Despite scattered rain showers on the Gulf of Mexico Monday morning, anglers still managed to pull in some fine catches.
One of those “fine catches” was caught aboard the 100 Proof with Capt. Ben O’Connor and deckhand Robert.
Fishing on their first spot of the day they snagged a 40-plus pound cobia.
“I about passed out,” said Stephanie Otto of Tennessee who had the big ling on line.
“At first I couldn’t even turn the reel,” she said.
Just seconds after she hooked her cobia there was another one that showed up. While they were trying to hook the other one, Otto was left holding on.
“I knew it must be big as soon as he (the deckhand) said 'everybody move away,'” she said.
After tugging and reeling, Otto finally landed the big cobia.
“I about had a heart attack,” she said.
After posing with a few photos with her fish at the docks, Otto said it was definitely the biggest fish she’d ever caught.
Although they didn’t get the other cobia to bite, the group of anglers did get their share of red snapper and they also released a couple of small spinner shark.
South Carolina anglers on the Special K with Capt. Kyle Lowe pulled in a couple of mahi mahi, king mackerel, mingo, white snapper and their limit of red snapper. The limit on red snapper is two per person and must measure 16 inches to keep.
Texas and Louisiana anglers teamed up on the Finest Kind with Capt. Jason Mikel to reel in their limit of red snapper along with a Spanish mackerel and some bonito.
Capt. Joe Quaranto on the Silver Lining and his group of fishermen pulled in a couple of king mackerel and red snapper.
Anglers on the Fish-N-Fool with Capt. Casey Weldon got their red snapper, mingo, king mackerel and a Spanish mackerel.
Kentucky and Indiana anglers on the Sweet William III with Capt. Bill Watson pulled in their limit of red snapper and a few mingo and were back to the docks by noon.
Capt. Justin Destin on the Un Reel and his anglers came in with a pair of king mackerel and a limit of red snapper on a morning trip.
Arkansas anglers on the Rewind with Capt. Reid Phillips pulled in a king mackerel along with their red snapper.
“The fishing is good, but we dodged some lightning,” Phillips said, noting the storms on the water.
Atlanta anglers on the Backdown 2 with Capt. Phillip Blackburn got their red snapper and a few bonito as did the Texas anglers on the Vengeance with Capt. Nathan Putney.
Capt. Steve Lathi backed in on the Lucky Lina right after lunch with a couple of grouper, king mackerel, mingo and their limit of red snapper.
Kansas and Georgia anglers on the High Cotton with Capt. TJ George had a mixed bag. They pulled in a Jack Crevalle, scamp, red snapper, bonito and a filefish.
Like Capt. Phillips said, “fishing is good.” Don’t wait to late to get in on the snapper action. The last day to pull one in is July 22.
See you on the docks.