Always a Good Day Spent Fishing on the Vera Marie Party Boat!

We have been blessed with amazing fall weather along the Emerald Coast and taking advantage of it on the water fishing. And, what a blast it is bringing the daily catch in at the Destin Fishing Rodeo! Be sure to check out this awesome annual community event lasting throughout October. Locals and fall guests have been bringing in the fish hot to the docks at Pelican Adventures and scales at the rodeo daily, let’s go fishing!

Kids weighing in from Vera Marie trip

Destin is home to the largest fishing fleet in Florida and at Pelican Adventures we have boats for every type fishing trip you are interested in; private and group charters as well as party boat fishing. To view our fleet of fishing vessels at Pelican Adventures, click here.

Vera Marie haul at the docks – all fishing trips include fish cleaning by mate
Shark reeled on the Vera Marie

Party boat fishing refers to a large group of people combined together on one boat to go deep sea fishing (also called “head boats”. There are certain characteristics of party boats that appeal to first time, and even seasoned anglers, including larger boats, a lower cost compared to other fishing charter options, and the type of fishing that party boats are known for. The Vera Marie is a 70 foot party boat located on the Destin Harbor at Pelican Adventures – click here to view the entire boat!

Double hooked Triggerfish

The Vera Marie is a great option for families to get out on the water as a group appealing to everyone’s comfort as there is a fully equipped and stocked galley and air conditioned salon, upper deck for sunning, restrooms and lots of walking around room. Our charters start at $59 per person and include FREE entry into the Destin Fishing Rodeo – fish with any of our boats throughout the month of October and you’re automatically entered.

PLUS, kids 12 and under are given free fishing rods with any weigh in brought in making the best lifetime memory carrying on our Destin tradition on the docks.

All of our boats, including the Vera Marie are entered in the month long fishing tournament. Book here and  you’re automatically entered! Tight lines and see you on the docks!

Rodeo Roundup!

It’s the most wonderful time of year for the World’s Luckiest Fishing Village celebrating our city’s 70th Annual Destin Fishing Rodeo! The Rodeo is a month-long fishing tournament throughout the month of October with scales open daily 10 am – 7 pm. Pelican Adventures proudly supports the rodeo with several fishing boats entered allowing anglers to join the rodeo free when fishing with us!

Bull Mingo & Barracuda!

Today Pelican Adventures took out a 6 hour trip aboard the Anticipation on a shared charter and weighed in 1st place Mingo Snapper and 2nd place Barracuda! Beautifully sized Mingos, Bonitos, King Mackerel & Barracuda hooked and brought in and shared with all the anglers.

Call us at (850) 650-3825 or click here to book online! TIGHT LINES!

Mack Attack!

Florida waters are home to 3 species of Mackerel – King, Spanish and Cero Mackerel have all been coming in hot to the docks at Pelican Adventures on the Destin Harbor. Come fishing with us on one of our fishing boats to reel in the fun with a mackerel fight!

Mackerels are plentiful along the Emerald Coast late  March through November swimming the shallow surfs and along the reefs in the Gulf of Mexico.

  • Kingfish (King Mackerel) are the biggest of the 3 species and have a minimum size limit of 24′ to the fork tail, with a bag limit of 2 per person per day. 
  • Cero Mackerel is the least common of the 3, but many say the best tasting. This mackerel has no size limit or bag limit. 
  • The Spanish Mackerel, is what you generally think of when you hear “mackerel” in Florida. The Spanish has a min size limit of 12″ to the fork and a bag limit of 15 fish per person per day.

Join us on the water to catch a mackerel – call us at 850-650-3825 for more information on our deep sea fishing charters ranging from private and shared trips to multi-passenger fishing trips aboard our party boat. Book online by clicking here.

Check out this delicious recipe below perfect for the kingfish bite….Tight Lines!

