Your Ultimate Guide to Fishing in Destin, FL

If you want the full Destin, Florida, experience, you’ll want to take a fishing trip in the beautiful Destin Harbor or out in the Gulf of Mexico. Known as “The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village,” Destin offers many different types of experiences whether you would like to go deep sea, inshore, or surf fishing. This adventurous city was discovered by a fisherman and you can discover it too by requesting access to our complimentary Vacation Guide. It’s the perfect resource for your next adventure on the water!


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What You Need to Know Before Casting a Line


Before getting on the boat, you should know that the state of Florida requires you to have a fishing license. You can get yours online, over the phone by calling 888-FISH-FLORIDA (888-347-4356), or in person at a tax collector’s office or license agency. If you’re wondering when you should plan a trip with your fellow anglers, the best seasons for fishing are between the months of March and October.


Deep Sea Fishing


Feeling adventurous and want to head out on the open water? Deep sea fishing in the Gulf of Mexico is an option. Who says fishing has to be calm and quiet? Olin Marler’s Charter Fishing and Tours offers deep sea fishing for group charters as well as private charters! You’ll be treated to complimentary bait and tackle, fish fillet for lunch, and your fishing license included.


Inshore Fishing


If you’re looking to stay closer to land, inshore fishing might be more of your style. With Destin Inshore Fishing Guides, you’ll be able to choose from three different types of fishing. There are numerous  possibilities when it comes to what you might catch while trolling. Fish caught by trolling must like their food to-go since they will be caught on a moving target as you cast a line from a moving boat! For the less experienced anglers, you can try bottom fishing. Just as it sounds, you’ll be catching your feast from the Gulf floor with a stationary hook. For those with keen eyesight, you’re going to love sight-fishing. You’ll be the breadwinner, or maybe just the dinner winner of the group, because you have to be able to spot the fish first before luring it over to your bait.


Surf Fishing

Why drive when  you don’t have to? If you stay at a Venture Found vacation rental on the beach, you can cast a line right there! As long as you have a fishing license, you can surf fish from any shore.


Destin Fishing Rodeo


Feeling extra lucky? Book your stay in October, when more than 30,000 ambitious fishermen and fisherwomen compete in the Destin Fishing Rodeo. Winners can receive fishing equipment, trips, or even cash! You can find a registered private or charter boat, or you can register to use your own boat, kayak, or paddle board. Pier and land fishing are options as well. The Rodeo is fun for everyone and has in the past included events such as Shark Saturdays, Halloween in the Harbor, and Kids FallFest.


Where to Stay in Destin, Fl


outside of igloo property on beach with chairs

A full day of activities calls for a little R&R. Unwind after an eventful fishing trip at a Venture Found vacation rental on the beach!

The Igloo in Destin accommodates 10 people and is right on the water. Unlike most igloos, this luxurious property has a fantastic view of the Gulf of Mexico,

that you can admire from a 30-foot beachside deck. Venture Found has plenty of vacation rentals in the Destin area so you can find the one most suitable for you.  Make your vacation a memorable one and book your stay today!