Here we are in the first week of June and the fishing is as hot as the temperatures. The Destin boats are cleaning in in the billfish tournaments along the gulf coast taking home top money the last few weeks. The tarpon bite is becoming steadier and Red Snapper opens for everyone on Monday June 11th.
The grouper bite is steady in depths 200-400ft deep on hard bottom, rocks and ledges, even in these depths the snapper can be bothersome so make sure to use larger baits like threadfin herring, ruby lips. Mingo snapper and large Bonita strips. Mingo snapper rare plentiful fishing natural bottom 125-185ft on cut squid or mackerel, cut and salt your baits the night before for better action and to make the baits last longer. Some real nice scamp coming in off the deep ledges.
The king bite has been on and off near the beach, the best action has been in the 18’s, Nicky Grounds and the south or southwest edge area. They have been taking live cigar minnows, Yozuri crystal minnows and Yozuri vibes. Random catches of chicken dolphin and Bonita.
Deep Drop Bottom Fishing
Sound like a dead horse but if you have not tried daytime sword fishing you are missing out on a untouched resource just like the snowy grouper, barrel grouper and tilefish.
Blue marlin are definitely on the menu along with dolphin, wahoo and tuna. The Wynsong won this past weekend’s tournament with a 699.3lb blue marlin. Troll red/white or blue/white Islander lures rigged with ballyhoo for steady action.
Tarpon are showing up here, several have been hooked but only a few landed. Random King Mackerel action in the afternoons. Regular action on ladyfish, blue runners and blue fish. A few Spanish mostly larger sized ones being landed.
Both the trout and the reds are biting, early morning fish live baits under a popping cork or topwater baits over the flats, as the day heats up move to deep water docks and fish suspending baits of swimbaits for mid-day action.
We hear some June grass and showed up which will hamper fishing to some degree but has not been wide spread yet. The best daytime action is ladyfish, blue runners and blue fish. There are still some pompano biting but not like the early spring. Sharks are plentiful at dusk and early evenings, use cut ladyfish, Bonita or mullet as bait.