Smoked Fish Dip
First, soak fish overnight in a brine solution:

  •  1 cup salt
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 2 cups Ketchup
  • 1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 can beer
  • 1 tablespoon red pepper
  • 2 or 3lbs fish

Wash and dry fish, Smoke fish over hickory chips. Once you have the fish smoked let cool and crumble the fish with your hands into a bowl and add:

  •  8oz sour cream
  • 1 cup Duke’s Mayo
  • 1 large onion sauteed
  • 4 tablespoons pickle relish
  • Pepper to taste

If you like it kicked up a little, dust the fish with Jerk Seasoning or Tony Chachere’s Creole seasoning before you smoke the fish

Destin, Florida Inshore Bay Fishing Report

Just Right on the drums!

Closing up September along the coast, water temps are finally beginning to cool down inshore and the bite will continue to be great moving into Fall. The main species we target for Inshore trips continue to be Mangrove Snapper and Redfish.  Lately we have been getting on the slot reds almost every trip in the bay and they should remain plentiful for a while!  The next couple months are the prime time for targeting Redfish as they get ready for their spawning time they will be feeding more and more on the out going tide.  The last week of September and first week of October is generally the best time to target the trophy sized ones as they are gorging themselves and majority of the fish will have huge full bellies.  With the abundance of bait hanging around we are also catching a variety of other fish including Spanish Mackerel, Bluefish, Trout and Jack Crevalle.

Fish the Just Right with us at Pelican Adventures on a private Inshore fishing charter to explore the Choctawahatchee Bay and inshore and near shore waters aboard the Just Right. The Just Right is  is available for 4, 6 and 8-hour charters and booking throughout October with free angler entry in the 70th Annual Destin Fishing Rodeo fishing tournament. Call us at (850)650-3825 for more information or book online.

Killer Friday on the Gulf of Mexico!

Fish Slay was HOT today!

Great 6 hour fishing charter this morning on the Good Times! Fun group of ten anglers went out today with us on a private chartered deep sea fishing trip and hauled in 10 Mahi Mahi, a Triple Tail along with some Mingo and White Snapper and a couple Bonita!

Let’s go fishing, give us a call and book your trip on one of our variety of fishing options. We have a fleet of several boats and trips to select the perfect trip, all docked at Pelican Adventures on the Destin Harbor. Book your fishing trip by calling (850) 650-3825 or click here to book online. Tight Lines!

Quality Family Time on the Water

Fall is a great time to get out on the water with your family! Catch dinner while making lifelong memories together fishing the Gulf of Mexico. Your kids will never forget reeling in their fish and you’ll cherish your photos long after the taste of fresh Gulf seafood. Check out the haul this family brought in on their private deep sea fishing trip aboard the Good Times – yummy!

Good Times Deep Sea Fishing Charter

Come fishing with us while the weather is nice and crowds are gone! All of our trips include fishing license, bait and tackle as well as fish cleaning following the trip. Pelican Adventures has a variety of different fishing trips from inshore and bay fishing to offshore – we offer multi passenger party boat fishing as well as shared and private fishing charters. Give us a call today at 850-650-3825 or BOOK HERE .

Fall Fishing Fun!

Cobia catch – call us for your trip during the Destin Fishing Rodeo

Luckily we were spared terrible weather in Destin by Tropical Storm Gordon! And the “calm” before and after the storm cleared some great fishing trips and awesome catch including this tasty Cobia. We are still blessed along the Emerald Coast to report clean waters free of Red Tide. Slick calm waters and bright sunny skies provided the perfect conditions for fun on the water and fish in the boat! Click here or call us at (850) 650-3825 to book your shared and private charters this Fall as we gear up for the Annual Destin Fishing Rodeo throughout the month of October. 

Awesome Amberjack bite.

The  Amberjack bite has been great!  However, its getting harder to catch a large Jack on the close up wrecks so you need to plan on a longer trip if you want to have a fair chance.  Mingos, Triggerfish, and white snapper continue to bite very well.