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Destin Fishing Seminars

Each Month we will be teaming up with Legendary Marine in Destin to bring you our Sportsman Seminar Series! These 100% Free Fishing Seminars are put on by our very own Destin Fishing Veteran Tim Broom along with the award winning Capt. Mark Hotze of 30A Light Tackle.

We will be covering seasonla topics that vary month to month to make sure you're ready to catch whatever is biting. See the full topics schedule by clicking the Learn More button below.

103 Days of Red Snapper Fishing!

Governor Ron DeSantis announced the record-breaking 103-day 2024 Gulf Red Snapper recreational season, the longest season since the state was delegated management of Gulf red snapper.

This season will include both a summer and fall season which includes major holiday weekends such as Father’s Day, July 4th and the Thanksgiving holiday.

103 Days of Red Snapper Fishing!

Governor Ron DeSantis announced the record-breaking 103-day 2024 Gulf Red Snapper recreational season, the longest season since the state was delegated management of Gulf red snapper.

This season will include both a summer and fall season which includes major holiday weekends such as Father’s Day, July 4th and the Thanksgiving holiday.

Bay Point Billfish Open - June 26th – 30th

Florida Panhandle’s Largest Dock Party

In its second year since the revival, the fishing tournament will showcase a competitive lineup of pelagic giants—Blue Marlin, Tuna, Wahoo, and Dolphinfish—accompanied by Catch & Release opportunities for all Gulf of Mexico Billfish species.

The 2024 Bay Point Billfish Open is set to continue its legacy with a prize pool expected to match or exceed the previous year’s impressive $1,000,000 total, bolstered by various optional entry categories.

Freedom Rocks! Fireworks Display on July 3rd

Freedom Rocks fireworks will light up the sky once again, in celebration of our nation’s Independence Day. The fireworks will launch at 8:45 PM on July 3rd from the middle of the of the Grand Lagoon near the marinas.

Watch the fireworks sparkle over the water from multiple businesses offering premium viewing and dining specials, as well as the fireworks cruises that provide a panoramic view of the show over the Grand Lagoon. Free parking is available at Capt. Anderson’s Marina, Treasure Island Marina, and Pirate’s Cove Marinas.

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Checkout the 2024 Seminar Schedule Now!

Destin Seminar Schedule

Each month we will be teaming up with Legendary Marine in Destin to bring you our Sportsman Seminar Series! These 100% Free Seminars are put on by our very own Destin Fishing Veteran Tim Broom along with the award winning Capt. Mark Hotze of 30A Light Tackle.

We will be covering seasonal topics that vary month to month to make sure you're ready to catch whatever is biting. See the full topics schedule and dates by clicking the Learn More button below.

Destin Seminar Schedule

Each month we will be teaming up with Legendary Marine in Destin to bring you our Sportsman Seminar Series! These 100% Free Seminars are put on by our very own Destin Fishing Veteran Tim Broom along with the award winning Capt. Mark Hotze of 30A Light Tackle.

We will be covering seasonal topics that vary month to month to make sure you're ready to catch whatever is biting. See the full topics schedule and dates by clicking the Learn More button below.

Destin Seminar Schedule

Each month we will be teaming up with Legendary Marine in Destin to bring you our Sportsman Seminar Series! These 100% Free Seminars are put on by our very own Destin Fishing Veteran Tim Broom along with the award winning Capt. Mark Hotze of 30A Light Tackle.

We will be covering seasonal topics that vary month to month to make sure you're ready to catch whatever is biting. See the full topics schedule and dates by clicking the Learn More button below.

103 Days of Red Snapper Fishing!

Governor Ron DeSantis announced the record-breaking 103-day 2024 Gulf Red Snapper recreational season, the longest season since the state was delegated management of Gulf red snapper.

This season will include both a summer and fall season which includes major holiday weekends such as Father’s Day, July 4th and the Thanksgiving holiday.

