Red Snapper Season Begins in Florida


During the April Commission Meeting, The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved a 78-day recreational Red Snapper season in Florida State Waters that begins each Saturday and Sunday in May 2017. That makes the first day of the recreational season May 6th this year. Beginning May 27th, red snapper can be fished daily through July 9th in State of Florida Waters. The season will also allow fishing every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in September and October, including Labor Day.

Remember that the FWC defines Florida State fishing waters as the following:

  • In the Gulf of Mexico, from shore to 9 nautical miles
  • In the Atlantic, from shore to 3 nautical miles

Other rules anglers should keep in mind that there is a 2 per person each day bag limit with a 10 per harvester per day bag limit (Charter Captains and crew limit is zero). Also, each fish must be a minimum of 16” TL. These limits are in place to ensure a sustainable red snapper population.

The Federal Regulations have also been announced by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Federal Waters recreational season will begin June 1st and end June 3rd for recreational fisherman from privately owned boats. This will be the shortest season ever for federal waters. Federally permitted charter operations (For-hire Components) season will allow a total of a 49-day season beginning June 1st and ending July 19th. The short recreational season is being blamed on overfishing which occurred in 2016, which NOAA reports exceeded the limits by 129,906 pounds.

Bring your Family and friends out for a day on the water chasing down a beautiful red snapper for yourself. Book your charter today with Destin Inshore Charter or Destin Offshore Charters by calling (850) 685-9368. Captain Chris Kirby, Shelby and the entire team will make sure that you have a great experience.


redsnapper season


Goodbye 2016, Hello 2017!

GOODBYE 2016! Thank you for the memories and a great season on the water! Here are some of our most memorable trips from the past year:


bull redfish fishing trip

Catch and releasing big bull redfish on light tackle one after another, never gets old!
mackerel rally in destin

When you enter into a mackerel rally you never know what will happen. This crew left with lots to take home for dinner!
family fishing trip in destin

These boys reeled their arms off fighting these Red Snappers and King Mackerel. As they were leaving the dock they said, “That was the best fishing day we have ever had!” That is what its all about!

As we look back at 2016, we want to say THANK YOU to ALL those who fish aboard the Adios and the Amigo here at Destin Inshore Charters. We are very thankful for your time and look forward to taking y’all out again soon! Whether we were catching Red Snappers or Red Fish, we were able to share lots of memories and feed a lot of mouths. It just doesn’t get any better then that! Hope to see everyone back in 2017!!

Water Temperatures On The Rise

Water temperatures are on the rise as we enter the month of May, giving hope to many anglers that this spring season will be one for the books. Temperatures have been on a steady increase this past week, hovering around sixty degrees―and as a result―the fish are definitely biting up a storm! The past few years have not been very kind to us fisherman, the temperatures shooting up before the lure even has a chance to break the water’s surface.  But if those ocean waters continue this gradual warm up, it could mean a very active and rewarding month of fishing for all of us.

In the smaller scope of inshore fishing, we are seeing a substantial rise in flounder activity along the coast of Destin, with a significant increase in the number of reported keeper fish being caught in the past week alone. If you have never caught a flounder and it sounds intimidating, don’t worry about it! Here at Destin Inshore Charters, our knowledgeable and experienced crew has got you covered! We have the gear and the know how to help you reel in a lunker.

Unlike many other types of fish, it is actually possible to track a flounder and follow their path almost as if you were hunting. Flounder usually tend to stay really close to the ocean floor, which disturbs the sand and causes it to billow up around the flounder as it moves. This makes it really easy for even the most casual fisherman to spot the distinct pattern and follow the tracks until eventually a flounder is found!

Although finding a flounder and catching a flounder are two very different stories, these spoiled fish don’t respond much unless you are using live bait. That is why we are here. So come on down to Destin Inshore and tell us you want to catch your very first flounder, we will set you up and take you out along the coast on one of our two beautiful 25ft boats. If the waters warming up it means the air is warming up too, so bring plenty of water and plenty of sunblock. When you are out on the water, the shady spots are few and far between!

Summer is coming up fast, so be sure to plan ahead and book your appointment early. The schedule is going to fill up quick.

See y’all on the water!

Welcome to Destin Inshore Charters

Hey guys, be sure to stay tuned for all our latest blog post for details on weekly weather and fishing reports. The fish bite on the Emerald coast is constantly changing and opens up opportunities for many varieties of fish.
– Capt. Chris Kirby

Category: Fishing Trips

Spanish Mackerel Are Biting!

Oh!!!!! Looky here, lookey here…the Spanish Mackerel have finally made their appearance. The kids absolutely love catching these fast and furious fish. Sheephead are in full swing spawn mode and the bite couldn’t get any better, (unless they started diving in the boat.) Water temperature is around 70.2 degrees. Cobias are not too far off!!!!!!!

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