Not sure which was hotter Monday, the temperature or the fishing.
Although the temperature gauge only reached about 88 degrees, it felt like 98 according to The Weather Channel. And it was every bit that hot down on the fishing docks.
But after days and days of rain, nobody on the harbor was complaining — that big orange ball in the sky was welcomed by captains and anglers alike.
Under sunny skies, Arkansas anglers on the Un Reel with Capt. Phillip Blackburn pulled in three king mackerel along with a pile of mingo and white snapper.
North Texas anglers had a big day on the Dawn Patrol with Capt. John Tenore. Stephen Meek and his buddies pulled in six gag grouper in the 15- to 20-pound range, fishing about four miles out of Destin.
"They weren't missing," Tenore said.
Monday was Meek's first time to fish out of Destin. Meek said he's been grouper fishing before but never caught that many at one time.
In addition to the grouper fishing, Tenore said he's had good luck fishing for speckled trout and redfish the last few days. Tenore said live baits around the grass flats in the bay have worked well.
Capt. Daniel Pike on the Inshore Angler said last week they caught 18 trout weighing more than 5 pounds each and a dozen trout weighing more than 6 pounds. He also said live bait is the way to go.
Capt. Ken Bolden on the Just B Cause came in with three black snapper, mingo and white snapper. Bolden said fishing is good and they are "booked the rest of the week."
Capt. Brad Biggers and his anglers on the Mother Lode pulled in with a half dozen king mackerel and a black snapper, while the Daybreak with Capt. Judah Barbee at the helm had king mackerel, a couple of scamp and mingo on the boards.
Capt. Ricky Hayles on the One Mo'r said they had dolphin, black snapper, grouper, mingo and white snapper.
The Windwalker II with Capt. Bernie LeFebvre came in with a couple of grouper and mingo.
Texas anglers on the Backdown 2 with Capt. Gary Javis pulled in king mackerel, mingo and amberine.
"The fish are biting good," said Capt. Greg Marler on the Gentle Winds. "We're catching big stringers of mingo and white snapper on the party boat trips."
Capt. Dennis Kendricks on the Finest Kind and his group from Missouri pulled in a big king mackerel, mingo, white snapper and a lane snapper.
Capt. Jim Westbrook and crew on the New Florida Girl brought in a pile of mingo and white snapper. However, Westbrook said, "triggerfish was the hottest bite of the day. And we also threw back three keeper amberjack."
Triggerfish and amberjack open up Thursday, Aug. 1.
The New Florida Girl's American Spirit with Capt. Jim Green at the helm took out about 40 folks and pulled in several stringers filled with mingo and white snapper.
Texas, Illinois and Tennessee anglers on the Screamn Drag with Capt. Bryan Kelley brought in a good catch of mingo and white snapper.
Missouri anglers on the Phoenixwith Capt. Scott Robson reeled in black snapper, almaco jack, some big mingo and white snapper.
Capt. Steve Brown on the 100 Proof filled the racks with dolphin, mahi mahi and grouper. The deckhand said they caught the bigger dolphin using bonito chunks for bait.
Texas anglers on the Fifth Amendment with Capt. Chuck Turbanic landed 20 king mackerel, one at about 30-pounds, and a pile of mingo. Turbanic said they caught the mackerel trolling live baits.
Fishing is good and should get even hotter once amberjack and triggerfish open back up toward the end of the week — that means almost everything is game, except red snapper. But there is hope for snapper in October. Keep your fingers crossed.
See you at the docks.