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Destin Inshore Fishing for Redfish

Posted by Capt LW
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Destin Inshore Fishing for Redfish conjures up the thoughts of hard fighting, bronze colored, spotted tail beauties. Well known up and down the southern gulf coast and the target of both recreational and tournament anglers, Destin’s Inshore Redfish is hands down the #1 most sought after inshore species of visitors to the Destin, Florida area. The Redfish is typically divided into two categories; slot sized and over slot sized which are often referred to as Bull Redfish. Both categories of Redfish follow a similar eating pattern yet differ in their desired respective inshore geographical locations.

The Redfish, commonly found in the Destin Inshore, are known as veracious inshore predators. They are defined by a broad-shouldered light silvery to bronze colored body with a very distinctive black dot located on both sides of its tail. It is said this black dot mimics a false eye to any apex predator such as a Shark or Dolphin while a Redfish is actively nose down feeding. The apex predator takes a bite at the Redfish’s tail as opposed to its head allowing the Redfish to swim away and live to feed another day. Redfish range in size from 12 inch up to 50 inches in length. Destin Slot Sized Redfish are 18 through 27 inches, while Over Slot Sized or Bull Redfish are any size over the Slot. Bull Redfish are considered breeder Redfish and are protected throughout the State of Florida from harvest. Destin Inshore Redfish can be caught year-round however their locations tend to vary by both times of year and by their respective size.

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Where to Fish for Slot Sized and Over Slot Sized Redfish

Destin Inshore Fishing for Redfish within the slot size limit requires getting down and dirty in the areas they want to feed. Slot sized Redfish prefer the comfort of oyster beds, bridge pilings and docks. These structures all serve to provide the necessary cover Redfish come to love due to the fact they all provide an ambush area to the prey Redfish desire. All of these structures typically hold numerous amounts of oysters and barnacles which ultimately attract the prey Redfish covet. Finding these structures in water depths in excess of five feet is premium especially when there is an adjacent shallow water area nearby. Shallow water near a deep drop off around structure allows a feeding Redfish to eat its prey and quickly return to the comfortable depths of the deeper structure.

As Destin Redfish progress into the over slot size (Bull Redfish) category, they tend to change their desired habitats. Bull Redfish are also attracted to deep water structures, however they are more commonly found around bridges or in large schools in deeper areas of the Destin Inshore Bay. However they can also be found in large schools congregating within yards of the shoreline in the Inshore Gulf. The Bull Redfish found in the Inshore Gulf can be easily located by standing on the bow of a boat or from the second tower helm of most customized sight fishing boats. They will be readily visible between the first and second sand bars of most Destin, Florida beaches. The Bull Redfish in the Destin Inshore Bay make themselves easily detectable as they move in large schools herding schools of minnows to the surface. When the Bull Redfish herd these minnows to the surface seabirds are often attracted to this feeding and quickly identify the location of Bull Redfish.

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Bait for Slot Sized & Bull Redfish

Once slot sized and Bull Redfish are found, all that’s left is present the appropriate baits to make both want to eat. Typically slot sized and Bull Redfish will eat the same baits. If you’re fishing around structures, Redfish are looking for crustaceans, such as shrimp and crabs. Most commonly, live shrimp or even fresh dead shrimp from a local fish market will get the job done. If you prefer to target Redfish with artificial bait, you can’t go wrong with any of the scented shrimp imitations. In the case of schooling Bull Redfish, a live bait offering such as a pinfish, finger mullet, menhaden or croaker will definitely close the deal. Artificial lures such as paddle tail swim baits, curly tail grubs or even deep diving trolling lures will also get you a hookup with a large Bull Redfish.

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Destin Inshore Fishing is now in its mid season pattern and the Redfish are biting quite well. Being armed with the appropriate bait and tackle for any possible scenario is a must. Booking a Destin Inshore Fishing trip with one of our experienced fishing guides is one way to ensure your success in hooking your dream Redfish. However if you’re a local and/or a do it yourself visitor to our area, your next move should be to hit your favorite local bait shop for some live shrimp and/or artificial lures. In my case you can’t go wrong with the great folks over at The SALTY BASS BAIT & TACKLE SHOP. They are the “Hands Down Choice” for the liveliest shrimp and best artificial bait and tackle selection which have consistently caught me and my clients some of the best quality Redfish. Not to mention the owner/operator, Roy Ledbetter, can provide you with over 50 years of the best firsthand knowledge of what’s biting and how to catch your trophy!

