Outdoors

  • Fish coming in

    Here's a look a some of the fish coming in the last couple of days.

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  • King gets his buck

    It may not have been his first deer, but it's the one he's most proud of. Destin's Johnny King shot and killed an 8-point deer with a Hoyt bow loaded with a Rage Broadhead arrow in Hopkins Coun... READ MORE

  • PINFISH CLASSIC

    The city of Destin's Parks and Recreation 16th annual Pinfish Classic was held Nov. 1 along the docks behind AJ's Seafood and Oyster Bar.

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  • OUTDOOR GIRLS

    Hunting is not just for the guys, the girls love to do it as well. On a recent hunting trip to Shorter, Ala. with their husbands, Rachel Staples, and husband Allen, along with Karen Brown, and ... READ MORE

  • Outta' The Woods: Give thanks for hunting opportunities galore

    November means the 2014-15 huntin’ season is in full swing. In this month’s column, I cover almost everything you need to know about general gun, fall turkey, quail, snipe and the second phase of... READ MORE

  • Down on the Docks

    Things have slowed down along the docks since the Destin Fishing Rodeo came to a close. However, a few folks have ventured out on the water the last few days. Here's a look at some of the &... READ MORE

  • Rodeo Rod and Reel Report - Nov. 10-15

    Pier/Surf It's sunny and cool at the Okaloosa Island Pier Tuesday morning. The water is flat and clear with 0-1 foot waves. In the last few days anglers have been catching hardtail, flounder, w... READ MORE

  • Rodeo rounds up with awards

    The books on the 66th annual Destin Fishing Rodeo are officially closed as more than 200 captains, anglers, family and friends joined in the party at AJ's Seafood and Oyster Bar Thursday evening ... READ MORE

  • Down on the Docks

    The 66th annual Destin Fishing Rodeo wrapped up Friday evening on Halloween.

    Here is a look at some of the shenanigans that went on the last day of the month-long fishing tournament.

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  • Final five to make the board

    The 66th annual Destin Fishing Rodeo came to a close Friday night, but not before five more fish made it onto the leader board. Local angler Chris Raim came walking up a little after 4 p.m. wit... READ MORE

  • Midweek catches break the board

    With more than 1,035 entries at the close of day Thursday the 66th annual Destin Fishing Rodeo saw some big fish hit the docks about midweek. There were more than a dozen board changers on Wedn... READ MORE

  • Girls get it done - Unreal catches on the Un Reel

    The charter boat Un Reel has only backed up to the rodeo barge once this month, but that's all it took to get on the leader board of the 66th annual Destin Fishing Rodeo. About 3:30 Wednesday a... READ MORE

  • Shark, tuna and more

    Although the 66th annual Destin Fishing Rodeo is winding down on the docks, fish are still coming in daily. Here is a look at some of the catches from the last couple of days. For a look at... READ MORE

  • Gray gets his tuna

    Blackfin tuna are brought to the docks almost every day during the Destin Fishing Rodeo, however they are not usually strapped to the front of a paddleboard. Around noon Monday, Jeff Gray of Ma... READ MORE

  • Charter fishermen are hopeful for sector separation

    Last week the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council met in Mobile, Ala. and put their stamp of approval on Reef Fish Amendment 40 which divides recreational red snapper sector into two ... READ MORE

  • First time angler hauls in marlin

    What started as a bottom fishing trip Thursday aboard the Gulf Breeze, soon made a turn. Trolling near the southwest edge waiting for the Gulf to calm so they could bottom fish, a white marlin ... READ MORE

  • Junior anglers bring in jumbo fish

    Who says a little kid can't reel in a big fish? On Sunday, I got the chance to witness two youth with sizeable catches at the Destin Fishing Rodeo. The first was 10-year-old Easton Hill who... READ MORE

  • Local surfers place in state competition

    Five competitors from the Eastern Surfing Association North Gulf Florida District, headquartered in South Walton, made it to the finals in the Governors Cup at Ponce Inlet in Volusia County, Oct.... READ MORE

