FISH FLASH: Fishing good, more fishermen needed

Tina Harbuck

One can tell it’s certainly September along the fishing docks. The foot traffic has slowed down, and there are not many folks going fishing. Not because fishing is bad, there's just not many anglers.

But again, as I said last week, the ones that are venturing out are bringing in some mighty fine catches.

Early in the week, Texas anglers on the Rookie with Capt. Chip Godwin came in with a variety pack. They had king mackerel, black snapper, mingo, white snapper and a porgy on the boards.

Pennsylvania anglers on the Destin Inshore Fishing Company with Capt. Chuck Bonner reeled in a king mackerel, amberjack, mingo and white snapper on a short trip.

Arkansas anglers on the Scream’n Drag with Capt. Bryan Kelley hauled in the three amberjack and some huge mingo.

“We found a nice grade of them today,” Capt. Kelley said of the mingo.

Some were so big you had to take a double take to make sure it wasn’t a small red snapper.

Anglers from Spanish Fort, Ala. came in on the Special K with Capt. Kyle Lowe with a good mix of fish. They had amberjack, mingo, several mahi mahi and a triple tail. Captain said the triple tail just got caught up in the mahi frenzy.

Capt. Billy Teems on the Fishing Teem and his group had a big day on Tuesday. He and his anglers reeled in six amberjack, a grouper, scamp and a pile of mingo.

On Wednesday, Capt. Tony Davis and a group of anglers went out on the Anastasia and pulled in a smorgasbord. They had two cobia on the racks, along with eight amberjack, black snapper, king mackerel and several mingo and white snapper.

Texas anglers on the Bow’d Up with Capt. Brady Bowman backed in with a nice catch. They put three amberjack on the nails along with 10 king mackerel.

Thursday appeared to be a good day on the water with the party boat Sweet Jody with Capt. Cliff Cox (who was celebrating a birthday) and his group of anglers bringing in some nice catches. They had mingo, white snapper and a few red snapper. The Sweet Jody is part of a pilot program with red snapper tags.

About the same time the Sweet Jody backed in, so did the First Light with Capt. Eric Thrasher at the helm. They had some of the biggest fish I’ve seen all week. They had nine huge amberjack, all 50 pounds or better, plus a scamp and a grouper. The Georgia anglers also pulled in some of the biggest mingo I’ve seen in a while. Several of the mingo had to be between 3 and 5 pounds each.

Anyhow, fishing is good and if you’ve got some free time, give it a try.

See you on the docks.