Not sure what’s in the water, but I do know what has been on the docks this week — big fish.
Wednesday looked like “whopper Wednesday.”
Local anglers fishing aboard the Sea Fix with Capt. Phillip Blackburn hauled in a whopper of a red snapper. First mate Aaron Smith on the deck said the red snapper pulled in by John Sims of Valparaiso weighed 26 pounds on their hand scale. In addition to the big one, they had many more, along with four king mackerel and some big mingo.
Anglers aboard the Game On with Capt. Eric Thrasher loaded up on king mackerel and red snapper.
Texas and Kentucky anglers on the Outta Line with Capt. Trey Windes brought in their share of red snapper and three king mackerel.
Next Wednesday, July 19, is the last day to catch red snapper in federal waters.
Birmingham anglers on the Un Reel with Capt. Justin Destin reeled in four king mackerel and several red snapper.
Texas anglers on the Sea Winder with Capt. Chris Couvillion caught their share of red snapper and three king mackerel.
Capt. Curt Gwin and his group aboard the Only Way pulled in several red snapper, four lane snapper, and a couple of king mackerel, mingo and white snapper.
A couple of brothers from Birmingham, Alabama, had one of those “whopper Wednesday” catches. Jason and Jim Black together reeled in a wahoo that looked to weigh about 50 to 60 pounds while fishing with Capt. Nathan Putney on the Vengeance.
“Jim had it first, and then I finished it off,” Jason said.
The two guys said they struggled to hold on to the rod because it was wet from the rain.
But together, they got the wahoo to the boat in about 15 to 20 minutes.
In addition to the wahoo, the Alabama group had king mackerel and red snapper on the racks.
Anglers on the Blue Runner II with Capt. Tommy Carter filled the nails on the board with red snapper, mingo and white snapper.
St. Louis anglers on the Striker with Capt. Bill Williams had some whopping king mackerel to go with their red snapper on Wednesday. Deckhand said they got six of the kings trolling and one they pulled off the bottom.
Young Carson Craig of Macon, Georgia, reeled in one of the “whopper” fish on Wednesday. He landed a 15-plus pound red snapper aboard the Rewind with Capt. Reid Phillips. They also pulled in lane snapper and mingo.
The bonus or whopper fish on the Kitchen Pass with Capt. Travis Ream was a 47 inch, 33 pound cobia pulled in by Andrew Chesser. Captain said they pulled the cobia off the bottom. They also had mackerel, red snapper, black snapper, lane snapper and mingo on the racks.
Thursday was just as good as Wednesday with more tremendous catches.
St. Louis anglers on the Fish N Fool with Capt. Casey Weldon had a big snapper on the racks along with mingo and a tail-less king mackerel that suffered a shark bite.
The “tremendous Thursday” catch had to be the red snapper aboard the Phoenix with Capt. Scott Robson. His group from Huntsville, Alabama, hauled in a 30 pounder and several more in the 15- to 18-pound range.
Capt. Ben O’Connor and his crew on the 100 Proof got in on the big red snapper action.
Memphis, Tennessee, anglers on the Bow’d Up with Capt. Brady Bowman caught their share of the red snapper, one king mackerel and several mingo.
Texas anglers on the Finest Kind with Capt. Jason Mikel had five king mackerel on the boards to go along with their tremendous red snapper.
Kansas City anglers on the Silver Lining with Capt. Ed Shields had a great time on the water Thursday. They pulled in red snapper, mingo, king mackerel and a barracuda.
Capt. T.J. George and his Birmingham anglers on the High Cotton had one of those “tremendous Thursday” catches. They had a few red snapper, but several mahi mahi to go along with a pair of cobia that they got bottom fishing.
“We got lucky today,” George said, noting they actually caught five cobia, but released three.
Houston anglers on the Silver Hook with Capt. Artie Fortner had one of those “tremendous” cobia catches, along with king mackerel and red snapper. However, the cobia was the center of attention for the anglers as they took turns holding it up for photos.
Capt. Steve Regan and his group on the Cutting Edge got in on some of that bottom fishing for cobia. They pulled in two cobia to go along with the red snapper, mingo and lane snapper.
Whether it’s a “whopper” of a Wednesday or a “tremendous” Thursday it doesn’t get much better than fishing on the Gulf of Mexico.
See you on the docks.