  • Bruce Cheves Day celebrated at Rodeo

    Rodeo Weighmaster Bruce Cheves was celebrated down on the docks Thursday. After 20-plus years of service, the city of Destin proclaimed Oct. 16 "Bruce Cheves Day" a couple of years ago ... READ MORE

  • Calmer seas make for good catches and changes

    After a rough start to the week with 5-to 6-foot seas, the Gulf calmed down somewhat on Thursday and anglers got after it pulling in some mighty fine catches for the 66th annual Destin Fishing ... READ MORE

  • SHARK TALE - Adrenaline a sure cure for motion sickness

    With waves kicking up about 4-feet or better on Wednesday, the crew on the 100 Proof with Capt. Ben O'Connor were starting to get a little queasy, but any feelings of sea sickness soon faded when... READ MORE

  • HAMMER DOWN 100 Proof puts another one on the docks

    The eerie music from the movie “Jaws” playing through the sound system may have been a giveaway, but nothing can mimic the enthusiasm of the crowd when a shark goes up on the scales at the Destin... READ MORE

  • FISH FLASH: Midweek changes on the board (PHOTOS)

    When it comes to fishing, there's always a bigger fish on the next boat. And nothing was truer Wednesday as the names and weights of fish changed on the leader board of the 66th annual Destin F... READ MORE

  • Down on the docks: Dogs at the Rodeo

    Things may have slowed down at the docks, but there is plenty of action on the docks as the 66th annual Destin Fishing Rodeo is underway. Take a look at what was happening along the docks earlier... READ MORE

  • 66th annual Destin Fishing Rodeo is off and reeling

    Big fish, big crowds and big numbers have the 66th annual Destin Fishing Rodeo off and reeling. After two days of fishing, the rodeo has written up 182 fish entries, including everything from a... READ MORE

  • Tiger in - It's no shark tale

    Nothing draws a crowd on the docks like a shark. And Wednesday was proof of that as Capt. Ben O'Connor and crew on the 100 Proof hauled in a tiger shark at the 66th annual Destin Fishing Rodeo.... READ MORE

  • Bonito Bandito bags first fish

    Determined to be the first, Lynn Usrey or Miramar Beach reeled in a redfish a little after 1 a.m. and was at the Destin Fishing Rodeo weigh-in barge by 4 a.m. Wednesday.  "I was defin... READ MORE

  • Thrasher boys say: ‘Game over’ for gator

    When a boat captain calls Fishing Fleet Marina and says “we're coming in with something to weigh," it's usually a big fish —but not on Thursday. Capt. Eric Thrasher and his son Zack came b... READ MORE

  • 66th annual fishing event is ready to rodeo

    The merchandise trailer is in place, the leaderboard is going up in the next couple of days, now all that is needed are fish. The 66th annual Destin Fishing Rodeo, Destin's longest tradition, w... READ MORE

  • Rodeo Rod and Reel Report - Sept. 22-26

    Pier/Surf Under cloudy skies, the water is flat and clean at the Okaloosa Island Pier Tuesday morning. In the last few days anglers have been catching Spanish mackerel, skipjack, hardtail, whit... READ MORE

  • Down on the Docks

    Things have slowed down at the docks the last few days, but a few folks are booking trips and hauling in fish. Take a look at what was happening along the docks. Click here for photos. READ MORE

  • Big Mac Classic ready to roll

    The fourth annual Big Mac Classic fishing tournament to benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Northwest Florida is set to go Sept. 26-28 with AJ's Seafood and Oyster Bar on Destin harbor as host. ... READ MORE

  • Roy ready to go for rodeo

    What's a Destin Fishing Rodeo without a T-shirt? And every year the designs change, but the ladies that man the merchandise trailer, not so much. Local Realtor Gerry Roy, who volunteers in ... READ MORE

  • Volunteers are the heart beat of the rodeo

    When it comes to Destin's oldest tradition, the Destin Fishing Rodeo, it could be said that it takes a village of volunteers to raise a rodeo. With the 66th annual Destin Fishing Rodeo just day... READ MORE

  • Sailfish in harbor causes a stir

    Sailfish at the sea buoy or just off the beach are not uncommon, but a sailfish in the harbor is another story. But it's not just a story — a sailfish about 2- to 3-feet long was causing quite ... READ MORE

  • Wahooo!

