The landscape along the harbor made a change this week.
With the closing of red snapper in federal waters at midweek, the racks behind the charter boats that were once splattered in red are now mostly covered in silver with just a splash of red.
The silver fish that took center stage Thursday was the king mackerel along with the smaller red mingo.
Atlanta anglers on the Only Way with Capt. Curt Gwin came in with their king mackerel, mingo and white snapper on Thursday.
Remember anglers can only keep two king mackerel each and they must measure 24 inches to keep.
Folks fishing aboard the Outta Line with Capt. Trey Windes pulled in a king mackerel along with several mingo and white snapper.
Texas, Tennessee and Louisiana anglers on the Striker with Capt. Bill Williams had the biggest catch of king mackerel on Thursday. They put 13 kings on the nails along with a few bonito.
“The kings were just as hot as the weather,” Capt. Williams said about the mackerel bite. “They were snapping like snakes and popping like corn.”
Capt. Mike Graef and his group aboard the Huntress came in with king mackerel, mingo and a cobia.
The group aboard the Phoenix with Capt. Scott Robson pulled in seven king mackerel along with bonito.
Anglers from Jackson, Tennessee, aboard the Bow’d Up with Capt. Brady Bowman reeled in a couple of king mackerel to go with their pile of mingo and a lane snapper.
Capt. Taylor Bankston and his group from Indiana pulled in several king mackerel and Spanish mackerel aboard the Destin Inshore Angler.
Arkansas and Alabama anglers on the Un Reel with Capt. Justin Destin pulled in four king mackerel with a mix of mingo and white snapper on Thursday.
The Vengeance, Sea Fix and Rewind all backed in with king mackerel, mingo and white snapper.
However, on Wednesday it was a different story on the docks with anglers taking advantage of the last day of snapper season.
Alabama, Florida and California anglers on the Un Reel filled the nails with all red snapper.
Birmingham anglers on the Mighty Fine with Capt. Rodney Sousa made their board almost all red with snapper and a few bonito.
Anglers on the Sea Winder with Capt. Chris Couvillion put red snapper, mingo and bonito on the boards, as did the anglers on the Full Draw.
Alex Carr of Alabama had one of the bigger snappers of the day to finish out the season. He pulled in a roughly 15 pounder while fishing with Capt. Tommy Carter on the Blue Runner II.
Now 8-year-old Kullen Fountain of Texas, with a little help from dad, Kyle, hauled in a 25 pounder while fishing aboard the Rewind with Capt. Reid Phillips.
“He was about to go in with it,” dad said, noting that’s when he took hold of the rod. “We thought it was a shark at first because it pulled so hard.”
Texas anglers on the 100 Proof with Capt. Allen Staples came in with a pair of king mackerel and plenty of red snapper on Wednesday.
Capt. Steve Regan and his crew on the Cutting Edge got their share of snapper on the last day.
But as you can see, there is life and fish on the docks after snapper. The landscaping is now all about the M and M’s — mackerel and mingo.
See you at docks.