There's 'No Alibi' for what bites

TINA HARBUCK | Fish Flash
Deckhands Brian Friend, (left to right) Kaleb Blackburn and Capt. Chris Schofield of the No Alibi show off a sailfish before releasing.

One thing about fishing out of Destin, every day is different.

And Thursday was one of those days for the crew aboard the No Alibi with Capt. Chris Schofield.

While bottom fishing for mingo, they got an unexpected bite on their first stop of the day.

Deckhand Brian Friend and Kaleb Blackburn were helping the anglers from Minnesota reel in mingo when a sailfish latched onto the bait.

The sailfish took off and started jumping.

"Everybody woke up real quick … I started yelling 'sail, sail, sail,' " Friend said.

After the sailfish put on quite the show, they finally got it to the boat, snapped a few photos and then released it to swim another day.

"Every day is different … you never know what's going to bite the hook," Friend said.

In addition to the sailfish the crew brought in king mackerel and mingo.

As tradition goes on the Destin docks, when a deckhand or captain catches their first billfish, they get tossed in the water. Friend and Blackburn were happy to take the plunge.

There were lots of fish hitting the docks this week.

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

On Thursday, the Only Way with Capt. Curt Gwin at the helm came in with a big red grouper, mingo and white snapper.

Louisiana anglers on the Why Wouldn't We? pulled in a nice catch of red snapper and black snapper. For those boats not holding a federal permit, Monday is the last day for anglers to catch red snapper in state waters, out to nine nautical miles.

It was mingo and white snapper across the boards for Texas anglers aboard the Vengeance.

Capt. Casey Weldon on the Fish-N-Fool pulled in with some big black snapper, mingo and white snapper.

King mackerel was the catch of the day for the Tennessee anglers on the Un Reel with Capt. Paul Dale Wagner. They also had a couple of mahi mahi.

Missouri and Texas anglers on the Sure Thing with Capt. Rocky Griffith reeled in a limit of red snapper, black snapper and a king mackerel.

Anglers on the SS Enterprise with Capt. Kirk Reynolds took advantage of these last few days to catch red snapper. They pulled in the limit, plus caught three black snapper.

Tennessee anglers on the Checkmate 2 with Capt. George Eller filled the racks with mingo and amberine.

Capt. Mike Graef on the Huntress and his group from Georgia had three gag grouper, big mingo, black snapper and a pair of king mackerel on the boards.

Capt. Jason Steele on the Barracuda had a big day on the water. His Missouri anglers filled the racks with red snapper, weighing 10 to 15 pounds each, two red grouper, mingo and white snapper.

Wednesday was just as good.

Take a look at Wednesday's catches, click here.

Anglers on the Destination with Capt. Stan Phillips pulled in king mackerel, scamp, mingo and white snapper.

Capt. Judah Barbee on the Locked Up II pulled in grouper, scamp and red grouper along with mingo and white snapper.

Georgia anglers on the First Light with Capt. Steve Haeusler reeled in mingo, white snapper, lane snapper and a mackerel.

The crew on the Sea Winder with Capt. Steve Brown filled the racks with red snapper, while Georgia anglers on the Sea Fix with Capt. Phillip Blackburn had seven huge black snapper, mingo and bonito on the boards.

The Outta Line with Capt. Trey Windes brought in a good catch of mingo and white snapper.

Anglers on the Shamrock with Capt. Eddie Dykes filled the racks with gag grouper, three black snapper, red snapper and a king mackerel.

Capt. Bill Watson on the Sweet William III came in with a mixed bag of red snapper, white snapper, mingo, scamp, king mackerel and a couple of sea bass.

Arkansas anglers on the Twilight with Capt. Robert Hill pulled in some big mingo, white snapper and scamp.

Georgia anglers on the Fish-In-Daze with Capt. Robbie Broestler had a smorgasbord of grouper, scamp, red snapper, lane snapper and king mackerel.

Fishing is good and you never know what's going to take the bait.

See you at the docks.