Destin gets an early start on Shark Week

TINA HARBUCK | Fish Flash
Stevie, left, and his brother Chase were proud of the blacktip shark they pulled in on the Reel Deal with Capt. Steve Pixley on Thursday. Capt. Pixley said they hooked about 15 or 20, including dusky, nurse, spinner and blacktip.

With Shark Week just days away, Destin charter boats were getting an early start.

On Thursday, two boats came in with blacktip sharks.

Capt. Steve Pixley and the Robinson family from Texas had a big day of fishing on the Reel Deal.

"We've fished everywhere and this is by far the best trip," said Angie Robinson. "We caught four different kinds of sharks."

"Anywhere from 3 to 8-footers," her husband Bobby chimed in.

"Capt. Steve was so patient with the boys … he was great," Angie reiterated.

Captain said they caught and released about 15 or 20 sharks, however, they did keep a blacktip that weighed about 50-pounds.

"I actually started it and dad finished it," said 8-year-old Chase.

However, once the shark was on the docks, both boys, Chase and Stevie, 6, were ready to pose for photographs.

Captain was able to cut the jaws out for the youngsters to take home to remember the trip by.

Just a few minutes later, the 100 Proof with Capt. Ben O'Connor at the helm came in with a blacktip shark as well.

Andy Thomas, 14, of Kansas was the angler on the rod that landed the 75-pound shark.

"It ran away from the boat as soon as it saw it," Thomas said.

The shark put on quite the show, jumping a couple of times before Thomas got it reeled to the boat.

Shark, although it draws a crowd, wasn't the only fish to hit the docks the last couple of days.

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

Anglers from Illinois on the Sure Lure with Capt. Don Dineen Thursday pulled in a king mackerel along with a few mingo and white snapper.

The crew on the Sea Winder with Capt. Steve Brown put a king mackerel on the racks, three black snapper and several mingo and white snapper.

Texas anglers on the Destination with Capt. Stan Phillips backed in with black snapper, mingo, white snapper and amberine.

Capt. Chris Schofield and his crew from Missouri on the No Alibi reeled in a king mackerel, white snapper and mingo.

First Mate Jan-Michael Garcia on the Outta Line had his hands full cleaning of the massive mingo, white snapper, seven king mackerel and cobia pulled in with Capt. Trey Windes.

Capt. Casey Weldon on the Fish N Fool and crew had a good mix on the boards. They had lane snapper, black snapper, half a dozen mahi mahi, scamp and 11 king mackerel.

Capt. Phillip Blackburn on the Sea Fix pulled in an amberjack along with several mingo and white snapper.

Missouri anglers on the Finest Kind with Capt. Dennis Kendrick put a 35-pound wahoo on the boat, along with four king mackerel and three black snapper. First Mate Tom Stewart said they caught the wahoo while they were live baiting for king mackerel.

Capt. Ken Bolden and the crew aboard the Just B Cause hauled in a king mackerel, and several mingo and white snapper.

Texas anglers on the Silver Hook with Capt. Rodney Souza reeled in black snapper, mingo, white snapper and mahi mahi.

On Wednesday, the Sea Fix had a big day hauling in five amberjack, four king mackerel, four black snapper and a pile of mingo. "We threw back several snapper and triggerfish," said Capt. Phillip Blackburn.

Catches from Wednesday, click here.

Anglers on the Mary Lou with Capt. Craig Mann had half dozen king mackerel and seven black snapper. "We kept 'em busy," the captain said.

Capt. Chuck Turbanic on the Fifth Amendment pulled in with king mackerel, a couple of amberjack, white snapper, mingo and Key West porgy.

Anglers on the Miss Nautica with Capt. Jimmy Miles filled the racks with king mackerel, mahi mahi, mingo and white snapper. Captatin said they saw about an 8-foot hammerhead swimming around the boat.

Shark are here. If you get a chance, pop on over to the Gulfarium on Okaloosa Island and check out a blacktip shark in the water. Or else you can just come and hang out at the docks; one is bound to turn up on the racks.

See you on the docks.