Baby it’s cold outside … but not too cold for some diehard fishermen.
A couple of Destin's party boats went out fishing Thursday along with a few charters and managed to bring in some mighty fine catches.
"It was a little chilly out, but a nice day," said Capt. Cliff Cox of the Sweet Jody. "This was our first trip since
Thanksgiving, so I didn't know what to expect. But we caught something on every spot.”
With 25 passengers aboard, the Sweet Jody ventured out about 20 miles and managed to reel in about 250 pounds of fish. In the mix were mingo, amberine, white snapper, a red grouper and a keeper amberjack.
John Newby of Tennessee had his hands full pulling in the amberine.
"We caught all of them on one wreck," Newby said as he looked down at his stringer.
Jerry Ervin of Michigan pulled in a pile of mingo, white snapper and a few amberine.
"I've been coming here for 23 years," Ervin said. Speaking highly of Capt. Cox, he said they hooked a lot of triggerfish and red snapper that had to go back because they are out of season.
"Jerry's been fishing with me since 1990," Cox said. "He's like one of the family."
For Glenn and Christiane Williams of Atlanta, it wasn't their first time to fish aboard the Sweet Jody.
"We've been several times before," Glenn said. "We met a lot of nice people ... it was a lot of fun," Christiane added.
"And we caught a lot of fish," Glenn said, looking at his stringer filled with fish.
About 30 minutes later, the Destin Princess with Capt. Reid Phillips at the helm backed in with 42 fishermen aboard.
"We fished in the Timberholes today," Capt. Phillips said. "It was gorgeous, but cold and the fish bite seems to be good."
His anglers came in with stringers full of mingo, white snapper and amberine as well. And just about every stringer had a lane snapper on the hook.
"It was excellent," said Lee Remington of Wisconsin. "Catching fish in the ocean is fantastic ... better than fishing on a lake back home."
A few of the charters made it on the water as well. Capt. Greg Marler on the Gentle Winds had 41 people aboard on Thursday.
"It was beautiful and the fish bite was good," Marler said.
They loaded the boat with amberine and bull mingo, fishing within about three miles of the beach.
Capt. Harold Staples on the Al-Lin and a few local anglers came in with a good catch of amberjack, along with a few bonitio.
"We had a lot of throw-back red snapper," said deckhand Pat Meyers.
Fishing is good, so don't let a little frigid weather keep you off the water.
See you at the docks.