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FISHING AND HUNTING LICENSES
Destin and Offshore
Fishing and catching is hotter than fire right now. Kings have been off the charts, tuna has been in good numbers,
Bonita's are large and snappers are everywhere. Red snappers are very hot inshore right now and aggregate species
of all snapper species are filling the ice chests. Come on down! Lots of Amberjack but mostly 1-3 inches too short to keep.
Joey Mathis goes by himself into the gulf and loads his boat most times. Yesterday he brought in 11 keepers. Just vary
your species and have a good time. Whiting, Reds, Black Snapper, are great on the beach and at the jetties. Large Tarpon
on beaches now with 70-100 lbs average.
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 great right now. Live bait is
still the king and shrimp are about done spawning so they will be available again real soon. Call Ahead about live bait
situations. Dave Carver, retired U.S. Marines, caught his largest fish of his life....a 43.5 lbs Black Drum which is about 35 years old on frozen shrimp. He and his wife are looking at moving here because they think its one of the best areas
they have traveled to. Roy Ledbetter and Eric Anderson Caught a few good trouts on D.O.A's last week and Eric landed
a 50 lbs Black Drum on MirroLures and the fish fought for 35 minutes on 10lbs braided line before tiring out. It was later released for preservation.
Bridges are hot for very large mangrove snappers. No Joke! 14-28 inch average! Some other catches of other
species as well. Spanish have slowed down. Nights always good for those shark fishers.
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
The sound is good with abundance of trout, reds, flounder, and very large 20-60 lbs black drum around docks.
Elliots point to the narrows are very impressive. The black drum being brought in due to the dirty water. One of
the best drum catches going on in 36 years.
Blue gills and shell crackers biting on worms especially north of I-10. Some small bass have been caught on the reservation.
If you wanted a challenge in the bay this summer this year is the one. Pay close attention to the tail end of high tide and
the bite for Reds and trout have been doing pretty good. Been trolling with DOA,s as a trout school finder and has
been working very well. Just Sunday, limited out on specs hanging by a string of crab traps. Pop up storms and high 15 mile an hour winds have been making it tough to get out in afternoon. If you have scupper hole lights and boat lights
on your kayak, hit those docks after the winds die after sunset. Just please don't go alone. The fish are here but reluctant
to go on a feast due to the high heat. Remember this time of year the water is hot so limit your exposure to it due to the
high bacteria counts. Also keep peroxide on the craft if you get finned or cut.
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. Most people don't know that this was a fresh water lake about 90 years ago.
About 10 men with shovels dug a ditch at east pass which took out several house during a flood. This used to be a great
Bass fishery and a great place to hunt fowl. Later the government built the international waterway which has kept this
a youngster of a bay with high salinity content. This was told to me by Zack Brunson of Destin, Fl. As a young man he
watched the pass being dug with his father and grew up on snapper boats with sails. He was the first person to open up
a live bait shop in the area and I was proud to know him.
"I never met a fish I didn't like!"