Fishing in the rough - Anglers, captains battle high seas, flipper

Trout and redfish lined the board of the Inshore Angler Wednesday afternoon.

With the Gulf of Mexico kicking up six-footers on Wednesday, not many charter boats ventured out.

The Gulf Winds with Capt. Larry Meyer at the helm made it out far enough and long enough for his Missouri anglers to reel in a few king mackerel and Spanish mackerel.

"It was very challenging," Meyer said. "We had a hardy bunch on the boat."

One of the passengers said he started taking Dramamine the night before and then another the morning of the trip — and  he  did just fine, as did the others.

The group was trolling dead baits for mackerel.

"We lost a lot to the dolphins," Meyer said. "They were even eating our baits off."

Capt. Robert Michelson on the Inshore Angler and his group from Mississippi went on the bay side.

They filled the racks with speckled trout, redfish and a couple of black snapper.

Thursday was also rough, but the water is supposed to calm down by the weekend. Just in time for the storm of anglers heading out for a shot at the signature red snapper. The season opens Saturday, with a two-fish limit.

See you at the docks.