Before and even during the rain, some mighty good catches hit the docks the last couple of days.
With clouds building across the bay, Texas anglers on the Scream'n Drag with Capt. Bryan Kelly came in with a red grouper and several mingo around 11 a.m. Thursday.
A few minutes later, the Gulf Ranger with Capt. David Nettles backed in with mingo and Key West porgy. His anglers were from Arkansas, Missouri and Tennessee.
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Capt. Matt Woods and anglers on the Rookie came in with a rack of mingo.
With rain starting to fall, the Stress Relief with Capt. Scott Robinson backed in with a good catch of mingo and white snapper. As the deckhand took time to hang up the fish in the rain, the anglers were taking shelter under one of the nearby booths. However, the guys from Texas and Mexico did dash back out for a few snap shots with their fish.
Decked out in his rain slicker, first mate Danny Brennan hung up the catch brought in on the Special K with Capt. Kyle Lowe. The Alabama anglers pulled in a grouper, cobia, a few scamp, king mackerel, mingo and white snapper.
Anglers on the Phoenix with Capt. Scott Robson got in to a school of mahi mahi with several on the racks. They also had mingo and white snapper.
With rain still falling, the Checkmate 2 with Capt. George Eller backed in with a good catch. They had king mackerel, mingo, white snapper, mahi mahi and black snapper on the racks.
By the time the Gambler with Capt. Steve Regan and his group from Kentucky backed in, the rain had let up. His group pulled in grouper, king mackerel, mahi mahi, black snapper, scamp and lane snapper.
Anglers aboard the Fifth Amendment with Capt. Chuck Turbanic came in with a load of mingo and white snapper.
Arkansas, Louisiana and Alabama anglers on the Barracuda with Capt. Jason Steele filled the nails with mahi mahi, lane snapper, scamp, mingo and white snapper.
Louisiana anglers on the Fish N Teem with Capt. B.J. Teems pulled in a good catch of king mackerel, mingo and white snapper.
Fishing was just as good on Wednesday, if not better.
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Capt. Trey Windes on the Outta Line and his group from Georgia and Texas came in with five king mackerel and few black snapper.
King mackerel was the catch-of-the-day aboard the Sunrise with Capt. Kelly Windes. His group from Illinois also had a few bonito and one Almaco Jack on the rack.
Anglers on the Windwalker II with Capt. Bernie LeFebvre loaded the board with mingo, white snapper and bonito.
Texas, Ohio and Indiana anglers on the Sea Winder with Capt. Chris Couvillion reeled in a couple of king mackerel, mingo and white snapper. “Getting away from the triggerfish was a challenge,” captain said. Couvillion said once you get past the triggerfish, the fishing is good.
North Carolina and Illinois anglers on the Sweet William III with Capt. Bill Watson pulled in a good catch of mingo, white snapper and mahi mahi.
Employees from L-3 Communications had a big time on the Destination with Capt. Stan Phillips. They loaded the racks with mahi mahi, king mackerel, some big mingo and a few Key West porgy.
Capt. Steve Regan and crew on the Gambler came in with mahi mahi, black snapper, king mackerel, lane snapper along with mingo and white snapper.
Texas anglers on the Miss Nautica with Capt. Jimmy Miles came in with several mingo, white snapper, Key West porgy and bonito.
Capt. Matt Woods and his group from Texas on the Rookie backed in with a rack full of mingo. “We threw back some big red snapper,” one of the anglers said.
Although the mingo, or vermillion snapper, are not as big as the red snapper, they still taste as good. Some folks say even better.
Texas anglers on Destin Inshore Fishing with Capt. Chuck Bonner brought in a good mix of flounder, scamp, black snapper, mingo and white snapper. Captain said they caught all that within eight miles of Destin.
No Alibi with Capt. Chris Schofield at the helm came in with a couple of king mackerel, mingo and white snapper.
Tennessee and Florida anglers on the Full Draw with Capt. Justin Destin filled the board Wednesday with 10 king mackerel, some big mingo and an Almaco Jack.
Georgia anglers on the Vengeance pulled in king mackerel, mingo and a cobia.
Even with the on and off rain, fishing is not too bad. The catches may not look as big, but the folks are still getting their rods bent.
See you on the docks.