    Bart Mitchell, left to right, Capt. Mark Yanora, Tony DelVecchio, Drew Mitchell and Gabe Peters show off a 90-pound wahoo caught aboard the Blue Heaven on Saturday while fishing out of Destin. ... READ MORE

  • Rodeo Rod and Reel Report - Sept. 8-12

    Pier/Surf Under cloudy skies, the water is clear with a slight chop at the Okaloosa Island Pier on Monday. In the last few days anglers have been catching Spanish mackerel, skipjack, hardtail, ... READ MORE

  • Variety is the spice of the docks

    Time and time again, Destin's charter boats find a way to get it done, despite fish closures. With triggerfish and amberjack closed in federal waters and to those holding a federal reef permit,... READ MORE

  • Marine Fisheries takes away, rodeo gives back

    With shorter seasons and closures in the fishing industry this year, the Destin Fishing Rodeo is looking to give back. Now in its 66th year, the rodeo has added a few new divisions in an effort... READ MORE

  • Rodeo Rod and Reel Report - Sept. 1-5

    Pier/Surf Under mostly sunny skies with a light east wind, the water is smooth with a 2-foot ground swell at the Okaloosa Island Pier Tuesday morning. In the last few days anglers have been cat... READ MORE

  • Doubled up on the Al-Le

    Not to worry, you're not seeing double when you board the Al-Le. The captain and deckhand are twins. Paul Cox, the elder by 2 minutes, is the captain while David his identical twin is the first... READ MORE

  • Not so busy, but the bite is still good

    The number of customers booking fishing trips has slowed down, but the bite is still good. Many of the boats have sat in their slips this week. But the ones that have had trips did quite well. ... READ MORE

  • Come Fly With Me is king of Summer Open

    The first bait in the water apparently was the only one needed to pull in the winning fish in the Harbor Docks Summer Open King Mackerel Tournament last weekend. Jeff Davis fishing aboard the C... READ MORE

  • Rodeo Rod and Reel Report - Aug. 25-29

    Pier/Surf Under sunny and clear skies, the water is rough, clean with a 2-3 foot wave rolling in at the Okaloosa Island Pier. In the last few days anglers have been catching king mackerel, blue... READ MORE

  • 'One crank at time': Young angler swoops up humongous amberjack

    Jake Cordova got an early birthday present Tuesday. The 15-year-old Texan, who will turn sweet 16 next week, landed the catch of a lifetime Tuesday while fishing aboard the Swoop II with Capt. ... READ MORE

  • 'She's the real deal': You can bet on Bettinger, no fooling

    While most kids were sleeping late during their summer vacation, Destin's Alyssa Bettinger was up and boarding the boat almost every day at 5 a.m. Bettinger, a 15-year-old sophomore at Fort Wal... READ MORE

  • Rodeo Rod and Reel Report - Aug. 18-22

    Pier/Surf Under partly cloudy skies, the water is fairly clean with a 1-2 foot wave rolling in at the Okaloosa Island Pier. In the last few days anglers have been catching Spanish mackerel, red... READ MORE

  • Fish still plentiful, just not people

    With summer winding down and most folks heading back home and to school, the number of those fishing has slowed down. However, that doesn’t mean the fish have slowed down. As a matter of fact, ... READ MORE

  • Kings hang at 'High Noon'

    If it's noon at the docks, the king mackerel are bound to be hanging on the racks. In the last few weeks, boat after boat has brought in their share of king mackerel, and Wednesday was a big da... READ MORE

