The waves may have been kicking up on Monday, but so were the fish with some pretty big ones hitting the docks.
Kansas anglers aboard the Destination with Capt. Stan Phillips and Mate Justin Taylor got into some of that big fish action.
They pulled in three big cobia, a huge king mackerel in the 35 pound range, plus another king and several mingo and white snapper.
“We had big waves and big fish,” said Capt. Phillips. “That king was the first fish of the day. We got him before the motors got hot.”
Rebecca Linot was the angler on the big king.
Well, actually her brother hooked it but then passed it off.
“He wanted it back, but I knew it was big and I wasn’t giving it up at that point,” Linot said.
As for the cobia, they were between 40 and 50 pounds each.
“We had six cobia on at one spot,” said Taylor, first mate. “And hooked two sharks in the middle of it. … It was crazy,” Taylor said.
All in all, Taylor said they saw about 10 sharks and at least 20 cobia.
“Every time the sharks came up, the cobia came up too,” he said.
Anglers on the Huntress with Capt. Mike Graef loaded up on the mingo, while the folks aboard the Phoenix with Capt. Scott Robson filled up the nails with mingo and white snapper.
Mississippi anglers on the Finest Kind with Capt. Jason Mikel pulled in a several mingo, white snapper, king mackerel and a Spanish mackerel.
Arkansas anglers on the Wahoo with Capt. Jason Steele had mingo and white snapper as did the group on the Bow’d Up with Capt. Brady Bowman.
“It was 6 footers where I was,” Bowman said of the waves, noting he had some sick folks aboard.
Plus they were fighting off the triggerfish, which they are not allowed to keep right now.
Anglers fishing with Destin Inshore Fishing pulled in four king mackerel.
Mississippi anglers on the Just-B-Cause with Capt. Ken Bolden brought in a few mingo and white snapper.
Bolden said he was dealing with 3 to 5 footers most of the morning.
“And it was hard to find spots that are not covered up with triggerfish,” Bolden added.
Texas and Missouri anglers aboard the Screamn Drag with Capt. Brian Kelley pulled in a pair of king mackerel, several mingo and white snapper. Plus they threw back several triggerfish, Kelley said.
A Texas family with young anglers pulled in three king mackerel along with mingo and white snapper while fishing aboard the Rewind with Capt. Reid Phillips.
Blue Runner II with Capt. Tommy Carter had their share of mingo and white snapper.
The ugliest catch of the day was aboard the Sea Winder with Capt. Chris Couvillion. His group pulled in mingo and mahi mahi and a pair of oyster fish, sometimes called a “mother-in-law” fish. Either way, they were pretty ugly.
Because of the rough seas, some of the captains rescheduled their afternoon trips to another day.
However, the ones that braved it out Monday morning did pretty good bringing in their fish amongst the big waves.
See you at the docks.