Although Hurricane Irma didn’t actually hit our little fish haven here on the Gulf of Mexico, it did move a few fish around.
Capt. Jason Mikel of the Finest Kind came in Thursday and said some of the areas where he usually finds fish were not holding fish at the moment.
Capt. Ben O’Connor on the 100 Proof was pretty much saying the same thing. They stopped at about 10 spots and only got the fish to bite on a couple of them. However, those two spots produced. His anglers caught enough to fill the racks and then some with mingo and white snapper.
But not to fret. It usually takes three or four days after a storm for the fishing to get back to normal.
Either way, the boats that have been going out the last few days have not come in empty handed.
The Mary Lou with Capt. Rusty Gilbert went out on Wednesday and found some mingo, white snapper and a few mackerel.
Capt. Brady Bowman and his group from Cincinnati on the Bow’d Up backed in Thursday with a few mackerel. The guys wanted to bottom fish after trolling. Word is they hooked up with several big amberjack, which is currently off the catch list. So they couldn’t bring those in.
Capt. Kyle Lowe on the Special K had a few mingo, white snapper and mackerel to show for their efforts on Thursday as well.
While some of the boats are going out and testing the waters, the Destin Fishing Rodeo committees are getting geared up for the 69th event that kicks off Oct. 1 on the docks behind AJ’s Seafood and Oyster Bar on Destin harbor.
On Wednesday, about 25 to 30 folks showed up at the Destin Community Center to volunteer to serve as judges for the Rodeo. The judges will serve throughout the month to record the catches that are brought to the scales.
The judges are just part of the volunteers that make the Rodeo happen. Executive Director Helen Donaldson has said it takes close to 200 volunteers to make the Rodeo happen from those that work in the merchandise trailer to those who serve as judges or just runners.
However, before the Rodeo begins, folks will have the chance to come out and meet Miss Destin Rachel McMullen, who will reign over the 69th annual Destin Fishing Rodeo. At 6 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Inn on Destin Harbor there will be an introduction party held in her honor. All captains, crew, anglers and volunteers are invited to this annual tradition.
So come on out and get in the Rodeo swing of things. It will be here before you know it.
See you at the docks.