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

Posted by Capt LW

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!

Capt LW’s Destin Inshore Charter Fishing
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

Posted by Capt LW

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

Posted by Capt LW

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

Posted by Capt LW

The Destin Inshore Fishing has been Phenomenal!

Destin Inshore Charter Speckled Trout Fishing

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.

Destin Inshore Charter Redfish Fishing

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

Destin Inshore Charter Fishing

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

Gator-Sized Destin Inshore Speckled Trout and Tournament Grade Redfish

Posted by Capt LW

With the cooler morning temperatures, the fish have started to bite quite well.

Destin Inshore Speckled Trout Fishing

Speckled Trout: The crack of dawn and late evening is when you want to start your Destin Inshore Fishing assault on the Speckled Trout. Live baits such as shrimp, pin fish, finger mullet and pogies are baits that will get the job done. Artificial offerings such as the DOA Deadly Assassin under a popping cork with a gold flake shrimp; MirroDine XL, and my Destin Inshore Charter Fishing Guide personal favorite, Rapala Skitterwalk Topwater bait. Most of the trout seem to be in the 17 to 22 inch range. But on most of my Destin Inshore Fishing Charter trips, we have caught some trout in excess of 26 inches.

Destin Inshore Redfish Fishing

Redfish: The redfish bite continues to be good all throughout the day, Baits of choice for the redfish in and around the Destin Inshore Fishing area are the same as for the speckled trout. In addition, the redfish have really taken well to knocking down the Topwater Baits, producing some impressive blow ups above the waters surface. Be sure to fish the shallow Destin Inshore Flats in early morning hours, and then move to deeper water structure throughout the middle of the day.

Destin Inshore Speckled Trout Fishing

Flounder: The flounder bite has also been really good. Baits of choice for flounder are bull minnows and finger mullet. As a Destin Inshore Charter Fishing Guide, I like to either setup an 8 inch Carolina rig or attach my live bait directly to a half ounce jig head.

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

Destin Inshore Redfish Fishing

As a Destin Inshore Charter Fishing Guide, I depend heavily on tidal movements to determine my fishing strategy. Tides serve to bring small bait fish to the awaiting bigger fish like a conveyor belt. The bigger fish can handle the tide movement a lot better than the smaller bait fish who struggle to swim in the moving tide. This allows the bigger fish an opportunity to eat an easy meal.

Until Next Month,

C’mon, Let’s Go Catch’em Up!
Capt LW

Nice catches of Redfish, Speckled Trout, Black Snapper and Flounder

Posted by Capt LW

With August here already, Destin Inshore Bay and Flats Fishing has continued to produce some nice catches of Redfish, Speckled Trout, Black Snapper and Flounder!

Destin Inshore Bay Redfish Fishing

Redfish: The redfish bite has 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.

Destin Inshore Fishing Speckled Trout

Speckled Trout: The trout bite is pretty good as well, with the best time being at the crack of dawn and late evening. When the water heats up the trout seek refuge in the deeper waters off the grass flats. Baits of choice are live shrimp, finger mullet, croakers and menhaden.

Destin Inshore Fishing Flounder Catch

Flounder: The flatties have shown up in the Destin Bay and Flats. As a Destin Inshore Fishing Guide, my clients have actually caught these Destin Inshore Flounder while fishing for back country reds and trout. Baits of choice, are the same as for the Destin Reds and Trout. Any of these baits Carolina or knocker rigged will get the job done.

Destin Inshore Fishing Black Snapper

Black Snapper: The Destin Inshore Black Snapper are still consistently biting well. As a Destin Inshore Bay and Flats Charter fishing guide, I have watched my clients literally catch several of these fish and never want to leave. Baits of choice are live shrimp and small pilchards. Look for structure such as bridge and dock pilings in about 5+ feet of water. Be sure to keep those lines tight because these black snapper strike quickly.

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

Destin Inshore Fishing - Jack CrevalleAs a Destin Inshore Charter Fishing Guide, I typically rig up several fishing rods in anticipation of the days catch. With that stated, I also would advise anyone to have a pitch line ready with stouter tackle. During the summer it is a common occurrence to have schools of Jack Crevalle and Tarpon show up on the grass flats while you are fishing for trout and reds. If you have that pitch rod on the ready, you’re sure to be ready for the long drag screaming fights these large fish will produce.

