The Hooter's Fishing Report - Aug. 12-16

Staff Writer
The Destin Log


Under cloudy skies, the water is mostly clear with a 0-1 foot wave rolling in at the Okaloosa Island Pier Tuesday morning. In the last couple of days angler have hooked up with tarpon, pompano, skipjack, Spanish mackerel, hardtail, bluefish, king mackerel, spadefish and whiting.


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 is showing up in the sound and around the deepwater docks. Best bait for either is live shrimp or menhaden.


Amberjack, grouper, triggerfish and mingo are being caught on a regular basis. 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.