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Old 05-12-2015, 01:20 AM   #1
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I was going to Destin this evening and I don't know how many times I have looked at the water @ Rocky Bayou and though about fishing it....My question is when I looked at it on my map app on my phone, the north side of 20 there is a cove and it says it is an aquatic preserve. Does this mean no fishing? I've never been on that water and was wondering. I know on BW there is a part north of Hwy 90 that has big signs saying boat traffic prohibited...

Just wondering about this area if any of ya'll know???
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You can fish and boat anywhere in there. There is no hunting in the preserve (for those who see the ducks every winter, I called around to some different agencies and it's a no-go.)

States here fishing is good: http://www.dep.state.fl.us/coastal/sites/rocky/
And here: http://www.stateparks.com/rocky_bayo...n_florida.html.

Now, the park rangers have said there are some places you aren't supposed to drop crab pots, but based on the buoys I see out there all the time, I'm not sure that's enforced.

Edit: The state park boat launch is even in the "aquatic preserve" just a couple hundred yards east of the bridge. There's a free public boat ramp on Edrehi ave on the west side of rocky bayou for smaller skiffs.
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Yeah I forgot to add that question about the launches....thanks! The State Park one is off what road by chance? I've got a 17 ft cat boat, do you think it could launch on the Edrehi Ave one?
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Yeah I forgot to add that question about the launches....thanks! The State Park one is off what road by chance? I've got a 17 ft cat boat, do you think it could launch on the Edrehi Ave one?
Wish I could be of more help as far as the boat launch, but I don't know too much about that. I think the biggest stuff I've seen out edrehi is like a carolina skiff around the same size. Parking is also limited to maybe five or six rigs depending on how bad they are at parking. And there is a sign saying the edrehi ramp is closed from like 10pm to 5am or something, so if you're planning docklights or gigging you stand a chance of a ticket.

The rocky bayou boat launch is much nicer hard paved bottomed all the way out to about 5' water depth with two docks on either side and room for two to launch/recover at the same time with plenty of trailer parking, restrooms nearby, but that comes at a cost of park access for your vehicle ($6 per car up to 8 people?) plus $5 to use to boat ramp for the day.

Edit: there's only one way into the state park and ths entrance is right there on HWY 20. Once you enter hang a left and stay on that road, I don't believe the roads are named. You can see the boat ramp clearly on Google maps.
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As far as the boat ramp at rocky bayou state park I launched my 24ft wellcraft easily. Just camped there a couple weeks ago will be returning very nice park.
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As far as the boat ramp at rocky bayou state park I launched my 24ft wellcraft easily. Just camped there a couple weeks ago will be returning very nice park.

Momma's been on to me about camping out there too... We are suppose to go stay in the campground across from the pier down there off the beach cause you get to use Ramada Inn's pool and stuff while you are camping sometime in the near future....
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Went looking at the State Park on Google Earth, and borrowed this image.


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Rocky Bayou north of the bridge is not worth fishing imo. You may catch some occasional fish in there, but there are a lot better spots. The state park ramp is only open during their hours so keep that in mind. You can also launch at Bluewater Marina for $10 I believe which is the same cost as the state park. The ramp in niceville can probably work for a 17ft boat I've seen 24 footers put in there, but it is just your typical hole in the wall ramp so keep your eye out for pot holes and make sure you have a long enough axle to back in if the tide is low.
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Jason, Edrehi ramp will work for your boat. Gotta back down the road about 100 yds, only one place to pull boat up to the shore where there's no rocks tho.
Get there late on a weekend and no room to park.

The bridge area is fishy especially on the south side on the east end, the old bridge pilings are still there. (snag city) I think it's a 3-4 hr difference in the tide times too.

What pier????
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man my neck used to get sore when i was 16 and having to back all the way down edrehi. but yeah you can launch a 17' in there no prob. kanaka nailed it .
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