Trout, redfish, and flounder reports have varied from one person to another, but there have been some good tales lately. Anglers have been catching fish on both live bait and artificial lures, so go with whatever you’re more confident in using.
The Spanish mackerel bite has been decent and they are being found in a number of different areas. Personally, I like trolling for them just off the beach out in the Gulf east or west of Pensacola Pass.
Cobia fishing has been slow there’s no doubt about that, but there’s still a few fish around if you’re wanting to give it a shot. With the shortage of fish out there be sure to have some live eels on board in case you come across a picky fish.
It doesn’t look like the weather is going to allow very many people to get offshore this weekend, but the vermillion snapper and scamp fishing has been pretty good. Of course, if you don’t mind catch and release there are plenty of red snapper, amberjack, triggerfish, and gag grouper out there.
Quite a few king mackerel have shown up around some of the nearshore wrecks and the bouys. It will only get better as summer approaches, but it’s worth going now if you’re looking for something to do.
Piers & Beaches
Surf fishing is a great option these days for anyone looking for some fun from land. Just find a good hole or washout off the beach and fish with fresh peeled shrimp or live sandfleas. You can expect to catch pompano and whiting.
Anglers on the Pensacola Beach Gulf Fishing Pier and Navarre Beach Fishing Pier have been fishing for cobia, king mackerel, Spanish mackerel and pompano.
According to a couple different people it sounds like the shellcracker fishing has been steady on both Escambia and Blackwater River. Fishing for shellcrackers is pretty simple, just get some crickets or worms and give it a try.