Half-and-half is not just for coffee anymore

TINA HARBUCK | Fish Flash
Six-year-old River Caldwell of Tennessee was quick to say this mingo was the one he caught on the Backlash with Capt. Chris Kirby. Caldwell and his family pulled in eight king mackerel, along with Spanish, mingo and white snapper.

It was a half-and-half kind of day on the docks Monday – and we’re not talking coffee creamer.

For the most part, a lot of the boats were spending the first half of their trips trolling for mackerel, then wrapping up the last half bottom fishing.

“We did a little combo fishing today,” said. Capt. Mike Graef of the Huntress as first mate Groovy hung up the catch.

The group from Oklahoma reeled in king mackerel and Spanish mackerel, then finished up with mingo and white snapper from the bottom along with a cobia.

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Tennessee and Oklahoma anglers on the Full Draw with Capt. Justin Destin had one of those “half-and-half” trips.

“We trolled then went bottom fishing,” Capt. Destin said. They reeled in their limit of king mackerel and then caught a few black snapper along with a few mingo and white snapper.

Capt. George Eller and his group from Texas and Alabama on the Checkmate 2 concentrated on trolling. They hauled in their limit of king mackerel while trolling live baits.

“When you get your limit you can’t do much better,” Eller said as first mate Lanny Combs hung up the catch.

Capt. Rusty Gilbert and his group on the Mary Lou pulled in seven king mackerel and a mahi mahi.

Tennessee anglers on the Backlash with Capt. Chris Kirby got their kings along with a few Spanish, mingo and white snapper.

“Fishing was good … less than a foot wave,” Kirby said. “We had a little family fun.”

And young River Caldwell was still reeling from the days catch as he was more than happy to help first mate Jordan Colson with the fish. He even held a few up for photo opps.

Kentucky anglers on the Dawn Patrol with Capt. John Tenore pulled in a few mackerel, while Capt. Stan Phillips and crew on the Destination came in from a four-hour trip with nine king mackerel and a few Spanish mackerel.

Texas anglers on the Reel Deal with Capt. Josh Glidden came in with five king mackerel, a few Spanish mackerel, one amberjack and a few mingo.

A Texas group on the SS Enterprise with Capt. Kirk Reynolds pulled in a limit of king mackerel.

“It was nice out today,” Capt. Reynolds said. “A lot better than it was Friday and Saturday.” Apparently we had some rough seas over the weekend.

Capt. Kyle Lowe on the Special K and his group from Georgia spent the first half of their trip trolling and then finished up bottom fishing. They had six kings and four Spanish, along with 30 head of mingo to show for their efforts.

Anglers from Jacksonville and Texas combined on the Finest Kind with Capt. Jason Mikel for a catch of mackerel, mingo and white snapper.

Capt. Mike Dates and his group from Mississippi reeled in a limit of king mackerel aboard the First Shot.

“We were trolling cigar minnows,” Capt. Dates said. “We had a lot of action … times of sheer excitement,” he said noting they threw back about 10 kings.

Capt. Ben O’Connor on the 100 Proof backed in just a little after 2 p.m. Monday with what he called a “potpourri” of fish.

“We trolled for kings then went bottom fishing,” O’Connor said.

The folks from Texas, Oklahoma and Alabama pulled in 14 king mackerel, a few Spanish, many mingo and white snapper, one amberjack and one cobia, that they pulled off the ‘jack spot.

Although the half-and-half trips have nothing to do with coffee — you can grab a cup of Jo and come on down and try a half-and-half combo trip.

See you at the docks.