Destin Nearshore Gulf Fishing – Beach Fishing refers to fishing the waters of the Gulf of Mexico that reside a near shore or a short distance from the beach – less than 8 miles but usually 300 yards to 3 miles. The first few miles of warm, fertile waters of the Nearshore Gulf are some of the most bountiful in all of Florida. Fish of all shapes and sizes call these waters home. Nearshore Gulf fishing trips are not deep sea fishing trips, but don’t for a moment think this has any impact on the quality or quantity of fish caught.
Destin Nearshore Gulf Fishing – Beach Fishing produces some of the most active and consistent fishing that Florida has to offer.
Catches of over a dozen different species ranging from King and Spanish Mackerel, Cobia, Blackfin Tuna, Tarpon, Red Snapper, Black Snapper, Amberjack, Barracuda, Grouper, and yes, an assorted variety of Sharks (Bulls, Tigers, Hammerheads and Blacktips) are not unusual. Many of these fish average over 20lbs and can run in excess of 500lbs as in the case of the mighty Sharks. Bait selection will vary widely to include both live and artificial baits used in a variety of ways.
Capt LW Burroughs of IntraCoastal eXperience uses a truly dynamic and exciting way to target fish while covering some diverse fishing area.
ICX employs a “Run and Gun” tactical cruising approach to sight cast to the surface-feeding pelagic species by looking for visual cues such as diving birds, baits breaking on the surface. In the case of the Cobia and Tarpon, which stand out easily in the emerald green waters, we can spot them from the boat’s tower while we cruise along. Once the targeted species are located, an artificial lure or live bait is cast to it, so hold on tight, because the fight is now on!
When fishing the Nearshore Gulf’s wrecks and reefs, we will typically troll above or bottom drop baits to the wreck and/or reef floor of the Gulf. Red and Black Snapper, Grouper, Amberjack and many more species frequent these marine habitats and can also be coerced into swimming up to the surface right next to the boat and take a bait. Nothing could be more exciting than to see a reef dwelling 20 pound Red Snapper swim up and eat your top water offering and blaze your reel’s drag on its way back down to its home on the reef floor! From trolling for speedy pelagics, to playing tug-o-war with a Shark, big Grouper or Snapper, there is something lurking on or above the near shore wrecks and reefs.
The availability of Nearshore Gulf species is all about the seasons, water temperature, and fish migrations. Feel free to contact Capt. LW to find out what species are usually available during your planned travel time, or to find out what the best time is to target the species you are most interested in.