There's a good mix of fish hitting the docks of late — from king mackerel to grouper plus everything in between.
On Thursday, Mississippi and Ohio anglers on the Cutting Edge with Capt. Steve Regan pulled in king mackerel, a dozen triggerfish and a few mingo and white snapper.
Martha Ford, who was celebrating her 51st birthday, got the big king of the day on the Cutting Edge.
"We used to come here all the time and fish and always roll in the kings," she said. "But this is the first time in about 10 years."
Although they had a dozen triggers on the rack, Ford said, "we threw back about three times that many." Most were about an inch or two too short. Triggerfish have to be 14 inches to keep.
The Just-B-Cause with Capt. Ken Bolden at the helm came in with king mackerel, triggerfish, white snapper and mingo.
"We started a little slow, but we finished strong," Bolden said.
Missouri, Tennessee and Georgia anglers on the Perfect Shot with Capt. Brady Bowman filled the racks with mingo and white snapper.
Georgia anglers on the Un Reel with Capt. Phillip Blackburn loaded the nails with mingo, triggerfish, white snapper and lane snapper.
Anglers on the Backlash with Capt. Jason Mikel came in from a long trip with some mighty big fish. They had some huge triggerfish on the racks in the 9-plus pound range, along with scamp, amberjack, Spanish mackerel and huge mingo. The mingo were so big, this reporter had to do a double take, almost mistaking them for red snapper.
The Al-Lin with Capt. Harold and Allen Staples came in around 4 p.m. Thursday with a couple of grouper, four scamp, amberjack, some big mingo and a huge fat Spanish mackerel.
"That would be a hard one to beat next month," Allen said noting the Spanish on the racks would be a contender in the October Destin Fishing Rodeo.
Capt. Justin Destin on the Full Draw came in from an eight-hour trip with a couple of wahoo, three amberjack, red grouper, gag grouper, rock salmon, triggerfish, mingo and white snapper.
"We had a seafood splatter," Destin said.
It's good to see the mix on the racks with the Rodeo just a few weeks away.
See you at the docks.