Under overcast skies, with an east wind and clean water at the Okaloosa Island Pier anglers were already catching flounder Tuesday morning. In the last couple of days, flounder has been the fish for those at the pier as well as sheepshead. When targeting sheepshead, try a live fiddler crab or live shrimp on a small hook with a light weight.
Inshore around local wrecks, there’s still a decent chance to hook flounder. Bull reds are showing up in the pass and around the Mid-Bay Bridge. Try trolling a deep diving plug. Speckled trout are a little lethargic this time of year but can be found in deep water holes near the mouths of the river. Live shrimp or soft plastic grubs work well for luring in the trout.
A few of the party boats have ventured out in the last couple of weeks and pulled in some nice catches of mingo, white snapper, amberine and triggerfish. Triggerfish were finally put back on the catch list Jan. 1 after being shut down for more than six months. Boston mackerel or squid on a small hook works best for triggerfish. Other fish coming in from the eight-hour trips are red grouper and amberjack. Blackfin tuna have been reported as close in as the edge. However, the best tuna reports are coming from out around the oil rigs. Vertical jigging, chunking and trolling both work for tunas.