible for the hilarious duet by Trace Adkins and Blake Shelton called “If I Was A Woman” on Trace Adkins 2011 release “Proud To Be Here.”

Check the evening calendar for the performances of Jeff Cohen, Trent Summar, Will Rambeaux, Sherri Austin, Aaron Barker, Bridgette Tatum, Alissa Moreno, Danny Myrick, Tim James, Kendell Marvel, Megan Linville, Bill LaBounty, Candi Carpener, Bobby Tomberlin. On Sunday night, September 1, a stunning fireworks display over the Destin Harbor will complete this fantastic concert series.

Local Heroes Honored at Red, White and Blue Celebrations

The Red, White and Blue Celebration at HarborWalk Village honors “local heroes’ every Thursday night from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM.  These people have provided great help to our community.

A recently highlighted hero at the celebration was Food For Thought outreach. It helps local children who depend on the school for free or reduced meals and face the possibility of no food when they are at home. It helps feed these children healthy, easy to prepare food for the weekends using a backpack program every Friday. Founded by Tiffanie Shelton, it depends strongly on contributions from the community. Pantry item donations are always gladly accepted.

Taking Karaoke to the Next Level

Love Karaoke ? Take it to the next level and let the spotlight gleam on you! Rock the Docks with Deja Vue, karaoke style, runs every Saturday at 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Karaoke with a full band and light show will make you the Rock Star.

Take Care of Your Health with Fitness Classes at Harborwalk Village

Harborwalk Village is famous for its entertainment, water sports, and great food! It doesn’t overlook your fitness, however, and offers weekly Fitness Classes.  Boot Camp group fitness class is every Tuesday and Thursday mornings, 5:45 AM – 7:00 AM. Classes are free for Emerald Grande Owners, $5 for guests and $10 for Locals.  The Restore the Core fitness class is at 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM. Purchase a Fitness Pass and Save—10 Classes for only $80!

Kites Fly High in the 5th Annual Kitty Hawk Kite Festival

Kites fly high in amazing demonstrations at the 5th Annual Kitty Hawk Kite Festival. A two day event filled with activities on both land and water,  professional kite flyers exhibit their amazing kites in brilliant demonstrations. Bring your own kite and garner tips from the pros with stunt kite lessons and power kite lessons. Hands-on fun at Kitty Hawk Kites is available for the kids day from 4pm-8pm.

The BoardWalk on Okaloosa Island

The Boardwalk is conveniently situated next to the Okaloosa Island Fishing Pier. The Pier is a landmark in the area. If you love fishing you will love the pier. Simply Google Okaloosa Pier to see the many fishing stories of what has been caught off the pier or spotted off the pier. Yesterday it was said that the catch was Spanish, hardtails, and bonito. Why not see what is running today? A pass for adults is $7.50.
For those who aren’t into fishing, the Pier itself is visit worthy. If you want to catch the best sunrise and sunset views, you want to buy a $2.00 admission to the pier and make sure you go to the end of it. Once you’ve paid, it is good until midnight and you can leave and return all day long.
Why hold on to that pass?
Situated around the Pier is The Boardwalk of Okaloosa Island. It offers fantastic restaurants and intriguing shops and retail stores. It also has a public park to enjoy the beach with all the conveniences you will want. With a children’s playground you know the family will be entertained. There are volleyball nets for beach sports and play. It has covered picnic tables, outdoor showers, and public restrooms.
Access to the Boardwalk with beach and pier is easy with loads and loads of parking available. Avoid those long treks to get to the beach and that dreaded ‘march back’ from the beach with such assured parking.
Since the Boardwalk with all its restaurants and shops are right there, you can always take a break from the fun in the sun for an ice-cream. Or plan to relax from a rousing volleyball game with a happy hour special on one of the Boardwalk decks overlooking the gulf.
The Crab Trap is a great place to enjoy during your day at the beach. It is a favorite to locals and visitors alike. You can enjoy Crab Dip and Seafood Gumbo (the local’s favorite) and daily specials like Grilled Sirloin to Alaskan Crab Legs. Your kids are guaranteed a good time with a special menu designed just for them, an opportunity to express their ‘creative side,’ and a treat to take home that will help them remember their great time on the Emerald Coast.

Anglers Beachside Bar and Grill is at the entrance of the Fishing Pier and offers a roomy deck for gulf side views while you eat the best of seafood. Or you can choose to eat in its large booths inside that offer privacy and comfort. Its décor boasts vintage photos and is a tour all in itself. With excellent food, beach music and games, your family is assured a great experience. If you are sports fan it also offers a super sports bar. Voted Best Sports Bar four years in a row by Emerald Coast Magazine, you and your friends can watch your team play on one of the nine foot screens, or shoot a game of pool or challenge each other to a game of corn hole.

Get Reeled

Destin’s is known as the world’s luckiest fishing village for a reason; something is always biting.  Home to the largest recreational fishing fleet in the country, Destin’s charter fishing boats offer both private and group outings. Depending on your group, you may choose a full, half, or multi day trip. Each trip is designed slightly differently, targeting different types of fish and different areas of the Gulf, the Bay, and the East Pass.

Destin Charter Fishing Services helps locals and visitors coordinate and design their perfect trip. Chartering a fishing boat is a great way to experience the full history and heritage of Destin and a great way to see the natural beauty of The Emerald Coast. Whether you are trolling in the Bay or heading deep offshore ins search of big game fish like tuna, blue marlin, or wahoo, each season and each trip offers something different.

Our staff will work with you to decide what type of fishing trip is right for you. All the chart trips include bait, license, tackle, fuel and ice. You’ll need to pack your cooler, your camera, and plenty of sunscreen. Its customary to tip your mates between 15%-20% at the end of your trip.

Located in Destin Marina, Destin Fishing Service has created and nurtured relationships with the areas most experienced and respected boat captains. Each captain has their secret and favorite fishing spots, so you know your trip will be successful. This summer if you head out into the Gulf, you’ll be fishing for snapper, grouper, mackerel, and cobia.

Although Red Snapper season has closed, Amberjack season opens soon. Bay fishing trips are bringing in redfish, speckled trout and flounder. Regardless of what you kind of fishing you choose, you’re sure to come home with great memories- and most likely you’ll have dinner as well.

Let the expert staff at Destin Charter fishing Services help you create the perfect fishing trip. Leave the planning to us- and don’t forget the sunscreen.

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