With the cooler weather and water temperatures dropping, the fish are on the move. Some flounder beginning their migration, try your luck down current from bridge or dock pilings. Good numbers of trout and reds are being found on grass beds, four to twelve feet of water with a good tidal flow. Finger mullet, pinfish, copper and gold spoons, and all sorts of soft plastics are doing the trick most days. At daybreak, you could try some top water but once the sun gets up that action seems to drop off a bit. Still some Spanish mackerel around the bay, lots of mangrove snapper to be found near any structure, oh and some big black drum have surprised a bunch of us both on the flats and deeper structure.
The action along the beach is beginning to pick up, some pompano, big Spanish, loads of ladyfish, and a few whiting. You may also find some tarpon and jack crevalle migrating through.
A good supply of live bait has showed up and the predators are here to greet them....
Destin Fishing Report 10-15-17 to 10-22-17
The westher gods have given us some nice days this week and then on others made it misserable. In between the days the the wind was blowing all angles from the pier, surf, bay private boats and charter boats have brought some nice catch to the Destin Fishing Rodeo - Destin, Florida
Nearshore Trolling---Plenty of kings and good numbers on the blackfin tuna. For kings fish live cigar minnows and plugs like Yozuri or Rapalla lures.... For trophy rodeo kings fish live hardtails, mullet and ladyfish. Balckfin tuna on ceader plugs fished behind a bird teaser.
Offshore Trolling---Some dolphin, a few wahoo, some scattered white and blue marlin and barracuda. Check the offshore report of ROFFS Roffer's Ocean Fishing Forecasting Service, Inc. for fishing locations.
Bottom Fishing--Triggerfish have been good on the weekends when they are open. Great big bull mingos on the edges, grouper on offshore natural bottom and some pretty black snapper....
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...