With the sun shining, and a 1-foot wave rolling in, the water is a bit dark after the rain at the Okaloosa Island Pier Monday morning. In the last couple of days, anglers have pulled in whiting, redfish, hardtail, skipjack, bluefish and tarpon. A few ladyfish and blue runners are showing up in the surf.
After the rain, fishing in the bay has slowed down. However, redfish are still biting near Cinco Bayou and Shalimar bridges. Speckled trout have shut down for now, but the mangrove snapper (gray snapper) are biting well on live greenies.
Boats not holding a federal permit can continue to land red snapper in state waters until July 14. Right now the king mackerel is making a big showing. Try trolling the southeast rocks, broken bottom or Timber Holes. Gag grouper is back on the catch list as of July 1 and can be found inshore and off. Amberjack and triggerfish are still off the catch list until Aug. 1. Offshore, out around the rigs, anglers hooking up with blackfin tuna, yellowfin tuna, mahi, wahoo and white marlin.