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Destin-Fort Walton Beach

Fishing off The Island Pier

Ages: 8-12 13 plus
Price: $
Duration: < 2 hours

The Island Pier has everything your family needs for some serious fishing fun.

The Island Pier rents equipment and has drinks, sandwiches, and snacks for purchase. This is a favorite place for beginner fisherman since the water is clear and you’re able to “sight-cast.” This means you can see the fish in the water and cast right to them!

Kids will love fishing, watching others fish and seeing wildlife like sea turtles, dolphins and manta rays swimming around The Island Pier. (It’s also a great spot to watch herons and pelicans do their own dive-bomb form of fishing!)

Don’t have gear? No problem! The Island Pier has rods and reels you can rent, as well as, a great selection of bait for purchase. You wristband grants you access for the whole day, so feel free to break for lunch and go back to fishing.

Tip from our locals:

Go early in the morning or around dusk for the best fishing or mid-morning to mid-afternoon if you’re looking for smaller crowds. Mid-morning to mid-afternoon is also a great time for first-timers to check out The Island Pier before coming back around sunset for more serious fishing. Make sure you wear a good pair of shoes, bring a folding chair and put on plenty of sunscreen. And if you’re not sure about what bait to use, don’t be afraid to ask The Island Pier employees!


Local Scout Tip

Go early in the morning or around dusk for the best fishing or mid-morning to mid-afternoon if you’re looking for smaller crowds. Mid-morning to mid-afternoon is also a great time for first-timers to check out The Island Pier before coming back around sunset for more serious fishing. Make sure you wear a good pair of shoes, bring a folding chair and put on plenty of sunscreen. And if you’re not sure about what bait to use, don’t be afraid to ask The Island Pier employees.

Where to Go

The Island Pier

Head to the pier for sight-casting: fishing where you can see the fish in the water below. You can rent fishing equipment (for adults AND kids) right as you enter.

What’s Nearby

Emerald Coast Bait and Tackle

This shop has everything you need to reel in a big one! Run by fishermen, for fishermen–stop by to pick up bait, tackle, rods, reels and more.

Gulfarium

Discover dolphins, harbor seals, reptiles, penguins, sea lions, turtles, gators and more at the Gulfarium!

Where to Stay

The Island Resort at Fort Walton Beach

The Island Resort offers family activities like a poolside mermaid. Located directly on the Gulf on Okaloosa Island, they offer two large pools and kid activities.

Residence Inn by Marriott – Fort Walton Beach

Residence Inn offers spacious suites, fully equipped kitchens and access to the beach and attractions.

Destin West Vacations

Destin West Vacation offers 1-3 bedroom suites and condos located on the Bay or the Gulf on Okaloosa Island.

Food + Drink

Angler’s Beachside Bar & Grill

Located right on the beach, Angler's features all-day dining with a view of the Island Pier. Check out their all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast on Saturdays!

The Gulf on Okaloosa Island

Enjoy beach-front dining and fresh Gulf-to-table seafood with space for the kids to play.

The Crab Trap, Destin

With incredible beach views, a picky-eater-approved menu and beach playground, the Crab Trap Destin is the perfect stop for families after a day on the water.
Destin-Fort Walton Beach

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