By Cali Hlavac, To Do In Destin Fishing Tournaments have been one socially distant way to get outside with friends this summer and participate in a fun activity. This year was the 2nd annual Boathouse Oyster Bar Summer Slam Fishing Tournament that happened from June 1 to August 9. State and...
Fishing in our area isn’t a new phenomenon. It goes back over a thousand years. As far back as the seventh century A.D., the American Indians who called this strip of paradise home survived off the seafood in the area. Hundreds of years later, it is thought that Spanish...

Off the Hook: Shark Week

By Cali Hlavac, To Do In Destin It’s August and that means it’s time for everyone’s favorite: Shark Week! This year, Shark Week runs August 9 to 16 and with that comes Discovery Channel entertainment, restaurant specials, and more. Sharks are an integral part of our eco-system. So, let’s learn...
By Mary Anne Windes 2020 has turned into a year of trials and patience-testing, but it didn’t start off that way. For the first time in many years, the captains received the great news that they were getting 61 days of Red Snapper season. One year, they only got six...
By Cali Hlavac, To Do In Destin The Tarpon have arrived! A bucket list fish for many anglers, Tarpon are most commonly found in south Florida but our area sees a passing migration during June and July. You’ll find them swimming nearshore, by the beaches in large schools. Often you’ll...

June Fishing Report

By Cali Hlavac As we ease into summer and reopening our economy, vacationers are hitting the area by the droves – and we are so thankful to have them back! While fishing was deemed an essential activity, without the support of tourism, a lot of charter boat captains found themselves...

Fishing Recovery

The Secretary of Commerce announced the allocation of $300 million in fisheries assistance funding provided by Sec. 12005 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, also called the CARES Act, to states, Tribes, and territories with coastal and marine fishery participants who have been negatively affected by...
As one of the area’s long-standing traditions, the Blessing of the Fleet brings out locals and tourists each year for a ceremony unlike any other on the Destin Harbor. However, amidst all the uncertainty surrounding our reopening agenda, this year’s tradition looked a bit different. On Ascension Day every year,...
By Cali Hlavac, To Do In Destin In this uncertain time, one thing is still certain – the fish are still biting. While beaches may be closed to the public, many boat launches are still open to fishermen. The weather has been outstanding for fishing, and while the Choctawhatchee Bay...
Gray Triggerfish is Open in Gulf State and Federal Waters The recreational gray triggerfish season reopened to harvest in Gulf state and federal waters March 1, and will remain open through May 1, closing to harvest May 2. If you plan to fish for gray triggerfish in Gulf state...

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