By Cali Hlavac, To Do in Destin Spring has officially arrived and so has Spring fishing season! While many fish bite year-round in our lucky fishing village, three of the most prominent this time of year are Triggerfish, Sheepshead and bull Redfish. March 1st kicked off Triggerfish season, which many offshore...
Many readers might know of The Ships Chandler location in Destin—an icon on the Destin Harbor. Now, the marine and service center has broken ground on its second center as of Thursday, February 18 in Freeport! Located at 17309 U.S. Hwy. 331, constructed by Chapman Building and Consulting and designed...
By Cali Hlavac, To Do in Destin By this time in the season, most of us anglers have a severe case of cabin fever. We’re constantly checking the weather apps on our phones, seeing which days will be warm enough with low winds to try and get out on the...
Eating U.S. seafood is good for your health, our economy and working waterfront communities Fish and shellfish are a great source of lean protein. They’re also rich in nutrients and omega-3 fatty acids that play a key role in heart, immune system and brain health. In fact, the latest Dietary...
Mark your calendar for Thursday, March 4th, 2021, for the Coastal Conservation Association Emerald Coast Banquet and Auction, from 6-9:30 p.m. at The Island Hotel. Corporate tables include 10 dinners, 10 CCA One-Year Memberships, table gifts, and a framed featured artist print. The 2021 Banquet will feature local donations,...
Vendors and Divers Wanted The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is excited to announce the 7th Annual Lionfish Removal and Awareness Festival, May 15-16, at AJ’s Seafood and Oyster Bar and HarborWalk Village. Come out and celebrate the fight against invasive lionfish with the FWC and Destin–Fort Walton...

No Boat? No Problem!

By Cali Hlavac, To Do in Destin In our lucky little fishing village, it may be perceived that a boat is necessary to catch certain kinds of fish, or a multitude of fish. However, without access to a boat, there are still some great fishing spots anglers can take advantage...
By Cali Hlavac, To Do in Destin As one of the few female captains to run our waters here, Captain Gabrielle Barnes broke into a male dominated industry and followed her dreams to pursue a career in fishing. As a Fort Walton Beach local, her father introduced her to fishing at...
By Cali Hlavac, To Do in Destin Last year at this time, as it began to get cooler, we noticed different species of fish migrate into our Gulf waters – specifically Flounder and Sheepshead. That’s good for us since the cooler weather means the fish will school up in one...

New Gulf Lionfish Record!

Niceville resident Donald C. Vautrinot was spearfishing for red snapper in Destin Oct. 18 when he went back down to snag a few lionfish. And there it was. “I saw a monster lionfish and immediately knew I wanted to measure it,” Donald said. “I got really excited because I...

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