Not many lions, tigers or bears down at the docks, but we do have plenty of amberjack, mingo and triggerfish — at least for now.
Earlier this week, Capt. Justin Destin aboard the Un Reel and his couple of anglers from North Carolina pulled in a limit of mingo and triggerfish on a six-hour trip.
The Mighty Fine with Capt. Bud Miller at the helm had a morning trip and managed to get their limit of triggerfish, mingo and a couple of king mackerel.
The party boat Destin Princess with Capt. Chris McConnell backed in after lunch on Wednesday. They had 24 anglers aboard who filled their stringers with mingo, white snapper and triggerfish.
A few of their anglers were first-time Gulf fishermen out of Destin.
“We live on a lake back home,” said a couple from Kansas City. “But this was awesome … we’ll definitely do it again.”
There was another first-time couple aboard from St. Louis, Missouri.
“We lost a few, but we had a good time. We caught plenty … it was worth it,” they said.
Capt. John Gibson of the Gulf Breeze came in with a several baskets loaded with mingo, white snapper and a few triggerfish.
Tennessee and Mississippi anglers aboard the First Light with Capt. Steve Hauesler filled the racks and then some on Wednesday. They had a couple of wahoo, king mackerel, triggerfish, mingo, white snapper and four amberjack.
Remember the last day to catch amberjack and triggerfish is May 31. The limit on amberjack is one per person and must measure 34 inches to keep. As for the triggerfish, the limit is also one and must measure 15 inches to keep.
Not to fret though, red snapper opens on June 1 and will be open until July 21 for federally permitted boats, which is the majority of Destin’s fishing fleet.
So if you haven’t booked those trips yet to get in on the red snapper fishing, now is the time to do it.
See you at the docks.