103 Days of Red Snapper Fishing!

Governor Ron DeSantis announced the record-breaking 103-day 2024 Gulf Red Snapper recreational season, the longest season since the state was delegated management of Gulf red snapper.

This season will include both a summer and fall season which includes major holiday weekends such as Father’s Day, July 4th and the Thanksgiving holiday.

Bay Point Billfish Open - June 26th – 30th

Florida Panhandle’s Largest Dock Party

In its second year since the revival, the fishing tournament will showcase a competitive lineup of pelagic giants—Blue Marlin, Tuna, Wahoo, and Dolphinfish—accompanied by Catch & Release opportunities for all Gulf of Mexico Billfish species.

The 2024 Bay Point Billfish Open is set to continue its legacy with a prize pool expected to match or exceed the previous year’s impressive $1,000,000 total, bolstered by various optional entry categories.

Freedom Rocks Fireworks Display on July 3rd

Freedom Rocks fireworks will light up the sky once again, in celebration of our nation’s Independence Day. The fireworks will launch at 8:45 PM on July 3rd from the middle of the of the Grand Lagoon near the marinas.

Watch the fireworks sparkle over the water from multiple businesses offering premium viewing and dining specials, as well as the fireworks cruises that provide a panoramic view of the show over the Grand Lagoon. Free parking is available at Capt. Anderson’s Marina, Treasure Island Marina, and Pirate’s Cove Marinas.

Fish-N-Mate Jr. Beach Carts 

Reg: $353.99 | SALE: $299.99

Destin Seminars Begin in February. Checkout the 2024 schedule now. 

Destin Seminar Schedule

Each month we will be teaming up with Legendary Marine in Destin to bring you our Sportsman Seminar Series! These 100% Free Seminars are put on by our very own Destin Fishing Veteran Tim Broom along with the award winning Capt. Mark Hotze of 30A Light Tackle.

We will be covering seasonal topics that vary month to month to make sure you're ready to catch whatever is biting. See the full topics schedule and dates by clicking the Learn More button below.

Destin Seminar Schedule

Each month we will be teaming up with Legendary Marine in Destin to bring you our Sportsman Seminar Series! These 100% Free Seminars are put on by our very own Destin Fishing Veteran Tim Broom along with the award winning Capt. Mark Hotze of 30A Light Tackle.

We will be covering seasonal topics that vary month to month to make sure you're ready to catch whatever is biting. See the full topics schedule and dates by clicking the Learn More button below.

Destin Seminar Schedule

Each month we will be teaming up with Legendary Marine in Destin to bring you our Sportsman Seminar Series! These 100% Free Seminars are put on by our very own Destin Fishing Veteran Tim Broom along with the award winning Capt. Mark Hotze of 30A Light Tackle.

We will be covering seasonal topics that vary month to month to make sure you're ready to catch whatever is biting. See the full topics schedule and dates by clicking the Learn More button below.

103 Days of Red Snapper Fishing!

Governor Ron DeSantis announced the record-breaking 103-day 2024 Gulf Red Snapper recreational season, the longest season since the state was delegated management of Gulf red snapper.

This season will include both a summer and fall season which includes major holiday weekends such as Father’s Day, July 4th and the Thanksgiving holiday.

103 Days of Red Snapper Fishing!

Governor Ron DeSantis announced the record-breaking 103-day 2024 Gulf Red Snapper recreational season, the longest season since the state was delegated management of Gulf red snapper.

This season will include both a summer and fall season which includes major holiday weekends such as Father’s Day, July 4th and the Thanksgiving holiday.

Bay Point Billfish Open - June 26th - 30th

Florida Panhandle’s Largest Dock Party

In its second year since the revival, the fishing tournament will showcase a competitive lineup of pelagic giants—Blue Marlin, Tuna, Wahoo, and Dolphinfish—accompanied by Catch & Release opportunities for all Gulf of Mexico Billfish species.

