Hot spots fishing tips (July 22 edition)
It probably goes without saying, but Spanish mackerel continue to be an easy target for inshore anglers looking for action. Look for them around Pensacola Pass and along the beaches out in the Gulf.
Quite a few redfish are being found around structure like deep docks and bridges as well as on the flats in the upper bays near the mouths of Escambia and Blackwater rivers.
There’s a few flounder being caught in Pensacola Bay, but the majority of them have been on the small side. You’ll want to find a spot with good moving water and fish with live bait like bull minnow or alewives.
The wahoo and dolphin bite has been great out around the Edge and Nipple. As usual, your best bet is to troll with small ballyhoo and Ilander Lures.
Anglers have been finding plenty of king mackerel on the shallow water wrecks and even in open water where bait is present. You can slow troll with live bait or troll weighted dusters with dead cigar minnows.
Piers and beaches
A few Spanish and king mackerel are being caught on the Pensacola Beach Gulf Fishing Pier and Navarre Beach Fishing Pier. You might also get lucky with a tarpon this time of year.
Fishing on the inshore piers has been slow for the most part, but you might be able to find some bull redfish off the Pensacola Bay Fishing Bridge at night.
According to a few different reports, it sounds like the consensus from the rivers is that the bite has been hit or miss unless you’re looking for catfish after dark. Of course, there’s some bass and bream being caught, but you’ll want to hit the water early.