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  • Writer's pictureKira Moraca

Summer 2021 (June-Sept)

Summer technically begins June 20th, but you wouldn't know from the look of Destin on June 1st. ☀️ Welcome hot weather, emerald waters, and most importantly, Red Snapper Season! Read on to find out about local events, fishing regulations, and a seasonal recipe.

Deckhand Dylan with a Red Snapper from 2020

What to Do in Destin?

Keep the following Summer holidays and events in mind when you're planning your trip to the Emerald Coast.

Holidays and events:

  • Memorial Day weekend (May 31st)

  • Fat Tuesday celebration at the Harbor every Tuesday through the end of Summer

  • Rock the Docks every Thursday through the end of Summer

  • Father's Day (June 20th)

  • Independence Day (July 4th)

We have noticed an uptick in the number of tourists this year, so recommend making reservations in advance for rentals and restaurants alike. We recommend renting a pontoon boat for the day, spending plenty of time on the beach, and of course making time for a fishing trip. 🎣

Fishing News

The biggest news of the Summer is Red Snapper Season, June 1st-Aug 3rd. Red Snapper are so fun to catch, great to look at, and delicious to eat. Gag grouper season also opens June 1st. Triggerfish and Greater Amberjack seasons close on June 1st.

The following are a few pictures of Red Snapper taken over the years.

Call Captain Reid to book your Summer fishing trip at 850-797-7678.


Baked Red Snapper, recipe courtesy of "The Spruce Eats" Ingredients:

  • 2 (6 to 8-ounce) red snapper fillets

  • Breadcrumbs

  • 4 tablespoons butter

  • 1 medium clove of garlic

  • 3 to 4 drops Worcestershire sauce

  • 1/2 teaspoon of Tony’s or other cajun seasoning

  • 1/8 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

  • 1 to 2 teaspoons fresh parsley (minced)

Instructions: Heat the oven to 400 F. Place the snapper fillets in a greased baking dish. In a skillet, melt butter with garlic, Worcestershire sauce, Tony's, pepper, and parsley. Cook over low heat for 2 minutes, just to blend flavors. Brush both sides of fillets with the butter and herb mixture. Toss the breadcrumbs with the remaining butter mixture and sprinkle the breadcrumbs over the fillets. Bake for about 12 minutes, depending on the thickness of the red snapper fillets. The fish will be opaque and flake easily with a fork when done. Enjoy!

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