Holiday fishing can be delightful

Red grouper

Capt. Chris McConnell holds up a red grouper that he assisted Dave Gault (right) with catching on the Destin Princess. Gualt of Michigan also pulled in a mighty big stringer of fish as well.

Published: Friday, December 27, 2013 at 02:00 PM.

The weather outside might be cold and frightful, but the fishing has been delightful.

As a matter of fact, several folks weathered the cold the day after Christmas for a day of fishing on the Gulf of Mexico.

The Surles family from Texas had a big day of fishing aboard the Fish-In-Daze with Capt. Robbie Broestler on Thursday. They loaded up on the flounder (50 fish to be exact) on just a four-hour trip, fishing about a mile off the beach.

"If they'd been any thicker, they'd be too thick," Broestler said of the flounder. He said they caught the flat fish using mullet fingerlings for bait.

This wasn't the Surles first time to fish with Capt. Broestler. "We've been several times with him and absolutely love him," said Pennye Surles. "But this is our first time to be here at Christmas."

The Surles were not the only ones taking advantage of the holidays for a little time on the water.

Capt. Jim Green had 35 folks fishing aboard the New Florida Girl's American Spirit. Fishing about 10 miles out, the crew from all over pulled in stringers and stringers of mingo, white snapper and pogey's.

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