Rod and Reel Report - Aug. 5-9
Under sunny skies and warm temps, the water is flat and clear at the Okaloosa Island Pier Tuesday morning. In the last few days anglers have been catching hardtail, ladyfish, redfish, tarpon, Spanish mackerel and whiting. There's an occasional pompano still running in the surf and whiting has been good. Shrimp, sandfleas or jigs work well for bait.
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.
Amberjack is back on the catch list as well as triggerfish in state waters. The limit for amberjack, which is eligible in federal and state waters, is one per person and they must measure 30 inches to keep. One of the first amberjack to hit the docks was a 95.7-pounder caught by Byron Croft on the Swoop with Capt. Mark Tilden. Other fish coming in from those bottom trips, include mingo, white snapper, scamp, and grouper. Trolling for king mackerel has been good with boats bringing in their limit (two per person) on almost every outing. Offshore the tuna bite is good.