Maybe it’s the mild temperatures, but the Okaloosa Island Pier continues producing Spanish mackerel. A “cuda” was caught on Sunday and Saturday yielded pompano. Catches that are expected this time of year include bluefish and whiting. There were no recent reports of redfish being caught, but they must be around.
Also look for bonito. As always, fish the tide. Water moving past structures dislodges food, and where there’s bait, there are bait eaters.
There has to be something around the East Pass jetties, maybe bluefish, redfish, and bonito. So far, there are no reports of sheepshead being caught. Inshore wrecks are yielding some flounder. Sink bull minnows. Speckled trout can found in deeper bayou holes. Look for muddy bottom. Also look for specks at the mouths of the rivers and creeks. Try bouncing soft plastics across the bottom. Don’t be surprised if fishing for specks produces redfish. Colder temperatures should improve the speck bite, but, if the air stays warm and the sky sunny, trying fishing deeper grassbeds.
Warmer temperatures might encourage the few remaining king mackerel to stick around. Flyline live bait, if you can find it. The blackfin tuna bite remains good.
Flyline live bait, if you can find it. Fish for kings and blackfins above structures such as reefs or dropoffs. If bottom fishing, look for mingo snapper, amberjack, and an occasional red grouper.