With seas kicking up and the rain continuing to fall a few brave souls ventured out on Wednesday for the reopening of triggerfish and amberjack season.
Both fisheries closed the end of May and opened back up on Aug. 1, not with a bang but a deluge of rain and 4- to 6-foot seas.
“It had its ups and downs,” said Capt. John Gibson of the Gulf Breeze Wednesday afternoon.
The ups and downs were in reference to the boat crashing up and down on the waves.
Nevertheless his group of anglers braved the seas and brought in several stringers loaded with mingo, white snapper and a few triggerfish in the mix.
Anglers can keep one triggerfish each and the fish must measure 15 inches to keep. As for the amberjack, the limit is one per person and must measure 34 inches to keep.
Deckhand Aaron Smith on the Sea Fix said they pulled in a pair of keeper amberjack and a snagged a king mackerel on the way back to the docks Wednesday morning.
Capt. Jason Mikel and his group from Orlando and Tennessee aboard the Finest Kind braved the high seas. They pulled in some big mingo and white snapper to along with an Almaco Jack.
Mikel said it was “true 6-footers” on the water Wednesday.
Arkansas anglers on the Sea Winder with Capt. Chris Couvillion caught a few mingo, white snapper and a triggerfish before calling it a day.
Dallas, Texas, anglers on the Rewind with Capt. Reid Phillips and deckhand Aaron hung in there and got their triggerfish and a few white snappers.
“It was like the 'Deadliest Catch' out there,” one of the anglers said.
“The waves were hitting from every direction,” Phillips said.
A few of the anglers had a rough time of it.
“He went from white, to grey, to green,” Phillips said of one of the guys.
Nevertheless, they stayed with it and got their fish.
A few more ventured out and some of the boats opted out of going on Wednesday.
The one thing about living in Florida is the weather is always changing and there is always hope for a better tomorrow.
See you at the docks.