Jack is back in town and on the racks

Staff Writer
The Destin Log
Keaira Musgrove and Savannah Steele of Louisiana show off a pair of amberjack they caught Monday aboard the Un Reel with Capt. Paul Dale Wagner.

With the opening of amberjack season on Saturday it didn’t take long for the fish to make an appearance on the docks.

And Monday was no different as several of the charters brought in the hard-pulling fish.

Capt. Paul Dale Wagner on the Un Reel and his group of Louisiana anglers came in with a limit of amberjack. Remember the limit is one per person and they must measure 30 inches in length, which makes for a lot of filets.

Capt. Wagner said they had to work to find the amberjack, which is not usual for the hot-month of August. Anyhow, they got their share, and a nice grade at that.


Texas anglers on Fish N Fool with Capt. Casey Weldon came in with a mix of mingo, black snapper and scamp.

Capt. Harold Staples and his group of anglers from New York pulled in king mackerel, lane snapper, mingo and black snapper on the Al-Lin.

It was a full house on the Full Draw on Monday. The Mississippi and Louisiana anglers had three kings and two jacks, which would be a great Poker hand, but in their case it was three king mackerel and two amberjack which will be good for dinner. Rounding out their full house with Capt. Justin Destin were a few mingo and white snapper.

Capt. Curt Gwin and his group on the Only Way reeled in a limit of king mackerel.

Anglers on the Sea Winder with Capt. Chris Couvillion pulled in mingo, white snapper and mahi mahi on Monday, while the Big Deal had a good showing of mingo and white snapper.

Texas and Missouri anglers on the Sure Lure with Capt. Don Dineen had a big day on the Gulf. They reeled in six amberjack, two Almaco Jack and four king mackerel.

Capt. Brady Bowman and his crew on the Bow’d Up pulled in a limit of amberjack and few mingo as well.

Capt. Steve Regan on Gambler came in with a couple of scamp, mingo and white snapper.

Anglers on the Rookie with Capt. Chip Godwin backed  in with rock salmon, along with several mingo and white snapper.

Arkansas and Colorado anglers on the Mary Lou with Capt. Rusty Gilbert reeled in nine king mackerel and one Spanish mackerel. Captain said they were trolling live baits.

Ohio anglers on the Huntress with Capt. Mike Graef came in with a little bit of everything. They had a huge amberjack, 11 king mackerel, a barracuda and a couple of mingo.

“Jack fishing was a little slow today,” Graef said, noting the moon phase might have affected the bite.

Capt. Jason Mikel and a family from Tennessee on the Finest Kind had a little trouble finding them, but once they found the jacks, they gottem. Dad did a lot of the reeling but they got five amberjack, king mackerel, rock salmon and several mingo and white snapper.

Kansas and Ohio anglers aboard the Game On with Capt. Eric Thrasher hauled in their limit of amberjack. They put six big ones on the nails along with a few mingo and white snapper.

Amberjack season is just getting started, so there is still time to come on down and catch one.

See you on the docks.