From flounder to amberjack and everything in between, there’s been some good catches hit the docks as of late.
Monday was one of the “good catch” days.
Capt. Bernie LeFebvre of the Windwalker II backed in Monday just after lunch with mixed bag of fish. His Tennessee anglers pulled in amberjack, triggerfish, mingo, white snapper and king mackerel.
The New Florida Girl’s American Spirit with Capt. Jim Green at the helm came in with a wall of red. His 51 anglers, mostly from Niceville, loaded up on the mingo and white snapper. They also pulled in a big lane snapper, a lionfish and a king mackerel.
While walking the docks looking at catches, Capt. Casey Jones of the Big Red Grill was filleting a few flounder. Jones was quick to show me some of the flounder that David Shoults gigged early Monday morning in the wee-hours.
“I got out about 11 p.m. and got back about 4 a.m.,” Shoults said.
He said he managed to get his limit, which are 10 per person. However the largest he got was a 4 pounder that measured about 20 inches.
Jones said the flounder was a Southern flounder as apposed to a Gulf flounder. The Southern flounder has white spots and can reach up to 8 to 10 pounds, while the Gulf flounder has three distinctive dark eye-like spots along with the white spots. The Gulf flounder also doesn’t get as big as the Southern, reaching only about 5 or 6 pounds.
Capt. Matt Benkin on the Wahoo came in a little after 1 p.m. Monday with a group of local anglers. They reeled in amberjack, triggerfish, mingo and white snapper.
Capt. John Gibson on the Gulf Breeze came in with a good catch. They had mingo, triggerfish and white snapper. Captain said they had 34 anglers and brought in 266 fish.
“It was gorgeous out,” Gibson said. “It was so pretty out I was having a hard time holding up. But I don’t mind it like that.”
Capt. Brandi Miles Kitchens of the 5th Day came in from a short trip with a nice catch of mingo, triggerfish and white snapper.
Right before 2 o’clock, Capt. Justin Destin aboard the Un Reel came in with a massive catch. His anglers from Lafayette, Louisiana, hauled in nine amberjack, ranging from 35 to 55 pounds each. They also had some huge triggerfish.
“We’ve got to get’tem while the gettin’s good,” Destin said.
Amberjack season closes at the end of the month.
Not long after, Capt. Mike Graef on the Huntress and his group from Tennessee back in with a flat-out good catch. They had six amberjack with the monster amberjack on the middle nail of the rack. They also had triggerfish, mingo, amberine, Spanish mackerel and king mackerel.
“We got the Spanish mackerel while we were bait fishing for that secret bait fish,” Graef jokingly said.
And then they fished back slowly and snagged the king mackerel.
“Fishing is just good right now,” Graef said.
Don’t let this “good fishing” pass you by.
See you at the docks.