Red Snapper Season Extended

That is correct. Red Snapper season has been extended and is now the longest it has been extended since 2013. The U.S. Department of Commerce announced an expanded 39 day recreational Red Snapper season for private private anglers fishing in Gulf federal waters. The season will start Friday, June 16, and go through till Monday, September 4th. Only on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Also included will be Monday and Tuesday July 3 and 4, and Monday, September 4.

Keep in mind that there are certain guidelines that you have to follow when fishing Red Snapper. The min. size limit is 16″ TL. The reason that this is the size limit is because one 24-inch female Red Snapper can produce as many eggs as 212 17-inch female Red Snapper. So the more larger and older Red snapper we have out in the wild, the more Red Snapper we can catch and maximize the number of younger fish coming into the fishery.

This is really great news being able to fish more than just the 3 days of June 1-3. We can now fish every weekend up to September 4 and take advantage of this great opportunity. There is a limit to how many you can catch a day but this means that you can fish for more Red Snapper over a span of a few months! Let’s get out there and catch Red Snapper.

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Fudpucker’s Bottom Feeder Tournament

fudpuckers fishing tournament

The Fudpucker’s Bottom Feeder Fishing Tournament is an 8 day tournament open to all anglers wanting to test their skills with Amberjack, Grouper and Red Snapper. The Tournament offers awesome cash prizes and more!

Captains Meeting: 7PM September 2nd, 2016 at Fudpucker’s on the Bay (1318 Miracle Strip Parkway) All Captains must attend.

Fishing Date: Saturday September 3rd – 10th, 2016 – Scales open at 4PM and close at 6PM.

Awards, Raffle and Fish Fry: 7PM Saturday September 10, 2016

100% of the proceeds from the Raffle will benefit the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance. For more information, check out Fudpuckers Fishing Series.

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The Red Drum

One of the more popular fish you’re likely to catch if you join us here at Destin Inshore Charters this month is the populous and readily-caught red drum.

Known as the channel bass, spot-tail bass, bull red, puppy drum or just plain reds, the red drum is a fish of many names. However, it is most commonly referred to by locals in the Destin and Panama City area as the red fish. Located on the Choctawhatchee Bay, we usually find our reds in the shallow grass flats and points and baited with our light tackle, live shrimp on popping corks and on-slip leads. Widespread in its range, the availability of the redfish (found anywhere in the coastal area of the southeast where the food is plenty) is what makes it one of the most popular and easy fish to catch for even a beginner fisherman.

Named after the “drumming” sound they make when taken out of the water, red fish caught in Florida have been found to reach lengths of 45 inches and can weigh as much as 51 pounds. The world record held for the largest red drum was caught off of the coast of North Carolina in 1984 and weighed almost 94 pounds!

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Summer Fishing

Kids are going from over-stuffed backpacks and piles of homework to fun with the family at the beach or the lake―as school cools down and comes to an end, the water here at Destin Inshore Charters is just warming up (literally).

With an average high of eighty-seven degrees in June, what better place is there to get a little sun and first fishing experience than over here with our helpful and enthusiastic staff? This time of the year sees a big rise in the catching of redfish and black snappers and, even though rarer for these hotter temperatures, the occasional flounder finds its way over to our inshore fishing charters located directly on the Choctawhatchee Bay.

So come on over and let’s give those kids a well-needed reward for working so hard during the school year―join us on our newly-offered Inshore Bay-Kid Trips! Estimated to be about two to three hours in length, the purpose of these trips is to get the kids familiarized with not only the idea of fishing and catching fish on the seaside such as the redfish, speckled trout, black drum, or red or black snappers, but also with the feeling of being on a boat (and getting over that initial seasickness!) and how to handle hooking that first catch!

Our highly qualified staff is eager to help educate and familiarize your children (and even you, if you need a little refresher!) with the redfish, black snappers, and flounders and how to best and safely catch them. So slap on a bunch of sunblock and come on over to enjoy the warmer waters with the fish.

Go ahead and book your appointment soon, as spots fill up quickly. Let’s start the summer right!

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