It’s been a crazy along the waterfront this week with all kinds of fish tales. From a shark breaking a rod in half to a deckhand breaking off a cobia in the harbor, it’s not been dull.
Tuesday afternoon the party boat Destiny with Capt. Dennis Kendricks came in from an eight-hour trip with a load of stringers filled with huge mingo and white snapper.
“The tide was running hard today,” Kendricks said, which made it hard to keep lines down.
But apparently they didn’t have too much of a problem from the looks of the huge mingo. Captain said they released about 200 red snapper and 200 triggerfish while they were trying to find the mingo.
“Some of the snapper were 20 pounders,” Kendrick’s said.
While the Destiny was cleaning up their catch, a couple of the deckhands off the Sweet Jody noticed a cobia swimming near the docks in the harbor. Chad Hall grabbed a rod and tossed a bait at it trying to get it to bite. And it did.
Hall had the cobia on for about 45 seconds before it broke the line.
They actually saw the cobia, about a 30 pounder, swim by a couple of more times, but never could get it to bite again. At least that’s our tale … and we’re sticking to it.
Capt. Allen Staples and Capt. Ben O’Connor on the 100 Proof came in from an overnighter with a huge yellowfin tuna that weighed about 130 pounds, along with scamp and more.
On Wednesday, the Rewind with Capt. Reid Phillips backed in with a cobia, some big bull mingo, lane snapper and a banded rudder fish. Tom Milliren was the angler that pulled in the cobia while they were bottom fishing.
Capt. Rodney Souza and his group on the Silver Hook backed in with a load of mingo, white snapper and lane snapper. Captain said the mingo bite is pretty good right now.
Indiana anglers on the Destination with Capt. Stan Phillips came in from a six-hour trip with a king mackerel and some huge mingo. Phillips said they pulled in their limit of mingo, which is 10 per person.
The party boat Destin Princess with Capt. Chris McConnell came in Wednesday afternoon from a six hour trip with several stringers filled with mingo, white snapper and more.
Capt. Todd Allen on the Big John backed in Wednesday afternoon with a rack full of big mingo. Allen said the tide was still ripping.
Capt. Mike Dates and his group from Mississippi reeled in mingo and white snapper aboard the First Shot. Plus they tangled with a shark that snapped a rod in half.
The Lucky Dog with Capt. Cody Gray and several local guys came in from an overnighter with quite the haul. They had scamp, dolphin, blackfin tuna and a huge swordfish that weighed in at 184 pounds. Johnny King, who was one of the anglers aboard, said they released two swordfish that were undersized. Plus they tagged and released a blue marlin.
As you can see it’s been a busy week on the water with lots of fish tails and tales flying.
See you on the docks.