It's been a busy couple of days at the fishing docks with fat amberjack, big round triggerfish and countless mingo hitting the docks.
Kristi Ayre of Chattanooga, Tenn., was one of the anglers who had the pleasure of reeling in one of those big round triggerfish. The triggerfish she caught Thursday fishing on the Suzie Q with Capt. Jason Hindman weighed about 7 pounds.
This wasn’t' Ayre's first time fishing out of Destin. "We go every time we come," she said.
In addition to the big triggerfish, they pulled in lane snapper, red grouper and mingo.
Anglers from Tennessee, Kentucky and Alabama put some fat amberjack on the boards along with a half dozen triggerfish. They were fishing aboard the Blue Runner II with Capt. Tommy Carter.
Capt. Steve Regan on the Cutting Edge also had a load of amberjack and triggerfish.
Cooper Steel company workers on the Sure Lure with Capt. Don Dineen filled the racks and then some. Dineen's anglers hauled in big variety of amberjack, king mackerel, wahoo and mingo. They were fishing about 25 miles out.
More Steel workers on the Fish-N-Fool with Capt. Casey Weldon brought in their share of amberjack, mingo and bonito.
Capt. Eric Thrasher of the Game On also had a crew from the Steel company. They had a rack full of big amberjack and some nice mingo.
"Fishing is good," Thrasher said. "You've got to travel a little to get to them, but fishing is good." Thrasher said the best bait for amberjack is a hardtail.
Capt. Tim Adams and his group of first-time Gulf anglers from South Carolina reeled in a couple of king mackerel on the Double Time.
The party boats also got in on the action Thursday. Capt. Cliff Cox on the Sweet Jody came in with several stringers loaded with mingo, white snapper and triggerfish. Although they had some big triggers on the strings, Capt. Cox said they threw back a lot of small ones.
Capt. Chris McConnell on the party boat Destiny had a big day on the water. His group pulled in a 25-pound king mackerel, several mingo and white snapper along with red grouper and triggerfish.
On Wednesday, Capt. Jim Green on the New Florida Girl's American Spirit pulled in with a massive catch. They filled the racks with mingo, white snapper, king mackerel, red grouper and some big triggerfish.
The Un Reel with Capt. Phillip Blackburn backed in with some big amberjack, mingo and king mackerel.
Arkansas anglers on the First Light with Capt. Steve Hauesler had an amberjack on the racks that weighed at least 55 pounds. They had more amberjack, three big triggerfish, scamp, mingo, white snapper and a couple of big rock salmon.
It appears Capt. Thrasher was right when he said "fishing is good." Come on down and give it a try.
See you at the docks.