Although red snapper is the mainstay on the docks right now, it’s not the only fish showing up on the racks. The elusive cobia has been making an appearance the last few weeks.
On Wednesday, one of the party boats, the Swoop with Capt. Nick “Slay Daddy” Price, pulled in a 56 pound cobia, along with several red snapper, mingo and more.
Captain said they were bottom fishing when he saw the cobia swimming near the water. At first Price thought it was a shark but then realized it was a cobia. He said they tossed a couple of dead baits out first, but the cobia wouldn’t bite and went under the boat.
In the meantime, Price grabbed a mingo out of one of the baskets and hooked it up and free-spooled it to try and lure in the cobia. The cobia took the bait and Price handed the rod off to Charlie Walker who tugged and reeled until he got it to the boat.
When asked if it pulled hard, Walker’s reply was “I mean it did.”
Walker was proud of his catch and posed for few photographs at the scales at HarborWalk Marina.
Capt. Rusty Gilbert on the Mary Lou came in about the same time on Wednesday with some big red snapper and a black snapper. Captain said they saw three cobia on Tuesday, but couldn’t get them to bite.
A group from Kentucky aboard the Maximus with Capt. Justin Hall had a cobia on the center nail on Wednesday. They also pulled in a red grouper, their limit of red snapper and a black snapper.
On Thursday, Capt. Nathan Putney on the Vengeance came in with a cobia as well, to go along with their red snapper.
But the fish that is dominant on most every rack on the docks right now is the red snapper with most every boat getting their limit (two per person) on every trip.
Ohio anglers on the Mighty Fine with Capt. Bud Miller got their snappers, a few mingo and a king mackerel. It was good to see Capt. Miller back fishing, after the boat took a couple of hits from lightning last week. But all is well and they are fishing hard.
Texas anglers on the Silver Hook with Capt. Artie Fortner got their snapper, three king mackerel and mingo on Wednesday.
Capt. Kyle Lowe and his group on the Special K came in with a limit of snapper, a few mingo and Almaco Jack.
The Destination with Capt. Stan Phillips at the helm had four kings on the rack and a limit of red snapper.
Capt. Casey Weldon and his anglers on the Fish-N-Fool backed in at noon Wednesday with red snapper, amberine, scamp and mingo.
Iowa and Wisconsin anglers on the Sea Winder with Capt. Chris Couvillion pulled in a king and a limit of red snapper.
“It was calm, beautiful … just right,” Capt. Couvillion said about the trip on Wednesday.
Missouri anglers on the First Shot with Capt. Mike Dates came in with king mackerel and a limit of red snapper.
“Everywhere we went the fish were biting,” Dates said.
Texas anglers on the High Cotton with Capt. TJ George came in with five king mackerel, a limit of red snapper, mingo and bonito on Wednesday.
Capt. Jeff Jones and his group from St. Louis on the O Sea D pulled in some big red snapper and a couple of king mackerel.
Capt. Bill Watson and anglers from Ohio, Louisiana and Texas teamed up for a huge haul on the Sweet William III on Wednesday. They got in on some of that cobia action. Deckhand Hunter said they lured in the cobia while fly lining. They also had five king mackerel, a limit of red snapper and a few mingo.
Greg Lujan of Arkansas reeled in about a 25-plus pound red snapper while fishing with Capt. Chip Godwin on the Reel Legend.
“My kids don’t even pull like that when it’s time to go to bed,” Lujan said about the snapper fight.
The First Light with Capt. Steve Hauesler came in with a limit of red snapper and a big fat king mackerel on the racks.
Capt. Mike Graef on the Huntress and his group from Tennessee reeled in red snapper, mingo and a grouper on Thursday.
Tennessee anglers on the Stelluna with Capt. Judah Barbee got in on the gag grouper action as well plus they pulled in their red snapper and a black snapper.
Capt. Justin Destin on the Un Reel and his group from Texas caught their red snapper and a wahoo. Deckhand Jan-Michael Garcia said they got all their fish in two stops.
Capt. Tommy Carter on the Blue Runner II came in Thursday with king mackerel, black snapper and a limit of red snapper. Captain said they also fought and broke off a shark.
Fishing is good right now with all kinds of fish being brought to the docks.
See you at the docks.