Contact Us: 833-I-GO-FISH (446-3474)
Contact Us: 833-I-GO-FISH (446-3474)
Contact Us: 833-I-GO-FISH (446-3474)
Contact Us: 833-I-GO-FISH (446-3474)

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Fort Walton Beach Fishing Charters

Florida’s Panhandle is populated with cities that are known for their sandy beaches, local shops, and world-class fishing. Fort Walton Beach is no exception. This small town is located just west of Destin, and is part of the famous “Emerald Coast,” a stretch of land from Pensacola to Panama City Beach. Fort Walton Beach is practically smack dab in the middle of the action, offering anglers great inshore and offshore opportunities.

It’s a little odd that it’s called “Fort Walton Beach” when the city technically doesn’t have a beach. Visitors can enjoy the sandy beach next door on Okaloosa Island, a narrow three-mile island that often gets misnamed as Fort Walton Beach… but for our purposes we’ll keep them as one.

In fact, a great pier in the Fort Walton Beach area is Okaloosa Island Fishing Pier. For those who wish to get in on the action without having to worry about getting seasick, the pier reaches 1,262 feet into the Gulf. Anglers can catch tuna, tarpon, king mackerel, cobia, mahi mahi, redfish, jack crevalle, and more. The pier offers fishing 12 months of the year, with hours varying depending on the season. There is a small fee to access the pier, but a fishing license is not required.

Fort Walton Beach Inshore Fishing

Anglers looking to take their Fort Walton Beach fishing to the next level should look into a professionally guided fishing charter. Fort Walton Beach proper is located between the Santa Rosa Sound and Choctawhatchee Bay. This gives inshore charters a unique opportunity to fish either waterway and target a variety of species.

The shallow waters of Santa Rosa Sound offer a fantastic place for redfish. Also known as red drum, they are easily identified by their orange/bronze coloring and black dot or dots at the beginning of their tail. They are bottom dwellers that like to hide near structures such as docks or pilings. Grab a shrimp, crab, or lure that imitates these crustaceans as your bait. Or try gold spoons, reds have a hard time resisting these lures. Use a circle hook, as redfish will bite and run and you’ll want to make sure to stay hooked.

When fishing Choctawhatchee Bay, speckled trout is a favorite target for anglers. Also known as spotted seatrout, they have spots all along their back from head to tail. They are typically found near reefs and structure, but can also be found cruising through grass flats. This is perfect, because the bay is filled with both artificial and natural reefs. Fish the early morning or late evening hours and cast topwater lures that will pop and grab the trout’s attention.

Another inshore species to target in Fort Walton Beach is flounder. Flounder gigging is a popular technique for anglers in the area when the season and weather are right. Typically a night adventure, the angler will use a gig, or long pole with forked end, and stick the flat fish with a steady and sure strike. The Guide’s vessel, usually a bay boat or skiff, will be rigged with LED lights for spotting flounder. During the day anglers typically use conventional rods and reels, and will bottom fish jigs to target the Choctawhatchee Bay flounder.

Fort Walton Beach Offshore Fishing

The Gulf of Mexico provides exciting and unforgettable fishing trips for anglers from Texas to Florida. From Fort Walton Beach, anglers access the Gulf from East Pass, next to Destin.

Without a doubt, snapper is a top targeted species for Fort Walton Beach charters. Red Snapper has open season during the summer, and a mini-season in the fall (usually weekends only in October). Snapper are good fighters, and even better table fare, so it’s no wonder why many anglers look forward to snapper season.

Red Snapper are bottom dwellers that are found near reefs, wrecks, oil rigs, and other structures. They live in water 30 feet to 600+ feet deep and are taken on live bait more than anything else. Use heavy tackle with a fluorocarbon leader. They are generally not difficult to get on the hook, but they will give a good fight once hooked up. If you happen to hook one out of season, carefully dehook and release back into the Gulf.

Farther out into the Gulf, anglers can hook up with pelagic species such as tuna, marlin, and swordfish. Night fishing for swordfish is a common bucket list trip for anglers. Charters will stay out for over twelve hours targeting this incredible species. The lights from the boat will attract the swords enough for them to take the bait, usually squid. Once on the line they will run and jump, inducing heart-thumping adrenaline for any angler. Swordfish are part of the billfish family and identified by their long sword-like bill.

Book A Fort Walton Beach Fishing Charter

Fort Walton Beach charters are running twelve months of the year. If the Gulf is too rough, the Bay will have a nice offering. Either way, the local captains can get you hooked up on the trip of a lifetime. Start your adventure by searching for the Fort Walton Beach charter that’s perfect for your group, found here.