Rodeo Rod and Reel Report - April 7-11

Staff Writer
The Destin Log


The sun is out and about a 1-2 foot wave is rolling in at the Okaloosa Island Pier Tuesday morning. In the last few days anglers have been catching a little bit of everything, including a 61-pound cobia. Other usual suspects reeled include Spanish mackerel, bluefish, redfish, sheepshead and pompano. Shrimp and sandfleas work well for pompano.


The big bite near shore is cobia, with several in the 60- to 70-pound range being snagged on live eels and cobia jigs. Reports of redfish, sheepshead and trout are coming in from those fishing in the bay and around the bridges. Try fiddler crabs or live shrimp to lure in those redfish and sheepshead. Speckled trout are biting around the docks at night on live shrimp.


Mingo, triggerfish and white snapper are filling up the racks on those out bottom fishing. Cut squid and Boston mackerel work well for bait on the natural bottom. Red grouper, amberjack and black snapper are also showing up. No reports from offshore.