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Known as the "luckiest fishing village", Destin is the home to some of the best saltwater fishing in the United States. The 100 Fathom  (600' depth) Curve of the Gulf of Mexico draws closer
to Destin than any other spot in Florida. This, along  with  Destin's close  proximity  to  the East  Pass  and  the Gulf  of Mexico, allows quick access to the Gulf of Mexico's  fishing bounty.  
The  purpose  of  this site  is  to acquaint a new fisherman  to  the Destin area  -  our local facilities, fish, waters and fishing methods. Tight lines and good fishing!
 Fishing Destin Guide©

A local's guide to fishing around Destin and the Florida Panhandle    

This web site is updated as I have time from other things going on. As there are a 1000 + different ways to do things, this is only
my way of fishing, nothing else,  and it is not the last word in fishing the area. I am by no means an expert but if you would like my opinion on something related to fishing the area,
please email me at  It may take a few days before I get to it, so be patient. Thanks.....

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Pompano      Spanish Mackerel        Triggerfish     

Local Bait

Fish Identification

Local Names for fish             Local Bay & Beach Fish          Texas Outdoors Shark ID Article

Texas Outdoors Prohibited Sharks Article
Weather Resources
Rutgers Univ NE Gulf
of Mexico Imagery

Destin Fishing Guide Library
Rod, Lures, Tackle Making


Janns Netcraft

Tackle Making Magazine

Lure Components

Lil Mac Molds

K Molds

Anglers Workshop

Acid Rod

Custom Tackle

Tackle Underground

Fishing Tackle Links                

Tackle Warehouse

Barlow's Tackle


Swellinfo surf forecasts

A Fisherman's Guide to
the Rules and
Regulations for fishing
around Destin

fish this area, you need to
understand all the rules.
Click here to start.
Crab Links                                  

FWC Blue Crab Regulations

Blue Crab Forum

Jeffs Crab Page

Kayak/Canoe Links                    

Florida Paddling Trails

Florida Greenways and Trails



Local Fishing & Boating Resources
Council Meeting Schedule

April 7 - 11, 2014               
Embassy Suites
4914 Constitution Ave.
Baton Rouge, LA 70808

June 23 - 27, 2014
Marriott Beachside
3841 North Roosevelt Blvd.
Key West, FL 33040

August 25 - 29, 2014  
Beau Rivage
875 Beach Blvd.
Biloxi, MS 39530

October 20 - 24, 2014           
Renaissance Battle House
26 N. Royal Street
Mobile, AL 36602
The politics of fishing the Gulf

Boating Links                             
Reel Boating Forum

The Hull Truth

The Wooden Boat Forum

Boat Design Forum

Maps & Charts

Local Organizations

NOTE: Trying to update all the bad links, etc but with the weather
improving, fishing is getting in the way - please be patient
Lion Fish Menace
The invasive Lion Fish first appeared off the east coast of Florida in 1982. It has since
moved into the Gulf of Mexico and is reproducing at an alarming rate. They have no
overall reef habitat and health as they can eliminate species that serve important
ecological roles such as fish that keep algae in check on the reefs. Lionfish also
compete for food with native predatory fish such as grouper and snapper.

Fish Kill Hotline:
Call 800-636-0511,  or
submit a fish kill report.
To learn more about fish
Click Here
Rare or Unusual Fish
If you catch a rare or
unusual fish in Florida
waters, please report it.
Saltwater:    (727) 896-8626
Freshwater: (561) 391-6409
For more information,
Click Here

Wildlife Law Violations:
Call the Wildlife Alert hotline:
888-404-FWCC (888-404-3922).
Cellular phone users, call *FWC or #FWC.

Or send a text to
Tagged Fish:
If you catch a tagged fish, please report it
by calling the   Angler Tag Return Hotline:
or emailing:

For more information,
Click Here
Shrimping Links                         

Jethro's Shrimping

Lee Noga

Ozello Shrimper

FWC Shrimp Regulations

Shrimpnfish Florida

Miscellaneous Tips                                      

How to sharpen a knife

Fishing Reports

June 5, 2014: Fishing Hewett Bayou.

Spent a few hours on Hewett Bayou this morning.
Hewett Bayou is located about 8 miles east of Destin
Commons, off of Hogtown Bayou.

Nice day, got started late, around 8:30. Put in at the
Bay Circle boat ramp which is a small, narrow ramp,
suitable only for kayaks and small boats. You could
launch a small jon boat there with a trailer if you are
careful. The sandy bottom drops off sharply after the
concrete ends. No real parking as it is an end-of-the
street ramp with houses on both sides. Someone has
planted shrubs on both sides of the street but still
enough room on the shoulder for one or two vehicles.

If you have a boat of any size, I would put in at the
Cessna Landing park which has a first class ramp.

Used artificials, gold spoons, MirrOlure, DOA shrimp.
Hooked onto a trout around 9:15 but got off at the
boat. Hooked another one (or the same one ?) about
2 minutes later and landed him. A little over 19" on a
MirrOlure. Went all the way to the south end of the
bayou throwing at docks and the grass, nothing. Saw
a few mullet jumping but could not locate the schools.

Back at the entrance channel was able to land a little
dink trout, again on the same MirrOlure.  
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View Hewett Bayou in a larger map
Half Hitch Tackle
Fishing Seminar
Schedule 2014

July 12th - Kayak Fishing,
Scalloping & Water Activities

August 9th - Surf Fishing

September 13th - King

October 11th - Flounder &
Fall Bay Fishing

November 8th - Hands on
 Older Trip Reports   
Speckled trout caught in Hewett Bayou
June 9, 2014    FWC to meet June 17-19 in Fort Myers

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will meet June 17-19 at the Crowne Plaza, 13051 Bell Tower Drive, Fort
Myers. The half-day discussion session June 17 starts at 1 p.m., while the full-day business sessions on the 18th and 19th start at 8:30
a.m. The public is invited to all three days and will be provided opportunities to speak. Among the topics....

June 18 – A five-year Gulf Reef Fish Data Reporting System proposal requiring final action by the Commissioners. This system will
improve recreational reef fish data.
A proposed final rule that would include provisions to make it easier for people to harvest lionfish and prohibit further importation of this
nonnative, invasive species. y management council updates, as well as FWC updates on panther and other research activities.
Click here for more information
After being petitioned by two enviromental groups, WildEarth
Guardians and Natural Resources Defense Council, NOAA has
concluded that the Great Hammerhead Shark is NOT endangered
and should not be put on the endangered list.
More Info here
2014-07-1: Gag grouper opens. Gag
grouper will open for recreational harvest in most Gulf
of Mexico state waters and all Gulf federal waters July
1. The same day, the season will close in state waters
off the coast of Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson and
Taylor counties. The FWC manages marine fish from
the shore to 9 nautical miles in the Gulf of Mexico.
The gag grouper recreational harvest season in Gulf
of Mexico state waters, not including Franklin,
Jefferson, Wakulla and Taylor counties, will remain
open through Dec. 3, closing Dec. 4.In state and
federal Gulf waters, the gag grouper recreational
harvest minimum size limit is 22 inches total length
and the daily bag limit is two gag grouper per person
within the four-fish grouper aggregate limit. Gag
grouper also opens in Gulf federal waters July 1; the
season closing date is yet to be determined.