Salty Jig Fishing Charters

The Salty Jig services the area from Destin, all along 30A and all the way out to Panama City Beach, offers outstanding inshore fishing on the Choctawatchee Bay.

Situated between the cities of Fort Walton Beach, Destin, Niceville and Freeport in the Northwestern panhandle of Florida. The Bay has a surface area of over 129 square miles, is more than 27 miles long and between 1 and 6 miles across with a dept of approximately 43 feet. It is an inlet of the Gulf of Mexico – connected through East Pass in Destin, FL and it also connects to Santa Rosa Sound in Fort Walton Beach, FL to the west and St. Andrews Bay to the East via the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway; providing a twice daily exchange of freshwater and saltwater which contributes to a wide variety of marine life thriving here.

Fishing aboard the Salty Jig gives you the opportunity to catch Shark, Tarpon, Cobia, Spanish Mackerel, Snapper, Grouper, Speckled Trout, Flounder, Redfish, King Fish, Sheepshead, Pompano, Lady Fish, Mangrove Snapper, and Jack Crevalle on light tackle along the magical sand flats as well as the Captains own special areas; which might include one of the many shipwreck that have been left alone to become natural reefs and are mostly local secrets. Check out our Gallery to see some more pics from our fishing charters.

The Salty Jig, our 19′ Capehorn with a center console, is professionally outfitted with the latest technology and marine electronics to assist with making your fishing trip successful and memorable. The boat is even equipped with underwater lighting for night fishing. 

While boarding at Charles E Cessna Landing in Hogtown Bayou, you may just find a piece of local history to take home with you along with your fantastic memories of the day. In the late 1800’s and early 1900’s the area around Hogtown Bayou was the community of Santa Rosa which had a general store, a sugar cane syrup factory, a cannery as well as some hotels and other businesses; 2 of which were turpentine mills. Discards from the turpentine mills are found around Cessna Landing and are tiny treasures for the collector or history buff.  

But, fish aren’t the only things you will encounter while enjoying a day on Choctawhatchee Bay with Captain Sloan.

You are sure to see many birds on the water and a fun game for the kids is to see who can identify which birds. Some you can be on the lookout for include: cormorants, egrets, herons, gulls, ducks, osprey, hawks and more.

Make sure to have your cameras close by to catch the bottlenose dolphins as they swim and play and keep your eye open for sharks and rays as well. You just never know what all you will encounter while fishing on the Choctawhatchee Bay.

Make your reservations today! We have a link here on your page for your convenience or your call call us directly to book your trip.

Thank you for spending a few minutes with the Salty Jig. We look forward to getting the lines wet with you!




Sloan Smith

Captain Sloan

I’m Captain Sloan Smith, a Florida native by birth. I’ve been fishing the Gulf Of Mexico and the Choctawhatchee Bay for over 40 years.

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