From the looks of the catches that were showing up on the racks Monday along Destin harbor, it was good day for most.
But like in most things, there were a few exceptions. A few of the anglers got “sharked.”
This reporter soon found out that getting “sharked” is short for saying a fish got snapped in half or gobbled up by a shark while trying to reel it in.
When checking out the catch brought in on the Mighty Fine with Capt. Bud Miller, deckhand Nick Bulger said, “We got one amberjack and had another one, but he got sharked.”
“We also had a couple of kings that got sharked,” Bulger said, as all that was left of one of the king mackerel was the head.
But the Texas anglers on the Mighty Fine didn’t go home empty handed. They got one amberjack on the boat to go along with their many mingo, triggerfish and mingo.
Bulger said they also did battle with a shark for about 45 minutes on a spinning rod before cutting it loose.
Anglers on the Windwalker II with Capt. Bernie LeFebvre also got “sharked” on Monday. They had an amberjack suffer at the jaws of a shark, bringing in only half a ‘jack. They also managed to pull in king mackerel, mingo and white snapper.
Nashville anglers on the Un Reel with Capt. Justin Destin had a big day bringing in some big amberjack, triggerfish and mingo on Monday.
“It was hot, calm and the fish are biting,” Destin said.
St. Louis anglers on the Game On with Capt. Eric Thrasher filled the racks Monday with mingo, triggerfish and white snapper.
Capt. John Gibson on the party boat Gulf Breeze and his crew came in with stringers filled with mingo, white snapper and triggerfish.
Anglers on the Reel Legend with Capt. Chip Godwin landed an amberjack to go along with their many mingo.
Capt. Ben O’Connor on the 100 Proof and his group backed in with four amberjack, triggerfish and mingo.
Amberjack and triggerfish opened up last Wednesday, but between the rain and rough Gulf last week, it was a slow start. But the fishermen are making up for lost time.
Anglers on the Backlash with Capt. Chris Kirby landed an amberjack, some huge triggerfish plus mingo and white snapper.
Ohio anglers on the Bow’d Up with Capt. Brady Bowman pulled in a king mackerel, triggerfish and mingo, while anglers fishing with Capt. Kris Dew pulled in a mackerel to go along with their mingo.
Capt. Wayne Dillon, at the helm of the Vengeance, came in with some big triggerfish, white snapper and a limit of mingo. The limit on mingo is 10 per person.
The Sea Winder with Capt. Chris Couvillion backed in with a mixed bag of fish. They had mahi mahi, mingo, king mackerel, triggerfish, white snapper and bonito on the racks.
Texas anglers on the Backdown 2 with Capt. Phillip Blackburn brought in their share of triggerfish to go along with the mingo and white snapper, as did the Arkansas folks on the Rewind with Capt. Reid Phillips.
Tennessee anglers on the Full Draw with Capt. Brantley Galloway landed a king mackerel and several mingo.
Texas fishermen aboard the First Light with Capt. Steve Hauesler hauled in some huge triggerfish, mingo and white snapper.
As Capt. Destin said, it’s hot but the fish are biting ... even the sharks.
See you at the docks.