The unseasonably cold weather and wind seems to have finally subsided and we are, at last, experiencing the gorgeous weather that Destin is known for. Higher temperatures outside are causing the water temperatures to rise as well, and boy-have the fish been biting! Couple this with the arrival of the first wave of summer visitors, and we have some very busy times at the docks.
The king mackerel bite is strong about 4-6 miles off the beach, and fishermen and charter boat captains are catching them as well as cobia and amberjack. We are also steadily seeing triggers, tons of vermillion and black snappers , and some red grouper as well.
The inshore bite is strong with plenty of redfish and speckled trout on the shallows and grass flats. If you can get out for the late afternoon bite and hit the grass flats with some live shrimp and popping corks, you’ll be simply amazed at the fish you reel in. We had a customer rent one of our fishing model pontoons for 6 days last week and he and his dad reeled in their limit of each every single day!
We expect to see the king mackerel continue to increase in numbers with the warmer waters, making their way in closer to shore with a south wind and a little bit more warm weather. Also, start looking forward to red snapper season, which opens June 1st!
As always, if you’d like to get in on the action, be sure to book a charter with one of our captains or, for the more experienced fishermen, try a fishing boat rental for the day. We also offer fishing pole and tackle rentals, and have bait and tackle for sale in our ship’s store. Contact us for more information!