Rodeo Rod and Reel Report - Sept. 8-12

Staff Writer
The Destin Log


Under cloudy skies, the water is clear with a slight chop at the Okaloosa Island Pier on Monday. In the last few days anglers have been catching Spanish mackerel, skipjack, hardtail, flounder, bluefish, ladyfish and redfish. With the water getting clearer, pompano and whiting are showing up in the surf.


The redfish are getting thicker everyday around Crab Island. As a matter of fact, a young man hooked a redfish over the weekend using a piece of cheese for bait and hand lined it in. Speckled trout fishing is best at night under lights with shrimp or greenies for bait. And the trout bite is good for about the first hour in the morning on the grass spots. Blackdrum and black snapper are showing up around the bridges and a few flounder are starting to show up in the sound.


Trolling for king mackerel is still good. 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 the bluewater, 35 to 60 miles out, have been catching dolphin around the weedlines as well as white marlin, swordfish and wahoo.