  • Destin captains speak out in favor of Sector Separation

    About 30 captains, deckhands and wives from Destin made the trek to Panama City Tuesday night to speak in favor of sector separation for the management of the red snapper fishery. "It's go... READ MORE

  • Rolling and trolling on Mackerel Monday

    The weather is not the only thing that's hot right now — the king mackerel fishing is red hot. Most every boat that trolled for mackerel on Monday brought in their limit, or close to it. Ar... READ MORE

  • Destin gets an early start on Shark Week

    With Shark Week just days away, Destin charter boats were getting an early start. On Thursday, two boats came in with blacktip sharks. Capt. Steve Pixley and the Robinson family from Texas ... READ MORE

  • JUMBO 'JACKS - 'It was a big deal,' angler says of humongous catch

    Not one, not two, but three enormous amberjack have been brought to the docks since amberjack opened back up Aug. 1. The party boat Swoop kicked off the season with a 95.7-pounder on day one. B... READ MORE

  • Rod and Reel Report - Aug. 5-9

    Pier/Surf Under sunny skies and warm temps, the water is flat and clear at the Okaloosa Island Pier Tuesday morning. In the last few days anglers have been catching hardtail, ladyfish, redfish,... READ MORE

  • Long hours produce big fish

    When the Twilight with Capt. Robert Hill backed into the docks Monday afternoon it was quickly apparent this was no six-hour fishing trip catch. The crew from Tupelo, Miss. had been out on the ... READ MORE

  • Fisherman want more days when it comes to red snapper fishing

    More fish days, simplify regulations and sector separation received "very favorable" votes from the 35-plus that attended a workshop on red snapper Tuesday evening at the Destin ... READ MORE

  • Massive mingo and red grouper make the rack

    With regulations hampering what anglers can keep and not keep, the boat captains are making the most of it and then some by pulling in some good catches. Capt. Kelly Windes and his crew on the ... READ MORE

  • Help rescue manatees, sea turtles by getting FWC decals

    People can receive a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) manatee or sea turtle decal, and show their support for saving these iconic Florida species, with a donation of $5. ... READ MORE

  • Rodeo Rod and Reel Report - July 29-Aug. 1

    Pier/Surf It's sunny, warm and humid with a west wind blowing at the Okaloosa Island Pier Tuesday morning. There's a 1-2 foot wave rolling in and the water is clear with some grass showing up. ... READ MORE

  • Anglers bear with blustery weather for fish

    On a blustery Monday, as Winnie Pooh might describe it, a few braved the choppy waters and brought in a few good catches. "It was only choppy on top," said Capt. Justin Destin as he c... READ MORE

  • Lincoln lands his fish - First time, may be the best time

    Call it beginners luck or good fortune — either way 11-year-old Lincoln Wild got his fish. On his first-ever offshore fishing trip, Lincoln, of Louisiana, landed a 50-pound sailfish Wednesday w... READ MORE

  • Gulf red snapper recreational fishing workshops start this month

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has scheduled a series of Gulf of Mexico red snapper workshops for recreational stakeholders beginning in late July to discuss state ... READ MORE

  • Elvis has been spotted on the docks

    We all know deep down that Elvis, the "King of Rock-n-Roll," is dead. But he's not the only dead king — the king mackerel hitting the racks behind the many charter boats in Destin are ... READ MORE

  • Summer Slam a success

    Jim Wheeler landed a 39.5-pound king mackerel to take top honors in the first-ever Fudpucker's Summer Slam held at Fudpucker's on Okaloosa Island recently. Wheeler was fishing aboard the Reel M... READ MORE

  • Rodeo Rod and Reel Report - July 22-25

    Pier/Surf Under sunny skies and a southeast wind, the water is dirty with a 1-2 foot wave rolling in at the Okaloosa Island Pier Tuesday morning. In the last few days anglers have pulled in red... READ MORE

  • TO THE POINT - Anastasia fishing team hauls in moonlit catch

    They only had one bite, but it was a good one. Tyler Bryan of Montana along with help from the crew aboard the Anastasia hauled in a 271.7-pound swordfish early Tuesday morning while fishing wi... READ MORE

  • There's still plenty of red to go around

    You might not be able to keep red snapper, but if you like the color red, there’s still plenty of red to go around. There's the red vermillion snapper, also called mingo along the docks. This l... READ MORE

  • Down on the Docks in photos

    The docks along Destin harbor have been busy the last couple of days.

