After days upon days of rain and high seas, there was a break in the clouds Thursday and fishermen took advantage for some big catches.
"It was the best day of the week," said Reid Phillips of the party boat Destin Princess. He and his crew of about 42 people brought in stringers and stringers loaded with mingo and white snapper. "The fish bit good today," Phillips said.
Capt. Jim Green took about 60 folks out on the New Florida Girl's American Spirit. They pulled in red grouper, gag grouper, mingo, white snapper and amberine.
The Fifth Amendment with Capt. Chuck Turbanic at the helm backed in with a limit of king mackerel.
Alabama anglers on the Fish-N-Fool with Capt. Casey Weldon brought in a mixed bag of king mackerel, almaco jack, and a big black snapper along with a huge mingo that weighed 3- to 4-pounds.
Capt. Don Dineen and crew aboard the Sure Lure filled the racks with king mackerel, mingo and white snapper.
Tennessee and Indiana anglers on the Perfect Shot with Capt. Brady Bowman and first mate Greg Meyers loaded up on grouper, red grouper, scamp and mingo.
"It's been pretty brutal," Meyers said.
"On Wednesday we had six to eight footers on the beach," Capt. Bowman added.
However, "today was beautiful," Myers said, noting they only had about two to three footers.
Bowman agreed. "We didn't have run from any squalls today either."
Capt. Neill Finkel on the Shock'n Y'all came in from a morning trip of shark fishing. Finkel said they hooked up with a couple of tiger shark, one about 100 pounds and the other at 150.
Anglers on the 100 Proof with Capt. Steve Brown came in with a catch of grouper, almaco jack, flounder, mingo and white snapper.
Capt. Steve Lathi on the Lucky Lina and crew backed in with a couple of gag grouper, two red grouper, king mackerel, white snapper and amberine. They lured in the mackerel, fly-lining.
Grouper was the catch of the day aboard the First Light with Capt. Steve Haeusler. The Mississippi angler reeled in gag grouper, scamp and a snowy grouper.
Fishing should get even better as the weather does … and it's looking like a good weekend ahead.
See you at the docks.