With this the last week to catch triggerfish, anglers took advantage and pulled in what they could.
However, they couldn’t go too crazy, after all the limit is one per person with a 15 inch size limit.
Texas anglers on the Un Reel with Capt. Justin Destin came in Wednesday with some huge triggerfish, a cobia and several mingo.
After a few photos, deckhand Jan-Michael Garcia performed a little magic like most deckhands do every day.
“I’m going to do a little magic trick and turn all this into bags of fish … deboned and separated,” Garcia told the anglers.
It takes more than a blink of an eye to perform, but they get it done just the same.
Capt. John Tenore on the Dawn Patrol and his group came in with a king mackerel, some redfish, mangrove snapper and a bluefish.
Ionel Ficut of Arkansas landed about a 9-pound triggerfish while fishing with Capt. Chris Fulford on the O Sea D. He and his friends also had a few mingo to go along with their triggerfish.
New Orleans, Maryland and Virginia anglers teamed up on the Rewind with Capt. Reid Phillips to pull in some big triggerfish and mingo. First-time angler, 7-year-old Samantha Beals had a big day. She pulled in her first fish, a triggerfish.
Texas anglers on the Mighty Fine with Capt. Bud Miller filled the boards with triggerfish and mingo.
Capt. Trey Windes on the Outta Line and his group from Kansas City and Dallas brought in a big catch of triggerfish, mingo, white snapper and a bonito.
Georgia anglers on the Vengeance with Capt. Kirk Reynolds came in with a mixed bag. They had king mackerel, barracuda, triggerfish, mingo, a red toro and some white snapper.
Capt. Curt Gwin of the Only Way and his couple of anglers from Arkansas pulled in a pair of amberjack, triggerfish and mingo on Wednesday.
i got an unbelievable surprise at the docks Wednesday.
I knew something was up when Jake Brashears of For Reel Photos said I had to stick around until 12:45 Wednesday afternoon. I just figured there was a boat coming in with something huge and he didn’t want to give it away.
But when his dad John Brashears and Helen Donaldson and Angela from the Rodeo office started showing up I knew something was really up.
A few seconds later Jake comes walking around the corner of his booth with his GoPro and pointing it at me and saying that he and Helen and several of the captains at Fishing Fleet Marina as well as others up and down the docks chipped in and got me something.
Jake then comes riding around with a little scooter-type bike with the moniker of “Harbuck Express” on one side and then a big red “A” for my beloved Crimson Tide on the other.
All summer I have watched Jake zip up and down the docks on his scooter and have been a bit jealous, I have to admit.
Needless to say I was floored! What an awesome act of kindness and generosity by so many people who contributed to the Harbuck Express.
A few minutes later, Jake hoped on his and we took a ride from one end of the docks to the other. He showed me how to maneuver around some of the turns near Galati’s and AJ’s. But we made a round trip from Fishing Fleet to HarborWalk in just a matter of a couple of minutes. What a time and “knee” saver.
Love it and many thanks to all who made it happen.
Rachel Green put it best in a post on Facebook, “This is what our community is about.”
I’m glad to be a part of the “fishing community.”
See you on the docks, on the ride by.