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Destin High School Fishing Class

ECBGFC supports the first ever high school in existence in Destin, Destin High School, and their accredited Fishing Class lead by Captain Mike Parker to help educate and fund students in the bountiful joys of fishing and livelihood that comes along with it.  The students earn class credit for volunteering at our fishing tournaments and events, which help them learn management qualities, fish identification, and fish handling skills along with communicating and building relationships with our teams and boat captains. 

We are honored to be able to support the Destin High School Fishing Class. ECBGFC presented the first check to Principal Christine Cruikshank and Captain Mike Parker at the 2022 Sportsman's Ball.  

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Thank you for your support!


  • You must fish from the beach, not in a boat and provide your own fishing equipment and bait.

  • Provide picture verification for each fish to be weighed in that includes the assigned verification marker.  *Verification marker will be announced the day before tournament begins.*

  • Fishing begins Saturday, May 6th at 12:01am and ends at 4:00pm.

  • Eligible fish for prizes are pompano, redfish, and spanish mackerel.

  • Scales open at 4:00pm located at Harbor Docks.  You must be in line to weigh your fish no later than 5:00pm.  Awards will follow the closing of the scales.

  • Anyone can fish this tournament.  Entry is $20 per person.  Destin High School Fishing Club Members are FREE.  Registration ends on May 5 at 7:00pm.  

  • In case of a tie, the first fish weighed by time in is the tie breaker.

  • Fish at your own risk with parental consent.  ECBGFC is not responsible for any injury, lost or stolen property, and waives all responsibility for every participant. 

  • Please follow all rules and regulations of Florida Fish & Wildlife and all state laws.

  • We encourage you to be respectful and show sportsmanlike conduct to your peers.


As of January 2023, the Emerald Coast Big Game Fishing Club will be launching the Destin High School Fishing Club.  Whether students are an experienced angler or ready to learn about fishing, we encourage all grades at Destin High School to join. 

Students can register at the school with Captain Mike Parker or Principle Cruikshank.

Dues are $25.

What to expect from this Fishing Club?

  • Learn the basics of fishing

  • Share fishing stories with other club members

  • Fishing field trips & tournaments

  • Education on conservation

  • Discuss hot topics with Guest Speakers

  • Community support & service

  • Be a part of the Emerald Coast Big Game Fishing Club tournaments

  • and so much more!

If you would like to get involved with or help fund this project, please contact

Crystal LaFosse at 337-802-5525.

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