Not so busy, but the bite is still good

TINA HARBUCK | Fish Flash
Local anglers aboard the Outta Line with Capt. Trey Windes pulled in a good catch of mingo, white snapper, king mackerel, lane snapper and one black snapper.

The number of customers booking fishing trips has slowed down, but the bite is still good.

Many of the boats have sat in their slips this week. But the ones that have had trips did quite well.

Anglers on the party boat New Florida Girl's American Spirit brought in some huge mingo and white snapper on Wednesday.

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Capt. Jason Hallmark on the Vengeance took their customers out on a trolling trip for king mackerel and didn't disappoint. They pulled in 12 king mackerel and let four go. "The mackerel are biting good," said first mate Rodney Johnson.

Capt. Paul Cox and crew on the Al-Le came in with several king mackerel as well.

The Destin Princess party boat came in with a load of red snapper, mingo and white snapper. The Princess is part of a pilot program that has a limited number of red snapper tags.

Capt. Trey Windes on the Outta Line and his local group of anglers came in with a good catch of black snapper, king mackerel, lane snapper, mingo and white snapper. However, Windes said his feelings are hurt.

"It hurt my feeling having to throw back all those big triggerfish," he said. Windes said they caught three triggers for every mingo they pulled in.

"They were big enough that you wouldn't have had to measure," said his first mate Jan-Michael Garcia.

Triggerfish are off limits until Jan. 1, 2015 in federal waters.

Fishing is good. Don't miss out on the bite.

See you at the docks.