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Fly Fishing Destin and Choctawhatchee Bay, Florida

04/13/19
Fishing Report:
(See Fishing Report Archive at bottom of page)
Speckled trout and redfish are hitting top water lures early mornings near daylight
and late evenings near dark,.Pompano have slowed a lot but a few still being
caught. Ladyfish are plentiful along the beaches. Tarpon are being caught along
the outer sandbar.


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.

Species:
Speckled trout (Spotted trout)
Redfish
King Mackerel
Cobia
Spanish Mackerel
Pompano
Tripletail
Bluefish
Ladyfish
Dolphin
Jack Crevalle
Sharks
Tarpon
Bonita
Baracuda

Seasons:
The fishing season is year-round.

Spring:
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.

Summer:
King mackerel, spanish mackerel, wahoo, baracuda, and bonita, tarpon, dolphin
migrate along the cost in the emerald waters right off the beaches.

Fall:
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.

Winter:
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:
Baby Crab
Baby Crab
White Shrimp
Yellow Shrimp
Coral Marabou Shrimp
White Marabou Shrimp
Backcounty Baitfish
Olive Baitfish:
White Minnow

Tarpon:
Green Tarpon Baitfish
Brown Prawn  
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Recommended Tackle & Gear
Fly Line:
Floating 5 to 10 weight, depending on species

Leaders:
Saltwater Hand-tied Leaders

Best Fly Rods:
Perfect Fly SS Series: 7 through 10 weight
(depending on species)

Fly Reels:

Misc Items:
Polarized Sunglasses

Tools & Accessories:
Nippers, forceps, retractors, etc.
Options For Selecting Flies:
1. Email us (sales@perfectflystore.com)
with the dates you will be fishing this area and we will send you a list of our fly
suggestions. Please allow up to 24 hours for a response.

2. Call us 800-594-4726 and we will help you decide which flies you need.

3. Email us (sales@perfectflystore.com)
with a budget for flies and we will select them to match the budget and get them to
you in time for your fly fishing trip.

All orders are shipped free in the
U. S. Orders over $100 are shipped via Priority Mail.  
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.
04/09/19 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.