Rodeo Rod and Reel Report - April 21-25

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

Pier/Surf

The sun is out and the water is clear and calm at the Okaloosa Island Pier Tuesday morning. Sheepshead has been the catch of the day the last few days at the pier. Other suspects showing up have been Spanish mackerel, pompano and red drum. Pompano fishing in the surf has been red hot as well. Shrimp and sandfleas work well for pompano.

Inshore/Bay

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. The Spanish mackerel are here as well and can be caught right in the harbor.

Offshore/Bottom

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 scamp are good on deep water ledges. No reports from offshore.