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Customers are real sports when it comes to 'sporty' Gulf

BY TINA HARBUCK 654-8440 | @destinlogtina tharbuck@thedestinlog.com
Capt. Bernie LeFebvre and crew aboard the Windwalker II had a big haul on Wednesday. They pulled in eight amberjack, four king mackerel and a couple of black snapper on a six-hour trip.

Fishing has had its ups and downs this week, mostly from the rough Gulf of Mexico.

Although many of the captains have not said exactly how high the waves have gotten, the words “pretty sporty” have been mentioned more than once by various guys up and down the docks.

Between the high seas and the on and off again rain, it’s been a bit of challenge, but the customers have not complained.

“It started raining right when we started fishing, but we didn’t mind,” said one of the females from Arkansas who was fishing aboard the Full Draw Wednesday with Capt. Justin Destin. They braved the rain for five amberjack, king mackerel, mahi mahi, a snowy grouper and some big mingo.

There’s just something about pulling on a big fish that makes you forget the rain falling on your head.

The crew from Illinois on the Blue Runner II with Capt. Tommy Carter came in with a red grouper, king mackerel and a few mingo and white snapper in the mix.

Arkansas anglers on the Vengeance with Capt. Brad Biggers pulled in king mackerel and a few bonito.

The guys from St. Louis braved the weather on Wednesday for six amberjack to go along with their mingo and white snapper all caught on the First Light with Capt. Steve Haeusler.

Capt. Bernie LeFebvre and his group on the Windwalker II crushed it on Wednesday on a six-hour trip. They came in with eight amberjack, four king mackerel and a couple of black snapper.

Texas anglers on the Outta Line with Capt. Trey Windes came in with a barracuda, mingo, mahi mahi and white snapper.

Capt. Rusty Gilbert and his anglers from Arkansas and Texas on the Mary Lou pulled in a grouper along with a few mingo and white snapper.

A couple from Texas on the Sea Winder with Capt. Chris Couvillion did quite well on Wednesday, inspite of the rough seas. They pulled in a pair of amberjack, king mackerel, grouper, mahi mahi and two sole fish (which look close to a flounder).

“It was ugly out,” said Capt. Couvillion.

“But it was still fun,” his anglers piped up.

Missouri anglers on the Fifth Amendment with Capt. Allen Staples came in with an amberjack, mingo and white snapper.

“We were surrounded by squalls all day,” Staples said.

Anglers on the Stress Relief with Capt. Scott Robinson pulled in with mingo and white snapper on the racks.

California and Texas anglers on the Realin Script with Capt. B.J. Teems loaded up on the amberine. They also put an amberjack on the racks along with a bonito.

“It was pretty sporty,” Teems said.

And the “sportiness” just got worse on Thursday with the wind kicking up the waves and some captains cut their trips short, while others canceled.

But the ones that braved the rolling waves did quite well.

Arkansas anglers aboard the Game On came in from a six-hour with mingo and white snapper.

Anglers on the High Cotton with Capt. T.J. George pulled in king mackerel and mingo.

“It had it’s ups and downs today,” George said.

“There’s fish to be had if you can tough it out,” he added.

Georgia anglers on the Destination with Capt. Stan Phillips said, “it was pretty rough.” But again, they toughed it out for king mackerel, mingo and white snapper.

North Carolina and Alabama anglers on the Twlight with Capt. Robert Hill pulled in mahi mahi and a king mackerel.

Capt. Curt Gwin and his group on the Only Way came in with mingo, white snapper and a king mackerel.

“It was pretty choppy,” said Capt. Gwin. “I’m covered in salt water,” he said as he washed himself off with a hose.

Amberjack was the catch-of-the-day aboard the Anastasia with Capt. Tony Davis. His group put seven on the nails along with a few mingo.

Illinois anglers on the Special K with Capt. Kyle Lowe pulled in a good catch. His young anglers reeled in five amberjack, a couple of mahi mahi and 20 mingo. “The kids had a great time,” one of the parents said.

Capt. Billy Teems on the Fish N Teem and crew pulled in six amberjack to go along with their mingo.

Tennessee anglers on the Fifth Amendment with Capt. Allen Staples came in with a king mackerel, mingo, mahi mahi and amberine.

Kentucky and Louisiana anglers on the Mary Lou with Capt. Rusty Gilbert put a grouper on the center nail. They also brought in amberjack, king mackerel, mingo and white snapper. Captain said they were fishing about 15 miles out.

Fishing is a little up and down. Just hang on and reel.

See you at the docks.

Amberjack season is open, one per person, 30 inches in length.

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