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Just contributing to global warming

So, the Air Force decided it was time I move from Port Canaveral to Fort Walton Beach...I know, poor me. Well, I've spent the past 3 months (or 10% of my time here) burning lots of gas in the Gulf with very limited results...a few short AJ's, a bunch of chicken Mahi, a couple kings, and one ARS to show for it. I know that there has to be some areas within 15-20 miles of the pass with good natural bottom, just not sure where to start looking. Any advice on where I can find some? I'm getting so desperate that I'm thinking of taking a head boat trip.

Numbers would be awesome but I know how sacred they are so just getting me in the ballpark where I can start looking on my own would be great.

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  • LilOrangeLilOrange Posts: 1,210 Officer
    A good place to start is with the public reefs & wrecks. Those numbers are easy to get a hold of. You can buy maps/charts at Half Hitch Tackle or even at WalMart. Or, there's a list posted on the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission website at the following link:

    http://myfwc.com/media/131585/reefs.pdf

    Although those are public numbers and quite a few people fish them, you can usually catch some fish on them. Some are better than others. You'll just have to explore around. Hope that helps some.

    Livin' the Dream !
  • Five Prongs of FuryFive Prongs of Fury Posts: 49 Deckhand
    There is lots of good natural bottom out of Destin, as Lilorange said, all of it is public numbers. Some of it has good fish on it, some not so much. It changes yearly, spots we caught good fish on last year are dead now. There are fish on them and some big ones too, but they are smart. They've seen it all.
  • acarbacarb Posts: 2,357 Captain
    SetsTheOne wrote: »
    So, the Air Force decided it was time I move from Port Canaveral to Fort Walton Beach...I know, poor me. Well, I've spent the past 3 months (or 10% of my time here) burning lots of gas in the Gulf with very limited results...a few short AJ's, a bunch of chicken Mahi, a couple kings, and one ARS to show for it. I know that there has to be some areas within 15-20 miles of the pass with good natural bottom, just not sure where to start looking. Any advice on where I can find some? I'm getting so desperate that I'm thinking of taking a head boat trip.

    Numbers would be awesome but I know how sacred they are so just getting me in the ballpark where I can start looking on my own would be great.

    I have been fishing out of Destin for 2 years now and managed only 2 good numbers of my own.The public stuff off of the Half Hitch map has provided full RS limits on every trip.Grouper have been hit or miss but we have caught a few,all out of season.:banghead The natural bottom stuff E/SE of the pass holds fish from what i am told and we plan on some R&D trips over there after deer sason closes.LiL O hit it dead on,you just need to spend some time looking. Due to kid/college expenses i am selling my LIL BIT and will be boatless next year.I would be more than happy to fish with you and share what i know and what numbers i have. We have a tight knit bunch down there that all help each other.
  • SetsTheOneSetsTheOne Posts: 23 Greenhorn
    You've got a deal acarb, my kids are a tad younger so I only get out every other weekend or so. I may try to take advantage of state waters for ARS this weekend. PM me if free. I have a 23' CC BTW.
  • LilOrangeLilOrange Posts: 1,210 Officer
    acarb wrote: »
    Due to kid/college expenses i am selling my LIL BIT and will be boatless next year.

    That sucks, acarb. But, I understand that "you gotta do what you gotta do". Maybe we can hook up next year and hitch a ride with us sometime.

    Livin' the Dream !
  • jandersonjanderson Posts: 256 Officer
    Also, check out fishingdestinguide.com, under the GPS numbers section there are numbers for Destin divided by direction from the pass. Most of the stuff I fish has come from that website. When fishing public #'s, it pays to fish smart. Flouro leaders if possible, longer leaders, smaller weights, fishing early/late, and shutting off the outboard will all help up your chances of putting fish in the box.
    Captain. Josh Anderson

    Lite the Nite Charters

    Guided flounder gigging and bow fishing in Port St. Joe, Panama City, Destin and Gulf Breeze

    www.litethenitecharters.com

    850-396-1816
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