King mackerel have showed up, flat lining and trolling live or fresh dead baits has worked the best.
A few cobia have been picked off the local wrecks and everyone and their brother is running the beach getting eye strain scanning the horizon looking for them. Better reports from the west still but some fish are getting caught locally.
Real good bite on pompano and spanish. Also there were some whiting reported but they have been small, and jack crevalle are cruising the bar hitting just about anything that moves.
The trout and redfish bite was a little slow during this last full moon, assuming you were fishing during the day. Probably did some feeding at night and were harder to get a strike out of during the day. The two tides per day didn't help either. Sheep head have slowed a bit too, still some around but not gangbusters like it was. Plenty of spanish in the bay, trolling for them in about fifteen feet of water just off the shipping channels has worked...
Destin Fishing Report9-17-17 to 9-24-17
Hopefully we are past all the hurricanes for this year and can get focused on fall fishing. The Destin Fishing Rodeo is just around the corner and there is some fall feel to the air in the early mornings. I’m looking forward to some nice fall fishing days as the cooler days mean great days on the water!!
Near Shore Trolling !!
Kings are active most days trolling artificial and live baits over reefs, natural bottom and ledges. Blackfin Tuna, Dolphin and Sailfish are also on the menu. Everyday the temps are nicer and expect the Blackfin Tuna to get better and better!
Offshore Fishing !!
Yellowfin tuna, blackfin tuna, wahoo and white marlin are biting the best. The tuna are best near the rigs and ledges, white marlin near the nipple and 131 hole. Wahoo are holding on offshore ledges and temperature breaks. Always look for floating debris for some good action!
Bottom Fishing !!
Grouper in water 200-350ft deep rocks and ledges, seems to be better...
Not much has changed since me last report and it’s looking like this whole summer will be about getting out there when you see a weather window. So keep an eye on the weather at all times, avoid the outdoors when lightning is present, and bring a light rain jacket or like me just wear quick drying clothing.
Reds, specks and flounder are all over the place right now. You can find them on the shallow flats when the tide is high and deeper docks and drop offs when it’s low. If you can throw a cast net or set out a minnow trap small live pinfish, croakers, and finger mullet are the top baits right now. Whether fished on the bottom with a Carolina rig or under a popping cork, both presentations will entice the fish to eat. Those of you who know me know that I pretty much fish artificial baits exclusively and I have found that the top baits right now for trout and redfish are suspending twitch baits. Soft plastics drug and skipped along the bottom are my go to artificial bait for flounder,...
This week I had the pleasure of meeting a young angler from north Georgia. Brodie K came in just about every day for supplies and a fishing update. His report: “We fished from Mexico Beach in 4-7 foot of water. The baits we used were Zman scented shrimpZ in New Penny and Natural. I was also able to catch them on the Savage 3D shrimp.
Pictures provided by Brodie and his father
SCALLOPS! The moment everyone has waited for has finally arrived. Starting Saturday, September 23rd through Sunday, October 8th St. Joseph Bay will be open for harvesting scallops. Read about it here. Get your gear ready!
What else is hot: Crabbing along the shoreline, trout, flounder, reds, Spanish, kings, and mangrove snapper. Fishing has not slowed down. Hit the water this weekend to catch and gather your own seafood...