No hook, no line, no bait … no lying.
The crew on the High Cotton landed a grouper free gaffing near the sea buoy.
After a morning of bottom fishing for red snapper and mingo, the group from Kansas City did a bit of trolling on the way in.
Capt. TJ George of the High Cotton had stopped near the sea buoy on the way in to reel in the lures when he spotted something floating.
“I saw a fish floating up in the water,” George said, thinking it might be dead. “But then I saw its fin moving … it looked a lot like a grouper. Then I told Danny (his first mate) to get the gaff.”// //
Danny jumped into action and tried to get a gaff in the grouper before the dolphin ate it.
“I swatted at it once, and then it went down,” Danny said.
The grouper came back up and Capt. George got the boat back close to the fish.
“I got it just a few seconds before the dolphin did,” Danny said.
A grouper floating up in the water near the sea buoy, yanked in on a gaff.
“This is the luckiest fishing village in the world,” George said.
The High Cotton wasn’t the only ones to catch fish in between the rains this week.
Huntsville, Alabama, anglers on the Huntress with Capt. Mike Graef came in with some big red snapper, black snapper, mingo and a few amberine.
Mississippi anglers aboard the Game On with Capt. Eric Thrasher loaded the racks with red snapper, king mackerel, grouper and bonito. Captain said it was slick calm on the Gulf of Mexico but a bit drizzly in the rain department.
However, his customers said they would much rather fish in a little bit of rain and calm seas than 5- to 7-feet waves and clear skies.
Texas anglers on the Mighty Fine Wednesday with Capt. Rodney Souza filled the racks with red snapper, lane snapper, mackerel, mingo and bonito.
Louisiana anglers on the Stelluna with Capt. Judah Barbee hauled in a huge red snapper in the 20-pound range, plus more snapper, mingo and a black snapper.
Anglers fishing with Capt. Scott Robson on the Phoenix brought in a huge haul of red snapper and king mackerel on Wednesday.
Illinois and local anglers on the Full Draw with Capt. Brantley Galloway brought in their limit of red snapper.
Red snapper, black snapper, white snapper and lane snapper filled the racks of the Cutting Edge with Capt. Steve Regan at the helm.
A group of 14 from St. Louis, Missouri on the Un Reel with Capt. Justin Destin brought in their share of red snapper on Wednesday.
Anglers on the Finest Kind with Capt. Jason Mikel brought in some mighty big red snapper along with several king mackerel.
King mackerel, red snapper, scamp and mingo filled the board behind the Backlash with Capt. Chris Kirby.
Anglers on the Stress Relief with Capt. Scott Robinson pulled in mackerel, red snapper, mingo and a few mahi mahi on Wednesday.
Red snapper and mingo were the catch-of-the-day aboard the Twilight with Capt. Robert Hill on a morning trip.
Mackerel and more mackerel filled the nails behind the Starfire captained by John Geisbrecht.
Anglers fishing aboard the Just B Cause with Capt. Ken Bolden brought in their limit of red snapper and one bonito.
Arkansas anglers on the Sea Fix with Capt. Phillip Blackburn came in with red snapper, king mackerel and mingo.
St. Louis anglers fishing with Capt. Harold Staples aboard the Al-Lin brought in their limit of red snapper, black snapper, mingo and white snapper.
Red snapper was the mainstay on the First Light for a group from Arkansas fishing with Capt. Steve Haeusler. They also had a lane snapper in the mix.
Anglers on the Wahoo with Capt. Paul Dale Wagner pulled in a variety of fish on Wednesday. They had a red grouper, red snapper, mackerel, amberine, mingo and white snapper.
Fishing has been good, don’t let a little rain scare you away. Who knows, you might even get lucky with a big catch in the World’s Luckiest Fishing Village.
See you on the docks.