Until Next Time Let’s Go Catch’em Up!!!

Capt LW
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The Best Destin Fishing Charters: Inshore Gulf vs Offshore Gulf

Posted by Capt LW
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Destin, Florida has a vast array of options when it comes to great fishing. There’s the Destin Inshore Gulf and Destin Offshore Gulf. Both offer quality fishing. The decision to choose one over the other is a challenge that faces many visitors to Destin when deciding to hire a Destin Fishing Charter Service. A lot of folks would love to select a Destin Fishing Charter which will allow them to venture a short distance into the Gulf. By choosing Destin inshore fishing, you’ll experience shorter travel times and a minimal sacrifice to quality fishing. IntraCoastal Experience Guided Fishing Charters provides just this service. Our clients and their families are able to choose a short distance Destin Inshore Gulf Charter and still target and consistently catch some of the best quality fish that inhabit Destin’s Gulf of Mexico. Destin Inshore Gulf Fishing Charters are not deep sea fishing trips. However, fishing inshore should not be thought of as a compromise on the quality or quantity of fish caught.

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The Destin Inshore Gulf refers to waters within the State of Florida’s regulated boundaries which extend up to nine miles from the shoreline. There are a host of natural and artificial reef sites located within theses nine miles of Destin’s Emerald Coast. The natural and artificial reefs host a great bounty of Destin inshore gulf species and can often be reached in minutes by the best Destin fishing charters. Fishing inshore allows a lot more time fishing and less time running out into the further offshore reaches of the Gulf of Mexico. IntraCoastal Experience Guided Fishing Charters prides itself on getting more fishing accomplished within a shorter amount of travel distance and time, while providing clients the same catch opportunities as other Destin Offshore Fishing Charters.

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Destin inshore gulf fishing charters provide access to a number of gulf species. Predatory species such as King and Spanish Mackerel, Cobia and Tarpon can be landed literally within yards of the Destin Inshore Gulf beaches. Other popular species such as Amberjack, Mahi-Mahi, Blackfin Tuna and Bonita are all common targets of the Best Destin Fishing Charters who fish the Destin Inshore Gulf. If you’re looking for year-round Destin Inshore Gulf species, then a full range of snapper species can be targeted and caught within a couple miles of the Destin’s Emerald Coast line. Vermillion, Black, Lane and White Snappers all offer some of the best catch opportunities within the Destin Inshore Gulf and allow the Best Destin Fishing Charters a year-round harvest option. One of the most popular Destin Inshore Gulf snapper species is the much sought after Red Snapper. Red Snapper ranging in sizes from three through thirty pounds can be caught readily on many Inshore Gulf Reefs within a mile from the shoreline.

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One other popular species commonly targeted and caught by the Best Destin Fishing Charters is the vast array of Sharks which call the Destin Inshore Gulf home. These shark species include Black Tips, Spinners, Hammer Heads, Bulls and Mako. All of these top of the line Alpha Predators can be targeted and caught in numerous locations. Most sharks are commonly found on the assorted Destin Inshore Gulf natural and artificial reefs. On most of IntraCoastal Experience’s Destin Inshore Gulf Charters many shark species are located while clients are bottom fishing. Many catches are literally chopped in half by sharks while being reeled up by an unsuspecting client. The Best Destin Fishing Charters will then employ a shark rig and immediately send down bait to target the culprit. In most instances the unsuspecting client now has the upper hand, So Hold On Tight! The methods used by the best Destin Fishing Charters to target both Destin Inshore Gulf and Offshore Gulf species is typically the same. Most reef dwelling species are targeted with bottom fishing equipment, while most pelagic species (non-bottom dwellers) are targeted by trolling either live or artificial baits.

As with most fisheries, both Destin Inshore and Offshore Gulf fishing is highly regulated. The types of species you can actually harvest is the only limiting factor. However, all Destin Gulf species can be caught and released anytime of the year.

One final factor most people find attractive while fishing the Destin Inshore Gulf is the ability to visually see land the entire trip. Many of our clients have stated how seeing land has kept them from feeling motion sickness while fishing on the Destin Inshore Gulf. As a precaution, it is always advised to take a motion sickness pill the morning before your trip if you’re susceptible to motion sickness. Another effective way of minimizing the effects of motion sickness while fishing in the Destin Inshore Gulf is to minimize the intake of dairy products and alcohol the evening before and the morning of your trip. In the absolute worst case scenario when a client does get sick, the boat ride back to shore is often less than 15 minutes away.

