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Fish and clouds blow in Monday

TINA HARBUCK | Fish Flash
Red snapper was the catch of the morning for Kentucky anglers on the Boise with Capt. Paul Steffler.

It was a race to beat the storm.

With black clouds rolling in and winds gusting 30 mph, boats were coming in around noon with some pretty good catches.

Capt. Steve Lathi and his crew aboard the Lucky Lina backed in with several white snapper.

"It was a little sloppy out," Lathi said.

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Anglers fishing aboard the Game On with Capt. Eric Thrasher brought in a limit of king mackerel and red snapper.

Thrasher said it didn't really get too rough on them, noting they were able to fish around the storm that was brewing.

Capt. Judah Barbee on the Locked Up 2 came in a good spread of black snapper and red snapper.

Just as a reminder, boats that do not carry a federal permit can still catch red snapper in state waters (out to nine nautical miles) through July 14.

Tennessee anglers on the Fish-N-Fool pulled in a red grouper, mingo and white snapper.

"We got our fish and ran for cover," said Capt. Casey Weldon of the Fish-N-Fool.

Missouri anglers on the Al-Lin with Capt. Alan Staples had a big morning on the water. They hauled in king and Spanish mackerel, mahi mahi, mingo, white snapper and two 100-pound spinner shark. Captain said they caught four shark all together near the sea buoy but released the other two.

Tennessee anglers on the Silver Hook with Capt. Rodney Souza had a nice rack of king mackerel.

Fishing in close, Kentucky anglers on the Boise with Capt. Paul Steffler loaded up on red snapper and one black snapper.

"It was nice while we were fishing," Steffler said. "It just kicked up right now," he said as they posed for photos with the catch.

Several of the boats were in a "wait and see" mode for their afternoon trips.

Nevertheless they were still able to haul in some good catches in those morning hours.

See you on the docks.