With the closing of red snapper last weekend, there’s been a lot of mingo and king mackerel show up on the racks this week along with the occasional ling, also known as a cobia or lemon fish.
As a matter of fact, when Capt. Bernie LeFebvre on the Windwalker II backed in they had king mackerel, several mingo and a ling on the board. While waiting to position the folks for a photo, dock photographer Jake Brashears from For Reel Photos, who’s pretty quick with the wit, said “It's kings, mings and lings.”
You have to admit that does have a ring to it … and it just so happened to be true.
Capt. Judah Barbee on the Stelluna and his group from Texas got in on the king and ming action, but no ling. They had a couple of bonito and lane snapper in the mix instead.
Barbee said they had about a 300- to 400-pound shark come up chasing one of the bonito, but didn’t get a hook up.
Capt. Justin Destin on the Un Reel and his group loaded up with mingo and white snapper. Deckhand Jan-Michael Garcia said they caught and released several amberjack.
“We were checking out some spots and getting ready for Aug. 1,” Garcia said.
Amberjack season opens back up Aug. 1 with a bag limit of one per person and must measure 34 inches to keep.
Also I got the official word on the opening of triggerfish. I contacted Roy Crabtree, regional administrator of NOAA Fisheries Service Southeast Regional Office, via email this week.
In the email he said, “Recreational triggerfish will open on Aug. 1 for both charter boats and private recreational anglers.”
Crabtree added that there's no set closure date. Triggerfish will close when the allotted quota has been brought to the dock, the fishery will be closed.
So there you have it. Starting Wednesday, Aug. 1, triggerfish and amberjack should be back on the racks along the docks.
In the meantime, Capt. Steve Hauesler and his Tennessee anglers on the First Light got in on the king, ming and ling action this week. Deckhand Wyatt said they caught the cobia on a fly pole, the mackerel on a lure and everything else bottom fishing.
Anglers on the Fish-N-Teem and Mary Lou loaded up on the mingo.
The group aboard the Cutting Edge brought in some big mingo, white snapper, king mackerel and a dozen amberine on Wednesday.
Texas anglers on the Wahoo with Capt. Steve Regan filled the racks with mingo and white snapper.
Thursday was another busy day on the docks.
Capt. Mike Graef and his group of Texas anglers on the Huntress pulled in four king mackerel, a black snapper and several mingo.
Georgia anglers aboard the Game On with Capt. Eric Thrasher got in on a little ming and ling action on Thursday. They filled the racks with mingo and white snapper and had one ling on the center nail.
“He was just begging to get caught,” one of the anglers said. Captain said the cobia swam right up behind the boat.
Anglers on the Destination with Capt. Stan Phillips on Thursday filled the board with mingo, white snapper and three mahi mahi.
Arkansas angler on the Finest Kind with Capt. Jason Mikel pulled in a king, several mingo and four Key West porgy along with some white snapper.
Anglers from Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas teamed up on the 100 Proof with Capt. Ben O’Connor for a big catch of king mackerel, mahi mahi, mingo and white snapper.
Capt. Brian Kelley and his group on the Screamn Drag pulled in a pair of king mackerel, several mingo and white snapper.
Ohio anglers on the Reel Legend with Capt. Chip Godwin filled the nails on the board with mingo and white snapper.
Texas anglers on the Backdown 2 with Capt. Phillip Blackburn and anglers on the Rewind with Capt. Reid Phillips loaded up on the mingo on Thursday.
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Fishing is good and starting next Wednesday, it should be even better with a bigger variety of fish to catch.
See you at the docks.