Springtime is here and summer is just weeks away. The fish are biting on the Destin Inshore Gulf and as the water temperatures continue to heat up so will the appetites of even more Destin Inshore Gulf species. IntraCoastal Experience is recognized as one of the Best Destin Fishing Charters who target the Destin Inshore Gulf. With a new fleet of well equipped and comfortable Hybrid Gulf/Bay Boats, IntraCoastal Experience is ready to provide your Family and Friends the Best Destin Fishing Charter Experience.

Until Next Time Let’s Go Catch’em Up!!!

Capt LW

Destin Inshore Fishing: Springtime Speckled Trout

Posted by Capt LW

Posted on 15 April 2019

Nothing brings on more excitement and anticipation than the advent of the first catches of the Springtime Speckled Trout in the Greater Destin Inshore Bay Fishing areas. The Speckled Trout is known for its aggressive bite and ability to challenge the most seasoned anglers. The challenge lies with attempting not only to get it to accept a bait but also land this Destin Inshore sport fish. But where are these elusive Destin Inshore Fish in Springtime? Just what does it typically take to catch even the smaller ones versus the much sought after Gator-Sized Speckled Trout? To answer these questions, you must understand not only the Speckled Trout itself but also understand how the water temperature and geography of land affects its movements, what prompts these Destin Inshore Sport fish to come out of their Destin Bay hideouts, and finally, what they really want to eat once they are active in their Destin Inshore Fishing areas.

The Speckled Trout is known for its aggressive nature which appeals to anglers all around the world. It has a very muscular build and is similar in size and shape to many of its freshwater cousins such as the Brown and Rainbow Trout. Destin Inshore Speckled Trout range in size from 10 to 32 inches in length. Speckled Trout have a distinct coloring pattern with a dark black back and shoulder area accompanied by a dominant silver body and purple hue along with their signature black dots arranged all over their bodies. They are known to return to the same shallow water grass flats within the Destin Inshore Bay in which they were spawned.

Seventy degrees water temperature prompts Speckled Trout to feed

The movement of Destin Inshore Speckled Trout typically coincides with water temperatures. Many tried and true Speckled Trout Anglers will tell you the magic number which signals the movement of Speckled Trout within the Destin Florida Inshore Bay area is seventy degrees. At seventy degrees a number of things happen which prompts the Speckled Trout to feed. The first factor is the deep water holes Speckled Trout favor over a cold winter are no longer able to provide the same warmth as the shallow Destin Inshore Bay Flats, which now hold heat much better and stimulate more aggression within the Speckled Trout. Water temperature is such a big factor with Speckled Trout, that it is said for every one degree of water temperature change on a Speckled Trout is like eight degrees of water temperature change on a human body. With the water temperature at its desired level, Spring time Speckled Trout will look for the areas which will consistently hold these desired water temperatures.

The most common areas Speckled Trout seek for consistent desirable water temperatures are dark muddy bottom bayous which can capture and hold the warmth of the sun better than most of the other Destin Inshore locations. Speckled Trout loiter along the bottom of these muddy bottom bayous in anticipation of a quick ambushed meal and then quickly return to the warmth of the muddy bayou bottom. Another desirable Springtime Destin Inshore area which holds the warmth necessary for a Destin Speckled Trout to thrive is the shallow sandy grass flats which also heat up quite quickly as the day progresses. Finding and catching Speckled Trout in these areas lends itself to some great Speckled Trout fishing even later in the day when the sun is at its highest point.

Look for Destin Inshore Fishing areas with small minnows, crabs or shrimp

Now determining what prompts Destin Inshore Springtime Speckled Trout to eat is a challenging but yet predictable proposition if you just pay a little attention to what inhabits the areas you’re likely to find Springtime Speckled Trout. One of the best ways to determine what Springtime Speckled Trout are eating is to take a look at these areas, and observe whether there are small minnows, crabs or shrimp in any sizable number in the area. In my experience some of the first baits foraged by Destin Inshore Speckled Trout are Live Shrimp. A live shrimp will inhabit Destin Inshore Bay areas all year long and is a quick and easy target for a Speckled Trout. Another great Springtime bait for Destin Inshore Speckled Trout are the small menhaden (Pogies) that typically inhabit the back bayous by the thousands and make a quick and easy meal for Destin Inshore Springtime Speckled Trout. Knowing what Destin Inshore Speckled Trout are eating at any given time also allows you to mimic the live bait option with an artificial lure which represents these same live baits with great success.

