Emerald Coast Offers Catches Of A Lifetime
From grown men channeling Hemingway’ s “ Old Man and the Sea” to wide-eyed children reeling in their first fish, the Emerald Coastline is considered an ideal location to exchange favorite fish tales.
Located on the upper Gulf Coast of Florida and known as the “ World’ s Luckiest Fishing Village, ” the Emerald Coast-which encompasses the towns of Destin, Fort Walton Beach and Okaloosa Island-offers a fish-filled experience complete with deep-sea and inshore fishing excursions, lessons from outdated salts who know the Gulf seas and cooking tips from experienced chefs at authentic seafood important joints. Whether a father and kid or a group of lifelong friends, man bonding amidst the open ocean encourages the creation of durable tales.
Home towards the country’ s largest fishing fleet, the Emerald Coast makes it easy in order to hone the inner angler, with access to the secret nooks and crannies of the Gulf of mexico by skilled captains who have salt water running through their veins.
On deep-sea fishing excursions, fishermen-both the avid as well as the novice-search the fruitful waters looking for mighty King Mackerel, coral Mingo Snapper, strong-jawed Trigger Fish and Black Fin Tuna, while back-bay trips produce abundant catches of Speckled Trout and Redfish. Activities last anywhere from four to twelve hours and include a fishing license, bait, tackle, ice and deck hands to clean and cut the boatload.
Destin boasts a natural wonder-the underwater 100 Fathom Curve, which creates the speediest deep-water access on the Gulf. This phenomenon not only makes the area the “ Billfish Capital of the World” having a world record catch of 1, 061 lbs., but is also responsible for yielding the freshest and largest selection of seafood in Florida (with the exception of the Keys).
Fishermen bring the day’ s capture to Lucky Snapper to taste firsthand the “ you capture ‘ em, we cook ‘ em” philosophy. The entire boatload is usually cooked to the individual taste, and served with Lucky Snapper’ s special fixings. At AJ’ s Seafood & Oyster Bar, fellows flying solo without wives turn to the seasoned chefs to prepare their edible trophies, from blackened and broiled to butter-drenched.
The Emerald Coast features twenty-four miles of alluring sugar-white sands and sparkling, emerald-green waters.