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With it's relatively warm subtropical waters, the Gulf of Mexico offers good fishing conditions year round. The fishing season in Florida Panhandle generally runs from April until November, and different months of the year mean different fish are biting.
 
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Red Snapper
Red Snapper
Pinkish in color, found offshore bottom fishing, can be up to 20 lbs., excellent taste
Mid April-October
Red Grouper
Red Grouper
Offshore species, live on rocky bottom, common up to and exceeding 100 lbs., excellent taste
All year
Amberjack
Offshore bottom fish found on wrecks and rocky reefs, common up to 40 lbs., Florida record is 142 lbs., good eating fish
All year
Red Fish
Copperish in color with one or more spots at base of tail, inshore migrating from estuaries, record is 51 lbs., although usually around 8 lbs., great for blackening
All year
Gray Triggerfish
Triggerfish
Reef dwelling bottom fish, excellent taste
All year
Cobia (ling)
Cobia
Early season sport fishing at its finest, long gray and white lateral stripes with broad head, migrates inshore, great fighting and eating
Mid March-May
Spanish Mackerel
Spanish Mackerel
Smaller than king mackerel, found in schools inshore and offshore, over deep grass beds, good frying fish
Mid April-Sept.
Blacktip Shark
Blacktip Shark
Several species in and offshore including hammerhead, blacktip, and mako, edibility varies
All year
King Mackerel
King Mackerel
Schooling migratory fish, common to 20 lbs., record is 90 lbs., excellent for smoking
May-Oct.
Spotted Seatrout
Spotted Trout
Dark gray or green with black spots, found in estuaries, great eating, record is 15 lbs. 6 ozs.
March-Nov.
Sailfish
Sailfish
Deep dark blue sport fish, found near 100-fathom line, record is 116 lbs.
June-Oct.
Destin Florida Blue Marlin Fishing
Blue Marlin
Large game fish, awesome sight to see, up to 8 feet long, Florida record for Blue Marlin is 980 lbs., White Marlin record is 161 lbs.
June-Oct.
Wahoo
Wahoo
Largest of mackerel family, fastest fish in the sea, offshore game fish, excellent to eat
June-Oct.
Blackfin Tuna
Blackfin Tuna
Large schooling fish found offshore, not in a can, excellent eating
June-Oct.

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