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Old 08-20-2015, 05:53 PM   #1
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Default Bank Fishing In The Sound

Hi, I am new to saltwater fishing and looking to make the switch from freshwater since my job braught me to the Mary Esther area. I grew up freshwater fishing and know very little about saltwater fishing. I was wondering if anyone could share some insight on finding fish in the Santa Rosa Sound. I will be mainly bank fishing until I can afford a kayak and looking for any pointers.

I thought about carrying my daughter down to the Navarre Beach Bridge to fish below it on the 98 side of the bridge. Any help and tips is greatly appreciated.
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Old 08-20-2015, 06:37 PM   #2
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Read some of the posts on here about using gulp, matrix shad, live shrimp, etc. The folks at Half Hitch in Destin or Navarre can show you the equipment and how to rig them up, technique, etc. There are lots of places for you to fish close by; Liza Jackson park has lots of shoreline, as does the area to the west of the park for a hundred yards or so. The Landing in downtown FWB has docks which can produce specs and reds, and there is good bottom behind St Simon's church on Hwy 98 that you can fish from also. Google Destin area boat launches, you have a lot of room around them you can try, as well as several nice parks on Cinco Bayou on both sides of Eglin Pkwy. Eldridge Park and Hands Cove Park are also good places to start off and fish the shoreline. All of these can produce fish and are suitable for family use, rather than fishing under a heavily traveled bridge. I would suggest you get a little experience in this type area before you head out to fish the Destin pass and flats there, as the tidal flow can be a huge issue as well as boat traffic. Also not as safe for children as other areas, IMHO. Good luck and welcome to the area
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Old 08-20-2015, 06:45 PM   #3
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Thanks for the information. I will look into those areas. I just read a post on a guy using matrix shad with a jig head wade fishing.
I have some gulp shrimp that I tend to use with a jig head or DOA shrimp. I was wondering how is saltwater structure different from freshwater? I'm use to throwing bass lures next to logs and shoreline tree structure. But it seems that saltwater is a complete different ball game.
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