The 2024 Bay Point Billfish Open is set to continue its legacy with a prize pool expected to match or exceed the previous year’s impressive $1,000,000 total, bolstered by various optional entry categories.

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Freedom Rocks Fireworks Display

Freedom Rocks fireworks will light up the sky once again, in celebration of our nation’s Independence Day. The fireworks will launch at 8:45 PM on July 3rd from the middle of the of the Grand Lagoon near the marinas.

Watch the fireworks sparkle over the water from multiple businesses offering premium viewing and dining specials, as well as the fireworks cruises that provide a panoramic view of the show over the Grand Lagoon. Free parking is available at Capt. Anderson’s Marina, Treasure Island Marina, and Pirate’s Cove Marinas.

Destin Seminars

Each Month we will be teaming up with Legendary Marine in Destin to bring you our Sportsman Seminar Series! These 100% Free Fishing Seminars are put on by our very own Destin Fishing Veteran Tim Broom along with the award winning Capt. Mark Hotze of 30A Light Tackle.

103 Days of Red Snapper Fishing!

Governor Ron DeSantis announced the record-breaking 103-day 2024 Gulf Red Snapper recreational season, the longest season since the state was delegated management of Gulf red snapper.

This season will include both a summer and fall season which includes major holiday weekends such as Father’s Day, July 4th and the Thanksgiving holiday.

103 Days of Red Snapper Fishing!

Governor Ron DeSantis announced the record-breaking 103-day 2024 Gulf Red Snapper recreational season, the longest season since the state was delegated management of Gulf red snapper.

This season will include both a summer and fall season which includes major holiday weekends such as Father’s Day, July 4th and the Thanksgiving holiday.

Bay Point Billfish Open

June 26th – 30th

Florida Panhandle’s Largest Dock Party

In its second year since the revival, the fishing tournament will showcase a competitive lineup of pelagic giants—Blue Marlin, Tuna, Wahoo, and Dolphinfish—accompanied by Catch & Release opportunities for all Gulf of Mexico Billfish species.

The 2024 Bay Point Billfish Open is set to continue its legacy with a prize pool expected to match or exceed the previous year’s impressive $1,000,000 total, bolstered by various optional entry categories.

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Freedom Rocks Fireworks Display

Freedom Rocks fireworks will light up the sky once again, in celebration of our nation’s Independence Day. The fireworks will launch at 8:45 PM on July 3rd from the middle of the of the Grand Lagoon near the marinas.

Watch the fireworks sparkle over the water from multiple businesses offering premium viewing and dining specials, as well as the fireworks cruises that provide a panoramic view of the show over the Grand Lagoon. Free parking is available at Capt. Anderson’s Marina, Treasure Island Marina, and Pirate’s Cove Marinas.

June Fishing Forecast

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June Fishing Forecast

June Fishing Forecast

June is the start of red snapper season! Snapper season should always open June 1 in federal waters. In some years, it opens in late May for state waters. Read more about snapper regulations at http://myfwc.com/fishing/saltwater/recreational/snappers/.

Tarpon will be cruising the beach. Wahoo, dolphin, tuna, and marlin will be biting offshore.

Kings and chicken dolphin will inhabit near shore reefs and wrecks. A few cobia will hang around all summer on near shore reefs, wrecks, and FADs. (Note: A FAD is a fish aggregation device, a man-made object used to attract ocean going pelagic fish such as marlin, tuna, and mahi-mahi. They usually consist of buoys or floats tethered to the ocean floor with concrete blocks.) Backcountry fishing will produce trout and reds will be active on the flats and deepwater docks.

Near Shore

Tarpon

Tarpon will be all along the coast. They are one of the most exciting species to catch but also offer quite the challenge.

To catch tarpon from the boat you need to get down the beach about 5 to 10 miles from the pass in either direction. Right around the pass the tarpon tend not to bite as well with all the boat traffic, especially with our very clear water.

