I don't know anything about the Ft. Walton / Destin area, but October is generally a good time for fishing. Topwater walkers and flukes in the shallow areas where you see bait or mullet can yield reds and trout, jig heads with paddle tail swimbaits hopped along the bottom can yield reds, trout, and if worked slowly around current and structure / holes in grass flats flounder as well that time of year.I have never fished in salt water. We are going to be on vacation in October, and staying in Mary Esther. Any tips or advice would be greatly appreciated. I am bring my boat.
respect other fishermenThere is a bowl of deep water right outside Baytown Wharf Marina in Chocktahachee?. Bay. Free line a small livemenhaden or croaker. Shrimp on a popping cork or cast a paddle tail on a jig. Top water early in the morning. Look at the spot on Google earth. Lotsa specks there. Run the bouys and crab pots. Cast a shrimp on them Triple tail can be found on the crab buoys, any flotsam or even channel markers. If fishing an artificial, remember. Saltwater fish are aggressive work your bait accordingly. For the livies I like a 3/0 Kahle hook. If your fishing a shrimp on a popping cork put a split shot about 8” up the line or so from the hook.
Bridge piling should fish as well.
Oh and don’t go blasting in on a fishing spot inshore. Sneak up on it. Or you’ll scare everything off. Especially trout and reds..
I'll bet if you offered an exchange-fishing for deer- you'd have some takers.Thanks for the information. We will definitely respect others! Hopefully we will meet some good people. Maybe even get some pointers. I live in Western Kentucky, no salt water here! All we have are deer and turkeys.