Fishing through the fog

A group of cooks from Eglin had a big time catching red snapper on the Sweet Jody with Capt. Cliff Cox on Wednesday.

With Destin lying under a dense fog for most of the day and night, boats were able to find their way out of the Pass and into the Gulf for some fine fishing Wednesday.

Capt. Mike Graef on the Huntress was one of the first boats back to the docks on Wednesday and he and his group of anglers didn’t have any problem finding the fish. The Kentucky guys and gals hauled in six big amberjack, weighing between 25- and 50-pounds. They also had a few chocolate porgy on the racks.


Capt. Graef said it was a bit foggy on the way out, with about a ¼ mile visibility the first 10 miles. Once they got about 15 miles out, it was just hazy.

However, he said, “It was fun just to be back out there.”

While deckhand Groovy was hanging up the fish, the party boat Destiny was making its way through the harbor.

Capt. Dennis Kendrick of the Destiny and his group of 20 anglers got in on the amberjack action as well.

Sheila Friday of Iowa reeled in an amberjack that weighed about 20 pounds.

“I showed them up today,” Friday said, as she held up her amberjack. In addition to the ’jack she also filled a stringer with mingo, white snapper and red snapper.

Tom Bishop of Michigan had a stringer filled with black snapper, mingo, red snapper, porgy and a goggle eye. A goggle eye is a brilliant red-orange and has a huge eye.

The party boat New Florida Girl’s American Spirit with Capt. Jim Green at the helm came in Wednesday from a seven-hour trip with several stringers filled with mingo and white snapper. They also had a few black snapper in the mix.

Capt. Cliff Cox on the Sweet Jody and his crew on Wednesday loaded up with the red snapper.

The Sweet Jody along with the Destiny and Destin Princess are part of a pilot program for headboats that allows them to currently catch red snapper.

Fishing is good right now, so don’t let a little fog stop you from dropping a line.

See you at the docks.