Tarpon will take a variety of live baits fished on a light hook and 60lb fluorocarbon. the best live baits are cigar minnows, herring and LY's.

One of the best things to throw are the Berkley swim baits in the 6in size. For some reason the swim baits drive the tarpon nuts. Don't move the swim baits too fast.

You need to be very stealthy and either drift, anchor or use a trolling motor. Your main motor will need to be off to get the tarpon to come to you. You can sneak up on them with a trolling motor.

Tarpon

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Tarpon will be all along the coast. They are one of the most exciting species to catch but also offer quite the challenge.

To catch tarpon from the boat you need to get down the beach about 5 to 10 miles from the pass in either direction. Right around the pass the tarpon tend not to bite as well with all the boat traffic, especially with our very clear water.

Tarpon will take a variety of live baits fished on a light hook and 60lb fluorocarbon. the best live baits are cigar minnows, herring and LY's.

One of the best things to throw are the Berkley swim baits in the 6in size. For some reason the swim baits drive the tarpon nuts. Don't move the swim baits too fast.

You need to be very stealthy and either drift, anchor or use a trolling motor. Your main motor will need to be off to get the tarpon to come to you. You can sneak up on them with a trolling motor.

Spanish Mackerel

Spanish bite all summer, but just not in the numbers that we catch them in spring. We can see the big numbers again in fall. Spanish catches tend to be larger in summer.  

Spanish can be caught trolling the bay, harbor, pass and along the sand bars just off the beach with straw rigs, spoons and Yo-zuri lures. You can also get good numbers of Spanish off the piers and jetties using jigs, Gotcha lures, spoons, bubble rigs and Yo-zuri lures.

Spanish are excellent eating, fun and easy to catch, and provide all day fun for kids!

Spanish Mackerel

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Spanish bite all summer, but just not in the numbers that we catch them in spring. We can see the big numbers again in fall. Spanish catches tend to be larger in summer.  

Spanish can be caught trolling the bay, harbor, pass and along the sand bars just off the beach with straw rigs, spoons and Yo-zuri lures. You can also get good numbers of Spanish off the piers and jetties using jigs, Gotcha lures, spoons, bubble rigs and Yo-zuri lures.

Spanish are excellent eating, fun and easy to catch, and provide all day fun for kids!

King Mackerel

Kings will become steady this month and one of the main targets of charter boats and recreational fisherman alike. Baitfish will be congregating on nearshore reefs and the kings will hang out with them most of the day. 

An effective method of catching kings us the use of a downrigger. When using a downrigger you are looking for the area under the water we call a thermacline or temperature break and many of the king will be found at this depth usually between 25ft to 100ft below the surface. Look for schools of baitfish on the bottom machine to find your starting depth.

Kings can be caught by fisherman in boats in a variety of ways. Troll  dead cigar minnows on a duster wigged with a planner or down rigger, use Yo-zuri plugs, Rapala’s or spoons.

Another great method is slow trolling live baits (cigar minnows, herring, or hard tails). Use a stinger or Carolina king rig with a 4oz to 8oz trolling lead and troll wrecks and reefs as slow as you can go.

Pier fisherman will catch plenty of king drifting a live or frozen cigar minnow off the end of the pier. Many will also be caught casting large spoons, Berkley swim baits (5 or 6 inch size), plugs, and big rattle traps.

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Kings will become steady this month and one of the main targets of charter boats and recreational fisherman alike. Baitfish will be congregating on nearshore reefs and the kings will hang out with them most of the day. 

An effective method of catching kings us the use of a downrigger. When using a downrigger you are looking for the area under the water we call a thermacline or temperature break and many of the king will be found at this depth usually between 25ft to 100ft below the surface. Look for schools of baitfish on the bottom machine to find your starting depth.

Kings can be caught by fisherman in boats in a variety of ways. Troll  dead cigar minnows on a duster wigged with a planner or down rigger, use Yo-zuri plugs, Rapala’s or spoons.

