The sun is shining, and the water is clean with a 1-foot wave rolling in at the Okaloosa Island Pier Tuesday morning. In the last couple of days anglers have pulled in redfish, whiting, Spanish mackerel, bluefish, skipjacks, pompano, speckled trout and hardtails.
Big giant trout from Hogtown Bayou to Destin are being caught in the bay right now. But big bait is a must to lure in the big trout. The hot ticket-bait is the biggest croakers you can find. There are several reports of redfish being caught around the Mid-Bay and Destin bridges and under the lights at night around the docks. Light tackle and live shrimp work well.
Red snapper are back on the catch list in state waters for 21 days, while those with a federal permit can catch the snapper until Oct. 14. Amberjack, grouper, triggerfish and mingo continue to be caught on a regular basis. The grouper bite has been good on the inshore and offshore wrecks. Amberjack are good on the southwest edge and mingo and triggerfish are showing up on Mingo Ridge and the south edge. King mackerel and blackfin tuna are picking up near the pass and broken bottom. Offshore, wahoo are showing up on the edges and swordfish near the Spur at night.