Hot spots fishing tips
Anglers have been finding quite a few speckled trout on the flats early in the morning and then in deeper water around structure after the sun gets up and it gets hot. You’ll likely do best on the flats with artificial lures, while live bait is a better option around structure.
There’s been plenty of Spanish mackerel around and you can also expect to catch ladyfish, bluefish, and hardtails mixed in with them.
It’s a great time to head out to the Nipple and Spur in search of wahoo, dolphin, and billfish. Just find the best water you possibly can and troll with Ilanders and other small plastic lures.
Red snapper, triggerfish, and amberjack are all still closed, but those venturing offshore in search of bottom dwellers have been bringing home good catches of vermillion snapper, scamp, and mangrove snapper.
It probably goes without saying, but there’s plenty of king mackerel around wrecks and natural bottom areas where there’s bait.
Piers & Beaches
Like I’ve said the last few weeks fishing on the inshore piers has been pretty slow, but it sounds like there’s a few fish being caught on Bob Sikes Bridge. Spanish mackerel, mangrove snapper, flounder, and redfish are all possible catches.
Spanish and king mackerel continue to be the targeted species on the Pensacola Beach Gulf Fishing Pier and Navarre Beach Fishing Pier. There’s still some tarpon around as well so be sure you’re prepared to fish for them if you’re heading to one of the piers.
According to Jim’s Fish Camp located off Highway 90 near the Escambia River anglers have been bringing back a fair amount of bass, bream, and catfish. If you’re going after the catfish your best bet is to go at night, while the bass and bream fishing is best first thing in the morning.