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FISHING AND HUNTING LICENSES
Non Resident - license required for bank or boat fishing unless on charter boat or licensed pier!
Resident - License required for bank or boat!
Exemptions- Under 16 years old and Over 65 resident. (Look at state regs others)
Destin and Offshore
Fishing is improving daily due to rising water temperatures! Pompano, Reds, Drums and Spanish doing well on the coastline. Cobia fishing is picking up and some Kings around! Bluefish have arrived and cigar minnows are showing up.
Triggerfish are doing excellent and mingo snappers are on fire! Shark fishing is improving with the arrival of baitfish!
Fishing trips are being being booked well in advanced on a daily basis right now. Reserve yours ASAP!
Fort Walton Beach and Choctawatchee Bay
Choctawhatchee Bay is dirty and full of fresh water. The fish are changing their feeding patterns from super clear to
high salinity. Great lure areas to live bait areas in low sunlight. Dock light feeding patterns improving right now. Live bait is
still the king and shrimp is still the best bait god ever invented. Rain in the past 3 weeks has really slowed things down but there are some heavy pockets of trout if you can find them. The average size of trout is bigger this year! Yeahhhhh!
Bridges still good for whitetrout and sheepshead fish! Spanish have shown up and tearing up gotcha lures! Black snapper
are being caught at Shalimar bridge. Expect more visits from Florida Wildlife officers due to the abuse of limits and over catches! Dont forget....Redfish fines are $500 per fish! Don't make him mad or the judge because then its $5000 fine! For all other over and undersized game fish the fine is $50 per fish plus court costs!
Rivers are slow with the large amounts of fresh water. The reds and trout were hot there till all the rain started
falling. You must be creative to get the bite.
Santa Rosa Sound
Fish being caught on sound has been very sporadic. Use Live Bait!
Crappie and Bluegill Doing well and several reports of stripped bass under green lights in the bay due to the
large amounts of fresh water.
Rainy weather and heavy winds have made kayak fishing difficult. However, there have been a lot of large
trout hanging around this spring compared to last year. Lures have been working excellent and the bite has
been plentyful. Important! Redfish limit is being reduced to one a day effective May 1st! The size limits remain
the same at 18" to 27". These changes have occurred because of serious over fishing of the species! 29 years ago
the biologists did studies and did not think that redfish would survive as a species due to gill nets and rod and reel fishermen! ( Roy says when he first moved here 38 years ago, he never saw a redfish nor caught one in the bay for over 8 years! ) So
lets do our part and conserve the species so history does not repeat itself!
Salty Bass Final Comments
Salty Bass Fishing Teams have struggled this year on lures and flies. I believe our bay if finally turning into a
real bay fishery as this is a very young bay. Fishing is already beginning to pick up a bit this year (2016) as the water is still warm. Bay is murky and frothy at times. Fish with the wind at your back in the protected bayous. You must move around a lot to find the fish because of the enormous amount of fresh water on top layer of water! So fish deep! D O A's Rule!
Rivers are overflowing and wild as we speak. Great for white water rafting not too good for fishing. Roy finally went out after three weeks with Bill Lang on Thursday, 40 degrees @ 7am -11am, they caught 11 trout to 8lbs. Released all large fish, but kept them in the camera. Please practice fish conservation when you can.
Kayak mike has been moving around a lot of different bays to find his excellent catches on lures and live bait.
Live Shrimp is still best!
"I never met a fish I didn't like!"