Inshore Trolling The inshore trolling season runs from March through November and begins with the run of the Cobia (Ling) in the Spring. In the Destin area the most successful and popular method of catching Cobia is by sight casting. This method involves sighting the Cobia first, either in singles or schools. Once the Cobia is spotted the captain will position the boat so that either the angler or the mate can throw a bait to the fish, and let me tell you, a 100lb. Cobia on 20lb spinning tackle is not an experience that you will soon forget. This is perhaps one of the most exciting types of fishing that an angler can engage in.
One of the most abundant trolling fish in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico is the King Mackerel. Trolling for Kings can be done as close as 15 minutes from the dock. The method of fishing consists of using live bait, slow trolled on the surface and below the surface on a downrigger. The action is explosive and fast and furious. The tackle consists of light action rods and 20 to 30 lbs test line. Destin has several Kingfish tournaments during the year and the winning fish usually are in the 50 lbs class range. Black Fin Tuna, Spanish Mackerel, Bonito and Schoolie Dolphin are also trolling fish caught on a regular basis. Inshore trolling trips are available from local charter boats all day and half day trips.