With scattered showers throughout the Gulf of Mexico on Monday, it didn’t slow down the fishermen with most every boat in the harbor out on the water collecting on the last few days of the red snapper season.
The 49-day red snapper season, which began June 1, will come to a close Wednesday for those boats with a federal permit, which is the majority of the Destin charter boat fleet.
However, the charter boats didn’t let a little thing like rain slow them down on Monday.
As Capt. Mike Graef of the Huntress told this reporter, “Fish hide under the boat to stay dry on a rainy day.”
Anyhow, his Arkansas group pulled some of those fish out from under the boat for a big catch of red snapper, mingo and a king mackerel.
Georgia anglers on the Game On with Capt. Eric Thrasher pulled in king mackerel and red snapper.
“It rained on us a little bit, but it never got us too bad … and there was no lightning,” Thrasher said, which is a plus.
Anglers from Ocala went trolling aboard the Shamrock II with Capt. Eddie Dykes. They filled the board with king mackerel.
Texas anglers on the Stelluna with Capt. Judah Barbee had a big time pulling in red snapper, black snapper, king mackerel and a cobia.
Katelynn Minatrea, 14, was the proud angler of the cobia and was more than happy to hold it up for a few photographs.
“It was really hard,” she said to pull in the cobia, noting it took her about 15 minutes. “It started running off, but I said 'not today.'
“This is my dinner,” she added as she held up her catch.
Capt. Barbee said they released about three more cobia that were undersized. Cobia have to be 33 inches to keep. Next year, the size limit may go up to 38.
Texas anglers on the Un Reel with Capt. Justin Destin pulled in their share of red snapper, a king mackerel and a cobia. One of the anglers said they also had at least one more cobia but it was too small to keep. Nevertheless it was fun to reel in.
Anglers aboard the Wahoo with Capt. Jason Steele pulled in a blackfin tuna, red snapper and mackerel.
Louisiana and Maryland anglers on the Anastasia with Capt. Tony Davis brought in some big red snapper, a couple of king mackerel and black snapper.
Anglers on the Blue Runner II with Capt. Tommy Carter pulled red snapper, mingo and one king mackerel.
Kentucky anglers on the Vengeance with Capt. Nathan Putney came in with six king mackerel and several red snapper, mingo and white snapper.
“We managed to dodge the weather,” Putney said.
The rainy weather is supposed to clear out by midweek. So get out and collect those snapper while you can.
See you at the docks.