Upon arrival at the docks Monday word soon spread that the Bow’d Up had a smoker on board. Not the kind of smoker you would put a Boston butt on for a barbecue, but a smoker of a king mackerel.

In other words, the mackerel smoked the line when it took the bait.

“Everybody had a turn on that one,” one of the anglers from Jackson, Tennessee, said as deckhand Greg Meyers unloaded the 45-plus pound king mackerel to hang on the rack.

“They were snapping when we got there,” said Capt. Brady Bowman. “It was a pretty steady bite.”

Capt. Bowman said they were trolling live baits for the mackerel.

The guys from Tennessee pulled in 16 king mackerel, a couple of Spanish mackerel and a big amberjack.

“We’re used to crappie fishing … they put up a pretty good fight,” one of the anglers said.

Capt. Curt Gwin and his group from Nashville and Oklahoma on the Only Way got into some king mackerel as well. They had four kings on the racks to go along with their amberjack, mingo and white snapper.

With school back in session, not many folks are in town to fish. But the ones that are, are doing great.


Over the weekend, local photographer Jake Brashears of For Reel Photos got a chance to do a little tournament fishing and hooked up with the fish of a lifetime.

Usually Brashears is the one taking photos of people and their catches, but this time he was in front of the lens and with a whopper of a fish.

Fishing aboard Team Supreme with Capt. Chase Lake, deckhand Rodney Johnson and Kirk Ogren, they hooked a big blue marlin on Friday.

Using a standing harness, not the “fighting chair,” Brashears went to battle with the marlin.

After the initial jump and crashing on the bait, it was game on.

“It stayed down most of the time,” Brashears said.

Brashears, who was still feeling it on Monday in his arms and legs, said the 400-plus pound marlin made 10 runs before they finally got it to the boat to photograph for tag and release verification for the tournament.

“It was pretty brutal,” he said.

Brashears said in a Facebook post, “It was my first time experiencing anything like that and I have a whole new level of respect for people who do this kind of fishing on the reg.”


Don’t forget, coming up in the next couple of weeks is the inaugural Fishing for Fame Celebrity Sport Fishing Tournament scheduled Sept. 14-16.

The Florida Sports Hall of Fame, along with AJ’s Seafood and Oyster Bar, Destin Charter Boat Association and All Sports Association, are hosting the tournament.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the local youth in Okaloosa and Walton counties. Non-profits to benefit from this year’s tournament are Boys and Girls Club of the Emerald Coast, Okaloosa County Special Olympics, Kids on the Coast Foundation, and Eleanor J. Johnson Youth Center in Fort Walton Beach.

Tournament fishing begins at 7 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15. The scales will be open from 4-7 p.m. on the docks behind AJ’s. Destin Fishing Rodeo weighmaster Bruce Cheves will serve as weighmaster for the event.


Just so you know, we’re 40 days away from the start of the Destin Fishing Rodeo.

See you at the docks.