With the temperatures nearing the 100 mark, it’s not the only thing red hot. The fishing has been red hot with our local charters filling up the racks a couple of times a day.
Most every boat in the fleet has been taking two trips a day loading up on red snapper, mackerel and more.
Louisiana and Missouri anglers on the Full Draw with Capt. Brantley Galloway pulled in their share of red snapper, a couple of black snapper and king mackerel on Thursday. Apparently the trick to catching black snapper is using a lighter line to get more bites, according to first mate Travis Reynolds.
Missouri anglers on the Striker with Capt. Bill Williams were in by noon Thursday with red snapper, a couple of king mackerel and bonito.
“We had a lot of fun … couldn’t be happier,” one of the anglers said as the deckhand hung up the Striker catch.
And even though it was sweltering hot, there were a lot of happy anglers with their catches.
Texas anglers on the Un Reel with Capt. Justin Destin filled the racks with red snapper and amberine.
“The kids had blast,” one of the anglers said.
Capt. Tommy Carter and his group from Louisiana pulled in several king mackerel and one red snapper aboard the Blue Runner II. The deckhand said they targeted mackerel catching them on a fly line with a slip lead rig.
Missouri anglers on the Vengeance with Capt. Jason Hallmark came in Thursday with a variety of fish. They had red snapper, scamp, a strawberry grouper and a couple of Almaco Jack. A strawberry grouper doesn’t get very big and is covered in red spots.
Red snapper was the catch-of-the-day aboard the Rewind with Capt. Reid Phillips on his morning trip.
Atlanta and Ocala anglers on the Sea Winder with Capt. Chris Couvillion came in around noon Thursday with red and white snapper.
Anglers on the Gentle Winds with Capt. Bud Miller came in with some huge red snapper, along with a few black snapper, big mingo, white snapper and a Key West porgy. Capt. Miller had another trip that afternoon.
Capt. Stan Phillips on the Destination came in from his morning trip with a king mackerel, several red snapper and a bonito. He had another six-hour trip planned for the afternoon.
Capt. Jimmy Miles on the Miss Nautica brought in a mix of mahi mahi, king mackerel, red snapper, black snapper and white snapper on Thursday.
Kentucky anglers on the Al-Le with Capt. Paul Cox pulled in three kings, red snapper, black snapper and mingo.
Alabama anglers on the 100 Proof with Capt. Ben O’Connor caught red snapper, black snapper and a cobia on Thursday.
Capt. Brandy Miles on the Barracuda took her group from Texas and South Carolina out and pulled in mingo, white snapper, lane snapper and scamp.
Missouri anglers on the Mary Lou with Capt. Rusty Gilbert brought in their share of red snapper, big mingo and white snapper.
Capt. Brian Kelley on the Screamn Drag reeled in a variety on Thursday. They had red snapper, black snapper, white snapper, mingo, king mackerel and amberine.
Mighty Fine with Capt. Rodney Souza at the helm came in with black snapper, king mackerel, red snapper and a lone cobia.
Capt. Phillip Blackburn and Capt. Aaron Smith on the Sea Fix have been getting in on the cobia action as well. Some of the cobia that make their spring run through the area near the beach have moved to deeper water. And the guys are hooking the cobia on those bottom trips.
“This is our fourth hat trick,” Smith said, noting they have caught 20 cobia in the last 18 days.
On Thursday they had three cobia on the racks along with red snapper, mingo and white snapper.
Wednesday, the Only Way with Capt. Curt Gwin and his group from North Carolina landed a 60-plus pound cobia, along with some big snapper and mingo.
“It took me about 45 minutes to get it off the bottom,” said the North Carolina angler, noting the fish made about five runs before they landed it.
Missouri and Georgia anglers on the Wahoo with Capt. Buddy Godwin landed some huge red snapper on Wednesday along with mingo, white snapper and black snapper.
Texas anglers aboard the Game On with Capt. Eric Thrasher hauled in their red snapper and a few bonito on Wednesday.
Tennessee anglers on the First Light with Capt. Steve Hauesler filled the racks Wednesday and then some with big black snapper, red snapper, mingo, white snapper, two king mackerel, Spanish mackerel and a few bonito. Deckhand Wyatt said they had another five-hour trip that afternoon.
Fishing is hot right now, in more ways than one. So grab the cooler and get in on the action while you can.
See you at the docks.