    Here's a look at what's happening.

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  • Rodeo Rod and Reel Report - July 15-19

    Pier/Surf Under cloudy skies, the rain is on-and-off again at the Okaloosa Island Pier Tuesday morning with a slight chop on the water. In the last couple of days anglers have caught Spanish an... READ MORE

  • Jumbo size kings and things

    For about a month now, some mighty big king mackerel have been hitting the docks. Capt. Scott Robson and crew on the Phoenixhave consistently been reeling in the big king mackerel and Monday wa... READ MORE

  • There's 'No Alibi' for what bites

    One thing about fishing out of Destin, every day is different. And Thursday was one of those days for the crew aboard the No Alibi with Capt. Chris Schofield. While bottom fishing for mingo... READ MORE

  • Thump goes the shark

    Michael Minor got shorted on his fishing trip Wednesday — shorted by a shark. Minor, of Henderson, Texas, had huge king mackerel on line when it got shortened and then some by what appeared to ... READ MORE

  • Fudpucker's Summer Slam set to hit the water Saturday

    The first-ever Fudpucker's Summer Slam fishing tournament is scheduled for this Saturday. Cost is $200 per boat and each boat entering will receive a "goody bag" with two tickets to t... READ MORE

  • Down on the Docks in photos

    The docks along Destin harbor have been busy the last couple of days.

    Here's a look at what's happening.

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  • Buy a boat: "Why Wouldn't We?"

    There's nothing like getting paid to do something you love to do. "When I found out they pay you to fish … that was pretty much it for me," said Capt. Joe Griffin, who now has his own... READ MORE

  • A splash of red on the docks for the Fourth

    There's a lot of red on the docks and just in time for the Fourth of July. Many of the boat that are fishing in state waters are still pulling in plenty of red snapper, while those that hold a ... READ MORE

  • Girls get it done on the docks

    Move over guys, and make way for the girls. Not one, but at least three girls managed to pull in the biggest haul on their charter fishing trips Wednesday — from mackerel, barracuda to red snap... READ MORE

  • Four kings, raise you two snapper

    It was a full house on the racks this week, kings over snapper. Charter boats with only state permits are loading up on red snapper along with a quota of king mackerel, while those carrying fed... READ MORE

  • Rodeo Rod and Reel report - June 23-28

    Pier/Surf Under cloudy skies, the water is calm and a bit grassy at the Okaloosa Island Pier. Tuesday morning anglers were already catching redfish, hardtail, bluefish and king mackerel. Other ... READ MORE

  • Brown buckles down for big blue and big money

    There's nothing worthless about team Reel Worthless. Steve Brown, fishing as part of team Reel Worthless, hauled in a 594.9-pound blue marlin to earn the team $498,450.00 in prize money in the ... READ MORE

  • Fish and clouds blow in Monday

    It was a race to beat the storm. With black clouds rolling in and winds gusting 30 mph, boats were coming in around noon with some pretty good catches. Capt. Steve Lathi and his crew aboard... READ MORE

  • ECBC: Big dollars on the line in big game tournament

    For some it’s their first blue marlin adventure, while others are seasoned veterans. But one thing is for sure, the 77 boats that pulled out of Sandestin's Baytowne Marina Thursday were full of ... READ MORE

  • King mackerel is king on the docks

    There was a Big Mac attack on the docks Thursday afternoon but it didn't have anything to do with a burger or a special sauce. Several of Destin's charter boats brought in some sizeable king ma... READ MORE

