Good weather makes for good fishing

TINA HARBUCK | Fish Flash
Georgia anglers came in from an eight-hour trip Thursday on the Huntress with Capt. Mike Graef and filled the racks with amberjack, triggerfish, mingo, black snapper and amberine.

Calm seas the last few days have made for good fishing for area charter boats.

"You could have water skied today," said one of the anglers who was fishing aboard the Suzie Q with Capt. Jason Hindman Thursday afternoon.

The crew from Michigan came in from a six-hour trip on the Suzie Q with a big catch of mingo, white snapper and triggerfish.

Capt. Jimmy Miles on the Miss Nautica and his anglers pulled in a little after lunch Thursday with a rack full of mingo, triggerfish and white snapper.

The Fifth Amendment with Capt. Chuck Turbanic came in about the same time with several mingo, white snapper and a black snapper in the mix.

Georgia anglers on the Huntress with Capt. Mike Graef pulled in from an eight-hour trip with five big amberjack. They also had plenty of triggerfish, mingo, a black snapper and a few amberine.

Capt. Stan Phillips on the Destination and his group from Kentucky backed in from an eight-hour trip. They filled the boards with triggerfish, mingo, white snapper and a few lane snapper.

Capt. Trey Windes and crew on the Outta Line pulled in a limit of king mackerel. Captain said they were trolling live baits.

The New Florida Girl's American Spirit with Capt. Jim Green at the helm had a good day on the water. His anglers filled stringers with mingo, white snapper and triggerfish.

Anglers from Auburn on the Big John with Capt. Todd Allen reeled in some huge mingo and triggerfish.

"We got a good grade of mingo," Allen said. They were fishing about 24 miles out.

The party boat Destiny with Capt. Chris McConnell came in from an eight-hour trip with an amberjack, white snapper, lane snapper and 76 red snapper. The Destiny is one of three party boats that are part of a pilot program that allows them to catch red snapper.

Capt. Cliff Cox and crew on the Sweet Jody, which is also part of the pilot program, came in with 50 head of red snapper, some big mingo and a gag grouper from a six-hour trip.

Capt. Ben O'Connor on the 100 Proof found some of those big mingo. They also had a nice rack of scamp with a snowy grouper in the mix as well as a black snapper.

Wednesday was just as good as Thursday on the docks.

North Carolina anglers on the Silver King with Capt. Mike Parker reeled in an amberjack along with 25 mingo.

Capt. Tim Adams on the Double Time had a good mix of king mackerel, mingo, sheepshead and blackdrum.

Capt. Robbie Broestler of the Fish-N-Daze filled the racks with pompano and sheepshead.

"This is one of the best years for pompano," Broestler said. He attributed it to the cold winter.

Arkansas anglers on the Twilight with Capt. Robert Hill brought in their share of mingo, white snapper and triggerfish as did the crew on the Un Reel with Capt. Paul Dale Wagner, and Capt. Rodney Sousa on the Silver Hook.

"It was beautiful out," said Capt. Reid Phillips of the party boat Destin Princess. His group reeled in red grouper, several triggerfish and 80 red snapper. The Destin Princess is the third boat in the pilot program.

Fishing just a couple of miles off the beach, Capt. Steve Regan and his group from Ohio on the Cutting Edge pulled in a rack full of king mackerel.

"We were trolling live baits," captain said.

Capt. Matt Woods on the Rookie and his group from Ohio filled the boards with triggerfish, mingo and white snapper.

"We got all we're allowed," Woods said as he was cleaning up the catch.

Ohio and California anglers on the Vengeance with Capt. Phillip Blackburn hauled in two big amberjack, some big mingo and triggerfish.

The fishing just seems to get better as the weather gets better.

See you at the docks.