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Fishing in Fort Walton Beach

Fishing in Ft Walton Beach is a favorite pastime for locals and visitors alike. Whether surf fishing along the shoreline, casting off the landmark Okaloosa Island Pier or fishing from a boat either inshore or offshore, you are sure to catch an abundance of fish and see why fishing is a passion in Northwest Florida.

Year round, novice and expert fishermen can be spotted behind beachfront condos or down the beach seeking the speedy Pompano and White Snapper. Our Okaloosa Island pier has weathered many years to provide anglers with a unique opportunity to reach a little further into the Gulf catching larger fish. Nearby Destin, only 6 miles from our Okaloosa Island vacation rentals, is the “Luckiest Fishing Village in the World” ready to take you and your crew for hours of fun trolling or bottom fishing. With Choctawhatchee Bay flanking the Island to the north, bay fishing is a prolific adventure, too. Be sure to check our event calendar as well as the Gulf Coast blog to catch fishing tournaments in town, too.

Highlighted below are some of our favorite fishing businesses that offer discounts to our guests through our Southern Perks.

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Destin Premium Charters


Join local captains at Destin Premium Charters who have been fishing the Destin waters for years. Their talent for finding the best catch in the Gulf ensures customers will have the experience of a lifetime. While their focus is on fishing, they do offer various other charter services including happy hour cruises, scuba diving, and custom private charters.

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BackBay Fishing

A great experience for the whole family, business or group, we provide bay fishing at its best. Captain Brandon Wright, focusing in shallow water fishing, inshore and light tackle is a regular winner in the Destin Fishing Rodeo. Ask about our Fly Fishing tours.

Southern Guests receive Southern Perks from BackBay Fishing

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Salty Jig

Fish with Captain Sloan on the Salty Jig and enjoy a Bay or Inshore fishing for four passengers or small groups. Night fishing is available with underwater lighting. Bait, tackle & license included.

Southern Guests receive Southern Perks from Salty Jig

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More Fishing Options…

Destin Inshore Fishing Co. – Dedicated to showing you, your friends and family the best private fishing trip possible. We provide the tools including boat, all tackle, bait and more so you can enjoy your time catching the fish. At the end of the day, we’ll even clean your catch. 850.424.5555

Harborwalk Marina – Drive east on Okaloosa Island and just over the Destin Bridge is this full service marina and home to Destin’s charter boat fishing fleet. 850.337.8250

Okaloosa Island Pier – Located on Okaloosa Island across the bay from Fort Walton Beach, this is a 40-acre park with a fishing pier. This 1,200-foot (360m) pier is lighted for night fishing and known to shelter 100-pound (45kg) Tarpons. 850.244.1023