Rodeo Rod and Reel Report - July 15-19

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

Pier/Surf

Under cloudy skies, the rain is on-and-off again at the Okaloosa Island Pier Tuesday morning with a slight chop on the water. In the last couple of days anglers have caught Spanish and Northern mackerel, tarpon, skipjack, hardtail, bluefish and whiting. Those fishing off the beach are hooking up with an occasional ladyfish, pompano and whiting. Shrimp, sandfleas or jigs work well.

Inshore/Bay

Speckled trout and redfish bite is still on. Trout are being caught right in Destin harbor around the docks. You may want to try fishing with live croakers on the west end of the bay past Sandestin, as well. Redfish are also stacking up around the bridges as well as a few black snapper. Try fishing around the docks at night under the lights with light tackle and big shrimp — get ready for a trout bite.

Offshore/Bottom

Red snapper season came to a close Monday, but there are still plenty of fish to be caught. Some mighty big mingo are coming in from the longer trips. Other fish showing up on the docks from those bottom fishing trips include red grouper, gag grouper, white snapper, scamp and snowy grouper from the deepwater. Trolling for king mackerel, wahoo and dolphin has been phenomenal with many mackerel breaking the 40-pound mark. On the offshore trips around the oil rigs, the tuna and billfish bite is still on.