Hall of Fame Dealer Legendary Marine will host its 5th Annual Billy Bowlegs Poker Run on Saturday, June 20. Legendary Marine, Legendary Marina and Lulu’s Destin have partnered again on this annual poker run to benefit Emerald Coast Autism Center and the William Augustus Bowles Foundation. “This event was...
As one of Destin’s long-standing traditions, the Blessing of the Fleet brings out locals and tourists each year for a ceremony unlike any other on the Destin Harbor. However, amidst all the uncertainty surrounding our reopening agenda, this year’s tradition will look a bit different. On Ascension Day every year,...
By Cali Hlavac, To Do In Destin In this uncertain time, one thing is still certain – the fish are still biting. While beaches may be closed to the public, boat launches and the Okaloosa County Pier is still open to fishermen. The weather has been outstanding for fishing, and...
By Jason Belcher Kathy Marler Blue is a hometown hero. A lifelong Destin resident, Kathy’s devotion to her town and the preservation of its legacy is nearly unrivaled. To know Kathy is to glimpse into the heritage of Destin. As a friend and a longtime admirer, Kathy is to me...
By Cali Hlavac, To Do In Destin Many people have never heard of a Lionfish, nor do they know why this species is so disliked, and what an impact these tiny little creatures make to the Gulf and its ecosystem. Their colorful design is noticed by predators and helps them...
By Cali Hlavac, To Do In Destin Nestled back on Stahlman Drive near our Destin Community Center lies a small house-like building showcasing the history of fishing in our beach town, known as the Destin History and Fishing Museum. January is a great time to visit and see first hand...

Winter Flounder Fishing

By Cali Hvalac As colder temps roll in, we are starting to notice different species of fish migrate into our Gulf waters – specifically Flounder and Sheepshead. The cooler weather means the fish will school up in one area, making them easier to catch once you track them down. “Flounder and...
A Veteran and a Passionate Fisherman By Cali Hvalac For Lionel James, fishing has always been a way life. Growing up in Anchorage, Alaska, fishing was an activity he shared with his Dad, a way to spend quality time together. If they weren’t fishing together, he could often be found down...
When you’ve caught your “catch," try this recipe for the most scrumptious meal! ​ Blackened Redfish 1 tablespoon paprika 2 ½ teaspoons salt 2 teaspoons onion powder 2 teaspoons garlic powder 1 ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper 1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves 1 ½ cups unsalted butter, melted 6 freshly-caught Redfish Filets, 8 to 10 ounces and about ½-inch thick ​METHOD In a small bowl, combine the spices....

Rodeo Know How

What to Expect: Anglers fish aboard boats registered in the Destin Fishing Rodeo. And you can watch for FREE, by gathering around the scale on the historic Destin Harbor docks behind AJ’s Seafood and Oyster Bar in Destin from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. daily during the entire month. You’ll get...

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