Fishing News

The 2022 recreational and commercial spiny lobster season started Aug. 6 and runs through March 31, 2023. Learn more about bag limits, size limits, where to harvest and other regulations at MyFWC.com/Marine by clicking on “Recreational Regulations” and “Lobster,” which is under the “Crabs, Lobster and other Shellfish” tab....
Kayaking has become one of the fastest-growing industries in the sporting world. These craft are versatile, economical, and just plain fun. In addition to providing a sport in and of itself, the kayak can be an incredible tool for better angling. Check the tips below if you have been...
Nine new sculptures and a Super Reef Anchor Point were added recently to the nation’s first permanent Underwater Museum of Art (UMA) in the Gulf, off the coast of Grayton Beach State Park in South Walton. Named by Time Magazine as one of 100 “World’s Greatest Places,” the UMA is...
By Cali Hvalac, To Do In Destin The Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic at Sandestin (ECBC) is a multi-day event that happens at Baytowne Marina at Sandestin during the peak of blue marlin season. The 20th annual tournament June 22-26 welcomed 84 boats with a total of $1,987,100 in cash...
The 10th Annual Paddle at the Park, a standup paddle board race event, is returning Saturday, Aug. 20, in our amazing, emerald-green Gulf waters at Henderson Beach State Park in Destin. Sponsored by HCA Florida Destin Emergency, it offers races for all ages and skill levels, with its Kids’...

Fishing News

Recreational Red Snapper Season Has Begun! The recreational red snapper season started June 17 in Gulf state and federal waters off Florida and will remain open through July 31 with 12 days in the fall. The Gulf federal season for for-hire operations with federal reef fish permits begins June 1 and...
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission announces the 2022 Lionfish Challenge tournament, which ends Sept. 6. The Lionfish Challenge is a summer-long lionfish tournament open to competitors around Florida. The goal is to remove as many lionfish as we can in just three-and-a-half months. Participants will compete in either...
By April Sarver, Okaloosa County PIO Congratulations! Divers participating in the 4th Annual Emerald Coast Open Lionfish Tournament successfully removed 13,835 lionfish from local waters. The invasive species prey on native fish and have no known predators due to their venomous spines. Hosted by Destin-Fort Walton Beach, alongside Florida Fish...
The Gulfarium’s C.A.R.E. Center successfully released four rehabilitated sea turtles on Thursday, May 12, 2022, at Inlet Beach. It was a beautiful morning as crowds gathered to watch the endangered turtles head back into the Gulf of Mexico. All of the rehabilitated sea turtles had fallen victim to fishing hook...
By Cali Hvalac, To Do In Destin Easter morning started off differently for one local charter boat called the “NoName,” as it hooked up the largest Bluefin Tuna ever caught off the Florida shore. The team, led by Captain Jacob “Jake” Matney, set out for a weekend of Marlin fishing...
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