One down, six days to try

TINA HARBUCK | Fish Flash
Mary Holliman Lanpere of Tupelo, Miss. shows off one of the huge mingo she caught on the Sunrise with Capt. Kelly Windes Monday.

What better way to start the week, than on the water reeling in fish? And on Monday several folks did just that.

Tupelo, Miss. anglers on the Sunrise with Capt. Kelly Windes brought in a good catch from a six-hour trip. They had some of the biggest mingo, 4-plus pounders, that this reporter has seen in a while. Along with the huge mingo they reeled in a few king mackerel.

Capt. Robbie Broestler and his group on the Fish N Daze pulled in three king mackerel, a couple of Spanish mackerel and an amberjack.

Arkansas anglers on the Double Time with Capt. Tim Adams came in with a rack full of king mackerel. Captain said they were trolling live baits in close to snag the mackerel.

A group of local anglers on the Backdown 2 with Capt. Gary Jarvis reeled in a couple of amberjack, king mackerel and mingo.

Capt. Chris Schofield on the No Alibi had full house on the boat — ‘jacks over kings. Of course that’s a rack of king mackerel and amberjack on a half-day trip.

Indiana and Colorado anglers on the Lucky Lina came in with a catch of king mackerel along with a few mingo and white snapper.

Capt. Jason Mikel on the Finest Kind backed in with an amberjack, mingo and white snapper.

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Capt. Brandon Wright on Destin Bay Charters came in with a limit of amberjack and king mackerel. Captain said bay fishing has been a little slow, so they went out and got their amberjack, then trolled live baits for kings.

Fishing about 16 miles out, Capt. Ken Bolden on the Just B Cause and his group from Atlanta, Ga. came in with a pair of red grouper, white snapper, mingo, a mahi mahi and a huge Key West porgey. Captain said the Key West porgey was probably the biggest he’s seen in a while.

Anglers fishing on the Sea Winder with Capt. Chris Couvillion came in from a six-hour trip with a couple of amberjack, along with some mingo and white snapper. Word is they also fought a 250- to 300-pound bull shark for about an hour, before they cut it loose. “It was a clean release,” the deckhand said.

Capt. Bill Watson and his crew from Arkansas had a variety of fish on the racks behind the Sweet William III. They had black snapper, king mackerel, mahi mahi, mingo and white snapper and a lane snapper.

Although fishing was good Monday, there are six more days this week to give it a try.

See you at the docks.