FISH FLASH: Fishing picks up after seas calm down

Tina Harbuck

After the rain finally let up, folks have been able to get out and enjoy the last couple of days on the water fishing — at least the ones who are still in town.

Wednesday appeared to be the busy day down on the docks with a lot of six-hour trips backing in around noon.

Capt. Paul Dale Wagner on the Un Reel and his group from Missouri reeled in a pair of king mackerel and three-and-a-half amberjack. Captain said a shark got the other half of the amberjack.

As a matter of fact, Wagner said, “There were about as many shark out there today as there were amberjack.”

Texas anglers on the Fish N Fool with Capt. Casey Weldon brought in a mix of amberjack, a couple of king mackerel, barracuda and mingo.

Anglers on the Sunrise with Capt. Kelly Windes made a big haul on the amberjack. They had six ‘jacks that were easily over 35-pounds each. They also had one king mackerel on the rack.

Capt. Justin Destin and his group from Indiana came in on the Full Draw with three amberjack, a couple of king mackerel, mingo, Spanish mackerel and mahi mahi.

Georgia anglers on the Fifth Amendment with Capt. Allen Staples and Capt. Ben O’Connor filled the racks with king mackerel, amberjack, Spanish mackerel, white snapper and mingo. And of course it was a female who caught the largest amberjack.

Capt. Steve Webster on the Cutting Edge and his group from Texas pulled in amberjack, king mackerel and a couple of mahi mahi.

Colorado and Louisiana anglers on the Bow’d Up with Capt. Brady Bowman reeled in three king mackerel and several mingo.

Anglers on the Checkmate 2 with Capt. George Eller loaded up on the mingo. Deckhand Lanny Combs said they had about 50 head.

Capt. John Gibson on the Gulf Breeze and his anglers hauled in three king mackerel and several mingo and white snapper.

Tennessee anglers on the Sea Winder with Capt. Chris Couvillion had a big time on Wednesday. They pulled in a couple of king mackerel, mingo, Almaco Jack and lane snapper.

Capt. Bernie LeFebvre and his group from Mississippi and Tennessee on the Windwalker II came in with 10 king mackerel, mahi mahi and a few bonito.

Anglers from south Florida came in with mingo, king mackerel and bonito aboard the Sea Fix.

Thursday was a good day as well, just not as many trips.

Missouri and Illinois anglers on the Un Reel came in with mahi mahi and king mackerel. Capt. Paul Dale Wagner said they got into a school of mahi mahi.

Texas anglers on the Fish N Fool with Capt. Casey Weldon landed a wahoo, two king mackerel, a strawberry grouper, mingo and white snapper.

Anglers from Texas on the Suzie Q with Capt. Jason Hindmann pulled in a file fish, which kind of looks like a cross between a triggerfish and a flounder. They also had mingo and white snapper on the nails.

Baton Rouge, La. anglers on the Finest Kind with Capt. Jason Mikel hauled in some huge amberjack. In addition to their six amberjack, they had mahi mahi and white snapper.

Capt. Scott Robson and his group on the Phoenix pulled in three king mackerel, one weighing about 40 pounds, plus three amberjack and mahi mahi. The deckhand said the mahi mahi were everywhere on Thursday.

Capt. Kyle Lowe and his anglers on the Special K pulled in five amberjack along with several mingo and white snapper.

“The ‘jacks were the easy part today,” Lowe said, noting it was a little tougher to find the mingo.

“But it was a real pretty day … it’s calmed down a lot,” he said.

As the seas have calmed down this week, the fishing has picked up.

See you on the docks.