With the Destin Fishing Rodeo just days away, fishing has been pretty darn good. Seas have been a little rough at times, but some pretty good catches have hit the docks the last couple of days.
Capt. Tony Davis and his group of fishermen from Atlanta had a big day on Thursday aboard the Anastasia. They had a wide variety of fish on the racks. They pulled in a barracuda, lane snapper, king mackerel, Almaco Jack, mingo and white snapper.
Alabama anglers on the Outta Line with Capt. Trey Windes had six Almaco Jack, several mingo and a couple of king mackerel.
Georgia fishermen on the Backdown 2 with Capt. Phillip Blackburn loaded up on mingo Thursday.
Capt. Reid Phillips and his Kentucky anglers on the Rewind pulled in a pair of king mackerel to go along with their abundance of mingo and white snapper.
Capt. Judah Barbee and his group on the Stelluna also had a pair of king mackerel and a few mingo and white snapper on Thursday.
Wednesday appeared to be a busier day on the water. Not sure if it was the calm seas or just people raring to go.
Capt. Barbee had a big day on the water Wednesday. He and his anglers on the Stelluna threw back about 20 king mackerel and kept a half dozen.
Louisiana anglers on the Backlash with Capt. Chris Kirby came in with a couple of amberjack, a king mackerel and a few mingo.
Atlanta and Memphis fishermen on the Sea Fix with Capt. Kirk Reynolds pulled in a pair of king mackerel, some big mingo and a couple of exotic fish. They had a Spanish hogfish and a red Toro. The Spanish hogfish had a bright yellow tail and the red Toro was brilliant red with a huge eye.
Capt. Tommy Carter and his group from Texas aboard the Blue Runner II just went for the big fish. They brought in four big amberjack.
Georgia anglers on the Full Draw with Capt. Brantley Galloway came in with a mix of mingo, white snapper and a mahi mahi. Galloway said they ran across a big plastic container that had several tripletail around it. However, the tripletail appeared to be about a foot long. Tripletail have to be 18 inches to keep and the limit is two per person.
Capt. Justin Destin and his group aboard the Un Reel pulled in a few scamp, mingo and Almaco Jack, while Capt. Windes on the Outta Line and his Texas group reeled in king mackerel, Spanish mackerel, mingo and a barracuda.
Missouri anglers on the Wahoo with Capt. Steve Regan reeled in a couple of mackerel to go along with their mingo and white snapper.
Tennessee, Missouri and Arkansas anglers on the Sweet William III with Capt. Bill Watson loaded up on the mingo.
“It was slick calm and we left them biting,” Watson said.
Let’s hope the bite is still on next week when the 70th annual Destin Fishing Rodeo kicks off Monday, Oct. 1.
The scales will be open daily throughout the month from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. on the docks behind AJ’s Seafood and Oyster Bar.
See you at the scales.