Fishing birds: Winter visitors destined to catch fish

Bill and Sylvia Taylor of Delaware reeled in a big stringer of fish on Thursday. “We’ve been fishing a few times,” out of Destin Sylvia said.

While most charter boats in the harbor were tied up in their slips Thursday, the party boat Destiny was pulling in fish.

Capt. Chris McConnell of the Destiny, along with 31 passengers — mostly Snowbirds — headed out for an eight-hour trip and brought back several stringers loaded with mingo, white snapper and a red grouper.

“The weather was awesome,” Capt. McConnell said. “It was a little roll-y in the morning, but then it flattened out.” McConnell said this was his first fishing trip in about 12 days.

“It was a slow bite to start, but then they bit good around noon,” he said.

And for a lot of the folks aboard the Destiny, it wasn’t their first time out.

For Fred Bergh of Wisconsin it was his 12th year to fish aboard the Destiny or Destin Princess.

“We did well,” Bergh said. “I’ve never got skunked.”

Tom Milliren who lives part time in Pennsylvania and the rest of the time in Milton pulled in an 11-pound red grouper. “Any time they go on an hour trip, I’m on it,” Milliren said.

Bill and Sylvia Taylor of Delaware also reeled in their share of mingo and white snapper.

Fishing is good, just not many folks in town to go. So come on down and drop a line.

See you at the docks.