  • 12th annual Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic is ‘Top Ten Big Money’ Tournament in the World

    The 12th annual Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic, presented by Mojo Sportswear Company and Orca Coolers, is scheduled to take place June 18-22 at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, located in ... READ MORE

  • And the fish just keep coming

    Good weather and calm waters made for good fishing on Monday. "The water was just as gorgeous as it could be," said Capt. Craig Mann as he stepped off the Mary Lou from a six-hour tri... READ MORE

  • Kings and things make a splash on the racks

    With federal waters now closed to red snapper, other fish are making an appearance on the racks. Capt. B.J. Teems on the Realin' Script came in with a nice rack of king mackerel and a few North... READ MORE

  • LUCK OF THE SHAMROCK - It's good to be the king

    With more than four decades of fishing under his belt, Capt. Eddie Dykes and crew on the Shamrock II pulled in the big one last weekend. Jim Barna of South Carolina reeled in a 59.1-pound king ... READ MORE

  • All snapped up

    There's nothing like a good fish story. Local angler David Rone, along with friends and family went out last Friday and pulled in some mighty big red snapper. Here's Rone's fish tale from t... READ MORE

  • Rodeo Rod and Reel Report - June 9-13

    Pier/Surf Under sunny skies and a southwest wind, the water is rough and clean with a 2-3 foot wave rolling in at the Okaloosa Island Pier. Tuesday morning anglers were already reeling in king ... READ MORE

  • 'It's that time of year when people want to go fishing'

    Although red snapper season closed in federal waters Monday, charter boat captains are still fishing and booking trips. "We're booked solid the next few weeks," said Capt. Kyle Lowe o... READ MORE

  • Red snapper derby in progress

    If it's noon in June, the docks are painted red. With red snapper season in full swing, the docks are busy, busy and busier with charter boats doing one, two and even three trips a day — trying... READ MORE

  • Youngsters yank in the big ones

    More times than not, the youngest person on the boat pulls in the biggest fish. And on Thursday, it happened at least twice. Walker Hembree, 7, of Oklahoma was quick to point out that the 2... READ MORE

  • Red snapper tales, and anniversary catches on the high seas

    There were some big fish and big fish tales told on the docks Monday afternoon — but most of the talk was about red snapper. With the opening of red snapper in federal waters on Sunday, anglers... READ MORE

  • CATCHING RAYS - A fish of another kind hits the docks

    Amid the amberjack and mackerel that hit the docks Wednesday, a few rays were slapped on the nails. Coming in from an afternoon of bow fishing, Alabama anglers on the Locked Up II with Capt. Be... READ MORE

  • Rodeo changing with the times

    With all the closures and changes in regulations in recent months, the Destin Fishing Rodeo is making a few changes of its own for the 66th annual event set to take to the water in October. For... READ MORE

  • Fleet finder: Destin harbor holds the states largest fishing fleet

    For years Destin has been known as the "World's Luckiest Fishing Village."

    Not only is it lucky in fishing, but it's lucky to hold the states largest fishing fleet located in one ...

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  • Fishing heats up as temperature rises

    With the temperatures reaching into the mid-80s this week, fishing has been red hot with some sizeable catches hitting the docks. Texas anglers on the Locked Up II with Capt. Judah Barbee came ... READ MORE

  • Special catch on Special K

    He didn't get to bring it to the docks, but 16-year-old Spencer Peterson of Missouri still has plenty of photos, memories and mementos to take home of the 70-pound sailfish he caught and released... READ MORE

  • Hope Jones locks up with big king

    Just looking at the fish put a big smile on her face. Hope Jones, 17, of Birmingham, Ala. was one proud angler Monday morning after she hauled in a 31-pound king mackerel while fishing on the L... READ MORE

  • Great start to the fish week (Catch-of-the-day photos)

    Fishing along the Emerald Coast got off to a great start this week with several fish hitting the docks on Monday. Take a look at just a few of the fish brought in by our local charter fleet. READ MORE




 

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