OffshoreThe bottom bite is good but there are quite a few species that are closed right now. Come March 1 trigger fish will re open, gag grouper won’t re open till June 1 in our area, amberjack is still “up in the air” you will have to stay tuned. Red snapper is set to open in federal June 1 but state waters are TBD as of right now. However vermillion, white and black snapper as well as Black Sea bass have done their part to fill in. Also there are still some flounder on the inshore wrecks so keep that in mind. A few kings have been reported already and Spanish are here along with squid and bonito.InshoreThe Spanish have showed right behind the squid, both in the bay and along the beach. A few sheep head are getting caught, not any big numbers yet but that could happen any day now. Big redfish in the pass and under the big bridges, mix in a few black drum too. Speckled trout in the back waters and out in the grass flats some. A lot of mangrove snapper around docks, rocks and marinas...
Destin Fishing Report 2-21-18
King Mackerel are showing up along with some blackfin tuna!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Pier Fishing---The Panama City Piers started catching kings Monday, the Gulf Shores pier caught one Tuesday!! The Okaloosa pier has seen some kings today 2-21-18 and caught their first Blackfin Tuna a few days ago and more today, Some Pompano, sheepshead and redfish.
Trolling---While no one has reported catching a king mackerel with all the action at the piers I think you could go catch a few along with a blackfin tuna or two. Spanish should be here any day.
Offshore Fishing---A few daytime swordfish being caught and again with the kings showing up at the piers if someone caught a wahoo would not be surprising.
Bottom Fishing---Mingo snapper for days, red grouper and scamp.
Bay Fishing---Sheepshead on most of the bridge pilings, Reds around the Destin Bridge and jetties. Bull reds trolling the Crab Island Channel, Midbay Bridge and under diving birds. Trout mostly around 4 mile...
February 6th 2018 WEEKLY FISHING FORECAST
Looks like we are going to see more than one front come through this week raising the miserable rainy winter meter up a few notches as well as throwing a few curve balls here and there when it comes to getting out and catching a few for the table. It’s times like this that I have had some of my best days on the water as well as my worse. Most would say that’s about how it always is for them, but with these fast moving fronts the bite is going to be going on and off like a strobe light.
Inshore fishermen will probably be effected the most as the reds and trout get lock jaw one day and then the next day or even that afternoon or morning the bite is on fire. For those looking for a more consistent bite stick with targeting inshore species around deep structure like the jetties in the Pensacola and Destin passes or deeper bridges like Garcon Point Bridge. Sheepshead, redfish, bluefish and black drum should be around the passes with specks and...
Fishin’ Report Feb. 23, 2018-St Joe Bay-Spring is right around the corner. Temperatures are rising and fish are biting! With windy conditions most anglers are hitting the head of the bay or hanging in the canal. Trout and Redfish are the main targets. On the flats in the bay, work the grass edges on the drop offs, pot holes, or deep channels between two flats. Most of the fish will hanging around those locations.
In the canal, tie up near the “T”. Work either side, any debris or structure should hold some fish. You may even find an occasional black drum or sheepshead. Under the bridge is starting to pick up as well. Some nice Bull Redfish are being caught there and some smaller trout. Even a few Pompano have been pulled.
Live shrimp or small bait fish will be your best bait to use. Artificial lures should mimic a shrimp or small bait fish. Gulp 3”, ZMan Scented, and D.O.A. have all caught fish. Switch things up if you’re unsuccessful. Best fishing is early to mid-morning and later...