No joke, just gags - Grouper is back on the racks


Clint Gough of Cypress, Texas, holds up one of the many grouper caught on the Phoenix Wednesday with Capt. Scott Robson.

Published: Friday, July 12, 2013 at 03:38 PM.

The only gag being pulled at the docks is grouper — and lots of them.

"It's the real thing … like Coca-Cola," said Capt. Kelly Windes of the Sunrise as he looked over at his rack full of gag grouper and scamp Wednesday afternoon.

Windes and his group of local anglers came in from an all day trip about 5 p.m. Wednesday, amidst the rain, with a pile of gags.

But they were not the only ones to catch grouper, which just became in-season on July 1.

Texas anglers on the Phoenix with Capt. Scott Robson came in during the drizzle with grouper and scamp.

Anglers on the One of a Kind with Capt. Casey Godwin pulled in a big grouper, a couple of wahoo, mingo and white snapper. Word is they caught one of the wahoo on the way out and one on the way in. Not a bad way to start and finish a fishing trip.

Capt. Neill Finkel of the Shock'n Y'all, who is always so kind to offer a bottle of water to this reporter on those hot scorching days on the docks, said they hooked up with four shark — two nurse shark, one tiger and broke off a big bull shark, all on a four-hour fishing trip.

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