Anglers are finding nice size Spanish mackerel both in Pensacola Bay and out in the Gulf around the buoys or down the beaches. A number of different techniques will work, but trolling with speck rigs or mackerel trees is always a good option.
The slot size redfish bite has been great lately and we should start seeing some of the bull redfish schools show up anytime now. A lot of keepers are being caught around the residential docks in Santa Rosa Sound and Big Lagoon.
A few king mackerel have been caught in Pensacola Bay this week and it will only get better in the coming weeks. Live menhaden are always the bait of choice and they can be found in the local bayous.
It doesn’t look like there will be much offshore fishing happening this weekend with a storm on its way to the northern Gulf. All we can hope for is that the storm brings in some bottom dwellers for us to catch.
Bottom fishing for vermillion snapper has been great lately, along with a decent amount of scamp and a few gag grouper. Vermillion snapper can be caught on big wrecks and natural bottom just about anywhere, while your best bet for the scamp and gag grouper is to head to the Edge.
Piers & Beaches
Fishing has been great on Bob Sikes Bridge recently with Spanish mackerel, mangrove snapper, flounder, and redfish all being caught. Tide is important when fishing around the bridge so always make sure you plan your trip around some moving water.
According to a few different sources it doesn’t sound like there has been a whole lot happening this week on the local rivers and lakes. It looks like we’re going to see a decent drop in the temperature in the next couple weeks and that should improve the bass and bream bite.