With some big red snappers taking the center nail on the racks Monday, it didn’t take Capt. Justin Destin of the Un Reel long to come up with #MonsterMonday.
And Destin was right. There were about a half dozen “monster” red snappers that showed up early on the docks Monday.
When we say “monster” – we’re talking 20-plus pounds.
The Kentucky anglers on the Un Reel with Capt. Destin had a 20-plus pounder on the middle nail surrounded by many more red snapper and a few mingo.
Texas and Alabama anglers on the Destination with Capt. Stan Phillips came in with a full rack of fish. They had a king mackerel, their limit of red snapper and several mingo. The limit on red snapper is two per person and the last day to catch one is July 21.
Alabama anglers on the Al-Lin with Capt. Harold Staples came in with a couple of black snapper, red snapper and mingo.
Missouri anglers on the Sure Lure with Capt. Don Dineen had one of those “monster” red snapper on the center nail. As a matter of fact they put the snapper on a hand scale and it clicked in at 26 pounds. They also had more red snapper to go along with their mingo, amberine and bonito.
Capt. Chris Couvillion on the Sea Winder and his group came in Monday with a good catch of red snapper and mingo.
Georgia anglers on the First Light with Capt. Steve Hauesler didn’t have a monster, but they did have a good grade of red snapper across the boards – in the 8-pound range. They also had several mingo and a few bonito.
Capt. Phillip Blackburn and his crew on the Backdown 2 brought in their share of the red snapper. Blackburn said he really likes his new ride, which he purchased a couple of weeks ago from long-time captain and now Mayor Gary Jarvis. Blackburn said he’s starting to feel like the boat is really his now. He’s even changed out the name on the moniker on the racks.
Capt. TJ George on the High Cotton and his anglers came in with a nice catch of red snapper, black snapper and mingo. Filling in the deckhand for George was former Miss Destin 2015 Alyssa Bettinger.
Anglers on the Great Escape with Capt. Jason Rogers backed in with a rack full of red snapper and mingo.
Mississippi anglers on the Sweet William III with Capt. Bill Watson came in with a smorgasbord. Instead of a monster snapper on the center nail, they had a cobia (their 15th of the season). They also had three king mackerel, black snapper, plenty of red snapper and mingo.
Mississippi anglers on Backcountry Outfitters with Capt. Jeremy Ruskowski had a couple of monster snapper on the racks. They had two that were in the 20-pound range. They also had a few more snapper and mingo too boot.
Georgia anglers on the Striker with Capt. Bill Williams had a couple of monster cobia in the middle of the rack to go along with their red snapper and bonito. The deckhand said that the first cobia followed a red snapper up and he tossed a live bait out at that point and got it to eat. Then they spotted another one and he tossed out another live bait.
Another familiar face showed up on the docks Monday that this reporter hadn't seen in a while, Capt. Ronnie Youmans. Youmans is running the Sea Fix along side Aaron Smith. Youmans has been off working in the oil fields and is back home for a while. Anyhow, on Monday they managed to bring in a nice catch of red snapper and mingo.
Fishing is good and believe me … it doesn’t have to be Monday to catch a monster.
See you on the docks.