We were blessed with another great week this last week and it's looking like more of the same for the coming week.
Inshore was especially productive for a lot of folks fishing the sound and East Bay. Reds were reported by practically everyone fishing in the flats in the sound with the hottest action coming first thing in the morning! Live shrimp pitched around the deeper docks with just a split shot has been the most productive presentation, but folks are also doing pretty good fishing them under a popping cork. The popping cork presentation is also producing good numbers of specks between docks and along drop offs. Black drum, sheepshead, and the occasional flounder are also being caught in those same areas. Spanish are roaming Pensacola Bay from 3-Mile to the pass. Folks fishing the sound around Navarre are also reporting a few sightings East of the Navarre Bridge.
The Navarre Pier is all about the kings these days although folks are still catching an occasional cobia the kings are more consistent. Spanish, redfish, and pompano round out the most targeted species although folks are still catching the occasional sheepshead, black drum, whiting, and blue fish. Those fishing the surf are mostly catching pompano, redfish, and whiting. Folks targeting sharks are still doing pretty good, but as the beaches get more and more crowded I'm starting to get fewer and fewer reports.
Offshore cobia is still the number one targeted species these days. It's been slow going for most folks, but there have been some really nice fish caught this year. A lot of folks these days bottom fishing are starting to fish in 500 plus feet targeting deep water groupers and tilefish and from the reports I'm getting the fishing is pretty good. Those fishing state waters are mostly targeting amberjack, red and scamp grouper, red porgies and mingo snappers. Kings are pretty much everywhere and the near shore guys are having no problems catching their limits of 10 to 15 pound kings. The only species I have not heard much of are blackfin tuna. I would have expected to hear a few reports of them being caught by both nearshore and offshore fishermen. Hopefully we will start to here more about the as well as mahi, and wahoo in the next couple of weeks.
Until next time, tight lines!
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