If you were fortunate enough to get out and enjoy the pretty day on the Gulf of Mexico on Monday, most likely you are lucky enough to bring in a great catch.

The Destin fishing fleet had about a half dozen with scheduled trips for Monday and the captains didn’t disappoint.

Capt. Chip Godwin on the Reel Legend backed in after lunch from a five-hour trip with a great catch of mingo, white snapper, triggerfish and a few amberine in the mix. His anglers from Texas and Kentucky had a big time.

Godwin said the weather was great and the bite was on. As for the Gulf, it was a bit bumpy early on but then got better.

Capt. Chris Couvillion on the Sea Winder took a group from Utah out fishing. They reeled in mingo, white snapper, triggerfish, Key West porgy and a Spanish mackerel.

Couvillion said they didn’t target any particular species, “we just went fishing,” he said.

And it turned out great with a big variety of fish on the racks.

Capt. John Gibson on the Gulf Breeze had 19 anglers aboard on Monday and they loaded up on the mingo. As a matter of fact, captain said they had their limit “pretty quick” on the mingo.

“They were hungry on the full moon,” Gibson said, which was a bit surprising. Usually on a full moon, the bite is slow because the fish tend to feed at night.

But not true on Monday. The Gulf Breeze also had a lane snapper on the racks as well as white snapper and triggerfish.

By the way, the limit on mingo (vermillion snapper) is 10 per person.

Not long after, Capt. Jimmy Miles on the Miss Nautica backed in with a group Kansas City. They had a nice catch of mingo, white snapper and bonito.

Capt. Jim Green on the New Florida Girl’s American Spirit pulled in a little after 1 p.m. on Monday with rack full of stringers.

Green said he had 30 anglers on board and it was “beautiful” on the water with 1 to 2 foot seas.

“He had us on some spots … a good catch,” said one of the anglers as the deckhands continued to hang up the fish.

They had mingo, white snapper, triggerfish, porgy, and lane snapper on the racks.


Just so you know, amberjack season is on.

Amberjack season opened up on Tuesday and will go until the end of the month. The limit is one per person and must measure 34 inches to keep.

The amberjack is scheduled to open back up Aug. 1 and go through end of October.


As you can see fishing is good and look for some big amberjack to hit the racks in the next few weeks.

See you on the docks.