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Red snapper derby in progress

TINA HARBUCK | Fish Flash
Louisiana and Tennessee anglers on the Sea Fix with Capt. Phillip Blackburn filled the racks with red snapper, three black snapper and almaco jack. “The bite’s good,” captain said.

If it's noon in June, the docks are painted red.

With red snapper season in full swing, the docks are busy, busy and busier with charter boats doing one, two and even three trips a day — trying to get as many folks out on the water as possible.

And if you want to catch a glimpse of some of the catches that the deckhands are slinging up on the nails, prime time is high-noon.

Check out the fish caught Thursday, click here.

Sure the majority of the fish hitting the docks right now are red snapper, but there has also been several wahoo and king mackerel pulled in as well.

On Thursday, Capt. Trey Windes on the Outta Line backed in with a good mix of red snapper and king mackerel. Capt. Windes said they caught their limit of red snapper then trolled for mackerel on the way in.

Capt. Chris Schofield and his group on the No Alibi mixed it up as well. They had red snapper, king and Spanish mackerel and about four mahi mahi. Captain said they caught the mahi on a little weed line.

The Vengeance with Capt. Jason Hallmark and Fish-N-Fool with Capt. Casey Weldon came in with their share of red snapper.

Capt. Steve Land on the Katrina Ann and his group from Tennessee pulled in their limit of red snapper. One of the ladies on the boat was a first-time angler and she was all excited.

"I got two on my first drop," she said, noting they had a great time.

"The bite’s good," said Capt. Phillip Blackburn on the Sea Fix. He and his group from Louisiana and Tennessee back with a rack full of red snapper, three black snapper and a few almaco jack.

Capt. Robert Hill on the Twilight and his group filled the boards with red snapper and one bonus scamp.

Texas anglers on the Checkmate 2 with Capt. George Eller pulled in a good catch of red snapper and a few mahi mahi, while Capt. Steve Regan on the Cutting Edge had their limit of red snapper and a king mackerel.

Capt. Steve Haeusler on the First Light came in with a full rack of red snapper and king mackerel.

Alabama anglers on the First Shot with Capt. Mike Dates pulled in their share of snapper and a sea bass, and Denver anglers on the Fish-In-Daze with Capt. Robbie Broestler brought in their limit of red snapper.

Capt. Judah Barbee on the Locked Up II filled the racks with red snapper, king and Spanish mackerel and was getting ready to head back out for an afternoon trip.

Tampa anglers on the Only Way with Capt. Curt Gwin pulled in some big reds and one black snapper. Captain said they were fishing about 15 miles out.

Anglers on the Sweet William III with Capt. Bill Watson brought in a variety of fish. They had red snapper, mingo, white snapper, scamp and mahi mahi.

Wednesday was just as crazy on the docks with boats coming and going as quick as the deckhands could get the fish cleaned and bagged — they were out on the water again.

For a look at what hit the docks Wednesday, click here.

Capt. Stan Phillips of the Destination came in around noon with a catch of red snapper, white snapper and mingo and turned around and went right back out.

The One Mo'r with Capt. Ricky Hayles and his group from New York and Houston got their red snapper, four king mackerel and a lane snapper. Captain said they were trolling live bait for the kings.

Mississippi anglers on the Relentless with Capt. Brant Kelly filled the boards with red snapper, king mackerel and Spanish. And of course, Capt. Kelly was headed back out for an afternoon trip.

Capt. Alan Staples on the Al-Lin, and his group from Tennessee, came in with a rack full of red snapper, king mackerel, black snapper and mingo. Capt. Staples did a turnaround with more of the same on the afternoon trip.

It was king, snapper, king, snapper all the way down on the rack behind the Full Draw with Capt. Justin Destin.

Oklahoma and Virginia anglers on the Sea Winder with Capt. Steve Brown had a variety of red snapper, red grouper, mahi mahi, amberine and bonito.

Anglers on the Gulf Breeze with Capt. John Gibson pulled in a couple of red grouper, red snapper, black snapper and lane snapper. Captain said they had 34 people on the six-hour trip, as he was getting ready to go again.

The New Florida Girl's American Spirit with Capt. Jim Green and crew filled several stringers with red snapper, mingo, white snapper and one king mackerel.

Capt. Mike Parker on the Silver King had a nice rack of red snapper and mackerel.

Wednesday turned out to be a big wahoo day.

Capt. Casey Weldon on the Fish-N-Fool, Capt. Tommy Carter on the Blue Runner II, Capt. Rodney Souza on the Silver Hook and Capt. Todd Allen on the Big John all had a wahoo on the racks.

The wahoo on the Fish-N-Fool was pushing 40 pounds. "It took all of us to get it in," said the group of guys from Atlanta.

Capt. Allen said they caught their wahoo on the way in — a nice finish for the day.

Fishing is red hot, with splashes of the red snapper up and down the docks.

See you on the docks — at noon.