Springtime has now hit the Destin Florida Inshore Fishing area and water temperatures are within a few degrees of hitting the seventy degree magic number in which Speckled Trout flourish. Your next move should be to hit your favorite local bait shop for some live shrimp. In my case you can’t go wrong with the great folks over at The SALTY BASS BAIT & TACKLE SHOP. It is the “Hands Down Choice” for the liveliest and best maintained shrimp. These shrimp have consistently caught me and my clients some of the best quality Speckled Trout.

Until Next Time Let’s Go Catch’em Up!!!

Capt LW

Winter Destin Inshore Fishing 2018-19 Has Arrived!!!

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Winter Destin Inshore Fishing Action: Flounder, Sheepshead & Redfish

Winter has arrived and as the seasons change, so have the fish we target and how we target them. Flounder and Sheepshead are targeted now along with some Redfish action. Nice catches of all three species have been accomplished by our Clients.

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With the cooler Destin Inshore water temperatures comes the signal to the Flounder to move out of the Destin Inshore Bays and out to the Destin Inshore Gulf areas. Flounder can be targeted within 200 yards and up to 3 miles off the beach. Flounder migrate in response to cooler water temperatures and also spawn during this time. On our Destin Inshore Fishing Charters, we have an average catch of 20 Flounder. Catching Flounder is not only fun but can be quickly learned by even the most novice beginners of all ages. In my opinion, Flounder is one of the best tasting fish on the Destin Inshore. Flounder are great both fried or baked and can really stimulate your senses when stuffed and baked with a seafood dressing, Yummy!

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Another wintertime fish we target is the Sheepshead. During the colder months on the Destin Inshore, Sheepshead become more active and start eating a lot more. Sheepshead forage around bridges, pylons and jetties looking for various Destin Inshore crustaceans such as crabs, shrimp and barnacles. On our Destin Inshore Charters, we typically like to use live shrimp to target the Sheepshead. The Sheepshead is a clever fish at stealing your bait, which in turn requires your full attention to detect their very subtle bite. However, once you feel the bite of the Sheepshead and actually hook one, hang on because they are as feisty as they come!

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Last but not least is the Redfish. During the winter months, the Redfish inhabits the Destin Inshore Bay around docks, bridges and jetties. The Bull Redfish can be found cruising the Destin Inshore Gulf Beaches in larger schools of 200 or more. We typically target the Destin Inshore Bay Redfish with live shrimp in the wintertime and target the Destin Inshore Gulf Bull Reds by sight fishing them with artificial bait.

Our wintertime Destin Inshore Fishing typically starts in November and runs through March. We are truly blessed we have great Inshore Fishing Opportunities year-round. Please don’t hesitate to pickup the phone and call, text or email me personally regarding the latest fishing report or if you’d like to book me or one of our highly experienced Destin Inshore Fishing Guides.

Let’s Go Catch’em Up!

Capt LW

The Destin Inshore Bay Shallow Flats are Primed with Speckled Trout and Redfish

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The Destin Inshore Bay and Flats fishing has arrived in a big way. The Redfish bite has turned on really nice on the Destin Inshore Bay and Flats. The reds are around the deeper water docks in excess of 5 feet but are also on the Destin Inshore Bay and Flats. Also if you’re seeing mullet in this same environment, it’s a sure bet that the redfish are lying underneath them. Live baits of choice for these redfish have been live shrimp, pinfish and finger mullet. On the artificial side of things, Jerk Baits have been slaying the reds in the greater Destin Inshore Fishing area.

Speckled Trout have fully turned on around the Destin Inshore Bay Flats. During early spring, I prefer to throw artificial bait imitations of the surrounding fingerlings that these trout are gorging themselves on. Mirrodine’s in your favorite color seem to elicit quick strikes from these hungry trout. I’ve also caught several nice trout with Topwater lures, which happens to be my personal favorite way to catch fish on the Destin Inshore Bay and Flats. Destin Inshore fishing with topwater lures is an early morning or late evening affair. Also if you like live bait, you can’t go wrong with live shrimp, either free-lined or as my clients seem to favor, under a popping cork. Either method will get you positive results.

