When a deckhand empties a tub of fish onto the docks, there is always a lot of oohs and aahs going on.
But if you stand back and really listen you can hear some of the darndest things.
While deckhand Nick Bulger was hanging up their morning catch from the Mighty Fine on Monday, a youngster asked his dad, “What are all those red fish?”
His dad was quick to answer, “red snapper.”
“Do they snap people?” the youngster asked.
Well I guess the snapper could snap folks, after all it does have teeth.
But the answer is no.
Anyhow, Capt. Bud Miller and the group from Dallas, Texas, loaded up on red snapper, mingo and lane snapper.
The Full Draw backed in about the same time with a rack full of red snapper and a grouper. Capt. Brantley Galloway’s anglers were from Mississippi, Texas and South Carolina.
Texas anglers on the Windwalker II with Capt. Bernie LeFebvre had a mix of red snapper and black snapper and one king mackerel.
“Those fish are ginormous,” one young man said about the fish on the Windwalker.
I had made a comment that there were a lot of people in town from Texas when one boy said “in Texas everybody fishes on a lake or on a pond.”
On Monday he got to fish on the “big pond.”
Deckhand Jake Sargent was cleaning up the morning's catch on the Silver Lining when some folks were passing by talking about the fish on the center nail.
“Is that a shark?” they asked.
“No … it’s a cobia and good to eat,” I replied.
That’s not the first time a cobia has been mistaken for a shark.
In addition to the cobia, Capt. Joe Quaranto and his group on the Silver Lining had a barracuda, king mackerel, red snapper and black snapper on the board.
Capt. Steve Regan on the Wahoo and his group from Kentucky came in with a big haul. They had a pair of grouper, several amberine and red snapper.
The folks said they have been coming here to fish for 25 years and this was “the best haul ever.”
Tennessee anglers on the Silver King with Capt. Alex Hare pulled in with a rack full of red snapper, a pair of black snapper and a king mackerel. However, I did hear talk of a cobia that got away.
Anglers from Illinois, Kansas City and a few locals loaded up on red snapper while fishing with Capt. Trey Windes on the Outta Line.
Texas anglers on the Destination with Capt. Stan Phillips brought in their share of red snapper, plus one grouper. Captain said the grouper was the first fish of the day.
Capt. Ben O’Connor on the 100 Proof had a big catch of red snapper, mingo and a Jack Crevalle.
Texas anglers on the Sea Winder with Capt. Chris Couvillion brought in a mixed bag of red snapper, white snapper, mingo, porgy, and a goggle eye.
Georgia anglers on the High Cotton with Capt. TJ George had several red snapper, mingo, white snapper and one grouper.
As you can see, the red snapper bite is still going strong. Don’t forget the last day to catch red snapper on federally permitted boats, which is the majority of Destin’s charter boats, is Aug. 1 — and that’s not just dock chatter.
See you at the docks.