We arrived in Destin late Friday night and stayed at my Dad's on Choctawhatchee bay.
One of my instagram photos was picked up by the Northwest Florida Daily News and was in print the day we arrived.
Later in the week we stayed at the Hilton SanDestin for a convention. This was convenient for me because it happens to be right next door to a beautiful state park where the fish outnumber the people, rare for a Destin summer. If you walk far enough, like I did, not a single soul will walk by. And that's how I like it!
Where a freshwater lake meets the Gulf of Mexico.
I spotted several schools of redfish in the early morning before the sun rose too high. This red ate a sand flea fly that I tie and sell on the site Click here for the fly. He put up a great fight before I slid him up on the beach to take a few pictures. Of course, I let him go.
The number of stingrays along the beach was unreal. Way more than any trip out to the Louisiana or Mississippi barrier islands. With the water so clear, they were easy to spot and I had no worries wading in the water near them.
I spotted many blacktip sharks and spinner sharks throughout the trip. A hammerhead even came in close and went after a ladyfish I had hooked. It didn't stick around for long, and neither did I.
I spotted a sea turtle every morning.
On our final day, my wife Marica and I took a long walk down the beach and watched some dolphin feeding and jumping clear out of the water at the same time. It was pretty awesome.
Taking it all in.
Tight loop. No fish were harmed, but it was still a pretty great morning.
Ended the trip with a lunch at Pompano Joe's with Marica and our friend Rebecca.