Until Next Month,
C’Mon, Let’s Go Catch’em Up!
Capt LW

Loading up those coolers full of fish continues to be the NORM!

Posted by Capt LW

The Destin Inshore Bay Winter Fishing Is On Fire!

Jan2014FlounderFlounder: The Flounder bite continues to be exceptional with the cooler water temps. As a Destin Inshore Charter Fishing Guide, the cold fronts I look for have pushed through the Destin Inshore Bay Fishing areas, allowing my clients to target these fine eating flat fish. The cold fronts have sent the signal to the flounder and they have responded by moving out of the Destin Inshore Bay in massive numbers. This is absolutely the best time of the year, to get your limit of 10 Flounder per angler. On nearly all of my trips, we have easily caught our limits of flounder and then some. The flounder will ultimately settle in their breeding areas, where they will pose the easiest opportunity to Destin Inshore Bay fisherman to catch them throughout the winter months. Baits of choice include live finger mullet and bull minnows. My preference for rigging these live baits is either Carolina Rig with a short 8 – 10 inch leader, or a half ounce jig head directly hooked to the live offering. With the Carolina Rig, make sure to allow the flounder enough time to grab your bait and turn it around in his gullet before setting the hook.
Jan2014SheepsheadSheepshead: The Sheepshead bite is on, and as with Destin Inshore Fishing during this time of year, and with all the cold fronts, these striped bait stealers have made their presence known at both the Mid-Bay Bridge and Destin Pass area. Baits of choice for these convict fish are live shrimp, fiddler crabs, and raw oyster. A Carolina or Texas rig will serve to help you claim your limit of 15 Sheepshead per angler.
Jan2014RedfishRedfish: The Reds have maintained their bite consistency throughout the Destin Inshore Bay and Pass. The Bull Red action just can’t be beat in and around Crab Island, Destin Bridge and Destin Pass on an outgoing tide. Destin Inshore Fishing for Bull Reds this time of year means you must be prepared to take on Bull Redfish in the 10 – 40 pound range. The Redfish are eating the same live baits such as cigar minnows, pinfish and finger mullet. As a Destin Inshore Bay Charter Fishing Guide, I prefer to sight fish these large Bull Reds with artificial baits such as a half ounce jig head with a grub body or any of the topwater lures, which will utimately entice these Bull Reds to come out of the water to enhale your lure. On my Destin Inshore Bay and Flats Charter Fishing trips my clients have knocked down some respectable redfish on Topwater lures. What a Thrill! I just can’t get use to watching this action!

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Guide Tip of the Month

While sight-fishing with my clients for Big Bull Reds, the first question I’m asked most frequently, is, “How do I spot the Big Bull Reds?” Great question, because there is a lot of area to cover on the water. But first I look for birds diving. Sometimes, birds will start diving in response to the Bull Redfish chasing and subsequently feeding on bait fish, which have been driven to the surface. The birds such as Pelicans, dive right into the water above the Redfish, snatching an easy meal, and typically identifying the location of the school of Bull Redfish. The other method which I employ to locate Bull Redfish, is to simply drive my boat from its upper helm and simply spot the Bull Redfish school, which will appear as a faint reddish colored blob, which will move rather than being stationary like a bed of seagrass or the like. These are my two main methods for sighting schools of Bull Redfish.

Until Next Month,
C’Mon, Let’s Go Catch’em Up!
Capt LW

Warmer temps sure to make this a Great Sight Fishing Opportunity!

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The Destin Inshore Bay Shallow Flats are welcoming back the Speckled Trout and Redfish and the Annual Cobia Migration is just weeks away!

