The sun is shining and the water is clear and calm at the Okaloosa Island Pier Tuesday. Anglers were already pulling in king mackerel, Spanish mackerel, hardtail and skipjacks Tuesday morning. Other fish caught in the last couple of days include bluefish and redfish. A few pompano and whiting are also showing up in the surf.
Redfish are red hot and can be found near the bridges and Coast Guard station. There appears to be a lot of slot-size redfish to be had. Local angler Lynn Usery pulled in a 6-pound redfish aboard his kayak Sunday for a spot on the leader board in the 64th annual Destin Fishing Rodeo. Trout action is just as hot as redfish. John Blanchard pulled in a 5-pound speckled trout Monday for a rodeo entry. Flounder gigging is starting to pick up as well with the cooler temperatures in the evening.
Grouper and amberjack are biting along the natural bottom and on the wrecks. Live bait works best for both. In the last few days, some of the boats have brought in some grouper in the 50- to 60-pound range from 35 miles out. Anglers are also pulling in some big mingo, white snapper and blackfin tuna. Offshore, the wahoo and dolphin bite is good. There have also been hookups with blue and white marlin as well as sailfish.