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Destin Fishing Report 6-17-18

The docks have been covered in red, Red Snapper that is. The season opened June 11th and the bite has been very good. One thing I have noticed is that Snapper hasn't been biting in areas under 80ft or so, 100ft to 250ft has been much better fishing. Bait catching has also been slow, because of the current and water conditions the bait has a better bite on the bottom, so having 2-3oz leads to catch bait is a must.

 

Nearshore Trolling

Kings are off and on unless you get 12 to 18 miles offshore then there is a pretty steady bite, Chicken Dolphin are scattered about along with plenty of Bonita. Use Yozuri Crystal Minnows or Rapala Xraps.

 

Offshore Trolling

Wahoo, Dolphin, and Tuna from the nipple over to the steps and dumping grounds; steady Marlin action around the spur. You can’t beat the old tried and true red/white or blue/white Islander Lures rigged with ballyhoo. Daytime Swordfish bite steady fishing large squid, whole Northern Mackerel or Bonita strips.

 

Bottom Fishing

Live chumming with menhaden that you cast net in the bay is producing good numbers of Black Snapper, Red Snapper are steady as mentioned before. The Grouper bite has been best in the Rodeo Bottom or Alps down to the southwest. Scamp along Tater Ridge. Mingo Snapper are biting over natural bottom to the south and southeast in water 120-300ft.

 

Pier Fishing

Tarpon bite is becoming steadier very early in the morning and just before dark. Ladyfish and Hardtails thought the day, Kings and Spanish have slowed but a few are still around.

 

Bay Fishing

Trout and Reds seemed to have slowed with the introduction of fresh water from all the rain. The best option if fishing under dock lights at night on live shrimp, menhaden or pinfish.

 

Surf Fishing

Shark fishing at dusk and early evening is the best bet, cut mullet or Ladyfish is the best bait right now, during the day assorted Ladyfish, Hardtails, and Blues on Spoons and Gotcha Lures.

Current Conditions in Destin & Navarre

  • June 22, 2018 6:10 pm CDT
    Location: 30.064N 87.551W
    Wind Direction: SW (220°)
    Wind Speed: 17.5 knots
    Wind Gust: 21.4 knots
    Atmospheric Pressure: 29.88 in (1011.9 mb)
    Air Temperature: 84.7°F (29.3°C)
    Dew Point: 78.3°F (25.7°C)
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