Half Hitch in Destin serves as one of the fishing headquarters in the “luckiest fishing village in the world.” From first-time anglers who intend to cast off a pier to experienced captains who’ve taken deepsea charters out for decades, everyone comes here for their tackle and much more.
When it comes to fishing tackle proper, Half Hitch has just about everything you could use in the surrounding waters. There are numerous rods (including custom rods), reels, lures and accessories to choose from, and you’ll also find a great selection of live bait. If you have your own boat, you can also get the downriggers, outriggers, planers and other gear that you might need.
In addition to fishing tackle, the store also carries a complete array of marine gear. Their product lines include electrical supplies, electronics, engine oil and parts, plumbing equipment, safety equipment, and trailer parts. There also are equally essential accessories such as grills, coolers and dry boxes available.
Clothing and basic hardware round out the product offerings, with a heavy emphasis on marine style in the clothing section. The hardware department is less marine-focused, and it even has items like pet supplies and holiday decorations.
Further serving anglers in the Destin area, Half Hitch regularly publishes fishing reports and has monthly fishing forecasts. The daily reports provide an on-the-water perspective of what fishers are noticing, while the monthly reports offer an overview of what you might expect to catch at any given time of year.
For all your fishing gear and helpful fishing information, Half Hitch Destin is an angler’s headquarters that’s well worth stopping at. Whether you want some live bate or need to seriously redo your outfit, you’ll find everything you need — and much more — available here.
A few of our favorite items at Half Hitch Destin include:
The Fishing Reports contain a wealth of information that’s useful to every angler. The reports are current and segmented into the different types of fishing people in the area do (e.g. surf fishing, bottom fishing, offshore trolling, etc.), and they tell you both what’s open and what people are catching.
Half Hitch Custom Rod
Looking for a rod that’s specifically designed to suit your needs? Talk with the staff about a Half Hitch Custom Rod, and they’ll help you select the perfect setup. Special setups for bottom, inshore, standup, pier and other types of fishing can really elevate your angling to the next level.
Your boat needs to have all of the required safety equipment on board, both so that everyone’s safe and so you don’t get ticketed by the Coast Guard. Stop in to get any safety items you might need, and feel free to ask the staff for help if you’re unsure of the requirements for a boat like yours.
You’re going to want sunglasses when out on the water, and you don’t want to lose a nice pair of sunglasses in the sea. Make sure you pick up an Eyewear Retainer to keep your glasses on even when looking down. The retainer attaches to both ends of your glasses’ frame and loops around your head. The piece comes in many different colors, styles and materials that you can choose from.
If you haven’t used a Fish Finder before, this is a powerful piece of equipment. It’ll show the depth of water below your boat and where fish swimming below are. Use the finder to make sure your boat doesn’t hit bottom in shallow areas and to find the leviathans swimming in the deep waters below.
– Don’t just come here for supplies and the official report. Strike up some conversations with the employees, and you’ll gain valuable insights into fishing the Destin area. You might here a tall (or true) tale too. Most of the employees are avid anglers themselves, and they have extensive knowledge of and many stories about fishing these waters.