One look at the racks along the docks and it’s obvious which fish are in season — red snapper and grouper.
After a rough weekend of rain and high seas, most every boat along Destin harbor was back on the Gulf Monday and pulling in their limit of red snapper and grouper, and some mighty big ones to boot.
Capt. Steve Lathi on the Lucky Lina came in with a 20-plus pound red snapper on Monday to go along with their five-pounders.
Anglers on the Sea Winder with Capt. Chris Couvillion pulled in a limit of red snapper as well. The limit for red snapper is two per person and they must measure 16 inches to keep.
Kentucky folks on the Double Time with Capt. Tim Adams had one of the biggest snapper of the day a 23-pounder. They also had a couple of grouper on the nails.
Texas anglers on the Un Reel with Capt. Justin Destin brought in their share of red snapper as well as the fishermen on the Full Draw with Capt. Brantley Galloway.
Capt. Bud Miller on the Mighty Fine backed in around noon with a group from St. Louis, Missouri. They filled the racks with plenty of red snapper and mingo.
While First Mate Nick Bulger on the Mighty Fine was hanging fish, just across the dock Capt. Harold Staples of the Al-Lin was loading up his customers for an afternoon trip.
His customer wasn’t just any customer. It was a gentleman who’s been fishing with him for more than 50 years. Peppi Bruneau of Louisiana started fishing with Staples when Staples was a deckhand on his dad’s boat in Louisiana.
“He was 15 and I was 20,” Bruneau said. Staples is now 69 and still taking Bruneau and his family fishing.
Kentucky anglers on the Blue Runner II with Capt. Tommy Carter came in with three grouper, some big black snapper and a limit of red snapper.
South Carolina fishermen on the Only Way with Capt. Curt Gwin came in with red snapper, a 25-plus pound red grouper, a couple of gag grouper and several amberine.
Capt. Judah Barbee and his group from Illinois aboard the Stelluna reeled in their red snapper, a king mackerel and a few mingo.
“It was perfect out and the fishing was good,” Barbee said. “And the shark were hungry.”
Barbee said they hooked up with quite a few shark but didn’t boat any.
Anglers on the Backlash with Capt. Chris Kirby brought in a good mix of fish. They had some huge red snapper, king mackerel grouper and black snapper on the board.
Anglers on the Sea Fix with Capt. Jason Hallmark had a limit of red snapper as well as the group on the Wahoo with Capt. Steve Regan.
Oklahoma, Georgia and South Carolina fishermen on the Game On with Capt. Eric Thrasher filled the boards with red snapper, scamp, grouper, Almaco Jack and one white snapper.
“Yea we caught some big scamp … look like scamp, only bigger,” said deckhand Vinnie Garcia.
Most everything brought to the docks on Monday looked just a tad bigger than usual.
See you at the docks.