The Hooters Fishing Report 10-1-2012

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

Pier/Surf The water is riled up, with 2-to 3-foot waves rolling in at the Okaloosa Island Pier Monday. On Sunday a few king mackerel, Spanish mackerel, hardtail and bluefish were caught. Other fish pulled in during the last few days include flounder and redfish. A few pompano and whiting are also showing up in the surf.

Inshore/Bay Redfish are red hot and can be found near the bridges and Coast Guard station. There appears to be a lot of slot-size redfish to be had. The slot limit for redfish is 18 to 27 inches. Another hot-ticket fish in the bay is speckled trout. Several trout in the 2- to 4-pound range were brought in at the rodeo Monday afternoon. Flounder gigging is starting to pick up as well with the cooler temperatures in the evening.

Offshore/Bottom Grouper and amberjack are biting along the natural bottom and on the wrecks. Live bait works best for both. You might even want to try a butterfly jig. The charters are also pulling in mingo, white snapper and an occasional blackfin tuna. Offshore, wahoo, dolphin and white marlin are reportedly showing up near the Ozark and Squiggles.