Well it is no secret that this time of the year can produce some sloppy conditions for fishing here in the panhandle. It is either really nice or extremely rough. I find myself praying for calm conditions whenever I have a gulf charter this time of the year. With that being said, if you can find a North wind, its fishable on the beach. The flounder are still stacked on the leeward sides of reefs and seem to prefer natural bottom right now. Also, if you have patience try combing the beaches for red fish as they are schooled up by the hundreds but can be pretty widespread. Pick a line just off the second bar and make your way down the beach. We did notice that one of the lakes just East of the Destin pass had broken through the beach near Henderson which muddied the water making it impossible to see for miles. Until that clears up I would recommend heading West or going around that area.
As always, reef fishing remains strong with jacks being the primary target – I did find the larger jacks were being a little more finicky than usual with the cold snap we got last week. I’m not sure why, but they wouldn’t touch a butterfly jig which is normally my go to right now. I am sure it will fire back up soon. I would recommend live shrimp over just about any reef if you want to bend a rod! Give us a call at 850-428-0118 to book your next Destin Fishing Charter!