DESTIN FLORIDA

What We’re Catching

Ready to reel in epic catches? Our Destin, Florida, fishing trips boast an exciting array of fish species! The ocean is your playground, from Snapper and Grouper to Dolphins and Sharks. Join Harbor Walk Charters now and make fishing memories that’ll last a lifetime! 

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Fishing Experiences

deep sea fishing

Deep-sea fishing, also known as offshore fishing, is a type of recreational or commercial fishing activity that takes place in deeper waters of the ocean. It involves fishing in waters that are typically more than 30 meters (100 feet) deep, although the specific depth can vary. Deep sea fishing excursions can vary in duration, ranging from half-day trips to multi-day expeditions, depending on the location and preferences of the anglers. Regardless of the duration, these trips often offer breathtaking views of the open ocean, with opportunities to encounter marine wildlife such as dolphins, whales, and seabirds along the way. Beyond the thrill of the catch, deep sea fishing also provides a unique opportunity to connect with nature and experience the awe-inspiring beauty of the ocean’s vast and often unexplored depths. Whether enjoyed as a solo adventure or shared with friends and family, deep sea fishing offers an unforgettable experience that combines the thrill of the hunt with the serenity of the open sea.

INSHORE FISHING

Inshore fishing refers to the practice of fishing in waters close to the shore, typically within a few miles of the coastline. This type of fishing is popular among recreational anglers as well as commercial fishermen, as it offers access to a variety of fish species without requiring deep-sea vessels or extensive travel. In addition to the accessibility and diverse range of fish species, inshore fishing is favored for its scenic surroundings and the opportunity to enjoy coastal ecosystems up close. It’s a popular recreational activity for anglers of all skill levels, offering opportunities for both relaxation and excitement on the water. Additionally, inshore fishing can be more weather-resistant than offshore fishing, as anglers can often find sheltered areas close to the shore even in inclement weather.

shark fishing

Shark fishing is a recreational activity involving the pursuit and capture of various species of sharks for sport or commercial purposes. Typically conducted in both coastal and offshore waters around the world, shark fishing often requires specialized equipment such as heavy-duty rods, reels, and strong lines due to the strength and size of the target species. Common techniques include baiting with fish or chum to attract sharks, as well as trolling or drift fishing.

bay fishing

Bay fishing refers to the activity of fishing in bays, which are bodies of water partially enclosed by land but open to the sea. This type of fishing offers a diverse range of opportunities as bays can host various species of fish depending on factors such as geography, climate, and local ecosystems.

Bay fishing can involve various techniques such as bait fishing, lure fishing, and fly fishing, depending on the target species and preferences of the angler. Common species targeted in bay fishing include snook, redfish, trout, flounder, tarpon, and many others, depending on the location.

Bay fishing can be pursued from various platforms including boats, kayaks, or from the shore. It’s popular among both recreational anglers and professional fishermen due to the accessibility of bays and the wide array of fish species that inhabit them. Additionally, bay fishing often provides opportunities for anglers of all skill levels to enjoy the sport in picturesque and tranquil settings.

sunset cruise

A sunset cruise offers a serene and enchanting experience as you embark on a journey across tranquil waters while witnessing the breathtaking beauty of the setting sun. Whether aboard a luxurious yacht, a traditional sailboat, or a cozy riverboat, passengers are treated to panoramic views of vibrant hues painting the sky as the sun gracefully dips below the horizon. The gentle sway of the vessel combined with the soothing sound of lapping waves creates a relaxing ambiance, perfect for unwinding and savoring the moment with loved ones or fellow travelers. Whether it’s a romantic escapade, a peaceful retreat, or a lively gathering, a sunset cruise promises an unforgettable voyage filled with mesmerizing sights and cherished memories.

fun and family fishing experience

A fun and family fishing experience is a delightful outing that combines the joys of spending quality time together with the excitement of catching fish in a natural setting. It’s an opportunity for families to bond, create lasting memories, and enjoy the great outdoors. Whether it’s on a tranquil lake, a flowing river, or the open sea, the serenity of the surroundings provides a perfect backdrop for relaxation and connection.

During a family fishing trip, everyone can participate regardless of age or skill level. From casting lines to reeling in catches, there’s a role for everyone to play. Parents can teach their children the basics of fishing, instilling valuable lessons about patience, perseverance, and respect for nature along the way.

The experience is not just about the catch, but also about the journey. It’s about sharing stories, laughter, and perhaps even a few friendly competitions. Away from the distractions of daily life, families can truly engage with one another, strengthening their bonds and fostering a sense of togetherness. Moreover, a family fishing excursion offers an opportunity to appreciate the beauty of the natural world. Surrounded by scenic landscapes and wildlife, participants can marvel at the wonders of nature and gain a deeper understanding of the ecosystems that support aquatic life.

Overall, a fun and family fishing experience is about more than just fishing—it’s about creating cherished moments that will be treasured for years to come. Whether it’s a weekend getaway or a spontaneous afternoon outing, it’s a chance for families to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of modern life and reconnect with each other in a meaningful and memorable way.

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red snapper

Season: Summer
Size: Up to 36 inches and up to 35 lbs

Spawn from June to October. Sexual maturity is attained at age 2. Adults can live more than 20 years, possibly even up to 60 years.

