With red snapper coming to a close Saturday for the federally permitted charter boats in Destin, the charter boats have been busy the last few days snapping up all the snappers they could – within the limits of course – while they could.
The limit on red snapper is two per person and that really hasn’t been a problem for most of the charters.
“We’re getting all we can, while we can,” said Capt. Bud Miller of the Mighty Fine, while his deckhand Nick cleaned up the morning’s catch of snapper Thursday.
Miller’s anglers filled the racks with snapper and a few mingo snapper.
Tennessee anglers on the Backdown 2 with Capt. Phillip Blackburn pulled in their share of the red snapper on Thursday along with some mingo. They had one huge snapper, weighing 18 pounds or better, on the center nail.
“That was the first one in,” one of the anglers said.
Tennessee and Virginia anglers on the Dawn Patrol Too with Capt. Josh Glidden brought in a big catch of red snapper on Thursday along with a king mackerel and Spanish.
Georgia anglers on the Sure Lure with Capt. Don Dineen filled the nails with red snapper and a couple of mingo.
Texas anglers on the Stelluna with Capt. Judah Barbee had their share of red snapper, plus a grouper and mingo on the racks Thursday.
Red snapper was the catch of the day aboard the Outta Line with Capt. Trey Windes on Thursday for the group from Alabama and Washington.
Capt. Reid Phillips took his group of folks out Thursday on the Rewind and brought back a couple king mackerel, several red snapper and mingo.
Anglers on the Fish-N-Teem with Capt. Paul Cox on Thursday came in with several red snapper, mingo and white snapper
The group of fishermen aboard the 100 Proof with Capt. Allen Staples pulled in some big red snapper and a grouper, while the Cutting Edge filled the nails with red snapper, mingo and a half dozen amberine.
Capt. Brandy Miles-Kitchens had a sampler of a catch on Thursday aboard the 5th Day. Her anglers from Alabama and Louisiana teamed up to reel in king mackerel, grouper, black snapper, red snapper, mingo and bonito.
Fishing is not just for the adults.
Kenzie Hinkson of Atlanta was here Wednesday celebrating her eighth birthday this week aboard the Blue Runner II with Capt. Tommy Carter. She managed to pull in a big red snapper, a bonito and a 22-inch grouper that didn’t quite meet the 24-inch minimum, so it had to go back. Kenzie was still excited to fish out of Destin and was quick to tell this reporter that she has caught nine bass back home.
Anglers fishing with Capt. Curt Gwin on the Only Way Wednesday brought in a good catch of red snapper, along with a black snapper and two king mackerel.
Capt. Bill Williams and his group on the Striker had a big black snapper on the racks, plus several red snapper, mingo and a king mackerel.
Red snapper and mingo filled the nails behind the Silver Hook and the Vengeance on Wednesday.
Capt. Bernie LeFebvre on the Windwalker II and his group from Mississippi came in Wednesday with three king mackerel, red snapper and a lane snapper on Wednesday.
“It was a little rolly and hard to move around on the deck,” LeFebvre said. “But the fish are still biting good.”
And from the looks up and down the docks, that’s the truth.
See you at the docks.