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Fisherman's Guide to South Walton

Welcome to a fisherman's paradise. If you want to jump right in and catch the big one, this guide will get you casting and reeling in no time.

Do I need a fishing license?

If you're over the age of 16 and plan to saltwater fish here, you need a license, except if:

  • you fish from a for-hire vessel with a valid vessel license,
  • you fish during Free Fishing Days, or
  • you have a saltwater products or FWC charter captain license.

If you're looking to freshwater fish, you'll need a license unless you're fishing on a private fish pond that has 20 acres or less (or fishing on a Free Fishing Day).

For more information, visit the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Committee's website.

To buy a license, visit Go Outdoors Florida.

Book your charter in advance.

With a knowledgeable guide, you'll have the best possible fishing experience. Guides know exactly where to bring you to ensure you'll catch the fish you're after, and as noted above, you won't need a fishing license if the boat is appropriately licensed.

Find the right charter for you using travel review sites like TripAdvisor.

Some charters even leave directly from Grayton Beach, so when you return, you'll be able to take your catch straight from the beach to your grill.

Don't forget about these alternatives.

Kayaking on a coastal dune lake

If you're more into communing with the water, check out kayak or paddleboard fishing. Control your own adventure and get a little peace and quiet as you drop a line while you sit on the water's surface. For a sneak peek at paddleboarding in South Walton, check out this 360-degree video.

Or look for a charter on the bay instead of the Gulf – calmer waters and a more laidback experience might be perfect for you!

Whatever your fishing preferences or level of experience, you'll have the time of your life fishing in South Walton.

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