Some mighty big catches were slammed on the nails this week at the fishing docks.
And beware of flying fluids that sometime squirt out when the deckhands slam that big fish on the nail. As soon as that nail goes through the eyeball it almost always draws an "oh no" from a first-timer on the docks. On Wednesday, this reporter was standing a little close and got nailed with a little eyeball juice. But it was worth it, to get an up-close look at the catch.
Capt. Trey Windes on the Outta Line and his group had some of those big fish. They reeled in six amberjack, six king mackerel and three grouper.
Texas anglers on the Fish-N-Fool with Capt. Casey Weldon backed in with a rack full of king mackerel, mingo and a couple of big black snapper.
"It was so nice to have good weather today," Capt. Weldon said as he stepped off the boat. "It was a treat, but the heater is on," he said, noting the hot temperatures.
As I walked by the Blue Runner II, first mate Pat Meyers was hanging fish, when I heard someone yell "wahoooo." I turned and looked and there was a young man holding up a grouper and a wahoo for a photo opp. Samuel Ricketts of Chattanooga, Tenn., was the proud angler with the fish in hand. In addition to his fish, he and his friends pulled in triggerfish, king mackerel and mingo.
Capt. Judah Barbee and his Arkansas anglers aboard the Daybreak caught all big ones on Wednesday. They had a huge wahoo, a blackfin tuna, grouper, seven king mackerel, amberjack and a scamp. Capt. Barbee said they were fishing about 23 miles out when they caught the wahoo on an amberjack leader.
"We weren't really targeting anything special today … the fish were just biting," Barbee said.
And by the way, it was their catch that nailed this reporter with the fish juice.
Capt. Steve Pixley of the Reel Deal came in with the real thing. His group pulled in a rack full of king mackerel, grouper, mingo and white snapper.
Kansas City anglers on the Sea Winder with Capt. Stan Phillips came back from a four-hour trip with king mackerel, mingo and white snapper.
Arkansas anglers on the Al-Lin with Capt. Harold and Allen Staples hauled in a 30-pound wahoo, eight triggerfish, amberine and a several mingo. Allen said they hooked the wahoo on a red and black Yo-zuri lure. Marty Koster was the angler on the rod.
Capt. Phillip Blackburn on the Un Reel and his group came in with grouper, a couple of triggerfish, mingo and white snapper.
Capt. Eddie Dykes on the Shamrock II came in from an afternoon trip with mingo, white snapper, lane snapper and a sea bass.
King mackerel was the catch of the day aboard the Relentless with Capt. Brant Kelly.
Dallas anglers on the Fifth Amendment with Capt. Chuck Turbanic did it the Texas way — big. They had one huge amberjack, a 40-pounder plus, along with two more amberjack, five king mackerel and a bonito. The deckhand said they lost a couple of more big amberjack.
Lots of big fish on the racks, but plenty more left in the sea.
See you at the docks.