- Tue May 07, 2019 12:36 am
Periodically, they will catch mahi and blackfin tuna from the Okaloosa pier. I think mahi is a bit more likely later in the summer, but still not a routine thing. Not sure what the season is for nearshore BFT. Bonita are around year round, and can be targeted in the winter. They will also catch tarpon off of that pier at times. Jacks, Cobia, and Kings are much more common. Trolling with a stinger is a good bet, and I would take a sabiki and try to catch some live cigar minnows. They hang around the 2nd and 3rd bars right at sunrise then move a little further offshore as the sun comes up. They pop on the surface like menhaden do, so you can locate them like that. A spoon in that area will also catch runners if you want bigger baits. You can hail the bait boat on the radio and pick up some livies if you don't feel like catching bait. They have a lot nearshore reefs there, with the biggest being off Henderson Beach State Park.
That water there is pretty clear, so I'd use light wire for toothy critters or fluoro for others.
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