It was 1/2 mile off the Okaloosa Island beaches today. . . It did not lookas thick or rust-colored as it was Wednesday - - The Liberty Ship out of Destin was clearing up today too. Not totally clear, but a BIG change since Wednesday.We still saw dead fish everywhere & it even though it wasn't AS BAD heading out there from the Pass to the wreck,that little bitin our livewell still killed our live bait again. . .
A tide line came through at Okaloosa pier this afternoon from the east. Red tide was thick on the backside of it. When it got to the pier my brother said the LYs were jumping out of the water trying to escape but it killed them anyway.
Yeah, we went south of Destin Pass. At five miles we picked up some flounders and missed quite a few bites. No sign of red tide on the way out. We then headed to natural bottom at 12 miles out and caught a nice mixed bag. I lost a seal on my hydraulic steering and had to steer with one guy holding the outboard in position with his feet. Nice two hour troll back in. We limited on kings and red snappers. Got one nice lane and a keeper gag. Our partner boat got the same with a scamp and speckled hind thrown in. Undersized AJs were warring on our live baits - cigs, sardines, and sea bass. Sure turned out to be a nice day out there. We ran into heavy red tide from about 8 miles out in to about 2 miles. Not as many dead fish as last Sunday. Hopefully tomorrow will be another great day to head out. Just won't be going on my boat. Goin' on the partner boat.