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Redfish: The shallow water flats of the Destin Inshore are welcoming back our spotted tailed friends. I Have spotted and caught several slot sized reds while scouting the flats for life. The reds are following the new hatches of bait who will reside in the grass flats throughout the summer. The redfish bite has also been very good with the destin pass being a great place to target these redfish. Look for tide movements because this will typically help congregate these redfish and prompt them to bite. Baits of choice are live croakers, pinfish and large finger mullet. As a Destin Inshore Charter Fishing Guide, clients on my recent trips caught anywhere from 6 thru 20 of these hard fighting redfish.
Speckled Trout: Speckled Trout have also started to chew pretty aggressively around the Destin Inshore Bay Flats. Prime Speckled Trout areas seem to be where a freshwater source enters the Destin Inshore Bay and Flats. During early spring, I prefer to throw artificial bait imitations of the surrounding fingerlings that these trout are gorging themselves on. Mirrodine’s in your favorite color seem to elicit quick strikes from these hungry trout.
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Cobia:The annual Destin Cobia Run is quickly approaching. Every year with the Cobia Run has been different when it comes to which bait is the go-to bait. But one thing is for sure, the ICX Destin Charter Fishing Boat, will have every possible bait you can throw in anticipation of the finickiest Cobia. Live Eels, Full-Sized Mullet, Catfish, Croaker, Pinfish, Cobia jigs and even a very large dead squid. No kidding, during the 2012 Cobia run an 86 pounder would not eat any of the usual baits until a Destin Charter Fishing Boat crew hooked up and sight cast a dead squid, and the fight was on! I just rigged up two more Cobia rods and we’re looking forward to entering the boat for the 2014 Harbor Docks Cobia World Championships. I’ve already booked a handful of Cobia Trips for the months of April and May, and we’re looking forward to taking our customers to the weigh scales to hopefully weigh in the winning Cobia! Please feel free to contact Capt LW if you’re interested in booking a Destin Nearshore Gulf Charter Fishing trip to experience this world class sight fishing opportunity. Destin Inshore Bay Flats Charter Fishing trips can be combined with Destin Nearshore Gulf Fishing Charter trips to provide the ultimate Destin Inshore Bay and Destin Nearshore Gulf Guided Charter Fishing eXperience.Until Next Month,
C’Mon, Let’s Go Catch’em Up!
Capt LW

2013 Destin Fishing Rodeo Final Results

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Capt LW Burroughs Awarded the 65th Annual Destin Fishing Rodeo, 2013 Destin Inshore Charter Fishing Captain of the Year and First Place Captain’s King Mackerel Jackpot!

I would like to thank all my ICX Client/Friends for a great 2013 Destin Fishing Season. I would also like to recognize the following ICX Client/Friends for their efforts during this time honored fishing tournament:

JT Woodham– First Place King Mackerel – First Place Flounder

Tim Tarpley – First Place Black Snapper

Brandi White – First Place Sheepshead – Second Place Flounder

Time to load up the Yeti Cooler full with Flounder and Sheepshead

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The Cooler Water Temps Have Made The Fish Get On The Move In and Around the Destin Inshore!

rodeoFlounder2Flounder: The Flounder bite has been exceptional with the cooler water temps. As a Destin Inshore Charter Fishing Guide, I look for at least two good cold fronts to push through the area in November, before I begin to target these fine eating flat fish. The cold fronts send the signal to the flounder that it’s time to move out of the bay. This is absolutely the best time of the year, to get your limit of 10 Flounder per angler. Baits of choice include live finger mullet and bull minnows. My preference for rigging these live baits is either Carolina Rig with a short 8 – 10 inch leader, or a half ounce jig head directly hooked to the live offering. With the Carolina Rig, make sure to allow the flounder enough time to grab your bait and turn it around in his gullet before setting the hook.

rodeo13sheepsheadSheepshead: The Sheepshead bite has turned on very nicely and as with Destin Inshore Fishing during this time of year, the movement of a couple of cold fronts typically signal these striped bait stealers to make their move toward the Mid-Bay Bridge and Destin Pass area. Baits of choice for these convict fish are live shrimp, fiddler crabs, and raw oyster. A Carolina or Texas rig will serve to help you claim your limit of 15 Sheepshead per angler.

Nov13troutSpeckled Trout: The Speckled Trout bite has finally started to slow up a little, however, that simply means you must first take advantage of the sunrise or evening bite. You must also be willing to follow them to their deeper water wintertime hangouts, such as 15 foot plus water depths in muddy bottom bayous and creeks/rivers that feed the bay. Live baits such as live shrimp, finger mullet and pinfish will get the job done. The trout will become a little less active, so be sure to present your baits in a very slow manner. Artificial offerings like lead head jigs with a curly tail grub should be allowed to free fall to the bottom and slowly retrieved. As a Destin Inshore Charter Fishing Guide my first choice for artificial is the curly tail grub in Chartreuse color. The great thing about cold weather trout fishing, is that typically when you locate them, they will be in large groups, so be ready for the frenzy!

