When it comes to tangling with fish, some fish come in real quick, while others take a while.
For a South Carolina angler aboard the Special K it took about four songs to get his 250-pound shark to the boat.
“It took seven minutes of 'American Pie' and about three more four-minute songs to get the shark to the boat,” said David Lockwood, who was fishing with Capt. Kyle Lowe and deckhand Danny Brennan on the Special K on Wednesday.
The crew on the Special K almost always has music going on the deck while fishing.
Lockwood said the shark put up quite the fight.
“It pulled after about the sixth time it went down,” he said.
All in all it took about 20 minutes for Lockwood to get the shark to the boat where they cut it loose.
In addition to the shark, the anglers pulled in their share of red snapper and a few mingo.
Capt. Lowe said they had a hard time getting away from the triggerfish on Wednesday. Triggerfish season ended the last day of May.
Mississippi anglers on the Sea Winder with Capt. Chris Couvillion pulled in red snapper, mingo and Almaco Jack.
“It’s still pretty out,” Couvillion said, noting it’s been great fishing and great seas this week.
Arkansas anglers on the Rewind with Capt. Reid Phillips got their red snapper and three king mackerel.
“They're still biting,” deckhand Aaron said he was hanging up the fish.
Anglers on the Finest Kind with Capt. Jason Mikel filled the racks with king mackerel and red snapper on Wednesday.
Capt. Ken Bolden and his group of fishermen on the Just-B-Cause got their red snapper,(which is two per person) on Wednesday, along with a few mingo and an Almaco Jack.
The group fishing with Capt. Jason Rogers on the Great Escape filled the boards with red snapper, mingo, white snapper and a few king mackerel, while the Sea Fix filled their rack with red snapper.
Capt. Judah Barbee and his group from Oklahoma on the Stelluna brought in some big red snapper on Wednesday to go along with their four king mackerel and mahi mahi. They had several of the schooling mahi mahi on the nails.
“They found us today,” Barbee said of the mahi mahi. Schooling mahi mahi often range in size from one pound to 20 pounds.
Indiana anglers on the Only Way with Capt. Curt Gwen pulled in a king mackerel and their limit of red snapper.
Anglers aboard the Windwalker II with Capt. Bernie LeFebvre came in Wednesday with red snapper and a couple of black snapper. Deckhand aboard the Windwalker said they had a little tug-of-war going on with a few dolphin trying to take their black snapper off the line.
The Full Draw also came in with a few black snapper and red snapper on Wednesday.
Capt. TJ George on the High Cotton and his anglers brought in a variety of red snapper, mingo, Almaco Jack and amberine, while Capt. Bill Williams and his Texas anglers on the Striker had king mackerel, mingo, Almaco Jack, mahi mahi and red snapper.
Capt. Brandi Miles-Kitchens had a smorgasbord catch on the 5th Day as well. Her anglers reeled in king mackerel, mahi mahi, red snapper, mingo and white snapper.
Georgia anglers aboard the Game On with Capt. Eric Thrasher got their share of red snapper along with a few mingo and white snapper, as did the Indianapolis anglers on the Sweet William III with Capt. Bill Watson.
Capt. Jim Green on the New Florida Girl’s American Spirit took 60-plus anglers out on Wednesday and loaded up on the fish. They brought in four tubs full of mingo, red snapper, white snapper, black snapper, lane snapper, grouper and amberine.
It’s been a big week on the water front, and while some might not have had rock and roll tunes to listen to … I bet they heard the zing of the string as they pulled in fish.
See you on the docks.