With the closure of red snapper earlier this week, the landscape along the docks has taken on a new shade — gray.
We may not have 50 shades of gray, but we do have a lot of gray between all the king mackerel, barracuda, bonito, cobia and white snapper showing up on the racks.
St. Louis, Mo. anglers on the Sunrise with Capt. Kelly Windes had nothing but gray on the docks Thursday afternoon. Lou Grabow and his buddies filled the racks with some big king mackerel with a few bonito in the mix.
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Mississippi anglers on the Huntress with Capt. Mike Graef filled up the board with gray. They had seven king mackerel, four barracuda, a cobia and a couple of mahi mahi, which added a little yellow and green to the board.
“We trolled all day,” Capt. Graef said. They used live herring for bait.
St. Louis anglers on the Fish N Fool with Capt. Casey Weldon put a little color on the board. They had lane snapper and mingo, which add a little red to the racks, along with plenty of gray fish, king mackerel, white snapper and bonito.
Capt. Gary Jarvis and his group of Texas anglers on the Backdown 2 put a big gray fish on the docks. Lauren Severns and family reeled in about a 180 pound bull shark, along with a few king mackerel and barracuda. First mate Travis Marlin said it took them about an hour-and-a-half to get the shark to the boat because they were fishing with 60-pound test, mackerel tackle. He said they also saw the shark eat about a 50-pound amberjack.
King mackerel was the catch-of-the-day for the Kentucky anglers on the Fifth Amendment with Capt. Chuck Turbanic on Thursday.
Georgia anglers on the Full Draw with Capt. Justin Destin mixed it up a bit with white snapper, Key West porgy and mingo as did Birmingham anglers on the Game On with Capt. Eric Thrasher who had a king mackerel along with a bunch of mingo and white snapper.
For a look at catches from Wednesday, CLICK HERE.
Anglers on the Destination with Capt. Stan Phillips came in with mingo and white snapper.
Capt. T.J. George on the High Cotton had his share of gray on the racks with three king mackerel and white snapper. His South Carolina anglers also had a touch of red with some mingo in the mix.
The Harper family from Arkansas on the Sure Lure with Capt. Don Dineen came in Wednesday with mingo and white snapper.
Anglers on the Un Reel with Capt. Paul Dale Wagner came in with king mackerel and mingo, while the folks on the Al-Lin with Capt. Harold Staples brought in bonito, a couple of black snapper and a few mingo.
Tennessee and Mississippi anglers on the Sure Thing with Capt. Paul Cornish filled it up with shades of gray on Wednesday. They had king mackerel, white snapper and scamp.
Texas anglers on the Backdown 2 on Wednesday had king mackerel and bonito.
Kentucky and Alabama anglers on the Vengeance with Capt. Brad Biggers came in with king mackerel and one cobia.
“It was a little choppy this morning and the fish didn’t bite until later,” Capt. Biggers said.
Tennessee and Kentucky anglers on the Destination with Capt. Stan Phillips came in with bonito, mingo, white snapper and an amberine.
Anglers on the Game On with Capt. Eric Thrasher put three mingo to the nails on the racks, along with a few white snapper and one king mackerel on Wednesday.
Anglers on the New Florida Girl with Capt. Jim Westbrook had “time spent with the rod bent” on Wednesday as they filled several stringers with mingo and white snapper. Captain said they threw back about seven amberjack in the 30-pound range, which is a good sign of things to come.
Amberjack open back up Aug. 1.
Kentucky anglers on the Mary Lou with Capt. Rusty Gilbert had three king mackerel along with white snapper and mingo.
Diane Lister and friends on the Sea Fix with Capt. Phillip Blackburn came in Wednesday with four big king mackerel, along with mingo, white snapper and a black snapper. Captain said they caught the mackerel on a fly pole while bottom fishing.
Texas anglers on Lucky Lina with Capt. Steve Lathi had a good showing on the racks from a four-hour trip. They had king mackerel, cobia and four mahi mahi. Captain said they were trolling live baits about three miles from the sea bouy.
The Only Way with Capt. Curt Gwin was all gray. They had six king mackerel and bonito.
Kentucky and Texas anglers on the Sea Winder with Capt. Chris Couvillion came in with a splash of everything. They had king mackerel, Spanish mackerel, mingo, white snapper and red grouper on the racks.
“It started out rough with 3-footers about 4 seconds apart,” Couvillion said. “Then it got better and started working in our favor.”
However, Couvillion did say they caught their biggest snapper of the season, a 34-incher, one day too late and of course it had to go back.
Oklahoma anglers on the First Light with Capt. Steve Haeusler reeled in five king mackerel, mingo, big white snapper and a scamp.
Fishing is good, and who cares what color the fish is as long as you had a good time catching them.
See you one the docks.