Texas folks appear to be the last anglers standing in Destin.
With the majority of surrounding schools already back in session, and Texas not going back until Monday — Texas folks are finishing strong with some good catches the last few days.
On Thursday, Texas anglers on the Twilight with Capt. Robert Hill pulled in what deckhand Jordan Colson called a “six-hour crush.”
They brought in a blackfin tuna, grouper, Almaco jack, a couple of king mackerel and some big mingo.
Word is they also fought a 200-pound dusky shark for about 30 minutes before it broke off.
Dallas, Texas, anglers on the Un Reel with Capt. Justin Destin also had a big six-hour catch Thursday. They reeled in a cobia, four king mackerel and several mingo. Deckhand Jan-Michael Garcia said they hooked the cobia while they were mackerel fishing.
“It ate the downrigger bait,” Garcia said.
On Wednesday, a couple of guys from Texas pulled in a whopper of a king mackerel that weighed in at 30 pounds. They were fishing with Capt. Brandy Miles on the Barracuda. The two guys also had a several mingo and white snapper on the racks.
However, the big king was what caught Capt. Brandy’s eye. Every day she logs a $1 bet with her dad Capt. Jimmy Miles as to who will catch the biggest fish of the day. It just so happens on Wednesday, they pushed the bet to $2, and Brandy took it with the 30-pound king.
Anglers from Beaumont, Texas, loaded the racks with mingo and bonito on Wednesday while fishing with Capt. Casey Weldon on the Fish N Fool.
Texas anglers along with a few folks from Kansas landed king mackerel, mingo and white snapper while fishing with Capt. Chris Couvillion on the Sea Winder on Wednesday.
A few folks from Ohio slipped in with some Texas anglers on the High Cotton with Capt. T.J. George to load the racks with king mackerel and one Spanish mackerel.
Mingo was the catch of the day aboard the Twilight with Capt. Robert Hill on Wednesday for the anglers from Texas.
Capt. Don Dineen and his group from Texas on the Sure Lure landed mingo and some Key West porgy. They also threw back some amberjack.
Texas anglers on the First Light with Capt. Steve Haeusler on Wednesday loaded up with some big mingo, white snapper and lane snapper.
Capt. Chris Kirby on the Backlash had some folks from Maryland that pulled in some of those big mingo as well, along with big white snapper and one king mackerel.
Capt. Tony Davis on the Anastasia also had some “non-Texan” anglers that were from North Carolina. They pulled in a mix of king mackerel, mingo, white snapper and a few mahi mahi on Wednesday.
Anglers on the Silver Lining with Capt. Ed Shields found a school of amberine on Wednesday and loaded up. They also had several mingo, white snapper and mahi mahi on the racks. Captain said they had to give up on a couple of there spots because they couldn’t get through the triggerfish.
Fishing is slowing down, but not because of the fish, but because of participation. Don’t let the boat leave without you.
See you one the docks.