With hazy skies, and an east wind, the water is lean with a 1-2 foot waves rolling in at the Okaloosa Island Pier. On Monday, anglers pulled in pompano and flounder. Other fish caught in the last couple of days include whiting and redfish. Try shrimp or sandfleas for bait.
Inshore around local wrecks, there’s still a decent chance to hook flounder. Sheepshead are showing up around the bridges and structures and they like live shrimp, fiddler crab or an oyster. 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 days and pulled in some nice catches of mingo, white snapper, amberine and triggerfish. 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 for out around the oil rigs. Vertical jigging, chunking and trolling both work for tunas.