Rodeo Rod and Reel Report - Sept. 1-5

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

Pier/Surf

Under mostly sunny skies with a light east wind, the water is smooth with a 2-foot ground swell at the Okaloosa Island Pier Tuesday morning. In the last few days anglers have been catching hardtail, Spanish mackerel, skipjack, redfish, bluefish, whiting and tarpon. With the water getting clearer everyday, pompano and whiting are showing up in the surf.

Inshore/Bay

Inshore fishing for speckled trout is picking up. Best time to snag a trout is at night under the dock lights or in the early morning. Best bait is 3-4 inch live croaker and menhaden. Redfish are stacking up around the bridge. Try using a 4-5 inch croaker to catch that redfish. There are a lot of bull shark around Mid-Bay Bridge and Jack Crevalle are showing up on the flats. Try using a plastic for the Jack Crevalle. Mangrove snapper can be found around the bridges.

Offshore/Bottom

Trolling for king mackerel is still good with several hitting the docks over the Labor Day weekend. Other suspects hitting the docks include bull mingo, scamp, white snapper, lane snapper, Almaco jack red grouper and gag grouper. Remember triggerfish is closed in federal waters. Those fishing offshore are targeting swordfish, marlin, wahoo and tuna around the weed lines.