Under mostly sunny skies, the wind is out of the west and water is still dirty at the Okaloosa Island Pier Tuesday morning. In the last couple of days anglers have pulled in Spanish mackerel, king mackerel, skipjacks, bluefish, hardtail, whiting and hooked a few tarpon. Surf fishing for pompano, ladyfish and blue runners should improve as the water clears up.
Despite the rainfall, redfish are still thick near the Destin bridge and around the Coast Guard Station. Some big stingrays, 50- to 80-pounders, are being caught in and around Crab Island, according to Pete Wright of Ships Chandler. Anglers are also hooking up with bull shark at Crab Island. Black snapper are showing up in good numbers at the Mid-Bay Bridge. Best bait is Ly’s.
The grouper bite has been good on the inshore and offshore wrecks. Amberjack and triggerfish will be back on the catch list Aug. 1. King mackerel are still making a showing. Try trolling the southeast rocks, broken bottom or Timber Holes. Offshore, out around the rigs, anglers are hooking up with blackfin tuna, yellowfin tuna, mahi, wahoo and white marlin.