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Florida/Gulf Coast beach fishing?

Discussion in 'Outdoors' started by HuskerTrucker, Feb 12, 2022.

  1. Feb 12, 2022 at 10:28 PM
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    HuskerTrucker

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    We're taking the kids from Nebraska to Florida(Destin/Seaside/Panama area) in July and I want to fish while we're there. Perfect world I'd shell out the $500 or so to charter a guide but the rest of the fam really doesnt care to fish. Can I outfit a 7' catfish rig to fish from the beach? Or fly fish with a 5wt set up?
     
  2. Feb 13, 2022 at 6:46 AM
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    I have no idea of the lingo but get a cheap surf casting rod put one of those pyramid weights on it and let it rip. St George island which looks like it is on your route is great for that. They also have a campground at the end of the island.

    I should have added get a three way swivel put the pyramid on one of the eyes with a 2 foot leader. The hook and bait (frozen squid available on the island) and some small bobber to get it off the floor. Chuck it out there, crack a beer and wait for the tip to flex.
     
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  3. Feb 13, 2022 at 11:03 AM
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    @mhemberg Thanks for the extra info. Sounds just like catfishing, I'm going for it
     
  4. Feb 13, 2022 at 7:07 PM
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    You can pick up pre-tied pompano rigs for fishing the surf. 8-9 foot rod, 2-3oz weight, cut shrimp or sand fleas for bait. Sand fleas are small crabs that live in the wet sand near the water. You can dig em out with your hand. Best free bait there is. Pompano and whiting will be there as well as redfish, blues, sharks and rays among others. Enjoy and post up pics when you get back!
     
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    5506C54E-5E86-45C8-BDE5-8964D3B7DE08.jpg Pompano can be caught from the surf like said before. Last time I was in Destin, we fished the big pier west of Destin towards ft Walton beach. Okaloosa County pier. Fishing at night is generally better. Here is a nice redfish we caught . We got there 10 minutes after a big school of king mackerel came by and several were caught. P.s. when fishing off a pier a large fish basket is a must to land anything with any size to it
     
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