Destin isn’t known to be “the Luckiest Fishing Village” for nothing. There is actually a geographical reason behind it. However we won’t bore you with this step. We can skip to the part of what exactly that means! Loads and loads of fish in a contained area. This means you can spend all day on the water and expect to come home to a variety of fish. It will definitely be worthwhile. What makes this even better is that you can have your own private boat or can rent from a number of boat rental places from four, five and six-hour trips to overnight adventures.
Some of the best beach locations for fishing are as follows:
The Destin Bridge
Is home to Sheepshead, Gray snapper, Grouper, Redfish, and Spadefish. Located on the Gulf Breeze Parkway, you can walk around to find different spots that may be less crowded.
East and West Jetty
Due to tidal changes, this area is a prime feeding ground for a large variety of fish like Sheepshead, Flounder, Reedfish, Trout, Spanish Mackerel, King Mackerel, Shark, and baitfish. Just to forewarn, this area is constructed of large boulders. So it is best without young children. West Jetty access is best by parking on the southwest end of the Destin HWY 98 bridge and walking along the shore of the east pass. Locating the East Jetty is best by turning south off of HWY 98 by Target onto Gulfshore Drive. Follow Gulfshore Drive to the end of the street, along the south side of the Destin Harbor.
Coast Guard Station
This area has grass beds and a rock wall that create the ideal environment for a lot of different fish. Trout, Redfish, Mullet, Ladyfish, and Pinfish are popular in this area. Although certain spots are marked as “keep out”areas, there are plenty of pockets where anglers are allowed to fish. Located by the USCG Station Destin.
You can find Ladyfish, Redfish, Trout, Jacks, and lots of baitfish. It is a white sand peninsula located at the end of Gulf Shore Drive on Holiday Isle.
Okaloosa Island Fishing Pier
This area is great to buy fish and you don’t need a license here. It is also perfect for anglers of all ages and skills levels. You can catch a wide variety of saltwater fish. It is located 4 miles west of the Destin Bridge.
Sea Trout, Redfish, Flounder, Sheepshead, etc. $400+ for 4 hours for 4, on up Check out these local guides: https://www.ecoutfittersdestin.com/ or https://www.captainblake.com
Offshore Deep Sea Fishing
Snapper, Grouper, Mahi Mahi, King Mackeral, and much more. Check out https://oneshotcharters.com/ (This is a smaller 24ft boat for 4 people but extremely flexible fishing $750 for 6 hour trips OR https://www.swooppartyboat.com/ This is a Large Boats 50+ people $69/ person for 6 hour trips.