Gag grouper opened for recreational harvest in most state Gulf of Mexico waters and all federal Gulf waters on June 1, and will remain open through Dec. 31. Gulf state waters in Florida are from shore to 9 nautical miles. Federal waters begin where state waters end and extend to...
By Cali Hvalac, Silver Shade Studios There are two types of locals: Those that live on land, and those that live in the water. Those in the water were here first, but graciously share this area with us humans who reside here and who vacation here. It doesn’t take long once...
By Cali Hlavac, To Do in Destin As one of our area’s long-standing traditions, the Blessing of the Fleet brought out locals and tourists for a ceremony unlike any other on the Destin Harbor. It has become one that many locals and visitors look forward to attending this time of...
Okaloosa County Sinks Retired US Air Force Vessel A large 93-foot U.S. Air Force steel-hull water training vessel, BIG DAWG, was sunk to the seafloor in 104 feet of water, 14 miles southwest of the Destin Pass on May 7. The vessel was offered to Okaloosa County Staff in June...
Summer is busy for boating in Florida. As temperatures warm up and the long Memorial Day holiday weekend nears, more and more boaters will hit the bays, lakes, rivers and Gulf of Mexico. Bay County Tax Collector Chuck Perdue wants boaters to operate safely this year and wants to...
Did you know that Florida has the unfortunate distinction of being the national leader in annual boating fatalities? A majority of fatalities every year are boaters that are reported swimmers who fall overboard and drown. These deaths can be easily prevented by wearing a lifejacket. Wearing a lifejacket can...
By Cali Hlavac, To Do in Destin If you have interest in any type of fishing as a passion or a hobby, then you’ve probably been exposed to fly fishing on some level over the years. Fly fishing has been around for decades, but has recently expanded to include more...
Thursday Throw Downs through Oct. 28! LJ Schooners Dockside Restaurant & Oyster Bar & Bluewater Bay Marina began its Thursday Night Throw Downs on Thursday, March 12. These races continue until October 28, every Thursday evening! This is a fun Stand-Up Paddle Board race with a unique race format. All Stand-Up...
By Jasmin Graham and Melissa Crouch Fishing is an enjoyable pastime, especially here in our area. In fact, there are approximately 4 million saltwater and freshwater anglers in the state of Florida. I love saltwater fishing for several reasons: 1) You get to be outside enjoying nature. 2) Crisp sea breezes and the...
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...

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