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Fishing in Fort Walton Beach

Although it is the first door neighbor Destin that usually gets praise as the 'World's Luckiest Fishing Village', the lush waterways of Fort Walton Beach seem to have been just as blessed with piscatorial good fortune. The regional Choctawhatchee Bay is a generous 27-mile long estuary, its massive grass beds and oyster pods abounding with some of Emerald Coast's finest Trout and Redfish sweet spots. Due in great part to Florida's embargo on inshore netting, the Bay's bayous and creeks are positively brimming with bait fish virtually all year round, luring many of the Panhandle's staple game fish, including Flounder, Black Drum, Striped Bass, Snapper and many others. For some prime rod-bending, reel-screaming action, nearshore fishing in the Gulf will have you going against the likes of Kingfish and Spanish Mackerel, Amberjack, Mahi Mahi, Tuna and Wahoo, along with a variety of other species often fished for in no more than a couple hundred feet of water. And if that's not going to cut it, the remote oil rigs and bluewater fishing grounds located 50-90 miles offshore await the bravest of the bunch, regularly patrolled by trophy pelagics such as Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna, Dorado, Wahoo and many more.

Known For

Air Force Armament Museum, Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park, Emerald Coast Science Center, Indian Temple Mound and Museum, Golfing central, Okaloosa Island Pier, Heritage Park & Cultural Center, Liza Jackson Park, Deep Sea fishing haven, Garnier Post Office Museum, Emerald Coast Dirt & Vert

Rules & Regulations

A fishing license is not required for anglers fishing aboard a guided boat or a for-hire charter, as long as the vessel has a valid charter captain or charter boat permit.