Another great method is slow trolling live baits (cigar minnows, herring, or hard tails). Use a stinger or Carolina king rig with a 4oz to 8oz trolling lead and troll wrecks and reefs as slow as you can go.

Pier fisherman will catch plenty of king drifting a live or frozen cigar minnow off the end of the pier. Many will also be caught casting large spoons, Berkley swim baits (5 or 6 inch size), plugs, and big rattle traps.

Chicken Dolphin

Starting in May and throughout the summer chicken dolphin will inhabit near shore reefs, wrecks and weed lines.

Every day I am asked where the weed lines are and while we do try and keep track some years there aren't many weed lines.

Don’t let this deter you from catching chicken dolphin. Take a newspaper with you. Go to a local reef or wreck and lay the newspaper out over the water. Go somewhere else and fish for about 30 minutes to an hour and come back. Most surely there will be chicken dolphin.

If it is rough out, the paper may not hold up. In this case, you can use a tarp with a couple buoys to make your imitation weed line.

To catch the chicken dolphin, troll small spoons or feathers, cast jigs, spoons, Gotcha lures, or swim baits. 

Chicken Dolphin

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Starting in May and throughout the summer chicken dolphin will inhabit near shore reefs, wrecks and weed lines.

Every day I am asked where the weed lines are and while we do try and keep track some years there aren't many weed lines.

Don’t let this deter you from catching chicken dolphin. Take a newspaper with you. Go to a local reef or wreck and lay the newspaper out over the water. Go somewhere else and fish for about 30 minutes to an hour and come back. Most surely there will be chicken dolphin.

If it is rough out, the paper may not hold up. In this case, you can use a tarp with a couple buoys to make your imitation weed line.

To catch the chicken dolphin, troll small spoons or feathers, cast jigs, spoons, Gotcha lures, or swim baits. 

Sharks

Pick out an area of natural bottom or large wreck. Mix a batch of chum and use some for a chum bag and some for chunking into the water. Use a few pieces of bonita or mackerel for bait. There are plenty of sharks all year if you just want a good tug on the line and some adventure!

You will need a 80lb rod and reel combo spooled 80lb or 100lb line braid or mono. Your leader should be 150lb to 250lb wire with a 12/0 to 16/0 circle. Sharks can be caught on boats or surf fisherman, there are plenty of sharks in the surf if you want to do that.

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Pick out an area of natural bottom or large wreck. Mix a batch of chum and use some for a chum bag and some for chunking into the water. Use a few pieces of bonita or mackerel for bait. There are plenty of sharks all year if you just want a good tug on the line and some adventure!

You will need a 80lb rod and reel combo spooled 80lb or 100lb line braid or mono. Your leader should be 150lb to 250lb wire with a 12/0 to 16/0 circle. Sharks can be caught on boats or surf fisherman, there are plenty of sharks in the surf if you want to do that.

Bottom Fishing

Scamp Grouper

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Scamp Grouper are generally found in the 75ft to 400ft range, They prefer natural bottom but will gather on some wrecks. Fishing a Carolina rig with 1oz of lead for every 10ft of water. Best to use live cigar minnows, pinfish or frozen northern mackerel.

Scamp Grouper

Scamp Grouper are generally found in the 75ft to 400ft range, They prefer natural bottom but will gather on some wrecks. Fishing a Carolina rig with 1oz of lead for every 10ft of water. Best to use live cigar minnows, pinfish or frozen northern mackerel.

Red Snapper

Red Snapper are one of the most sought after, and definitely one of the top targets of all anglers along the Florida Panhandle.

You will catch snapper in water 40 ft to 250 ft deep on natural bottom, wrecks, and man made reefs. There are a variety of good natural baits. You can use frozen but of course live is better. 

Jigging also works great for snapper, grouper, and amberjack.

Triggerfish

Triggerfish are one of the more tasty fish and fairly easy to catch.