Nov13redsRedfish: The Reds have maintained their bite consistency throughout the Destin Inshore Bay and Flats. The slot reds have seemed to hold their positions on the Destin Inshore Bay Flats, with several Bull Reds being caught on those same Destin Inshore Flats. However, if Bull Reds are whatcha want, you just can’t beat the Destin Bridge and Destin Pass on an outgoing tide, for Bull reds in the 10 – 40 pound range. The slot redfish are eating the same live baits as the trout, and on some of my Destin Inshore Bay and Flats Charter Fishing trips my clients have knocked down some respectable redfish on Topwater lures.

Capt LW’s Destin Inshore Charter Fishing
Guide Tip of the Month

While fishing with my clients for sheepshead, I like to call them in by ringing the dinner bell! Ringing the dinner bell is simply bringing a scraper or flat shovel to chum’em up by scraping the barnacles and oysters the sheepshead like to eat, off of the bridge/dock pylons. When you scrape the pylons, the sheepshead smell the fresh scrapings, and come a running to your area to eat. Once you get them eating, they will recklessly eat your bait without taking anytime to carefully examine it, and at this point just set that hook!

Until Next Month,
C’Mon, Let’s Go Catch’em Up!
Capt LW

Gator-Sized Destin Inshore Speckled Trout and Tournament Grade Redfish

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The Destin Inshore Fishing has been Phenomenal!

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Speckled Trout: The trout bite seems to extend well into the day and the only adjustment needed to prolong your fishing day is to go to the deeper water adjacent to the shallow water Destin Inshore Bay Flats. Baits of choice for these trout are live finger mullet, pinfish and a shrimp under a popping cork. As a Destin Inshore Charter Fishing Guide my first choice for artificial is a topwater offering such as a Top Dog, Skitterwalk or Heddon. On my recent Destin Inshore Guided Fishing Charters, my biggest dilemma is that my clients catch numerous fish in excess of the one fish over the 20 inch quota imposed by the FWC. However, that’s a problem my clients are gladly willing to deal with.

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Redfish: The Reds have maintained their bite consistency throughout the Destin Inshore Bay and Flats. The slot reds have seemed to hold their positions on the Destin Inshore Bay Flats, with several Bull Reds being caught on those same Destin Inshore Flats. However, if Bull Reds are your fancy, you just can’t beat the Destin Bridge and Destin Pass on an outgoing tide, for Bull reds in the 10 – 40 pound range. The slot redfish are eating the same live baits as the trout, and on some of my Destin Inshore Bay and Flats Charter Fishing trips my clients have knocked down some respectable redfish on Topwater lures.

Destin Inshore Charter Redfish FishingFlounder: The Flounder bite has been pretty decent in the bay. As a Destin Inshore Fishing Guide, I look for the most snag ridden areas to hunt for these tasty flat fish. Baits of choice include live finger mullet and bull minnows. My preference for rigging these live baits is either Carolina Rig with a short 8 – 10 inch leader, or a half ounce jig head directly hooked to the live offering. With the Carolina Rig, make sure to allow the flounder enough time to grab your bait and turn it around in his gullet before setting the hook.

NOTE: THE DESTIN INSHORE FLOUNDER AND SHEEPSHEAD MIGRATION WILL BEGIN IN LATE OCTOBER AND CONTINUE THROUGH MARCH. CATCHING MULTIPLE LIMITS OF THESE GREAT EATING FISH, WILL BE A REALISTIC CATCH EXPECTATION! LOOK FOR MY TIPS AND TRICKS TO CATCHING YOUR LIMIT IN MY UPCOMING NOVEMBER 2013 DESTIN INSHORE BAY AND FLATS FISHING REPORT.

Capt LW’s Destin Inshore Charter Fishing
Guide Tip of the Month

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While fishing with my clients, I prefer to use live bait. I utilize live bait for my clients, because the live bait typically does all the work. Live bait create pulses and flashes that predator fish key in on, when they are cruising the Destin Inshore Bay and Flats. When the predator fish see your live bait struggling it sends a signal to the predator fish that there is an easy meal waiting. By nature, some of the bigger predator fish are just lazy, and if they can capitalize on an easy meal, they will crush it!

Until Next Month,

C’Mon, Let’s Go Catch’em Up!

Capt LW

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