Under mostly cloudy skies with a north wind, the water is starting to clear with a 2-foot swell rolling in at the Okaloosa Island Pier Tuesday morning. In the last couple of days anglers have pulled in sheepshead and flounder with an occasional pompano showing up. Got word Monday, that a cobia was hooked and broken off at the Pensacola Pier.
Sheepshead is the hot ticket right now around the Destin bridge, docks and jetties. Redfish are still biting in those areas as well. Live shrimp, fiddler crab or an oyster works well for luring in a sheepshead. Anglers on the hunt for cobia are coming up empty. Capt. Chris Wagner and the crew of the Full Pull went out Friday, Saturday and Monday and didn't see anything. They were back out on Tuesday. "The water is just so dirty because of all the rain," Capt. Wagner said. "We need a south wind to blow it on out."
Boats out bottom fishing are pulling in nice catches of mingo, white snapper, triggerfish as well as amberjack and amberine. Try using a butterfly jig for amberjack. Boston mackerel or squid on a small hook works best for triggerfish.