Use a 2 or 3 hook bottom rig with circle hooks no bigger than a nickel in size. The best bait is squid, northern mackerel or bonita cut into 1in chunks, fresher is better.

They can be caught on wrecks or reefs in 50 to 175 foot depths. Another bait not many people use but very effective is Fishbites or Gulp!

Triggerfish

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Triggerfish are one of the more tasty fish and fairly easy to catch.

Use a 2 or 3 hook bottom rig with circle hooks no bigger than a nickel in size. The best bait is squid, northern mackerel or bonita cut into 1in chunks, fresher is better.

They can be caught on wrecks or reefs in 50 to 175 foot depths. Another bait not many people use but very effective is Fishbites or Gulp!

Vermillion Snapper

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Vermillion snapper aka Mingo snapper or Beeliners are another one of the better eating snappers. In my opinion they are much better than red snapper and can be caught all year. They normally range 1lb to 3lbs but we catch them from 5lbs to 7lbs. If these little guys grew to 20-30lbs no one would care about red snapper.

Use a 2 or 3 hook bottom rig with circle hooks no bigger than a nickel in size. The best bait is squid, northern mackerel or bonita cut into 1in chunks, fresher is better. They can be caught on wrecks or reefs in 50 to 175 foot depths. Another bait not many people use but very effective is Fishbites or Gulp!

Vermillion Snapper

Vermillion snapper aka Mingo snapper or Beeliners are another one of the better eating snappers. In my opinion they are much better than red snapper and can be caught all year. They normally range 1lb to 3lbs but we catch them from 5lbs to 7lbs. If these little guys grew to 20-30lbs no one would care about red snapper.

Use a 2 or 3 hook bottom rig with circle hooks no bigger than a nickel in size. The best bait is squid, northern mackerel or bonita cut into 1in chunks, fresher is better. They can be caught on wrecks or reefs in 50 to 175 foot depths. Another bait not many people use but very effective is Fishbites or Gulp!

Scamp Grouper

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Red grouper, unlike most bottom fish, seem to bite better on what we call trash bait. Trash can be anything from a frozen northern mackerel to a butterflied vermillion snapper.

Live baits typically don’t work as well for red grouper unlike other groupers as they tend to be very lazy.

Also we catch them in much shallower water. Normally 50 to 150 foot depths. 

Red Grouper

Red grouper, unlike most bottom fish, seem to bite better on what we call trash bait. Trash can be anything from a frozen northern mackerel to a butterflied vermillion snapper.

Live baits typically don’t work as well for red grouper unlike other groupers as they tend to be very lazy.

Also we catch them in much shallower water. Normally 50 to 150 foot depths. 

Rockfish or Squirrel Fish

These little guys don’t get much attention, but if they grew bigger they would be regarded as one of the top fish in the gulf. Rarely do you see one over 2 lbs and most people consider them as trash but are one of my personal favorites for the dinner table.

When you fillet one, the meat is meat is not so much white as clear and sparkles when you cut it across the grain. Catch them just like you would fishing for vermillion snapper or trigger fish.

Rockfish or Squirrel Fish

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These little guys don’t get much attention, but if they grew bigger they would be regarded as one of the top fish in the gulf. Rarely do you see one over 2 lbs and most people consider them as trash but are one of my personal favorites for the dinner table.

When you fillet one, the meat is meat is not so much white as clear and sparkles when you cut it across the grain. Catch them just like you would fishing for vermillion snapper or trigger fish.

Offshore Fishing

Wahoo

Fish along edges, deep water wrecks, weed lines and rips.

It’s best to troll with Yo-zuri bonita, deep running plugs, Ballyhoo rigged on an Islander or soft head lure. Troll 5-8 knots.

Downriggers and outriggers can be very effective allowing you to fish multiple lines at multiple depths. Run your downriggers at depths of 50-100ft deep.

Try adjusting the depth until you get a bite as you are looking for a thermocline where the bait and fish are located. Also, watch the bottom machine for bait pods as this is a good indication of the depth the downrigger should be. 

