Whether it was beginners luck or skill, they got their fish.
On Wednesday, a couple of Destin's party boats went out for a day of fishing and brought back quite a haul.
The Swoop, at HarborWalk Marina, with Capt. Chad Mott at the helm came in with 38 people and several stringers loaded with triggerfish, mingo, white snapper and lane snapper.
And for some it was their first trip out on the Gulf of Mexico.
"This was my lucky day," said first-timer Ron Scott of Ontario.
Scott landed a humongous triggerfish that weighed more than 7 pounds.
"I caught it on my first cast," he said. "It was excellent fishing."
Steve Cormany of Fort Wayne, Ind., another first-timer, hauled in a big lane snapper.
"I had a good time," Cormany said. "I even baited my own hook."
The group was fishing about 17 miles out in 160- to 180-feet of water.
Capt. Reid Phillips and his crew on the Destin Princess, which docks at Fishing Fleet Marina, went out about 20 miles and pulled in their share of fish.
"It was a little slow at first," Phillips said. "We caught a lot of red snapper that we had to let go."
But the fishing picked up and they hauled in about 500-plus pounds of fish. In the mix were mingo, white snapper, lane snapper, triggerfish and amberine.
"We wound up with 10 to 12 lane snapper," Phillips said. "It taste just like a red snapper." The difference is, anglers can keep a lane snapper as opposed to a red snapper. The fate of the red snapper season is in limbo right now.
But the lane snapper, "It's a bonus fish," Phillips said.
Pulling in one of those bonus fish was Jim Strebral of Iowa.
Strebal was a first-timer on the Destin Princess.
"This is what you call beginners luck," he said. He was fishing along with his buddies Wayne Laing and Jim Steinbrech, also from Iowa.
It was also Bob Cooper of Kentucky's first time on the Princess.
"It was a great trip," he said. He filled his stringer with mingo, white snapper and triggerfish.
There was another threesome that was quite proud of their catch. First-time fishermen Wendell Wray and Steve Myers along with Terry Lovelace — all from Illinois — had quite the stringer. The group tried to go last year when they were in Destin, but they got stormed out.
However, on Wednesday, they had a "great time. I think I'll do it again," Myers said.
So call it luck or skill — the only thing that matters at the end of the day for these fishermen is they got their fish.
See you at the docks.