For the folks who have been in town this week and ventured out on one of the many charter boats in the Destin fleet, some have had a real workout.

Texas anglers on the Un Reel with Capt. Justin Destin on Wednesday pulled in a big amberjack and black snapper to go along with their mingo and white snapper.

As the Texans were getting off the boat and watching deckhand Jan-Michael Garcia hang up the fish, one of the youngsters said, “I got to use big boy fishing pole.”

And for pulling in those fish from the deep, you’ve got to be prepared with big poles and reels.

The group from Texas aboard the Backlash with Capt. Chris Kirby got into some big fish on Wednesday.

“We opted to go get some big ones today instead of chasing little ones,” Kirby said.

From the look of the rack of amberjack, somebody got a workout pulling them in.

Capt. Mike Graef and his group from Tupelo, Mississippi, on the Huntress stayed pretty busy. They landed a big Almaco Jack, a grouper and several mingo.

New Jersey and Alabama anglers teamed up on the Phoenix Wednesday with Capt. Scott Robson to haul in a dozen king mackerel. The limit on king mackerel is two per person.

Capt. Bud Miller on the Mighty Fine and his group from Tennessee and Texas reeled in a pair of amberjack, a black snapper, king mackerel and several mingo.

“It was a little rolly to start, but its nice now,” Miller said of the Gulf.

“Oh and we had to pay the tax collector,” Miller added. The tax collector would be the shark that snapped up one of their fish.

Thursday appeared to be another good day of fishing.

Nicole, Landon and Steve Theodoru had a big day on the Screamn’ Drag with Capt. Bryan Kelley. They came in with six king mackerel and a Spanish mackerel.

Capt. Kelley took the time to brag on Nicole and her fishing skills. He said she saw the bite, grabbed the rod and managed to hook the fish … like a pro.

Louisiana anglers on the Huntress with Capt. Mike Graef on Thursday loaded up on amberine, mingo and white snapper.

A group from Dallas on the Un Reel backed in with three big amberjack and several mingo.

“That was a workout,” one of the girls said about reeling in the amberjack.

A couple from Arkansas on the Mighty Fine Thursday with Capt. Bud Miller came in with an amberjack and a pair of king mackerel.

“We hooked two bigger than that,” the guy said looking at the amberjack on the rack. “But I couldn’t stop him … it tried to pull us out of the boat.”

Capt. Eddie Dykes on the Shamrock II and his group of anglers came in Thursday from a four-hour trip with a nice rack of mingo and white snapper.

The First Light with Capt. Steve Haeusler at the helm backed in with a king mackerel and a pile of mingo and white snapper.


Just to set the record straight, triggerfish is closed in federal waters and for all charter boats that hold a federal permit. However, if you are a recreational fisherman fishing in state waters, which is from shore out to 9 nautical miles, triggerfish are fair game. According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the plans for triggerfish are to stay open in state waters through Dec. 31, but that is subject to change.


Fishing is good, just be ready for a workout and who knows you may have to pay the tax collector.

See you at the docks.