Fishing for redfish and speckled trout has been decent and hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down. Your best bet for the trout is to hit the flats early in the morning, while redfish can be caught throughout the day around structure like docks and bridges.
Spanish mackerel, ladyfish, bluefish, and hardtails have been scattered all over the place lately. You can cast at them with lures like the Gotcha or troll speck rigs and mackerel trees. You can often locate them just by looking for something feeding on the surface.
Amberjack fishing got off to a great start with many anglers catching some very nice fish in both state and federal waters. Remember you are only allowed one amberjack per person with a minimum size of thirty four inches to the fork of the tail.
King mackerel fishing has been pretty good in a number of different areas. Kayak anglers have been picking them up along the beaches, while others have found good numbers of fish around natural bottom and artificial reefs.
Piers & Beaches
It’s summer time so it goes without saying that king mackerel are the primary target for anglers at both the Pensacola Beach Gulf Fishing Pier and Navarre Beach Fishing Pier. There has been plenty of bait around so just bring a sabiki rig.
Fishing has been pretty tough on the inshore piers like Bob Sikes Bridge, Fort Pickens Pier, and Pensacola Bay Fishing Bridge. If you want to give it a shot I would suggest taking some live shrimp and going early in the morning
Reports from the local lakes and rivers continue to vary from one angler to another, which is normal for this time of year when the weather is so hot. I know it sounds redundant week after week, but if you’re going after bass and bream it’s a must to hit the water early.