Tale of a fish tail

Fish tale

Nothing but the tail came in on this king mackerel pulled in on the Sea Winder. They did manage to pull in some whole king mackerel as well.

Published: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at 02:04 PM.

Just when you think you've seen it all, a headless king pops up.

When the Sea Winder with Capt. Stan Phillips at the helm backed in Monday afternoon, they unloaded the fish that the Texas anglers caught and hung them on the nails. They had a good catch of king mackerel. However, at second glance one of the king mackerel appeared to be missing its head. All that was on the nail was about 3/4 of the body and the tail.

Chris the deckhand said that a barracuda snapped it right off before they got it in the boat. But how do you bring in the tail? Usually it is the bottom half of the fish that is chopped off by a predator.

Capt. Phillips wasn't exactly sure how it all went down either. He just kind of laughed it off and said, "Anybody can catch the head."

The tail thing remains a mystery, but there was no mistaking that the seas were a bit rough on Monday.

"It rocked my world," said Capt. Bernie LeFebvre on the Windwalker II. He and his crew made it just before noon with a nice catch of mingo and white snapper along with a few Spanish mackerel. They caught the Spanish trolling spoons around the pass.

The crew aboard the Fifth Amendment with Capt. Chuck Turbanic came in with a good catch of mingo and white snapper. "It's not unbearable out there, but it's not fun," the deckhand said as he was hanging up the fish.

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