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Where to Find Great Deep Sea Fishing Near Destin, Florida

Top Marinas to Cast a Line or Embark on an Excursion 

Located about 10 miles away from Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa — Destin, Florida is known to many as the “luckiest fishing village in the world.” Naturally, fishing is a favorite Destin activity among locals and visitors to the area. From deep sea fishing in Destin to near-shore excursions, the area’s proximity to the East Pass and the Gulf of Mexico make it an ideal location to find red snapper, grouper, triggerfish and amberjack.  

The Choctawhatchee Bay, North of Hilton Sandestin Beach, is also a great fishing spot. The bay is home to redfish, speckled trout, shrimp, oysters, gulf menhaden, blue crab, flounder, striped mullet and white mullet.

Our guests love to take advantage of both nearby fishing locations — and we’re happy to help you coordinate the perfect fishing trip during your stay at the resort. Check out some of our favorite fishing excursions and locations below. We’ve included contact information for each, but remember that our team is happy to coordinate on your behalf! Just contact the activity desk for more information.

Baytowne Marina

Guests at Hilton Sandestin Beach can take the complimentary resort shuttle to the nearby Baytowne Marina, located on the Choctawhatchee Bay. There, you can arrange half-day, full-day and overnight fishing charters on one of the marina’s two boats — Ceviche or Lil’ Lucky. Both boats include top-of-the-line light tackle fishing gear. Their small size is perfect for navigating the shallow back bays and grassy flats of the bay, to catch a variety of species including redfish, speckled trout, Spanish mackerel and flounder. If you prefer, you can also rent your own boat from the marina, or just cast a line off the marina’s main dock! 

Charter Boat Backlash at Destin Harbor

If you’re looking for a deep-sea fishing charter in Destin, check out Charter Boat Backlash. Backlash is one of the best offshore charter fishing boats in the area. Captain Chris Kirby guides guests on deep sea fishing adventures lasting 8-16 hours. And for the real enthusiasts — the team offers overnight bottom fishing or Tuna and Sword fishing trips! Backlash is ideal for small group trips, or a quick getaway with your fishing buddies. 

Finest Kind at Harborwalk Marina 

The Finest Kind is a great charter boat for larger groups. The 53-foot boat can carry up to 22 passengers and the experienced Captain Jason Mikel has been fishing for over 25 years. Located at the Harborwalk Marina in Destin, Finest Kind offers deep sea fishing trips ranging from four hours day trips, to three-day overnight adventures. 

Remember to take advantage of this beloved Destin activity while you’re in the area! Deep sea fishing is a one-of-a-kind experience fun for families, group getaways and more.

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Take a break from the beach to go shopping, fishing or golfing with complimentary access to our resort shuttle service.

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