The Hooter Fishing Report - May 20-24

Staff Writer
The Destin Log


The sun is shining over clear water at the Okaloosa Island Pier Tuesday morning. With a 1-foot wave rolling in, anglers are already catching Spanish mackerel, hardtail and king mackerel. Other suspects reeled in in  the last few days include pompano, skipjacks, redfish and bluefish.


Even though the cobia season is supposed to be over, some of the local guys are still finding a few cobia hanging around within 300 yards of the beach. The Spanish and king mackerel are also showing up in close. Speckled trout and redfish are still hot on the grassflats on the outgoing tide. Pompano, whiting and ladyfish are showing up in the surf in the deeper holes. Try using a sandflea or live shrimp work well for bait.


Big amberjack, scamp, mingo, white snapper and triggerfish can be found hanging around the deep water wrecks. Try fishing for red grouper along the natural bottom. Hardtails work well on amberjack, plus you might want to try a butterfly jig. Wahoo are showing up on the Edge and around the Nipple.