Rodeo Rod and Reel Report - July 22-25
Under sunny skies and a southeast wind, the water is dirty with a 1-2 foot wave rolling in at the Okaloosa Island Pier Tuesday morning. In the last few days anglers have pulled in redfish, hardtail, skip jack, bluefish, Spanish and king mackerel and tarpon. There's an occasional pompano still running around in the surf and whiting has been good. Shrimp, sandfleas or jigs work well for bait.
During hot summer days, the speckled trout fishing has slowed up somewhat. A lot of smaller trout are being caught near Hogtown and Mack Bayou and on the north side of the bay. Look for clean water. Finding bait is a bit tough, but a live croaker will do the trick if you can find one. Redfish are still stacked up at the bridges. There are a few ladyfish and bluefish in the bay.
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 and wahoo 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.