The sun is shining with a northwest breeze blowing and grassy water at the Okaloosa Island Pier Tuesday morning. In the last couple of days anglers have pulled in Spanish mackerel, hardtail, bluefish, skipjack, king mackerel, barracuda, redfish, and one speckled trout on Monday. Tarpon are also being caught at the pier. However if you’re fishing off a boat, try drifting a live bait just off the sand bar.
Right now, speckled trout is the hot ticket. Capt. Daniel Pike on the Inshore Angler and Capt. John Tenore on the Dawn Patrol have reported big trout on the bay side. Try fishing live bait. Redfish are also in abundance around the bridges and mouths of the bayous. A few Spanish mackerel are still being caught trolling spoons near the Coast Guard Station.
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 live cigar minnows or a Yo-zuri around the southeast rocks, broken bottom or Timber Holes. Offshore, anglers are catching wahoo, dolphin and swordfish at night near the Spur.