Destin, also referred to as the “World’s Luckiest Fishing Village,” has the largest commercial fishing fleet in the country, the most types of fish in the local area, and direct access to the Gulf of Mexico.
Any nautical map will demonstrate that Destin stands out from neighboring ports due to its rapid and simple access to the deepest parts of the Gulf. Since different fish species inhabit different depths, fishermen may easily access all fishable water depths, which contain 20 different species of edible game fish.
Snapper fish, such as gray snapper, lane snapper, mutton snapper, and red snapper, are among the most often discovered species. The red snapper is widely sought-after by fishermen because of its vivid scarlet color and greater size. Off the coast of Destin, a massive 46 pounds and 8 ounce red snapper that was the biggest ever taken in Florida was landed.
Grouper is yet another fish that is regularly caught with a reel. Similar to snapper, there are several different species of grouper, including the red grouper, gag grouper, and black grouper. Due to their size and deep dwellings, groupers—who are classified as bottom dwellers—present a special challenge to both recreational and commercial fishermen.
The dolphinfish, more generally known as the mahi-mahi, is a fish that frequently lingers close to the water’s surface. Although they go by the name, dolphinfish don’t actually resemble dolphins; instead, they feature rounder heads and vibrant blue and green scales. After being caught, they can also alter their hue.
Try charter fishing if you want to make a full day of it or if you want to capture big game. Destin Harbor has the largest charter fishing fleet in the nation, so you can find the perfect ride whether you’re looking for a small charter boat or a larger party boat that can accommodate up to 60 people. Our charter captains all have significant training, and many have been fishing their entire lives. You don’t need to bother about those issues because they will take care of the bait, poles, lures, and other supplies in addition to the fishing licenses. They’ll also know how to help you and your family catch a big one.
Try your hand at “sight-casting” off the Okaloosa Island Fishing Pier if you’d rather stay close to the shore. Because of the region’s pristine waters, sight-casting enables you to cast directly to fish you can see in the water. Or you may just cast a line from one of our lovely beaches. Surf fishing only requires a space on the beach, some fishing equipment, and bait.
Bring the fresh fillets of your catch of the day to participating Gulf-to-Table restaurants once you have returned to land so that the chefs can prepare your fish to request.
Fish can be found year-round in Destin, making it the ideal activity whenever you visit. This explains why Destin is regarded as the luckiest fishing hamlet in the world.