Destin, located halfway between Pensacola and Panama City on Northwest Florida's Gulf Coast, is known as the "World's Luckiest Fishing Village" and the billfishing capital of the northern Gulf. Tracing its roots through the American Indians and the Spanish explorers, the immediate history of Destin can be credited to Capt. Leonard Destin, who settled here in Northwest Florida around 1845 and pioneered the fishing industry. Destin has maintained its fishing heritage and boasts the largest chatter boat fleet in Florida. Besides the great fishing, Destin claims the whitest beaches in Florida and beautiful clear waters for swimming, diving, and snorkeling.
The entire month of October is dedicated to the Destin Fishing Rodeo. The Destin Rodeo is the ultimate fishing tournament for anglers of all kinds. More than 30,000 anglers compete throughout the month of October for over $100,000 in prizes ranging from trophies and merchandise to bonds. Whether you're trolling inshore for King Mackerel, offshore for Marlin and Sailfish, or fishing the deep bottoms for Red Snapper and Grouper, you'll be in the running for daily, weekly and overall prizes in men's, women's and junior anglers' categories. Virtually every game fish is recognized with awards during the Rodeo.
The weather in October is usually just great, with sunny skies and moderate sea breezes. Average high temperatures are about 80", average lows are 60". The water temperature is a mild 81" and there is an average of only 3.0" of rain during the entire month.
Shallow Water Expeditions
Shallow Water Expeditions offer the guided outdoor adventures specializing in fly fishing, charter trips both near shore, inshore and the flats. Captains Gjuro Bruer & David Mangum - WaterColor 850-685-5756 850-496-0594
Backcountry boat ride
Take a backcountry boat ride and fish with Bob Sanders. He knows where the fish are and can help you catch 'em. 850-231-2441.