When we say Destin, Fort Walton Beach and Okaloosa Island, FL offer year-round fishing we mean that every day, 24/7, rain or shine, there are fish, a lot of fish, biting only feet from the shore. Destin is known as the World’s Luckiest Fishing Village, and that’s not just a tagline. That’s a promise. And Fort Walton Beach and Okaloosa Island are lucky as well.
Year-round fishing means there’s fish to catch every day all year. How you catch those fish is up to you. These are our top five ways to catch fish in Destin, Fort Walton Beach and Okaloosa Island.
Deep Sea Fishing
Go big or go home, right? Or, go big and you won’t want to go home. If you consider yourself any sort of serious angler, then a deep-sea fishing trip in the Destin, Fort Walton Beach and Okaloosa Island area is right for you. From sailfish to marlins, some of the world’s most coveted trophy fish can be caught on deep-sea fishing trips only a short ride from area harbors. Plus, with a large fleet of charter fishing boats available, your party is sure to find the right vessel to get them out on the water. While the types of fish might change from month to month, unforgettable fishing stories are always in season.
Harbor and Bay Fishing
Perfect for average and experienced anglers alike, fishing from a small or medium sized boat in the still waters of a bay or sound delivers all the excitement of reeling in the big one while remaining within sight of the shore. Whether you’re bringing your own vessel, or renting one of the many boats available throughout the area, you’re sure to have a great time fishing on the calm waters of Choctawhatchee Bay. No matter what time of year you drop a line, whether it’s late fall or the middle of summer, you’ll come back to the mainland with more than just a nice tan.
Paddle Board Fishing
Looking for a new take on an old pastime? Explore narrow, shallower bodies of water untouched by larger boats. Paddle board fishing is the ultimate combination of peace and quiet meets the excitement of landing a fish. There are ample opportunities to rent paddle boards throughout the area. Plus, with just a few minutes of basic instruction, almost anyone can get on a board, get on the water and get a fishing story they’ll tell again and again. With different varieties of snapper biting throughout the entire area all year long, you’ll likely spend more time catching than you will paddling.
Pier, Dock and Beachside Fishing
We didn’t get the reputation as the World’s Luckiest Fishing Village because sometimes, some places a person might catch a fish. We’re known around the world for our fishing because from almost anywhere you can drop a line in the water, at any time of year, and likely catch a fish. Of course, going out on the water is a great thrill and makes for a wonderful day of fishing. But you don’t have to leave the shore to catch the big one. Cast from a pier, a dock or even right off the beach and reel in a fish worth posting about on Facebook and Instagram.
With Someone Special
No matter how you fish, where you fish, or what you’re fishing for, we encourage you to do it with someone special. Whether you’re bonding with the kids, having a great day on the water with old friends, or sharing your passion for fishing with your soulmate, nothing beats landing “the big one” with the ones you care about most. With so many different ways to fish, and so many types of fish to catch, it’s no wonder people of any age, any ability and any interest level in fishing continue returning to the Destin, Fort Walton Beach and Okaloosa Island area again and again to drop a line.
We mean it, many species of fish are biting in the area all year long. But, what could be at the end of your line during your vacation? Click here to see a specific list of what fish should be in the area during any given month.