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A splash of red on the docks for the Fourth

TINA HARBUCK | Fish Flash
t was a smorgasbord on the racks behind the Huntress. The Tennessee anglers pulled in some huge shiny red mingo, black snapper, king mackerel and grouper.

There's a lot of red on the docks and just in time for the Fourth of July.

Many of the boat that are fishing in state waters are still pulling in plenty of red snapper, while those that hold a federal permit are reeling in some big red and shiny mingo. Remember those fishing in state waters, out to nine nautical miles, have through July 14 to catch their red snapper.

Folks on the Backlash with Capt. Jason Mikel pulled in their share of red snapper along with a few lane snapper and bonito Wednesday.

Anglers on the Silver King with Capt. Mike Parker loaded up on the red snapper.

Capt. Mike Dates and his crew from Oklahoma on the First Shot brought in a lot of red. They had red grouper, red snapper, two black snapper and a scamp. "We also had a keeper amberjack," Capt. Dates said, which had to go back due to seasonal regulations.

Capt. John Tenore on the Dawn Patrol and crew pulled in seven red snapper and three mangrove snapper.

Texas anglers on the Vengeance with Capt. Jason Hallmark pulled in a load of mingo and Almaco Jack.

Anglers on the Fish-N-Fool with Capt. Casey Weldon backed in with a good mix. They had black snapper, mingo, two king mackerel and a cobia.

It was mingo and white snapper across the board on the Only Way with Capt. Curt Gwin.

Local anglers along with a few folks from Arizona pulled in four king mackerel, scamp, mingo and white snapper on the Un Reel with Capt. Paul Dale Wagner.

It was silver across the board for the Texas anglers on the Sunrise with Capt. Kelly Windes. The crew had loaded up on king mackerel.

Capt. Joe Griffin on the Why Wouldn't We? had a splash of red across the board. They had red snapper, mingo, white snapper and a cobia.

Texas anglers on the Fish-In-Daze with Capt. Robbie Broestler were all snapped up. They had red snapper, one-and-a-half black snapper and a lane snapper. Captain said a shark took a bite out of the black snapper.

Louisiana anglers on the Sea Winder with Capt. Steve Brown pulled in five big red snapper and a couple of king mackerel.

The party boat Sweet Jody with Capt. Cliff Cox backed in with stringers and stringers filled with red snapper, mingo, white snapper and a red grouper or two. Captain said they had 41 anglers on board Wednesday for the five-hour trip. "The fish bit good today."

Arkansas anglers on the Great Escape loaded up on the red snapper, catching two each.

Texas anglers on the Inshore Angler with Capt. Jeremy Ruskowski did a little bay fishing. They filled the racks with a good catch of speckled trout. Ruskowski said they were fishing with live bait down near the Mid-Bay Bridge.

Capt. Greg Marler on the Gentle Winds and his crew filled the racks and then some with king mackerel, mingo, white snapper and red grouper.

Anglers on the Finest Kind with Capt. Dennis Kendrick pulled in a couple of king mackerel, red grouper, lane snapper, mingo and white snapper.

Capt. Brady Bowman and crew on the Perfect Shot came in with seven black snapper, mingo, a couple of king mackerel and a scamp.

The New Florida Girl's American Spirit with Capt. Jim Green made a big splash of red on the docks. They filled the racks with stringers and stringers of shiny red mingo with a few lane snapper and black snapper in the mix.

The Sure Thing with Capt. Rocky Griffith had a good catch of red snapper and a couple of grouper.

Tennessee anglers on the Huntress with Capt. Mike Graef came in with some huge shiny red mingo, a couple of black snapper, two king mackerel and a grouper.

Texas anglers on the Sure Lure with Capt. Don Dineen pulled in a pair of grouper, a cobia, red grouper, big Almaco Jack and a few mingo.

What better way to celebrate the holiday weekend than with a good ole fishing trip.

See you on the docks.