Under clear skies and calm winds, the water is flat and clear at the Okaloosa Island Pier. In recent days anglers have been catching whiting, king mackerel, hardtail, sailfish, mangrove snapper, cobia, Spanish mackerel, ladyfish, bluefish and tarpon.
Inshore fishing has been good lately. Speckled trout are showing up in the bayous, especially those on the north side of the bay. Redfish are biting well around the Destin Coast Guard Station and the bridges, such as the Marler Bridge and the Mid-Bay Bridge. Greenies and croakers work well for both redfish and trout. Flounder are starting to show up in the sound and bayous. Try using a small cigar minnow or a finger mullet to snag a flounder. A few sailfish and blackfin tuna have been caught right out front near the sea buoy.
Bottom fishing has been productive with good catches mingo and white snapper hitting the docks. Other fish coming in from those bottom trips include lane snapper, grouper, bonito, scamp and cobia. Trolling for king mackerel is also doing well. A lot of the charter boats are mixing it up, doing a little trolling for mackerel and pulling their mingo off the bottom. As for offshore, a few of the boats have been venturing out near the Spur and hooking up with blue marlin and white marlin. The yellowfin bite offshore is still hot as well.