Spanish mackerel continue to be one of the most sought-after species for anglers and guides looking for action inshore. The water is still pretty dirty, but a decent amount of them are being found outside of Pensacola Pass along the beaches and around the buoys.
Fishing for trout, redfish, and flounder hasn’t been that bad considering it’s the heat of the summer and the water in our entire bay system is stained. If you’re looking for trout I would definitely get an early start or fish dock lights.
Red snapper fishing has been good in both state and federal waters. It seems like the opening of federal waters has taken some of the pressure off the fish in state waters and they are biting better. Remember that it’s only open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
The weather looks great this weekend for anyone wanting to make a trip to the Spur or out to the rigs in search of wahoo, tuna, dolphin, and billfish. Reports have varied from one person to another with the water conditions we’re dealing with, but you don’t know unless you go.
King mackerel fishing has been great this week around several of the nearshore wrecks and natural bottom areas. As usual you can fish with live bait or troll around using dusters and dead cigar minnows.
Piers & Beaches
The bite has been hit or miss, but king mackerel, Spanish mackerel, redfish, and tarpon are all possible catches this time of year on Pensacola Beach Gulf Fishing Pier or Navarre Beach Fishing Pier.
Like I’ve said the last few weeks a variety of species are being caught, but don’t expect to fill the cooler if you’re fishing on the Pensacola Bay Fishing Bridge or Bob Sikes Bridge.
From the sound of it the bass and bream fishing has been challenging, but anglers are still finding a fair amount of catfish in the evenings and after dark on the rivers.