Fishing is hot in cold weather

Mike Dougherty of Fort Walton Beach shows off a 30-pound cobia he caught while fishing aboard the Gentle Winds on Thursday.

The temperature may have taken a dip in the last few days, but the rods are dipping too.

Capt. Greg Marler and a crew of 10 fishermen on the Gentle Winds went out Thursday on a six-hour trip and brought in good haul.

They had 33 amberine, several mingo and white snapper along with one cobia.

Mike Dougherty of Fort Walton Beach was the angler on the rod that pulled in the cobia.

"I've been with him several times but this is the best six-hour I've ever done with him," Dougherty said. "I caught five of everything, except for the cobia. It was a good thing I wasn't looking for a wife," he said with a laugh.

His cobia that weighed about 30 pounds was the biggest he's ever caught.

Capt. Marler says the fishing right now is great.

"We were catching them two at a time everywhere we stopped … on everybody's line," Marler said.

They were fishing about 15 miles out and using squid and minnows for bait.

"We just need customers to go," he said.

However, the customers he had Thursday were all excited about the trip.

"This is our first time in Destin ever and it was awesome," said Ernie Eller and his son Duncan of North Carolina. "It was a fantastic day. I can't wait to come back and go again."

Eller bragged on the boat crew.

"They kept you pumped up and energized to be around," Eller added.

Capt. Marler had a trip planned for Friday and will be open for business throughout the holidays.

"Between Christmas and New Years we should run every day," Marler said.

So don't let a little cool weather stop you from missing out on some hot fishing.

See you at the docks.