It may be cold outside, but the fishing is hot.
A couple of Destin's party boats ventured out Thursday in 40-degree temperatures loaded down with fishermen and they reeled in all kinds of fish. But not without a struggle, at least for the anglers on the Sweet Jody with Capt. Cliff Cox.
"The dolphin were kind of mean to us today," Cox said. "They came to the party and they just kept coming."
Before the anglers could get the fish to the boat, the porpoise would steal the fish.
"One out of 10, we got up," Cox said. "But there is nothing you can do, you can't outrun them."
Cox said they were fishing about 20 miles out. "It was a little choppy but not to bad."
The chop didn't seem to bother a couple of anglers from South Dakota.
"This is a pleasure for us," said Randy Hoff of South Dakota. "Where we are from the water is solid."
"Any day you can get out is good," said Hoff's buddy Mike Meyer. "We go every chance we get."
The two loaded a stringer full of triggerfish, mingo, white snapper and a couple of lane snapper.
"The weather doesn't bother us," Meyer said. "The high back home is 30 maybe with two-feet of snow on the ground."
The Berg family from Michigan, on their first gulf-fishing trip ever, pulled in good catch of mingo and white snapper.
"It was a little cold," said Pete Berg, "We were almost down to a T-shirt out there."
The 31 anglers on the Sweet Jody had plenty of triggerfish, mingo and white snapper. However, they were a little short on the mingo count.
Capt. Cox said the mingo is the dolphin's "absolute favorite ... they swallow them like grapes."
The Destin Princess with Capt. Reid Phillips came in minutes later with 33 passengers and several pounds of fish.
"The current was screaming out there today," Phillips said. He said they were fishing in about 180-feet of water with a 2- to 3-foot chop.
There anglers did quite well, catching mostly mingo, white snapper, lane snapper and a few triggerfish.
"We caught 90 percent mingo," Phillips said. But he also mentioned they didn't have any visits from the pesky porpoise.
Phil Mosel of Wisconsin filled his stringer with mingo and white snapper. Mosel said this is his second year to come to Destin for the winter. And he's making the most of his visit fishing at least twice a week.
For Wayne Laing of Iowa, who's been a regular aboard the Destin Princess this year, said "this is the best season I've had down here."
On Thursday, Laing and his buddy Pete Johnson reeled in several mingo, white snapper and a couple of lane snapper.
Many of the captains are getting their boats ready and a few have trips this weekend. So don't let a little cold weather keep you away from some red hot fishing.
See you at the docks.