What to Know
Destin Deep Sea Species
Which fish species can you catch on a deep-sea fishing trip in Destin, Florida? While you will most likely have opportunities to catch red snapper, grouper, amberjack, king mackerel, sailfish, or blue marlin, it is important to familiarize yourself with current Florida fishing laws and regulations so that you are aware of all applicable Florida fishing seasons, bag limits, and size limits. Remember that if you’re fishing beyond a particular distance (in Florida, beyond 3 miles on the Atlantic side and 9 miles on the Gulf side), you may be subject to federal recreational fishing laws. We charter fish in Destin throughout the spring, summer, and fall for inshore pelagic fish such as well as deep sea bottom fishing for reef fish. In Destin, charter fishing is best in the spring, April, May, and early June, as well as in the fall, September and October. However, saltwater anglers have access to some of the best Big Game fishing in the Gulf of Mexico, with the fish listed below whetting your appetite for some serious blue water fishing.
Deep Sea Fishing Methods
Bottom fishing and trolling are two of the most common deep fishing methods. When bottom fishing, you can use natural baits (such as squid) or try fishing with jigs. When trolling, you can try using natural baits (such as cigar minnows) or rig your lines with a skirted plug. To find out which techniques are currently working well for local anglers, just check a recent Destin fishing report.
Get to Know Your Captain More!
Capt. Phillip Blackburn has been charter fishing in Destin aboard the Back Down 2 for a long time, he has the 25 years of blue water experience that Sword fishing requires. Swordfish are perhaps the worlds most powerful game fish and it has been known that Sword fishing battles can be short occasionally but many have lasted for hours starting the fight in the middle of the night and lasting way past daylight. They don’t call them the gladiators of the ocean for nothing. You have heard that swordfish are among the most respected of the fighting fish… Are you ready to experience this challenge and excitement for yourself?
After years of overfishing in the 1970s and 1980s, swordfish stocks have had a chance to recover. Swordfish populations have exploded since closed zones were established. So, if you’re up for the challenge and want to capture a swordfish off the coast of Destin, book a 24-hour swordfish excursion and come deep sea fishing with us. In order to catch this trophy fish, Captain Blackburn will take you 50-60 miles offshore to the 200-fathom curve. He will set you up for a dream come true sports fishing experience using his expertise of swordfish feeding habits and the most contemporary sophisticated navigation and sonar equipment on any charter boat in the Destin fishing fleet.