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Fishing in Fort Walton Beach

Just 12 miles across the Choctawhatchee Bay from the “Luckiest Fishing Village in the World,” Fort Walton Beach could also stake a claim for that title. It’s no surprise, then, that Fort Walton Beach’s fishing charters have plenty to offer. From the inshore bays to the nearshore reefs, to the deep waters of the Gulf – there’s something here for everyone.
With access to the Choctawhatchee Bay and Santa Rosa Sound, there’s no shortage of inshore fishing opportunities. Get your fish on against Bull Redfish and Gator Spotted Seatrout, along with delicious Flounder and Sheepshead year-round. Add Tarpon to the mix in summer, and you’ve also got a fight on your hands. 
Head to East Pass and you’ll come into contact with schools of Pompano, Bluefish, and Spanish Mackerel. But the real gems come a few miles further out at the productive reefs. Red Snapper takes the crown of the most-coveted fish, but there are plenty of Gag Grouper, Cobia, Amberjack, and Kingfish to keep you on your toes. 
If that hasn’t whetted your appetite to wet your line, then wait until you hear what’s in store offshore. The deepwater canyons of the Gulf of Mexico attract a number of big game fish. Get ready for the fight of your life, as you go up against Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Tuna, Sailfish, Marlin, and even Swordfish!
Trips can last as little as a couple of hours up to a full day inshore. Meanwhile, nearshore trips tend to last 6–8 hours. Heading offshore will require a lot more, so settle in for anywhere between 10 hours and a few days on the water. 

Rules & Regulations

Your license will be covered aboard a Fort Walton fishing charter. Not only that, but your professional guide will be clued up on all the latest bag and size limits, so you can sit back and enjoy the incredible angling opportunities. 
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Fort Walton Beach Fishing Seasons


Kick off the new year with some awesome sight casting out on the grassy flats of the Choctawhatchee Bay. This is one of the most exciting types of fishing in Fort Walton Beach, with huge numbers of hungry Trout and Redfish.


With dry weather, cool temperatures, and low winds – February is the perfect time for great flats fishing. On the reefs, Snapper and Grouper are gobbling up baits, with plenty of Amberjack around for some extra fight.


Red and Black Drum, Trout, Flounder, Sheepshead – March is a great time for inshore fishing in Fort Walton. Offshore, big numbers of King Mackerel start showing up, making for awesome battles and some tasty eating.


The fishing just gets better and better as the year rolls on, especially out in the Gulf. The Cobia migration come barreling into town in April, and Triggerfish join the permanent residents on the reefs.


Jack Crevalle arrive in the shallows, joining the Redfish and Trout to make the bay a fly angler's dream. The offshore action is in full swing, too, with Yellowfin and Blackfin Tuna, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, and even a few early Blue Marlin!


The shallows and the blue waters are both on fire in June, but the place to be is on the reefs. Red Snapper season here, and Gag Grouper are fair game, too. Book a specialty Snapper trip and you're guaranteed to fill the freezer!


Red Snapper season is still in full swing, so head out and bag your limit! Tarpon are in town, offering the ultimate shallow-water battle. Still not happy? Lucky for you it's peak Blue Marlin season!


August is one of the hottest, rainiest months of the year in Florida, there's no way to sugarcoat that. Brave the heat and the humidity and you're well rewarded, with Marlin, Sailfish, Wahoo, Tuna and so much more.


The Annual Breakwater Outfitters' Battle on the Bayou is your chance to test your skills against huge Redfish and Trout (not to mention other experienced anglers). This is  Fort Walton Beach's most important tournament.


Destin's Fishing Rodeo needs no introduction. This free tournament draws the largest crowds of any angling event in America, offering great fun and big prizes. A word of warning: book early if you want to find a room.


Forget the turkey, November is Grouper season. Red, Gag, and Scamp Grouper are all around this time of year. Throw in average temperatures of 60 degrees, and you've got the perfect Thanksgiving destination!


The deep sea action may have cooled off with the falling temperatures, but the inshore battles are still going strong. Redfish, Trout, and Flounder and always on hand for a fight. Happy holidays indeed!

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What People Are Saying About Fort Walton Beach

Fishing with Jordan
Andrew J. fished with Sunshine Fishing Charters on July 31, 2019
This captian gave us an incredible experience.
Half day trip with captain Richard
Joshua E. fished with Southern Charm Fishing Charters on June 29, 2019
Had a blast. Had our limit within 4 hour trip
Windy afternoon trip with Capt. Jordan
Evans B. fished with Sunshine Fishing Charters on June 12, 2019
Book an early morning trip to avoid the windy and/or stormy conditions in the afternoon/evening.
Fishing with Capt Jordan Nelson
Ron B. fished with Sunshine Fishing Charters on September 20, 2018
Go with Sunshine Charters and catch fish.
Full Day
Alan B. fished with Southern Charm Fishing Charters on September 15, 2018
A four hour trip would be preferred. Eight hours is a commitment to fishing.
Amazing Day at Sea
Leslie M. fished with Southern Charm Fishing Charters on May 26, 2018
Never know what you will get when a storm is brewing!
Great time and Great Captain
Daniel S. fished with Been In It Charters on March 19, 2018
If you have never eaten trigger fish, it is the crappie of the sea. Reaturant at the marina is willing to cook your catch.
Early AM half day with Salty Dawgz Deep Sea Charters
R. F. R. fished with Salty Dawgz’ Deep Sea Charters on August 10, 2017
Check ahead on what is in and out of season. For example Red Fish, Trigger Fish, etc...Book trip for early AM. They seem to bite better. Use Salty Dawgz Deep Sea for a family experience. Very pleasant folks. They "aim to please"!

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