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Okaloosa Island Pier Fishing Tournament

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Spring along the Emerald Coast is packed with fun fishing events. These tournaments are wonderful ways to get out of your Gulf Coast home and enjoy the beautiful beach weather before the shores become packed with visitors. One such tournament is the Okaloosa Island Pier Spring Fishing Tournament.

This tournament takes place beginning March 1, 2014 and runs through May 18, 2014 from 6AM to 7PM. The Cobia run is taking place making it easy to reel in a contender for the tournament. Other species available to fish during this tournament include King Mackerel and Pompano.

Not only is this tournament fun and a great way to enjoy life as a Fort Walton Beach or Destin local, but it also benefits a great cause. Entrance fees to the tournament vary, Cobia cost $25 while King Mackerel and Pompano are $20 each to enter, but all benefit a great cause. All of the proceeds help support local veteran’s, as well as groups that work with veteran’s and their families.

If pier fishing isn’t for you, don’t worry. The Destin Cobia tournament, which can be fished from the decks of local Destin charter boats, is still in full swing throughout the month of April. Grab your rod and reel and don’t miss these fun, local fishing tournaments this spring!

License-Free Fishing on the Gulf Coast

Friday, August 30th, 2013

Whether you own real estate in Destin and along Florida’s Gulf Coast or just happen to be visiting with us this Labor Day weekend, you are in for treat. For one day this weekend, September 1, 2013, you can experience fishing our emerald waters license-free!

Obtaining a Florida fishing license is not especially difficult or expensive, but if you happen to just be visiting, or have recently purchased a home on the Emerald Coast, then this is the perfect opportunity to try our area’s favorite sport without going through the hassle. License-free fishing applies only in Florida on this day and is exlcusive to our saltwater fish. All you need to do to take advantage of this opportunity is grab a pole and some bait before heading out to your favorite spot along the water. Choose from a myriad of options, including multiple piers and endless stretches of sand.

Cast your line and see if you can’t reel in the big one this weekend. The vast of majority of local fish are currently in season. This includes a range of Snapper (not red!), Grouper and, of course, Gulf of Mexico favorites such as Cobia and King Mackerel. Hit the shores this weekend and happy fishing!

Come Out This Weekend for the Destin Fishing Rodeo

Friday, October 14th, 2011

If you’re a northwest Florida home owner looking for something fun – and potentially profitable! – to do this weekend, come out to the Destin Fishing Rodeo. Established in 1948, the Fishing Rodeo is the ultimate fishing tournament for saltwater anglers of all ages.

The competition is open every day through October 31. If you fish aboard a boat that’s registered in the Rodeo, your tournament entry is FREE. You can book your fishing trip on a registered boat by clicking here. Otherwise, the tournament is open to both private and charter boats. Fishing on the pier bridge jetty is free for anglers who are 14 or younger; there’s a required $25 fee for those 15 and over.

Weigh-ins are every day on the docks at A.J.’s Seafood and Oyster Bar, from 10am to 7pm.

Over 30,000 anglers compete in the Destin Fishing Rodeo throughout the month of October. There are daily, weekly, and overall prizes awarded, totaling over $100,000 in cash and prizes. And you can compete with others of similar age/ability by participating in the Junior, Teen, Ladies and Senior Divisions.

Virtually every gamefish is recognized with awards during the Rodeo. Whether you’re trolling inshore for King Mackerel, offshore for Marlin and Sailfish, or fishing the deep bottoms for Red Snapper and Grouper, you’ll be in the running for prizes!

This Saturday (October 15), there are two special events associated with the Rodeo. B<span style=”font-family: Arial,sans-serif;”>ring your child (ages 12 and under) to the Okaloosa Island Pier for a fun-filled morning of fishing on the pier with the Rootin Tootin Rodeo Round-Up. The round-up begins at 9:00am and ends with lunch on the dock at noon. The cost is $10.00 per child, and includes the pier fee for the angler and his/her parents, a tee-shirt, bait, a rod and reel to keep, and lunch.

After the round-up, the Destin Car Club presents Motorfest 2011 – the Euro Exotic Car Show. Come out and see over 100 Euro Exotic cars on display, including Porsche, Ferrari, and Lamborghini and luxury boats from Legendary Marine. There will be a free live concert on the HarborWalk Village stage, with Grammy winner Ricky Lee Phelps and his band Lektric Mullet.

If you’re thinking of buying or selling a home in Panama City Beach or Destin, the Veach Team is prepared to help you find the Florida home of your dreams. Contact us today, and let us show you why “Life is a Beach” here in beautiful Destin! And don’t forget to “LIKE” us on Facebook – we’d love to talk with you.


Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

Destin, Florida

Boating Magizine-Destin is perfectly situated to celebrate in style the aquatic wonder known as the Gulf of Mexico.

Located on Florida’s Panhandle midway between Pensacola and Panama City, Destin offers snorkeling, scuba diving, parasailing, light-tackle fishing, trolling and deep-sea bottom-fishing. Sugar-sand beaches and barrier islands are as abundant as dining, shopping and golfing.

