The rain has been consistent the last few days. As a matter of fact, you can just about set your watch by it. If it’s starting to rain, it must be about noon — which is prime time for the boats to come in from their morning fishing trips.
For the most part, most of the charter boats have been able to dodge the rain showers when they are on the Gulf of Mexico, but when they get to the docks, there’s no dodging the bullet.
An Ohio couple aboard the High Cotton with Capt. TJ George had the best attitude. As the deckhand was unloading their catch Thursday afternoon, the rain started to fall, but they were all about getting their photo made with their catch. They pulled in their share of red snapper, a king mackerel and a couple of Jack Crevalle.
Capt. Brantley Galloway on the Full Draw and his group from Oklahoma pulled in their red snapper (which is two per person) and a king mackerel.
Nebraska anglers on the Windwalker II with Capt. Bernie LeFebvre reeled in their limit of red snapper, mingo and a few king mackerel on Thursday.
Capt. John Tenore on the Dawn Patrol and his group from Georgia came in from a morning trip Thursday with a pair of king mackerel, two grouper and red snapper. Right after Tenore got the fish hung on the nails the rain started to fall. However, he said they didn’t get rained on at all while fishing.
Georgia anglers on the First Shot with Capt. Mike Dates got their share of red snapper. Captain said they got all their snapper within a mile of the beach.
Anglers on the Vengeance with Capt. Nathan Putney had a variety of fish on the racks Thursday. They had a cobia, king mackerel, red snapper, mingo and bonito.
“We timed it just right,” Putney said, noting they didn’t get wet while fishing. He said they had one storm behind them on the way out and one out in front.
Local anglers on the Backdown 2 with Capt. Phillip Blackburn caught their share of red snapper on Thursday.
Texas anglers on the SS Enterprise with Capt. Kirk Reynolds came in with a couple of king mackerel, red snapper and black snapper on Thursday.
Capt. Allen Staples on the 100 Proof brought in three king mackerel, red snapper and amberine.
Texas and Kentucky anglers on the Phoenix with Capt. Scott Robson had some big red snapper on the racks.
“We stayed dry. We went the other way,” Robson said, noting he dodged the dark clouds.
St. Louis anglers on the Reel Legend with Capt. Chip Godwin filled the boards with king mackerel, red snapper and mingo on Thursday.
“We split the squalls,” Godwin said. “After it broke apart it was OK.”
On Wednesday, Godwin saw a water spout on the Gulf.
“It was a big one … it made a big footprint on the water. You could see it sucking the water off the Gulf.”
Other than that they had a great time fishing and pulled in a cobia, king mackerel, red snapper and mingo on Wednesday.
Wednesday was another one of those days, where for the most part the anglers didn’t get wet fishing, but some did when they got back to the docks.
“It wasn’t bad at all,” said one of the Missouri anglers off the Lucky Lina. Fishing with Capt. Steve Lathi they filled the rack with red snapper, king mackerel, Spanish mackerel, black snapper and mingo.
Texas anglers on the Fish-N-Teem with Capt. Paul Cox pulled in five king mackerel, red snapper and lane snapper on Wednesday.
Capt. Brian Kelley on the Screamn Drag and his group from Indiana saw that same water spout that Godwin saw.
“It was on the water for about 15 minutes (before it dissipated),” Kelley said.
“The heavy stuff went around us,” he said, noting they stayed dry and caught fish. They filled the racks with red snapper, mingo, king mackerel and amberine.
Capt. Chris Kirby on the Backlash and his group got their limit of red snapper, as did the anglers aboard the Just-B-Cause with Capt. Ken Bolden. Bolden and his group also had a huge Jack Crevalle. Capt. Bolden said it was the biggest Jack Crevalle he’s ever caught.
Fishing is good right now; just bring some rain gear along.
See you at the docks.