Wahoo

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Fish along edges, deep water wrecks, weed lines and rips.

It’s best to troll with Yo-zuri bonita, deep running plugs, Ballyhoo rigged on an Islander or soft head lure. Troll 5-8 knots.

Downriggers and outriggers can be very effective allowing you to fish multiple lines at multiple depths. Run your downriggers at depths of 50-100ft deep.

Try adjusting the depth until you get a bite as you are looking for a thermocline where the bait and fish are located. Also, watch the bottom machine for bait pods as this is a good indication of the depth the downrigger should be. 

Dolphin

Look for dolphin by finding weed lines, rips and floating debris. Also look for diving birds and frigate birds working an area. Many times frigate birds will fly over just a single bull dolphin.

Troll feathers, ballyhoo, live cigar minnows or herring. Smaller lures tend to catch more dolphin than larger ones. When trolling for dolphin fish between 4 and 8 knots.

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Look for dolphin by finding weed lines, rips and floating debris. Also look for diving birds and frigate birds working an area. Many times frigate birds will fly over just a single bull dolphin.

Troll feathers, ballyhoo, live cigar minnows or herring. Smaller lures tend to catch more dolphin than larger ones. When trolling for dolphin fish between 4 and 8 knots.

White and Blue Marlin

Marlin can be caught from May to October. Most marlin are caught at the Spur, Nipple, Squiggles and the Offshore rigs.

Catch marlin with ballyhoo, squid, large acrylic lures (Black Bart) soft heads, live bridled bonita, and hardtails. Marlin speeds are 5-12 knots. Marlin like weed lines and rips and that is where you find good concentrations of baitfish.

You can spend lots of fuel hunting marlin and other offshore species and using a service like Hilton's offshore or Roff's for finding fishing locations really pays off. They offer offshore temperature, currents, and chlorophyl; all good indicators of where the bait and the fish will be located.

White and Blue Marlin

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Marlin can be caught from May to October. Most marlin are caught at the Spur, Nipple, Squiggles and the Offshore rigs.

Catch marlin with ballyhoo, squid, large acrylic lures (Black Bart) soft heads, live bridled bonita, and hardtails. Marlin speeds are 5-12 knots. Marlin like weed lines and rips and that is where you find good concentrations of baitfish.

You can spend lots of fuel hunting marlin and other offshore species and using a service like Hilton's offshore or Roff's for finding fishing locations really pays off. They offer offshore temperature, currents, and chlorophyl; all good indicators of where the bait and the fish will be located.

Swordfish

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Imagine it’s a warm summer night, seas running a soft 1 to 2, wind light and variable, stars fill the night sky, you have a cold beer in hand and burgers on the grill. Everyone sitting around tell war stories of the one that got away. Lines are set, extra baits are rigged, the Hydroglow’s light spills under the boat turning the crystal blue water a erie green. You can see the 4 buoys marking the lines in the distance. In the quiet still of the night the drag starts screaming, Sword on the Line!!

Swordfish are mostly caught around the Spur fishing the north wall. Most are caught using large offshore squid, whole bonita and northern mackerel. While we do catch daytime swordfish most are caught at night. Fish 3 lines at depths of 50ft, 100ft, and 200ft deep. 

Swordfish

Imagine it’s a warm summer night, seas running a soft 1 to 2, wind light and variable, stars fill the night sky, you have a cold beer in hand and burgers on the grill. Everyone sitting around tell war stories of the one that got away. Lines are set, extra baits are rigged, the Hydroglow’s light spills under the boat turning the crystal blue water a erie green. You can see the 4 buoys marking the lines in the distance. In the quiet still of the night the drag starts screaming, Sword on the Line!!

Swordfish are mostly caught around the Spur fishing the north wall. Most are caught using large offshore squid, whole bonita and northern mackerel. While we do catch daytime swordfish most are caught at night. Fish 3 lines at depths of 50ft, 100ft, and 200ft deep. 

