With overcast skies and a northwest wind, the water is clean with a 1-foot wave rolling in at the Okaloosa Island Pier Monday morning. In between the rain, anglers have managed to pull in a few king mackerel, hardtail, skipjack, bonito, Spanish mackerel, bluefish, pompano and tarpon. Try shrimp or sandfleas for pompano and whiting.
The rain hasnít slowed down the trout and redfish bite. Try fishing the grass flats just outside the bayous close to the channels with live shrimp or menhaden. Capt. Daniel Pike on the Inshore Angler was getting a pretty good strike on live menhaden on Monday. Itís also possible to hook up with a flounder in the potholes around the flats. In the surf, a few pompano and ladyfish are still showing up.
Limit of red snapper, no problem. Anglers fishing on charter boats have through June 28 to catch snapper. Live bait is always good, but cut squid or minnows work good as well. Other suspects filling the racks include scamp, mingo and white snapper. Triggerfish, amberjack and gag grouper are off the catch list for a little while. However, king mackerel are still available and a few are showing up at the Timber Holes and around the southeast rock. As for offshore, try fishing the Nipple and around the Spur for white and blue marlin.