Fishing News

One million registered Florida recreational vessels The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) today announced that Florida continues to lead the nation and has passed the mark of 1 million registered recreational vessels across the state. Florida, with its great year-round weather and plenty of access to fresh and...
By Cali Hlavac, To Do In Destin We are loving this warm weather and the fish are, too! We’ve had some rough waters this month, but overall the bite has been decent. The Choctawhatchee Bay is a bit slow this time of year, but the Gulf action has been picking...
By Lori Leath Smith The oldest fishing tackle business in Destin has now opened its second marine and service center in Freeport! The Ships Chandler, located at 17309 U.S. Hwy, 331, has over 14 acres of space! The new marine and service center supplies the area with new and used...
Destin’s 65th Annual Blessing of the Fleet will be held this year on Ascension Day, Thursday, May 26, 2022 at the docks behind Brotula’s Seafood House and Steamer Restaurant on the Destin Harbor. The event begins at 4 p.m. with a Captains’ Worship and Prayer Service to be held...
Have you ever heard of a Diamondback Terrapin turtle? Did you know we have them in our area, just not in huge abundance as some other turtle species? These brackish water turtles spend their entire lives in a marsh system feeding on mollusks and crustaceans. Like map turtles (their nearest...
A donation, by a private party, to Coastal Conservation Association Florida (CCA Florida) leads to the first redfish restocking initiative in Choctawhatchee Bay. Because of a $25,000 donation to CCA Florida, the Coastal Resource Team of the Okaloosa County Tourist Development Department, Destin-Fort Walton Beach Tourism will assist with the...
Emerald Coast Marine was one of six marine industry organizations recently recognized by the Sea Tow Foundation for its exceptional boating safety campaigns and initiatives in 2021, winning the prestigious “National Boating Industry Safety Award” for the ‘Retailer with One to Three Locations” category. “Emerald Coast Marine created an...
By Cali Hlavac, To Do In Destin If you’ve wandered around any dock inside the Destin Harbor, you might have looked down to see some very large fish swimming below and wondering what kind they were. Often referred to as the “Big Ugly” by fishermen around the area, these monster...
Featured Site: Lower Blackwater River - Striped Bass Fishing Size: 58 miles long (49 miles in Florida) Location: Okaloosa through Santa Rosa County Description: The Blackwater River, located in the Florida Wildlife Commission’s (FWC) Northwest Region here in our area, is a 58-mile-long river of which 49 miles are in Florida. The...
The Emerald Coast is home to some of the most diverse and dynamic ecosystems in the world, so abundant with marine life that it is no surprise that it attracts anglers from all over. Our waters, stretching from rivers to the Gulf, host some of the best fishing on...

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