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FISH FLASH: Calm seas and good catches

Tina Harbuck
tharbuck@thedestinlog.com

For the last couple of days, the Gulf of Mexico has been calm and fishing has been good, just not many people left in town to go.

But, the ones who made it out brought in some good fish.

On Wednesday, Houston anglers on the Fish N Fool with Capt. Casey Weldon came in with five amberjack, a big blackfin tuna, king mackerel and a handful of mingo and white snapper. The blackfin tuna, weighing in at 31 pounds, would have been a Destin Fishing Rodeo contender.

Captain said they hooked the blackfin on a lure while fishing about 12 miles out.

Anglers on the Fifth Amendment with Capt. Ben O’Connor came in with a limit of mingo and pulled off a couple of mackerel.

“It was an absolutely beautiful day,” on the Gulf, O’Connor said.

Georgia anglers on the Inshore Angler with Capt. Jeremy Ruskowski came in with a couple of redfish and nine speckled trout. Ruskowski said the trout bite is starting to pick back up.

Ohio anglers on the Silver King with Capt. Alex Hare came in with a couple of king mackerel, mingo and white snapper.

Alabama anglers on the No Alibi with Capt. Chris Schofield landed a pair of amberjack and a barracuda.

The big catch of the day came in on the Finest Kind with Capt. Jason Mikel. His anglers from the Midwest pulled in 11 amberjack, averaging about 40 pounds each, a barracuda and a pile of mingo and white snapper on an eight-hour trip.

Thursday was another nice day on the water with a few charter trips booked.

Indiana anglers on the Sure Thing with Capt. Paul Cornish came in with king mackerel, mingo and white snapper.

West Virginia anglers fishing with Destin Inshore Fishing Co. and Capt. Jordan Nelson filled the nails with mingo and white snapper.

Capt. Jimmy Miles and his group from Missouri on the Miss Nautica had a big day. They filled the nails with mingo, white snapper, Spanish mackerel and bonito. Word is they also hooked and broke off a sailfish about three miles out.

“It jumped about 20 times and did a lot of tailwalking,” Capt. Miles said.

“It was pretty impressive,” one of the anglers chimed in.

Texas anglers on the Fifth Amendment with Capt. Allen Staples came in with a load of mingo. Captain said they did a lot of catch and release.

Arkansas anglers on the Finest Kind with Capt. Jason Mikel again had a stellar day on the water. They came in with a wahoo, three amberjack and a limit of mingo and white snapper.

The No Alibi filled the nails with amberjack, mingo and a Spanish mackerel.

Fishing is good, so if you’re in town drop a line.

See you on the docks.