Hooters Fishing Report - Sept. 17-21

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

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Inshore/Bay Redfish are red hot – at least before the weekend rolled around with five tides on Saturday. Capt. Daniel Pike of Inshore Anglers said there are a lot of redfish showing up around the Destin bridge and near the Coast Guard Station. “We’re catching a lot of slot fish which are perfect for customers,” Pike said. The slot limit for redfish is 18 to 27 inches. Redfish are also up in the rivers, Black Creek as well as Choctawhatchee. Offshore/Bottom Grouper and amberjack are biting along the natural bottom and on the wrecks. Live bait works best for both. The charters are also pulling in mingo, white snapper and an occasional blackfin tuna. It may take a little longer to get to those areas the next few weeks with the Air Force running tests in the Gulf during the morning hours. Offshore, wahoo, dolphin and white marlin are reportedly showing up near the Squiggles.