Until next month,

C’mon and let’s go catch’em up!
Capt LW

The Destin Inshore Bay and Flats have been on fire!

Posted by Capt LW

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As a Destin Inshore Fishing Guide, I have been able to catch both limits of redfish and speckled trout on numerous Destin inshore fishing charter trips:

Redfish: The reds have been ready and willing to bite. Look for them on the shallow water flats congregating in the deeper holes, in and around the 2 foot deep grass flats. Don’t forget to fish the reds tight to pilings and other submerged structure. Baits of choice include live pin fish, pogies, croakers and shrimp. On several recent ICX Destin Inshore Bay and Flats charter fishing trips, my clients caught their limits pretty quickly and kept fishing to catch and release 10 – 15 more reds, ultimately leaving fishing spots with the redfish still biting!
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Speckled Trout: Getting out to your fishing spots early or late afternoon are keys to Speckled Trout success. The Destin Inshore Bay Flats have held these trout in there usual grass flat haunts. Look for the Swiss Cheese bottoms and of course it doesn’t hurt to see bait schools being exploded on by hungry trout. Preferred bait choices are small live pin fish, croaker, pogies and shrimp. Artificial offerings include the DOA shrimp under a popping cork and Topwater lures such as the Rapala Skitterwalk.

Black Snapper: The Black Snapper bite has been very reliable and consistent. Clients on my ICX Destin Inshore Charter Fishing Trips have typically landed up to 20 per trip. Bait of choice is live shrimp. These snapper are very leader shy, so some fluorocarbon leader is recommended.

Capt LW’s Destin Inshore Bay and Flats Charter Fishing Guide Tip of the Month:

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When searching for visual cues to the presence of Destin Inshore Bay and Flats sport fish such as Redfish and Speckled Trout, my Destin Inshore Charter Fishing Guide instinct prompts me to look for large schools of mullet. Reds and Trout actually follow schools of mullet in search of smaller baits to eat. When the mullet, who are actually vegetarians, move about the Destin Inshore grass flats, small fish and crabs jump out of the grass and the redfish and trout quickly snatch up a quick meal courtesy of the large moving schools of mullet. As a Destin Inshore Charter Fishing Guide, I instruct my clients to cast right in the middle of the mullet schools, and hold on tight, because Mr Redfish and Ms Trout are coming to dinner!

Until next month, GO Catch’em Up!

Capt LW

The Destin Nearshore Gulf has been on fire!

Posted by Capt LW

Destin Nearshore Fishing
Destin Red Snapper fishing has been very consistent. As a Destin Charter Fishing Guide my clients have consistently landed limits of big red snapper topping 20 pounds! Great baits are live cigar minnows or the preferred bait of Destin Charter Fishing Guides, dead cigar minnows.

The King Mackerel bite is also very good! Just out the Destin Pass and around the sea buoy has produced reliable numbers of kings. The large bait schools are also a great place to look for Kings. As a Destin Charter Fishing Guide, I look for the broken bottom to target the Smoker Kings.

On July 1, Gag Grouper opened and as of this writing the ICX Destin Charter Fishing Boat has not done any grouper charters. However that didn’t stop us from catching them and releasing. Fish broken bottom both natural and artificial with a live pin fish, and be ready for the thump and reel hard to pull these bottom dwellers out of their holes!
Destin Nearshore Fishing

Last but not least, the Silver King, Tarpon will be traveling down our beaches for their mid summer migration. Have a 8 – 12 inch mullet on the ready either free-lined or under a cork and be positioned in between the first and second sandbars during the morning. Only thing now is be ready to bow to the king when he makes his acrobatic leaps!

Capt LW’s Destin Nearshore Gulf Tip of the Month:

Destin Nearshore Gulf Fishing

King Mackerel love live cigar minnows, however when the live cigar minnows are running scared and you can’t catchem, a frozen cigar minnow will get it done. You can troll it just like a live one, and if a duster is what you like, that works well with frozen cigs too!

Until next Destin Nearshore Gulf Fishing Report,

Go Catch’em Up!

Capt LW