Under mostly cloudy skies, the water is clean with a light chop and 1-2 foot waves rolling in at the Okaloosa Island Pier. In recent days anglers have been catching whiting, redfish, ladyfish, Spanish mackerel, pompano, king mackerel and hardtail.
Inshore fishing has been good. 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 even 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.
Since red snapper and grouper opened in federal waters earlier this month, some mighty big ones of both have hit the docks. The Twilight hauled in a 73.9-pound grouper last week and several of the boats have been landing red snapper in the 20-plus range. Cigar minnow works well for red snapper. The huge grouper was caught using a bonito strip. Other fish coming in from the bottom trips include mingo, lane snapper, black snapper, white snapper, bonito, scamp and more. As for offshore, things are getting active with blue marlin, tuna, wahoo and dolphin being caught.