Ready for Summer?! ☀️ It isn't until June 21st, but the weather doesn't know it in Destin. We are in for 70 and 80 degree days for the entire month of May!
May is the very beginning of tourist season in Destin. The weather is finally cooperating, schools let out at the end of the month, and there are plenty of fun things to do!
To begin the month, the Rewind crew celebrates Cinco de Mayo at the Harbor. The "Bingo de Mayo" Pub Crawl begins at Harbor Walk at 7:00p and supports Hurricane Michael relief efforts. There are also several bars and clubs in downtown Fort Walton that are planning something special.
Next in May, don't forget to call your mom on the 13th in celebration of Mother's Day! We still have availability for fishing day-of and during the week after, so join us on the Rewind with the special lady.
Memorial Day is on Monday, May 27th this year and is the true kickoff of the tourist season, even though we also see a lot of y'all during Spring Break. Celebrate on a boat, at the beach, or anywhere near Emerald Grande for fireworks viewing. We are already preparing for high traffic and crowded beaches. It's all worth it for our favorite season though!
Last is the 62nd Annual Blessing of the Fleet on May 30th. Most boats in Destin join in for the fish fry and boat cruise past representatives from every place of worship in Destin. It is sure to be a blast!
We are already prepping for high traffic and crowded beaches. It's all worth it for our favorite season though!
Not much changes from April to May this year. We'll continue catching triggerfish until May 12th, when the season closes. We can still catch mingos, king mackerels, almaco jacks, scamps, red grouper, blackfin, and more all month.
Red snapper, amberjacks, and other big hitters won't open until August 1st. 🐟
Recipe of the Month
This month we are covering Crawfish. Even though Destin is in the panhandle of Florida, we have some cajun culture over here. Meaning, there are crawfish boils most of the year. The season is from March to June, so we are still in the thick of it. There are a variety of ways to cook crawfish, with boiling and making etouffe being the most popular. I recommend trying crawfish mac n cheese; it's simple and delicious!
This recipe is courtesy of Jake Brashears, owner and photographer at For Reel Photos- Remember to buy a picture at the end of your fishing trip!
Bag of sharp cheddar cheese to liking
1/2 cup milk
4 tablespoons of butter
Salt and Pepper to liking
1/2 lb pasta of your choice (we prefer Large Elbows)
1 lb cooked Crawfish tails
First cook and drain the pasta, then add milk, butter, and cheese. Stir occasionally while cooking on low for about 15 minutes. While the pasta is cooking, sauté the crawfish tails in a tablespoon of butter to warm them. Add the crawfish to the mac n cheese and stir.