With very few clouds above, the water is clean with a 1-2 foot wave rolling in at the Okaloosa Island Pier Tuesday morning. Anglers were already catching Spanish mackerel, king mackerel and hardtails Tuesday morning. Other fish caught in the last few days include skipjack and bluefish.
Trout and redfish bite are the hot ticket right now, according to Pete Wright at Ships Chandler. Redfish are showing up in the sound and trout in the late evenings and at night. Try live shrimp for bait, or menhaden. Trout can be found on the grassflats, in 4- to 6-feet of water. In the surf, a few pompano and ladyfish are still showing up.
Captains and anglers are counting down the days until the opening of red snapper season, this Saturday, June 1. Anglers will be able to keep two per person. In the meantime, some big amberjack, scamp, mingo, white snapper and triggerfish can be found hanging around the deep water wrecks. Try fishing for red grouper along the natural bottom. Hardtails work well on amberjack, plus you might want to try a butterfly jig. Wahoo are showing up on the Edge and around the Nipple.