Imagine, for a second, that you’re hooked on a massive fish and locked in for the fight of your life. Did you picture yourself on a big fishing boat 30 miles offshore? Okaloosa Island Fishing Pier can get you dialed in to some of the biggest fish in the Gulf of Mexico without ever setting foot on a boat.
In 1972, the Okaloosa Island Fishing Pier opened to anglers and sun gazers. Stretching 1,262 feet into the emerald green Gulf, it’s safe to say that the pier was built with big fish in mind. Since its construction, Okaloosa Island Fishing Pier has been a popular fishing destination for both locals and tourists.
Historically, there has been a wide range of fish caught on the pier. Giant thrashing tarpon, cobia, king mackerel, and agile dolphin are some of the less common, but certainly catchable fish. Even beautiful sailfish have been caught right off the pier. Whiting, bluefish, pompano, and Spanish mackerel are just a few of the usual suspects brought up on the pier on a daily basis.
You may see some of the more experienced local anglers wheeling out a cart full of tackle and supplies, but don’t let this discourage you. The tackle shop, located conveniently on the Okaloosa Island Fishing Pier, has all of the necessities for a great day of fishing.
(After a hot day on the pier, be sure to head back to the tackle shop for an ice cream!)
Located just at the beginning of the Okaloosa Island Fishing Pier is Angler’s Beachside Grill. Whether you’re looking to charge your batteries with pancakes and freshly made omelets before you head out in the morning or to cool down with a fresh catch dinner, you’re in luck. Don’t miss a chance to share your fishing tales with local anglers at Angler’s.
Deviate from the expensive offshore charters and enjoy a day of affordable, exciting fishing on Okaloosa Island Fishing Pier.
Okaloosa Island Fishing Pier is located at 1030 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE in Fort Walton Beach, FL. For more information or fishing reports, visit the website or call (850) 244-1023.
– Logan Singleton
Junior Copywriter, Innisfree Hotels