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Fly Fishing Destin and Choctawhatchee Bay, Florida
Fishing Report: (See Fishing Report Archive at bottom of page)
Spanish mackerel are beginning to show along the beaches and being caught on
the fly. Cobia will be right behind them moving west to the oil rigs of Lousiana.
Redfish and speckled trout are in the creek channels and cannals. Lots of bluefish
and ladyfish along the beaches.
Description of the Inshore waters:
The waters around Destin and Choctawhatchee Bay are often associated with
deep water fishing, but many species can be caught in the inshore water. This
area is famous for flat sandy bottoms and crystal clear water which enables you to
often see the fish you are going after.
Speckled trout (Spotted trout)
The fishing season is year-round.
There are several species of fish that migrate along the beaches that are great
for fly fishers – cobia, spanish mackerel, and pompano will be in the area. bonito,
redfish, wahoo, and speckled trout.
King mackerel, spanish mackerel, wahoo, baracuda, and bonita, tarpon, dolphin
migrate along the cost in the emerald waters right off the beaches.
Many species of fish can be caught on the fly during the fall months including most
all of the resident inshore species and some along the beaches like bonita. cobia,
bluefish, redfish, speckled trout.
Big sow redfish come into the passes and into the bays to spawn during the early
winter and provide great fly fishing opportunity. Speckled trout, bay redfish, and
bluefish, can be caught during the colder month of the year.
Tide Charts: Destin Pass
Weather: Destin, Florida
Recommended Flies For :
Redfish, Speckled Trout), Ladyfish:
Inland Water Flies:
Coral Marabou Shrimp
White Marabou Shrimp
Green Tarpon Baitfish
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Fishing Report Archives:
12/19/18 Currently Destin is experiencing a mild - December with water
temperatures in the 50 to 60 degree range. The winds are mostly calm inshore
during late fall and early winter, but could cause some problems in deep water.
Fishing is highly recommended here at this time.
01/19/19 Speckled trout and redfish are being caught in the deeper sections of
Choctawhatchee bay, the intracoastal waterway and canals. To stay out of the
wind, fish the canals and Intracoastal waterways. If it is calm, fish the deeper
waters of the bay. Work the fly deep (3 to 6 feet) and slow. You can do that with
a floating or sinking tip line.