With the last day to land a triggerfish slated for Thursday, anglers pulled in some big ones on Monday.
Missouri anglers on the Bow’d Up with Capt. Brady Bowman reeled in some fat triggerfish. They also had a couple of big amberjack to go along with their huge mingo and white snapper.
“We’ve got to get them while we can,” Bowman said.
Triggerfish opened earlier this year and then closed down during June and July. They opened back up on Aug. 1 only to shut down this Thursday because the annual catch limit for the year has been reached.
In the meantime, anglers are pulling the trigger while they can.
Texas anglers on the Destination with Capt. Stan Phillips had their triggerfish, a couple of king mackerel, mingo and white snapper on Monday.
Illinois anglers on the Miss Nautica with Capt. Jimmy Miles came in with a load of mingo and a bonito.
“We caught a lot of triggerfish, they just weren’t big enough,” Miles said.
Triggerfish have to be 15 inches to keep.
Miles said they also tangled with a 100-pound shark.
“It was a good fight … pretty exciting,” one of the anglers said.
Anglers on the Fish-N-Fool with Capt. Casey Weldon came in from a half-day trip with king mackerel, mingo and some big triggerfish.
Texas anglers on the Mighty Fine with Capt. Bud Miller had a good five-hour catch. They had six triggerfish, 24 mingo, king mackerel and a grouper.
“We had another grouper, but we got sharked,” deckhand Nick Bulger said.
“We had nothing left but the head,” one of the anglers said.
“It’s amazing how (the shark) bite the good stuff,” Miller said. “You get a nice grouper or snapper on and they’ll eat it.”
Anglers fishing on the Tradewinds brought in a good mix of mingo, triggerfish and white snapper.
Capt. Mike Parker on the Silver King brought in a rack full of mingo. He said they hooked a few triggerfish, but they were too small.
Fishing is good, so come on and pull a trigger while you can.
See you at the docks.