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King mackerel is king on the docks

TINA HARBUCK | Fish Flash
“Rocket,” the deckhand aboard the Realin' Script with Capt. B.J. Teems helps Kelly Battaglia of Texas hold up her 46-pound king mackerel for a few photos. Captain said they caught the king while trolling herring.

There was a Big Mac attack on the docks Thursday afternoon but it didn't have anything to do with a burger or a special sauce.

Several of Destin's charter boats brought in some sizeable king mackerel on Thursday.

Kelly Battaglia of Texas, who was fishing on the Realin' Scripts with Capt. B.J. Teems, landed one of the big king mackerel.

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"It was so much fun," she said as she held up her 46-pound mackerel for a few photos.

"It just started screaming (off line) … it took a long time to get it in. We'd get it in, and then it would take off again," she said.

Prior to Thursday's catch, the largest fish Battaglia had caught was probably a bass.

Capt. Stan Phillips on the Destination came in with a couple of king mackerel along with several mingo and white snapper.

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Tennessee and Arkansas anglers on the Lucky Lina with Capt. Steve Lathi brought in a mixed bag of mingo, white snapper, scamp and black snapper.

Capt. Trey Windes and his crew on the Outta Line brought in three king mackerel, lane snapper, and a pile of mingo and white snapper.

"It was slick calm, like a mirror out there today," said Windes’ deckhand, Jan-Michael Garcia.

Capt. Casey Weldon on the Fish-N-Fool backed in with king mackerel, mingo and white snapper.

Oklahoma anglers on the Blue Runner II with Capt. Tommy Carter came in with three king mackerel and a couple of mahi. Jakob Gilbert, 12, was quick to point out that the largest king on the racks was his. He even had deckhand Pat Meyers lay his king on the docks so he could lay down beside it and have his photo taken.

Grant Wilson of Tennessee hauled in a 30-pound king mackerel while fishing on the Sure Thing with Capt. Rocky Griffith.

"It took a while to get it in," Wilson said, noting when it would get close to the boat, it would take off again.

In addition to the mackerel, the Tennessee guys had red snapper, black snapper and a cobia, courtesy of deckhand Jesse VonDevosten.

They were on their way in when they saw the cobia on top near a turtle. Jesse reached over and free gaffed the 25-pound cobia.

"That close and on top, he's done," Jesse said.

Texas anglers on the Cutting Edge with Capt. Steve Regan pulled in a king mackerel, red snapper and a scamp.

Anglers fishing aboard boats that do not carry a federal permit can keep red snapper in state waters (out to nine nautical miles) until July 14.

Louisiana and Texas anglers on the Al-Le filled the racks with red snapper and one big black snapper.

Capt. Craig Mann on the Mary Lou finally got his first wahoo of the season. He and his crew pulled in a 33-pounder, along with lane snapper and mingo.

The New Florida Girl's American Spirit with Capt. Jim Green at the helm backed in with several stringers loaded with mingo and white snapper.

Capt. Jason Mikel on the Backlash backed in Wednesday with five king mackerel and a rack full of red snapper and one cobia.

Michigan and Louisiana anglers on the SS Enterprise with Capt. Kirk Reynolds reeled in red snapper, black snapper, lane snapper and scamp.

Texas folks on the Shamrock II with Capt. Eddie Dykes came in Wednesday with a red grouper, five scamp, red snapper and a pile of white snapper and mingo.

Tennessee anglers on the Daybreak with Capt. T.J. George put two king mackerel on the racks along with several mingo and white snapper.

Capt. Nathan Putney on the Al-Lin and crew came in with a mixed bag of wahoo, king mackerel, mahi mahi, white snapper, mingo, goggle eye and a Kitty Mitchell.

Fishing is good right now with warm temps and calm seas.

See you at the docks.