With less than two weeks to catch those big amberjack and grey triggerfish, captains and anglers alike are taking advantage and catching what they can.
The limit is one per angler for both amberjack and triggerfish and they both shut down May 31.
But before then, a group of Montana anglers on the Special K with Capt. Kyle Lowe pulled in their three amberjack along with a limit of triggerfish, a couple of king mackerel and some big mingo.
“Fishing has been good,” said Capt. Lowe.
“But I did have one complaint … one customer said he had to wait 5 seconds to get another bite,” Lowe added, noting what a good time they had on the water.
Capt. Chris Kirby and his group aboard the Backlash hauled in a couple of amberjack that weighed 50 plus pounds each.
“It hurt me,” one of the Tennessee anglers said referring to the hard tug by the amberjack.
“We also lost a couple to sharks,” Kirby said.
In addition to the big amberjack, the Tennessee anglers pulled in triggerfish and mingo.
Capt. Casey Weldon on the Fish N Fool and his group brought in a good catch of mingo and triggerfish.
Anglers on the Reel Deal with Capt. Steve Pixley pulled in king mackerel, triggerfish and mingo along with bonito.
Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas anglers teamed up on the Wahoo with Capt. Steve Regan to land three amberjack, along with several mingo and triggerfish.
Anglers from New York, here on a graduation trip, pulled in a big catch of triggerfish and mingo while fishing aboard the Just-B-Cause with Capt. Ken Bolden.
Arkansas, South Dakota and Maryland anglers aboard the Cutting Edge filled the racks with mingo, triggerfish, white snapper and a lane snapper.
Georgia anglers on the Lucky Lina with Capt. Steve Lathi came in from a six-hour trip with mingo, triggerfish, lane snapper and white snapper.
The New Florida Girl’s American Spirit came in from a morning trip with a rack full of stringers filled with mingo, white snapper and triggerfish.
Capt. Mike Dates took an Arkansas family out for an inshore catch aboard the First Shot. They pulled in several speckled trout and a redfish.
Capt. T.J. George and his group from Alabama had a high-time on the High Cotton on Monday. They pulled in king mackerel, mahi mahi, triggerfish, mingo and bonito. But the fish they didn’t bring back, but was the most talked about, was the 250-to 275-pound dusky shark.
“He wore me out,” one of the guys said.
Word is they (three different people) fought the shark for more than an hour before they finally cut it loose after they got it close enough to see.
Capt. John Tenore and his group from St. Louis came in aboard the Dawn Patrol with a good catch. They had six king mackerel along a triggerfish and mingo on the rack.
Captain said they were trolling live baits for the mackerel.
Mississippi and Tennessee anglers aboard the Huntress with Capt. Mike Graef came in with a big catch. They had five amberjack, triggerfish, mingo and a lane snapper on the racks.
“Fishing is good. I wish it didn’t have to end,” Graef said referring to the amberjack and triggerfish.
Although those two fisheries will soon be coming to an end, red snapper days are just ahead — June 1.
See you on the docks.