It’s been a volatile week on the water.
Most every day this week, there have been thunderstorms, complete with lightning bolts lighting up the skies.
But before Tropical Storm Barry got the Gulf of Mexico churned up, several of Destin’s charter boats were on the water.
Missouri anglers on the Big Deal brought in a good catch of lane snapper, red snapper, mingo and white snapper on Wednesday.
Texas anglers on the Phoenix went out Wednesday morning with Capt. Scott Robson and brought in red snapper and grouper.
The Texas anglers on the Destination with Capt. Stan Phillips brought in a huge haul of red snapper. As a matter of fact, Matthew Turner had the biggest of the day, a 25-plus pound red snapper. Well, they say the folks in Texas do everything up big. You can now add red snapper to that big list.
Capt. Brandy Miles-Kitchens and a group from Illinois aboard the 5th Day went out Wednesday morning and came in by noon with a couple of barracuda, red snapper, a king mackerel and a few white snapper.
Anglers on the Un Reel with Capt. Justin Destin backed in with a rack full of red snapper along with a gag grouper, scamp and an Almaco Jack. Word is they had another six-hour trip that afternoon.
Capt. Trey Windes on the Outta Line and his fishermen came in with a scattering of red snapper, red grouper, mingo and white snapper on Wednesday.
Capt. Eric Thrasher and his group on the Game On came in around noon with a rack full of red snapper and one king mackerel. Captain said the mackerel didn’t want to cooperate.
Tennessee anglers on the Sea Winder with Capt. Chris Couvillion pulled in Wednesday with red snapper, mingo and white snapper.
Atlanta anglers on the Kitchen Pass with Capt. Travis Ream brought in a good catch of red snapper and white snapper. Captain said he didn’t have an afternoon trip, but that was OK with him due to anticipated rain with an open bridge on his boat.
Capt. Larry Meyer on the Tradewinds came in with a rack full of mingo, white snapper and bonito. Captain said he was supposed to have an afternoon trip but they canceled.
Capt. Phillip Blackburn on the Backdown 2 and his fishermen pulled in a rack full of red snapper, mingo and bonito on Wednesday.
New Mexico and Arizona anglers on the Fish-N-Fool with Capt. Casey Weldon came in with a rack full of red snapper, mingo, white snapper, grouper and bonito.
Capt. Bernie LeFebvre on the Windwalker II and his West Virginia anglers reeled in king mackerel, red snapper, black snapper and bonito. Captain said it’s been a rough week on the water with all the storms. For some boats they are able to run around them but for some of the slower boats, they have to just deal with it, he said.
With 6- to 8-foot seas very few boats ventured out Thursday. But the ones that did did well. Destination, 100 Proof and Backlash all brought in nice catches of red snapper.
There are still a couple of weeks left to the red snapper season for federally permitted charter boats. However, the Gulf is expected to be a little topsy-turvy through the weekend.
See you at the docks, next week.