The Tarpon bite has really turned on here over the last week with boats catching as many as 4 or 5 in a day on the better days. Some days the Okaloosa Island Pier is catching 10-20. Oh, and Cobia, once again, just like the last couple years are biting better now than they did during Cobia season. Unlike the spring when we catch them spot casting the guys are catching them chumming over reefs, wrecks and natural rock bottom.
Needless to say, the Red Snapper bite is still very good, the best action seems to be 125-250ft depths. While you are red snapper fishing there are plenty of chances at Black Snapper fishing a fly line or a 1ox knocker rig up in the water column. There has been a better bite of beach grouper this summer than in past years when I say Beach Grouper I'm talking 60-90ft over natural bottom or reef. Of course some nice Red Grouper 30-50 miles southeast and some good scamp 25-45 miles southwest.
While yes they are catching King Mackerel they have not been on fire the last week or so, somewhere between a steady bite to slow action, Random Chicken Dolphin and plenty of Bonita, a few Barracuda, and occasional Blackfin Tuna.
The Emerald Coast Blue Marlin tournament was this past weekend and fishing was off the hook good. Several Blue Marlins over 500lb, tunas over 100lb, Dolphin in the 20-30lb range and Wahoo well over 50lb were weighed in.
Tarpon are, of course, the main target species here with some really good days of 10-20 fish days, Quite a few Hardtails and Ladyfish and a few over Slot Redfish.
Reports have it that the Redfish around Hog Town Bayou and Four Mile Point is as good as it gets, many charter boats are talking about catch and release fishing 25-35 fish a day, there is somewhat of a Trout bite but they have been on and off with the best fishing at night around the dock lights.
The June Grass has taken over large portions of the beach and fishing has slowed, Some Ladyfish and Hardtail action, Sharks are good to great after dark.