As business slows down a bit in Destin, Florida, and the weather is still nice enough to enjoy being out on the pristine waters of the Emerald Coast, we make the most of the last little bit of it we’ve got left! In our family, not only is our business serious fishing, but fishing is serious business. When the boats aren’t running private fishing charters this time of year, we like to go out family fishing in Destin with our friends and family to enjoy the last warm days before the cold weather sets in. During October, we still see average high temperatures in the 80 degree range, but the evenings cool down to around the mid-60s. We get to enjoy the perfect weather for a fishing charter during the day, and the perfect weather for a fish fry and bonfire on the beach at night!
Though our friends from up North might seek refuge from their snowy weather during the cold, Winter months, and might enjoy a private fishing charter in Destin during December, we are Destin Natives, and most Winter days are too cold for us (okay, mostly just me) to go on a family fishing trip in Destin for play. Captain Cliff will gladly take our Snowbird friends and Winter guests out on a fishing charter during their Destin vacation, as fishing is still one of the most popular things to do in Destin during the off-season. He used to take much larger groups from the Destin Snowbirds Club when he captained the Destiny and Destin Princess party fishing boats. We have had several Snowbird friends who used to come down during the Winter and had previously fished with him on the head boats. Throughout the past couple of years, some of his regulars have been to visit Destin during the Summer months and have booked a family fishing charter with us because they remembered fishing in Destin with Captain Cliff and wanted to come deep sea fishing in Destin with him again!
Most recently, Miss Cynthia was treated to a family fishing charter aboard Reel Grace for her 85th birthday! She used to be a “frequent fisher” with Captain Cliff when he captained the party fishing boats over 20 years ago! We love the full circle family memories we get to be a part of!
No matter the time of year, or what we reel in, we are sure to catch a good time during your Destin fishing charter aboard Reel Grace! While it may be the off-season, we consider that a perfect time to take a family fishing trip in Destin. The sunrise is slightly later, which means we get to leave the dock a little later, and that makes most of the kids and teens happy, knowing they won’t be rolled out of bed before the sun is up. The temperatures are pleasant and warm during the day, and if it is a bit chilly out, we do have a climate-controlled cabin.
Though, we may not be able to keep the Red Snappers during the off-season that we are able to in June and July, we still catch some nice ones, and photograph them, of course, for bragging rights! We are able to keep White Snappers, Vermilion Snappers (also called Mingo Snappers), Almaco Jacks, Triggerfish (through the end of the year), and on our longer deep sea fishing trips of 8 hours or more we might be able to catch a Grouper we can keep. Though the species of fish we catch can vary from day to day, and from trip to trip, hopefully this gives you an idea of what we may be able to catch while on your fishing charter in the Gulf of Mexico.
Any time of year is a fine time to take a family fishing charter in Destin, Florida, as we have a wide variety of reef-dwelling fish species that inhabit our Gulf of Mexico waters. What we can keep may vary from season to season, but we will having a fun time catching fish and photographing the memories that you make during your family fishing trip in Destin. Book your Destin fishing charter with Captain Cliff Atwell aboard Charter Boat Reel Grace and see why fishing is the most popular thing to do in Destin, no matter what time of year it is!