With the on again off again rain, the water has been flat, dirty and grassy at the Okaloosa Island Pier. In recent days anglers have been catching pompano, hardtails, king mackerel, Spanish mackerel, ladyfish, bluefish and Jack Crevalle.
Inshore fishing has been good as of late. Tons of trout are being caught on the outgoing tide around the grass flats and channels to the bayous. Best baits are live shrimp or menhaden. Redfish are showing up around the docks in 2- to 3-feet of water. Trying using croakers for bait. Pompano and whiting are showing up in the surf. There have also been a few pompano showing up in the bay in 1- to 2-feet of water on the sandy bottom. Try tossing a shrimp for a bite.
With the opening of red snapper and grouper in federal waters on June 1, anglers are pulling them in left and right. Anglers have been catching the snapper on reefs, wrecks and natural bottom. Cigar minnows work well for bait. Grouper can be found in deeper water on the natural bottom in the deep holes 150-300 feet of water. Try using a bigger bait for the grouper. Other fish being caught on those bottom trips include mingo, lane snapper, black snapper, white snapper, bonito, scamp and more. As for offshore, a few wahoo and dolphin are being caught and tuna out near the oil rigs.