With visitors in town from Ohio, Kentucky and even Wyoming, it’s been a busy week along the waterfront with folks wanting to get out on the Gulf of Mexico to hook a fish or two. And on Wednesday and Thursday that’s exactly what they did.
The fish of choice on Thursday looked to be triggerfish with the mingo snapper running a close second.
As a matter of fact, Capt. Justin Destin of the Un Reel referred to Thursday at “Triggerfish Thursday.” However, he said he likes it when it’s triggerfish Monday, triggerfish Tuesday or triggerfish Wednesday.
After a year or so with no triggerfish, the captains and anglers alike are happy to see the triggerfish back on the racks.
There was actually one young angler who said when he was here last year that they caught a bunch of triggerfish, but they were not able to keep them.
However, that’s not the case right now. Triggerfish are big, hungry and fun to pull in.
On Wednesday, amidst the morning showers, the 100 Proof with Capt. Ben O’Connor backed in with a group of anglers from Ohio with some huge triggerfish and mingo.
“It was definitely on there,” one of the anglers said talking about how hard the triggerfish pulled.
Capt. O’Connor said they also hooked and released several amberjack and big red snapper.
Capt. Scott Robson and his group aboard the Phoenix came in Wednesday with a rack of mingo, white snapper and triggerfish.
Not long after, Capt. Steven Lathi aboard the Lucky Lina and his group from Wyoming came in with a big load of triggerfish, mingo and white snapper.
“It was actually a great day,” Capt. Lathi said, noting there was no military mission going on blocking their entry to certain fishing spots.
Georgia anglers on the Only Way with Capt. Curt Gwin pulled in some huge triggerfish, big white snapper, mingo and one lane snapper.
Kentucky anglers on the Twilight with Capt. Robert Hill didn’t mess around with any small fish on Wednesday. They pulled in some huge triggerfish, big mingo and a couple of scamp. Deckhand Jordan Colson said they pulled up some big amberjack and red snapper. He said they also hooked and released a 30-pound gag grouper.
Thursday was just a continuation of Wednesday, but with more sunshine.
Capt. Don Dineen aboard the Sea Fix and his group filled the racks with triggerfish and mingo.
Triggerfish was the catch of the day aboard the Silver Hook with Capt. Artie Fortner.
Capt. Bud Miller on the Mighty Fine and his group of anglers from Virginia had a good time pulling in triggerfish, mingo and white snapper.
“They were having a good time,” Miller said, noting that the anglers were cheering each other on and laughing as they were reeling in the fish.
Atlanta anglers on the Sea Winder with Capt. Chris Couvillion brought in a variety of fish. They pulled in mingo, white snapper, scamp, Key West porgy and a mother-in-law fish.
Although the mother-in-law fish is pretty ugly, captain said they are actually good to eat.
Capt. Destin on the Un Reel and his group from North Carolina came in with a huge catch of triggerfish and mingo for Triggerfish Thursday.
Illinois and Iowa anglers on the Fish N Fool with Capt. Casey Weldon landed triggerfish, mingo and white snapper.
“It was beautiful out there today,” said deckhand Wayne Riles.
“The fishing was awesome,” Weldon chimed in.
Kentucky anglers on the Destination with Capt. Stan Phillips came in around noon on Thursday with triggerfish, mingo and white snapper.
Triggerfish wasn’t the only fish of the day. A couple of young men from Louisiana pulled in a pair of king mackerel while fishing aboard the O Sea D on Thursday. The two youngster were eager to see who's fish weighed the most. However, once the mackerel were put on the scales, there were no bragging rights. Both mackerel weighed exactly 25 pounds each. Word is they caught the mackerel trolling about an hour a part.
One of the bigger catches of the day on Thursday came in after lunch aboard the First Light with Capt. Steve Hauesler. His group from Michigan filled the racks and then some with triggerfish, mingo, white snapper, scamp and lane snapper.
Although most of these catches hit the docks before 1 p.m., several of the boats turned around for afternoon trips.
Fishing is good, so make plans now.
See you at the docks.