Closer to shore, there were some grouper, amberjack, flounder, large beeliners and plenty of triggerfish caught within 15 miles of the pass. Dead cigar minnows and squid worked well on the grouper and squid was the bait of choice for beeliners and triggerfish. A few anglers we talked to that had success with the flounder on the inshore wrecks had cast netted some finger mullet and used them for bait. The finger mullet were also readily eaten by a lot of red snapper, which the season is currently closed. Again, the red snapper may need to be properly ventilated prior to release.
In the pass, the redfish bite has been pretty good, with most being caught on baits drifted with the tide along the bottom. Some mangrove snapper have also been caught along the rocks as well as some flounder being caught in the pass on small finger mullet and plastic grubs. There are some larger bluefish being caught in the pass as well.
Along the beaches, bluefish, flounder, whiting, redfish and a few pompano were caught this week.
The surf has had some over sized reds, a few pompano and one or two bull whiting.
As for the bay plenty of reds around the Mid Bay and Destin Bridge, the trout have moved to the North and east end of the bay with the exception being around Hogtown and Macks bayou on the south side.
The reds and sheeps head have been around the jetties most days. I have heard of a few white trout and spanish around the Shilimar and Cinco bayou bridges.