Fish still plentiful, just not people

King mackerel was the catch of the day aboard the Un Reel with Capt. Paul Dale Wagner. They also pulled in a Spanish mackerel and mahi mahi.

With summer winding down and most folks heading back home and to school, the number of those fishing has slowed down. However, that doesn’t mean the fish have slowed down.

As a matter of fact, the boats that did have trips on Monday brought in some good looking catches.

Capt. Paul Dale Wagner and his crew on the Un Reel filled the racks with 19 king mackerel, a mahi mahi and one small Spanish mackerel. Captain said the bite was good and they were all caught trolling live baits.


Capt. Greg Marler took a big group out on the Gentle Winds for a bottom fishing trip. They filled several stringers with mingo, white snapper and few Key West porgy. "The fishing is good," captain said.

Texas anglers on the Rookie with Capt. Chip Godwin and Capt. Matt Woods on the deck pulled in a good catch of mingo. Captain Woods said they pulled in several triggerfish and red snapper that would have been keepers, however, they are currently off the catch list in federal waters. However, those boats not holding a federal permit can catch triggerfish in state waters, but not snapper.

Capt. Jeremy Ruskowski of Inshore Angler and his group from Texas had a big day on the bay. They caught some huge speckled trout, a Jack Crevalle and one mangrove snapper.

Texas anglers on the SS Enterprise with Capt. Kirk Reynolds brought in a smorgasbord of fish. They had five king mackerel, a mahi mahi, a big black snapper and a blackfin tuna.

The party boat Destin Princess came in at about 1 p.m. with several stringers filled with mingo, red snapper, white snapper and a red grouper. Fishing regular on the Princess, Tom Milliren was the angler that pulled in the grouper. If you're wondering about the red snapper, the Destin Princess is part of a pilot program where they are allotted a certain number of red snapper tags.

The kids may be back in school, but don't forget the fish are in school year round.

See you on the docks.