It was smooth sailing for those fishing on the Gulf of Mexico Monday with slick seas pretty much all day.
But despite the calm seas, the fish bite was a bit off.
“It was a slower bite today,” said Capt. Kyle Lowe of the Special K.
Capt. Lowe said he suspects the slow bite was due to the full moon.
Some fishermen think the bite during the full moon is off because the fish feed throughout the night by the bright light.
Nevertheless, he and his group from Ohio pulled in a king mackerel, several red snapper, mingo, white snapper and a lionfish.
Anglers on the Huntress with Capt. Mike Graef came in with a rack full of red snapper, mingo and a black snapper.
Texas anglers on the Wahoo with Capt. Jason Steele pulled in a king mackerel along with red snapper and mingo.
“It was a good crew and good fishing,” Steele said of the outing.
Missouri and Alabama anglers on the Just B Cause with Capt. Ken Bolden came in around noon with a rack full of red snapper and amberine.
“It was slick calm out there today,” Bolden said.
Louisiana anglers on the Phoenix with Capt. Scott Robson pulled in their limit of red snapper, a few black snapper and a lane snapper.
And Robson along with Bolden agreed it was “slick clam.”
But slick calm usually means no breeze, which makes for a rather warm day on the big pond, Capt. Ben O’Connor of the 100 Proof reminded this reporter.
The 100 Proof came in with their share of red snapper, a few black snapper and mackerel in the mix.
The party boat Gulf Breeze with Capt. John Gibson came in with stringer upon stringer loaded with mingo, white snapper and red snapper.
Louisiana anglers on the Destination with Capt. Stan Phillips came in with a couple of mackerel, a few black snapper and several red snapper.
Capt. B.J. Teems and his Louisiana anglers on the Makaira came in with red snapper, mingo, black snapper and white snapper. Although their rack was full, Capt. Teems said the bite was a little slow … like the fish didn’t want to take the bait.
Anglers on the Rookie with Capt. Chip Godwin filled the boards with king mackerel, big red snapper, black snapper and some big mingo.
Birmingham anglers on Mary Lou with Capt. Rusty Gilbert came in with several red snapper, mingo and white snapper.
Anglers fishing aboard the New Florida Girl’s American Spirit with Capt. Jim Green pulled in with a lot of red on the boards. They had several stringers loaded with red snapper and mingo. They also had about a 40-pound cobia. Deckhand Bill Harrison said this was the fourth cobia for the party boat in the last couple of weeks. They managed to catch this one on the first stop of the day.
Capt. Chris Couvillion on the Sea Winder came in with a good catch of red snapper, big mingo and white snapper.
“The fish weren’t very hungry today,” Couvillion said, noting the full moon.
But even a slow bite is better than no bite at all.
See you at the docks.