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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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Santa Rosa Beach, FL

Inshore Expeditions Fishing Charters

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Choctawhatchee Bay Fishing Charters Llc

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Santa Rosa Beach Fishing Charters

Sitting on an isthmus west of Ft. Walton and Destin, Santa Rosa Beach is on the far east side of Hogtown Bayou, part of the Choctawhatchee Bay. The bay is fed by the Choctawhatchee River from the north and spills into the Gulf of Mexico at East Pass in Destin. In other words, the fishing here is great.

This section of the Florida Panhandle is also called 30A because of the beachside roads that reach from Rosemary Beach in the west to Panama City and Callaway in the east. Two of the roads have 30A signage and two do not.

Numerous state parks, historic sites and other attractions provide plenty for a family vacation from a few days to a week.

Santa Rosa Beach Inshore Fishing

Redfish and speckled trout are the mainstay fish for the Santa Rosa Beach anglers. The area has so many tidal creeks where the reds stack up that you can come back a dozen times and still not fish all of them. You’ll also find reds around the marshes and especially on the points when the tide is moving.

Trout are more likely to be found around the grass flats much of the time and the deeper channels when the tide is moving.

Both fish hit a variety of lures. One of the most effective and easiest ways to get a red or trout on the line is with a popping cork. Just rig cut bait, live fish like fingerling mullet, bull minnows or glass minnows, live shrimp or a new generation shrimp lure. Cast it and jerk the rod to make the cork pop. That’s a dinner bell to hungry reds and trout.

One secret the locals rarely share is to watch the bay’s commercial oystermen. When the oyster fishermen start culling their catch, cracked oysters, crabs, shrimp and more go over the side. This is a fish buffet especially for sheepshead. If you can cast near one of the commercial oystermen, you can haul in a limit of sheepshead in short order. Bits of shrimp and fiddler crabs are top baits. You can get all the fiddlers you need a low tide in the marshes.

On the Gulf of Mexico side, reds, croakers and whiting hang out in the surf zone. Pompano join them in the summer. Fishing from the beach or in a boat or a short distance off the beach from a boat means using a different rig. You need a surf rig. The pyramid sinker won’t roll around in the surf. You can also rig multiple hook lines at the same time. One of the best baits for surf fishing is found on the beach. Sand fleas are harmless and easy to catch.

Santa Rosa Beach Offshore Fishing

What sounds more exciting when fishing offshore?

1) Trying to pull a monster from a reef 300 feet below the surface.

2) Watching a lure popping across the surface get slammed by a living submarine.

You don’t have to pick. Do both! Santa Rosa Beach fishing charters can troll out to the honey holes offshore. You might connect with sailfish, wahoo, tuna, king mackerel or marlin if conditions are exactly right. Trolling rigs with dusters and bubblers need some bait added for scent and taste. If you can, make sure you have a variety of offerings for the fish to choose from.

When you get to the reef in the deep water, the captain will hover over the structure so you can drop lines to get grouper, snapper, amberjack, triggerfish and other fish. Live and cut bait are the top choices. Some anglers like jigging with spoons and plugs when they hit a reef.

That’s what fishing off Santa Rosa Beach is like.

Santa Rosa Beach Goliath Grouper

From inshore to offshore, you can tie into one fish that will make you yell, “What is that?” The goliath grouper calls waters around Santa Rosa home. This biggest of all the groupers is catch-and-release only, if you can get one off the bottom that is. Live bait, big enough to take home for supper, is required. Your guide will get pictures and video for you to take home.

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