Boaters find the bay and Intracoastal Waterway beginner-friendly; the active east Pass into the Gulf of Mexico, with its tides, currents and swells, calls for a more experienced hand.

To celebrate water with friends new and old, visit Crab Island, an “underwater island,” for boating and partying on the north side of the Destin bridge. In summer, a barge and boat vendors sell burgers, ice cream, steamed shrimp and other culinary treats.

Plentiful vacation rentals include home and condo rentals. Southern Resorts manage over 1300 Condo’s, Beach Front Homes, Waterfront Rentals a bay front Wedding service. Destin has also rated as one of the Best fishing spots in the World.

Sandestin’s 98-slip, open-to-the-public Baytowne Marina welcomes boats up to 140 feet. The marina staff provides personal concierge services — arranging tee times, restaurant reservations and tram service. Other marinas dot the coastline

White Sand and Emerald Water

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

St. Joseph State Park. The beaches out on Cape San Blas have been rated in Coastal Living Magazine in the top 33 beaches in the world. The beaches are White Quartz and Seashell’s galore to pick up. Located in the town of Port St. Joe. A cozy little town located 45 miles east of Panama City, Fl. Just follow Hwy 98 and follow Hwy 30 out to the state park. There is over 9 miles of unspoiled beaches. You can make a day trip or camp for several days. Great restaurants and shopping. The fishing is awesome. You have the best of both worlds with the Gulf of Mexico on the south side and a pristine bay on the north side of the peninsula. Scallop season opens July 1 and runs until September. There is a public boat ramp, boat ramp at the State Park and my favorite place to launch is Presnell’s Fish Camp. The owner Fred will be glad to give you advice and tell you where the hot spots are. He will also guide you around the bay. If your looking for that great beach vacation get-away then you will love Port St. Joe. Southern Resorts has rentals at the Barefoot Cottages.

Tupelo Honey Festival

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

Do you like Honey? This is a great time of year to visit the quaint little town called WeWahitchka, the locals just call it WeWa. This town is known for it’s World Class fresh water fishing. There are several lakes and rivers that are loaded with Bass, Bream, Channel Cat and my favorite the giant Flat Head Catfish. The Tupelo tree blooms in the spring along the banks of the many rivers. The honey bee’s make the best tasting honey in the world. It is so pure that it never turns to sugar. The festival is May 15 at Lake Alice Park in downtown WeWa. The festival has music, arts and crafts, food, activities, and plenty of Honey to sample and buy. WeWa is located about 30 miles east of Panama City, Fl and 20 miles north of Mexico Beach. If you want to getaway for a great weekend beach vacation go to
They manage Barefoot Cottages in Mexico Beach. Go enjoy some Honey, Honey.

List Baby, List!

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

What is the difference between agents who are selling, having their best year, closing 20-30 deals per month and other agents who have not even closed two this year? Listings. Have you ever heard the phrase “If you don’t list, you don’t last?” 

How to Survive this Market! Set some goals and stick to them.  Learn something new one hour every day you work.  Technology in real estate has doubled just this year.  Agents that jumped on board during the Gold Rush got little to no training.  Those agents did not even learn the basics of how to return calls or to turn calls into client’s.  NAR is predicting another 30% drop out of agents this year.  This is a good thing for all of us who take our jobs seriously.  The number of transactions per agent are so diluted that Brokers will start dropping next. Agents don’t plan to fail, they just fail to plan.

Write Your Business Plan! Did you know that less then 10% of real estate agents have a written business plan? In today’s market, you have to know how many transactions it will take to accomplish your income goal and then work the numbers backwards.  How many contacts will it take? Prospecting 3-4 hours everyday. If you need a good business plan e-mail me and I will send you mine.

Training!  Take classes; knowledge in this market is power. RE/MAX has on-line training that you can watch on any computer 365 days a year 24/7.  It’s an incredible tool. Boards, Banks, and Attorneys are all giving classes. National Conventions are also a great place to hear speakers and I always learn something new just from shopping with all the Real Estate Vendors.  I will admit that in my 20 years as a REALTOR(r) that this year has been overwhelming with all the short sales, forclosures, social networking and learning how to blog.

Listing tools! First you need to have a dynamic listing presentation. Think of it as your resume and you are applying for a job. Show them your experience, community involvement, and your qualifications and designations.  Your marketing plan should include your website and positioning. If 85% of all buyers are coming from the web, then you have to show your seller where you market their listing. Here are a few to start with:,, Trulia, and Zillow.  These are all free.  I then give them 25 questions to ask when interviewing a REALTOR(r) and my 25 answers. This can knock out any competition. The finale page should be 4-6 testmonals from your clients.

Work the Numbers! First, your sphere of influence should include at least 100 that will only refer to your business.  Build your own Business Partner book who you send referrals. Join social networking groups like LinkedIn, facebook, and RisMedia. Start working expireds and FSBO.  You have to plant a lot of seeds to reap a new harvest. List baby, List!

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