Although school started back for our locals on Thursday, there are still plenty of folks in town that are looking to catch fish.
And our Destin fishing fleet didn't disappoint this week as they continue to roll and troll for king mackerel as well as bottom fish for mingo and more.
Arkansas anglers on the Dawn Patrol with Capt. John Tenore pulled in their share of king mackerel on Thursday.
King mackerel must measure 24 inches to keep, plus the limit is three per person.
Capt. Chris Kirby on the Backlash took his anglers trolling for king mackerel. Kirby said they caught the mackerel as well a few small mahi mahi trolling live bait. After they had their fill of mackerel, captain said they caught and released a dozen or more amberjack, just to give the people a chance to tangle with something big.
Missouri anglers on the Fish-N-Fool with Capt. Casey Weldon filled the nails with mingo and bonito on Thursday.
A group from Houston, Texas, hauled in six king mackerel and a pile of mingo while fishing aboard the Outta Line with Capt. Trey Windes. “We were reeling and dealing,” one of the anglers said.
Capt. Judah Barbee on the Stelluna and his group from Tennessee came in with a good mix of fish. They had king mackerel, Spanish mackerel, porgy, mingo and white snapper on the racks.
“We caught the king mackerel on a fly pole while we were bottom fishing,” Barbee said. “We pretty much caught everything in the same area … that was nice.”
Capt. Alex Hare on the Silver King and his group from Texas filled the racks with king mackerel and mingo on Thursday.
South Carolina and Indiana anglers on the First Light with Capt. Steve Haeusler pulled in a king mackerel along with several mingo and white snapper.
Texas anglers on the Sure Lure with Capt. Don Dineen brought in a king mackerel and some big mingo.
Capt. Phillip Blackburn and his group from Tennessee and Alabama aboard the Sea Fix had a variety of fish on the racks. They had king mackerel, mingo, white snapper and lane snapper in the mix.
The Silver King had a big day on Wednesday with the mackerel. Capt. Hare said they caught 11 king mackerel with four weighing more than 30 pounds. Bait of choice was a live herring.
St. Louis anglers on the High Cotton with Capt. T.J. George went trolling on Wednesday snagging several king mackerel.
The Yancy family from Texas had a big time on the Fish-N-Teem with Capt. Billy Teems on Wednesday.
“This is our fourth trip this year,” one of the guys said. Word is the Yancy family has been fishing with Capt. Teems for 10 years or more. And on Wednesday they filled the boards with king mackerel, Spanish mackerel and bonito.
Texas anglers on the Just-B-Cause with Capt. Ken Bolden brought in several mingo and white snapper.
Capt. Chip Godwin on the Rookie put his anglers from Missouri, Nebraska and South Carolina on some big bull mingo.
“We were fishing about 15- to 20-miles out … just fishing that old bottom,” Godwin said.
Anglers on the Screamn Drag with Capt. Brian Kelley brought in some big king mackerel and mingo on Wednesday.
Capt. Robert Hill and crew on the Twilight came in from a six-hour trip on Wednesday with some big bull mingo and few lane snapper.
As you can see, fishing is still good. So why not roll and troll with the best of them.
See you at the docks.