The Hooters fishing report 12-11-2012

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

Pier/Surf The Okaloosa Island Pier, as of yesterday anyway, was still yielding king mackerel. A couple of days earlier the mack catch included Spanish. Maybe the kings will bare the cold weather the next couple of days to stick around for the warmer weather expected this weekend. Also on tap are bluefish, bonito, and whiting. Plus, there’s an occasional flounder and redfish in the mix.

Inshore/Bay River and creek mouths are holding speckled trout. Work the bottom slowly with plastics or live shrimp, if it’s available. Check out the accompanying photo, a flounder and largemouth bass from the Choctawhatchee. There also must be some redfish around, too. The jetties could be a source of flounder and also look for redfish, bluefish, and bonito. A report or two has reds around Marler Bridge and the Coast Guard Station Destin jetty. Offshore/Bottom If you’re heading offshore, fish water no shallower than 150 feet for amberjack and mingo snapper, though mingos have been reported as shallow as 80 feet. Steel structure draws amberjack. Mingo just like some place to hang, whether it’s natural or artificial structure.