The Hooter's Fishing Report - Aug. 6-9

Staff Writer
The Destin Log


The sun is shining and the water calm and clear at the Okaloosa Island Pier Tuesday morning. In the last couple of days, anglers have pulled in bluefish, hardtail, Spanish mackerel, skipjacks, king mackerel and pompano.


As the water continues to clear up, fishing for trout gets better. Right now, anglers might want to concentrate on the western portion of Choctawhatchee Bay for trout. Best time is night and late evenings. Redfish are showing up in the sound and around the deepwater docks. Best bait for either is live shrimp or menhaden. A few Spanish mackerel are still being caught trolling spoons near the Coast Guard Station.


Amberjack and triggerfish opened up Aug. 1 and anglers are wasting no time in snagging them. Capt. Matt Woods on the Rookie said Boston mackerel or squid works well for triggerfish. The grouper bite has been good on the inshore and offshore wrecks. King mackerel are still making a showing. Try trolling live cigar minnows or a Yo-zuri around the southeast rocks, broken bottom or Timber Holes. Offshore, anglers are catching wahoo, dolphin and swordfish at night near the Spur.