And the fish just keep coming
Good weather and calm waters made for good fishing on Monday.
"The water was just as gorgeous as it could be," said Capt. Craig Mann as he stepped off the Mary Lou from a six-hour trip.
He and his repeat anglers from Illinois came in with king mackerel, black snapper and a couple of mahi mahi. Captain said they were fishing about eight miles out. He said they caught one of the mackerel on a fly line and the rest trolling with live baits.
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Arizona anglers on the Fishing Teems with Capt. Billy Teems brought in a good catch of mingo, white snapper and king mackerel.
Capt. Jimmy Miles and his group on the Miss Nautica came in with several white snapper, mingo, lane snapper, a strawberry grouper and a small shark.
Anglers on the Screaming Drag with Capt. Brian Kelley pulled in black snapper, mingo and white snapper. Capt. Kelley said they had a lot of throw back red snapper and triggerfish.
Red snapper and triggerfish are close in federal waters. However, charter boats that carry just a state permit can still catch red snapper in state waters, which extend out to nine nautical miles, through July 14.
Capt. B.J. Teems on the Realin' Script had a good mix of mahi mahi, scamp, mingo and white snapper.
Tallahassee anglers on the Why Wouldn't We? with Capt. Joe Griffin had a full rack of fish. They had red snapper, four big black snapper, lane snapper and one whopper cobia caught by Peter Lewis. Captain said the cobia latched onto a big herring they were using for bait while bottom fishing.
Monday was Lewis' first time to go deep-sea fishing and by all means the biggest fish he's ever caught.
"It was trying to get under the boat," Lewis said of the cobia that weighed about 60 pounds.
After about a four or five minute fight, Lewis had the cobia to the boat.
"It wiped me out for the rest of the day," he said.
Capt. Steve Haeusler on the First Light and crew came in around noon with three king mackerel, lane snapper, mingo, white snapper and porgy.
Texas anglers on the Twilight with Capt. Robert Hill pulled in a smorgasbord. They had black snapper, a couple of Almaco Jack, scamp, mingo and white snapper.
"You can catch big mingo on the long trips … and you can catch 10 of them," Hill said. The mingo, also called vermillion snapper and beeliners, have a limit of 10 per person.
In recent days, Hill and others on the docks have brought in several vermillion snapper in the 5- and 6-pound range.
Capt. Harold Staples on the Al-Lin and crew came in with a couple of lane snapper, king mackerel, mingo and bonito.
Capt. Cliff Cox on the party boat Sweet Jody came in from a five hour trip with loads of fish.
"We smashed 'em today," Capt. Cox said. "It was beautiful and the fish were biting."
He and his group of 40 fishermen pulled in several red snapper, mingo, black snapper, and a king mackerel.
A couple aboard the Game On with Capt. Eric Thrasher pulled in four red snapper and two king mackerel.
Missouri anglers on the Windwalker II with Capt. Bernie LeFebvre came in with red snapper, king mackerel, scamp, black snapper and mahi mahi.
Capt. David Sherman and his Ohio group on the Inshore Angler came in from an inshore trip with red snapper, a couple of big redfish and a speckled trout.
Capt. Greg Marler on the Gentle Winds had some big mingo, white snapper and a scamp or two as did Capt. Scott Robinson on the Stress Relief II.
Anglers on the Finest Kind with Capt. Dennis Kendrick backed in with a red grouper, three king mackerel, a wahoo and several mingo and white snapper.
Fishing is good with a wide variety hitting the docks; don't let the boat leave without you.
See you at the docks.