Habitat: Offshore near structure. Juveniles are found over sand or mud bottoms.

One of the best fish to catch!

black snapper

Season: All Year
Size: Up to 24 inches and up to 10 lbs

Spawn June through August.  Feeds on crustaceans and small fish.

Habitat: Coastal waters near structure such as reefs, mangroves and seagrass.  Juveniles may enter freshwater.

vermillion snapper

Season: Summer/Spring/Fall/Winter
Size: Up to 24 inches and up to 6 lbs

Spawns April to September. Females mature at 3 to 4 years of age. Grows slowly. Feeds on fishes, mollusks and small, swimming crustaceans.

Habitat: Offshore over structure.

One of the best fish to catch!

white snapper

Season: All Year
Size:

One of the best fish to catch!

king mackerel

Season: Summer/Fall
Size: Up to 72 inches and up to 90 lbs

Spawn offshore in mid-summer. Schooling fish that migrate from south Florida waters in winter northward in spring. Feed mainly on fishes.

Habitat: Coastal to offshore waters. Often around piers. They may occasionally be found in deep water.

Spanish mackerel

Season: Year Round

Size: Up to 36 inches 

Schooling fish that migrates northward in spring, returning to southerly waters when water temperature drops below 70 degrees F.  Spawn offshore from spring through summer.

Habitat: Prevalent throughout Florida waters: inshore, offshore and nearshore. Frequently found over grass beds and reefs. Absent from north Florida waters in winter.

white marlin

Season: Spring/Summer/Fall
Size: Up to 9.5 feet (180 pounds)

Uses its bill to stun fast-moving fishes, then turns to consume them; spawning procedures unknown; ranges throughout the Atlantic and Caribbean; feeds on squid and pelagic fishes

Habitat: Offshore waters

lesseramber jack

Season: All Year
Size: Up to 60 inches (176 pounds); common around 40 inches and under 40 pounds

Largest of the jacks. Thought to spawn offshore throughout most of the year. Feed on squid, fish, and crustaceans.

Habitat: Offshore species associated with rocky reefs, debris and wrecks, typically in 60 to 240 feet of water. Sometimes caught nearshore in south Florida. Juveniles associate with floating objects and may occur in water less than 30 feet deep.

sail fish

Season: Spring/Summer/Fall
Size: Up to 11 feet and up to 220 lbs

Sailfish are a rapidly growing species; they reach 4-5 feet in one year. They feed aggressively on small fish and squid. Off southeast Florida, sailfish move inshore to shallow water and spawn near the surface in summer. Females swim slowly with their dorsal fins above water, accompanied by one or more males when spawning.

Habitat: Offshore waters

short fin mako

Bag limit: 1 shark per person per day.
Vessel limit: 2 sharks per vessel – this means that the maximum number of sharks that can be retained from a vessel is two sharks, even if more than two anglers are on board.
Size limits: harvestable sharks fall into these three groups based on their size limit

dolphin

Season: Spring/Summer/Fall
Size: Up to 63 inches and up to 88 lbs; common to 30 lbs

Fast swimmers and one of the fastest-growing fish, though to live no more than 5 years. Spawns in warm oceanic currents throughout much of the year. Diet includes flying fish and squid.

Habitat: Offshore in warm waters. Young live in floating sargassum weed.

gray triggerfish

Season: Spring/Winter
Size: Up to 17 inches and up to 13 lbs

Triggerfish can raise and lock their first dorsal spine; pressing down on the second dorsal spine acts as a trigger, unlocking the first spine.

Habitat: Hard-bottoms, reefs and ledges in water depths that exceed 80 feet.

One of the best fish to catch!

black fin tuna

Season: All Year
Size: Up to 28 inches and up to 40 lbs

Feed on small fishes, invertebrates and plankton.

Habitat: Coastal to offshore waters

One of the best fish to catch!

cobia

Season: Spring
Size: Up to 6 feet and up to 150 lbs; common from 10-50 lbs

They spawn in spring and early summer. Feeds on crabs, squid and small fishes.

Habitat: Cobia are found in nearshore and inshore waters with inlets and bays. Cobia are frequently found around buoys, pilings and wrecks in these areas.

blackfintuna

Season: Spring/Summer/Fall
Size: Up to 98 inches and up to 180 lbs

Known for their tremendous runs and shifts of direction. Feeds on fishes and squid.

Habitat: Offshore waters; generally not in schools.

One of the best fish to catch!

gag grouper

Season: Fall
Size: Up to 36 inches (50 pounds); common to 25 pounds

Born as females but can later become male. Gag and red grouper are the most widely distributed of the Florida groupers. Goliath and Nassau grouper are protected from harvest in Florida waters. Spawn between January and May with some of the more tropical species spawning year-round.

Habitat: Coastal waters near structure such as rocky bottoms, reefs and drop-off walls in water over 60 feet deep. Juveniles found in estuaries and seagrass beds

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Harbor Walk Charters has the best and most experienced Captains who have fished the Destin and Gulf of Mexico waters for many years. Known as the “World’s Luckiest Fishing Village”, Destin is the home to some of the best saltwater fishing in the United States. Welcome Aboard!