Yellowfin Tuna

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While yellowfin tuna bite all year at the rigs the prime time for fishing them is May-November, this is when they venture closer to home. Most are caught at the Nipple, Spur, Steps, Squiggles and Rigs.

Tuna can be caught in the day trolling ballyhoo, cedar plugs and bullet head lures. Look for birds working bait or pods of porpoise as many times you will find the tuna mixed in with the porpoise.

At night catch the tuna jigging or chunking. Find a good spot and set the sea anchor and start chumming with cut pieces of northern or Boston mackerel. 

Tuna can range form the small football size to well over 200lbs here along the panhandle area!

Yellowfin Tuna

While yellowfin tuna bite all year at the rigs the prime time for fishing them is May-November, this is when they venture closer to home. Most are caught at the Nipple, Spur, Steps, Squiggles and Rigs.

Tuna can be caught in the day trolling ballyhoo, cedar plugs and bullet head lures. Look for birds working bait or pods of porpoise as many times you will find the tuna mixed in with the porpoise.

At night catch the tuna jigging or chunking. Find a good spot and set the sea anchor and start chumming with cut pieces of northern or Boston mackerel. 

Tuna can range form the small football size to well over 200lbs here along the panhandle area!

Surf, Pier, and Jetty Fishing

The surf and jetty will provide plenty of action for those looking for pompano, whiting, Spanish mackerel and sheepshead. 

Pompano and Whiting

Pompano and whiting can be caught bottom fishing with sand fleas, fresh peeled shrimp, and fiddler crabs. You can also cast jigs from the surf, pier, or jetty and bouncing them along the bottom. FishBites, Fishgum, and Berkley Surf Bytes are other great options for bait.

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Whiting

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King Mackerel and Spanish Mackerel

You can catch King Mackerel from from the pier using live or frozen cigar minnows drifted off the end of the pier. Also cast plugs or swim baits. You will need to rig with 40lb to 60lb wire because of the teeth on kings.

Spanish Mackerel will be chasing small baits along the coast, use spoons, Gotcha lures and jigs. Look for birds working along the beach and jetty.

Tarpon

Tarpon can be caught at the piers using and assortment of live baits and lures. Rig live baits on a 60lb mono leader with a circle hook or treble hook, the best live baits are cigar minnows, herring and hardtails.

Berkeley swim baits in 6in size are by far the best of all lures and in most cases tend to get mote bites than even live baits. They also take spoons, rattle traps and Yo-zuri plugs.

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Ladyfish and Hardtails

Ladyfish and hardtails take spoons, gotcha lures and straw rigs. They can be caught from the pier, surf or jetties. While neither are really good eating they make for hours of fun. Ladyfish make excellent bait if you want to fish for sharks in the surf.

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Ladyfish and Hardtails

Ladyfish and hardtails take spoons, gotcha lures and straw rigs. They can be caught from the pier, surf or jetties. While neither are really good eating they make for hours of fun. Ladyfish make excellent bait if you want to fish for sharks in the surf.

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Sharks

All summer there are plenty of sharks to be caught surf fishing. Very early morning, just before sunset and after dark they can be very plentiful. Some of the piers allow you to shark fish, both of the piers in Panama City Beach and the Navarre Pier allow shark fishing dusk till dawn. You can not shark fish from the Okaloosa pier.

Bay Fishing

Trout and Redfish

With summer temps, the trout and reds will both be on the flats early and late in the day. They will both congregate around boat docks that have deep water access during the heat of the day. These trout and reds will bite topwater plugs, Berkley Gulps, Savage Shrimp, DOA Shrimp and live baits. The best live baits are shrimp, menhaden and finger mullet. 

There will also be bull reds near the bridges that lead out the passes. The bull reds like live pinfish and live cigar minnows. Fish a Carolina rig with about a 2oz lead with a circle hook. 

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Redfish

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