It’s been a great week on the waterfront with things getting back to normal. The Gulf of Mexico has calmed down, amberjack and triggerfish are open, the rain has been at a minimum and the fish are biting.
“Everything was hungry … but the snapper,” said Capt. Judah Barbee of the Stelluna after he came in from a four-hour afternoon trip Wednesday.
He took his group from Oklahoma out shark fishing. They managed to hook four shark, all around 7-feet long. Plus they caught dinner. They had a couple of big amberjack on the racks.
Texas anglers on the Finest Kind with Capt. Jason Mikel came in from an eight-hour trip with some big amberjack, mostly in the 40 pound range, some Almaco Jack, mingo and white snapper.
Capt. Chris Kirby on the Backlash and his group from Texas backed in with a couple of 45-pound amberjack to go with the big triggerfish and mingo. Word is that mother and 4-year-old Bryson Bowman caught the biggest triggerfish. Bryson was even kind enough to pose for a couple of photos with one of his triggerfish.
Arkansas anglers on the Special K with Capt. Kyle Lowe came in with a variety pack of fish. They had three amberjack, several amberine, triggerfish, a grouper, mingo, scamp, white snapper, bonito and a lionfish. Captain said they got off to a slow start but then they found the hungry fish.
Anglers on the Just-B-Cause with Capt. Ken Bolden found the hungry fish … too hungry. They got their limit of triggerfish (one per angler at 15 inches in length) plus the reeled in several mingo. Deckhand Carter Phillips said they caught a small amberjack but then got one that would have been a keeper (at least 34 inches in length) but they got sharked.
“Jaws got it … all he left was just the head,” Phillips said.
Capt. Brantley Galloway on the Full Draw and his group from Tennessee came in with a full rack of mingo and triggerfish.
Cincinnati, Kansas and Arkansas anglers teamed up on the Sweet William III with Capt. Bill Watson on Wednesday for a mixed bag of fish. They had amberjack, mingo, triggerfish, white snapper, bonito and a red grouper.
Capt. Stan Phillips and his crew from Texas on the Destination had a big day on the water. Word is they lost two big amberjack to a shark.
“We got two heads to the side of the boat … they had got eaten by a shark,” one of the guys said. “Then we caught the shark that ate the amberjack.”
Not exactly sure the shark they tangled with was the same one that ate the amberjack – but it all happened to the same angler. Anyhow that was their story … and they were sticking to it.
They did manage to come in with three big amberjack, triggerfish, some big mingo and white snapper.
Nebraska anglers on the Vengeance with Capt. Wayne Dillon found the hungry fish. They brought in a pile of mingo, two king mackerel, and a couple of black snapper, triggerfish and a couple of Almaco Jack.
One of the bigger catches of day came in on Backcountry Outfitters with Capt. Jeremy Ruskowski at the helm. He and his folks from Arkansas pulled in a 58-pound grouper that made one angler cry.
“I started crying,” Dan Sanderson said as he described the fight with the monster grouper. “I was sweating and then he came over and relieved me.”
Brandon Brewer grabbed hold of the rod and helped to get the grouper in.
“I was reeling at the end,” Brewer said. But both men did time on the rod.
“It was barking drag,” said Capt. Ruskowski.
It took the two guys about 15 to 20 minutes to get the grouper on the boat.
In addition to the big grouper, they pulled in five amberjack, triggerfish, black snapper and some big mingo.
I’d say the fish are hungry and if you have to cry a little while reeling … it will be OK.
See you at the docks.