A lot of changes when it comes to fishing our local waters has occurred since my last report. The inshore, surf, nearshore and offshore fisheries are in full spring pattern!
Inshore the specks and reds are fully onto the flats following the schools of baitfish that have begun to mass on the flats in greater varieties and numbers every day. The Spanish showed up a couple of weeks ago, but are being caught all along the intracoastal from Destin to Pensacola. Just look for the diving seagulls and your more than likely going to find feeding Spanish. Sheepshead are still available around area bridges as well as many of the deeper docks in the sound. Mangrove snapper are also in the same area and will gladly take the live shrimp you are using to target sheepshead.
Kings and cobia have finally made their presence known at the Navarre Pier and this last week. The kings were especially thick this last weekend and after tomorrow I would expect to see more of the same if the weatherman gets his forecast right this time. Pompano catches have also improved over the last week with the best bite being first thing in the morning. Redfish, sheepshead, and whiting continue to make a decent showing as well. Fishing from the surf is producing good numbers of redfish, pompano and whiting.
Offshore the amberjack bite is still going strong in state waters and the king mackerel bite on the near shore wrecks and reefs remains strong. The cobia bite is also picking up along the coast with fish up to 90lbs being brought to the scales in some of the local tournaments. Fishing the nearshore wrecks is still producing good numbers of flounders. Just be sure to have a pitch rod ready just in case a cobia shows up to your flounder party!
Until next time, tight lines!
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