Rising temps and fish abound on the docks

TINA HARBUCK | Fish Flash
Oklahoma anglers on the Blue Runner II with Capt. Tommy Carter had a good day on the water Wednesday. They filled the racks with amberjack and king mackerel.

The temperature is not the only thing heating up, so is the fishing.

With the temperatures in the mid-80s, folks are getting out and hitting the big pond for some big catches.

Capt. Eric Thrasher and crew on the Game On pulled in a limit of king mackerel Wednesday.

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Just after a lunch on Wednesday, the Rookie with Capt. Chip Godwin and Capt. Matt Woods backed in with a good showing of fish. His anglers from Alabama, Texas and Kentucky pulled in five amberjack and a cobia. Olivia Shumake of Texas reeled in the cobia. Capt. Godwin said they caught the cobia while bottom fishing.

Orlando, Montana and Denver anglers on the Just B Cause with Capt. Ken Bolden reeled in red grouper, six king mackerel (minus one due to a dolphin), Spanish mackerel, white snapper, and a few mingo.

“We’ve had a good year so far with red grouper,” Bolden said. They reeled in a couple of red grouper earlier this week as well.

Capt. Chuck Turbanic on the Fifth Amendment and his group of anglers from Texas and Virginia reeled in several mingo and white snapper. Turbanic said they threw back several big red snapper. “But their day is coming,” he said.

As a matter of fact, red snapper season will be here before you know it.

Red snapper season in federal waters, nine miles out and beyond, opens up June 1 and runs through July 14. The limit is two per angler with a 16-inch minimum length size limit.

The state water season, for the recreational fisherman, will start next Saturday before Memorial Day (May 23) and run through July 12, resume for all of Labor Day weekend (Sept. 5-7) and finish with Saturdays and Sundays throughout the rest of September and all of October, with the last day of harvest being Sunday, Nov. 1.

But until then, the fishing is hot with plenty of fish being brought to the docks.

Capt. Paul Cox on the Al-Le and his group from Dallas, Texas came in with three king mackerel, a couple of amberjack and some big mingo. Captain said they caught the huge mingo on a slip lead rig using live bait. They were fishing about 15 miles out.

Missouri anglers on the SS Enterprise with Capt. Kirk Reynolds filled the racks with king mackerel, mingo and white  snapper.

The Blue Runner II with Capt. Tommy Carter at the helm backed in with a board full of fish. The Oklahoma anglers pulled in three amberjack and six king mackerel.

Capt. Kelly Windes and his group of anglers on the Sunrise came in from an eight-hour trip Wednesday with four amberjack, a dozen scamp and several mingo and white snapper.

Oklahoma anglers on the Fish N Teem with Capt. Billy Teems filled the racks with scamp, black snapper, amberjack and king mackerel. “I loved it. It was a very good experience,” said one of the first-time anglers from Oklahoma.

Texas anglers on the Bow’d Up with Capt. Brady Bowman had a good mix of fish on Wednesday. They had a couple of amberjack, scamp, black snapper, mingo and white snapper.

Capt. Curt Gwin on the Only Way and his group reeled in six amberjack, a couple of king mackerel and several mingo and white snapper.

The Destination with Capt. Stan Phillips at the helm backed in with four amberjack, an Almaco jack, mahi mahi, king mackerel, mingo and a couple of hogfish. Now a hogfish doesn’t resemble a hog at all, but is small and red with a yellow tail.

Capt. Jim Westbrook aboard the New Florida Girl party boat came pulling in with several stringers filled with mingo and white snapper.

Fishing just continues to get better, as the temperatures rise.

See you at the docks.