FISH FLASH: ROUGH RIDE Paying the price paid off

Tina Harbuck

They paid for it, but they got what they went after — fish.

More than 20 passengers boarded the party boat Destiny with Capt. Dennis Kendrick on Tuesday with hopes of bringing in a good catch.

“We had five and six footers on the smooth part,” Capt. Kendrick said. “It was seven and eight footers today. It was one of those days when you ask ‘why am I here?’ ”

Captain and his 23 passengers made it out about 25 miles and pulled in some good catches from the bottom.

Ed Middendorf and Tom Werbrich of Cincinnati, Ohio filled up their stringer to the tune of 60 pounds. Theyhad triggerfish, mingo, white snapper and lane snapper.

“It was good except for the bumpy part,” Middendorf said.

“The mates really took care of us today,” Werbrich said.

Not only were the waves high but the tide was running at high speed.

“The tide was ripping … it was hard to hold up on a spot,” Kendrick said.

One of the anglers said it was moving so fast that they were almost trolling at times.

Nonetheless, they came in with about 300 head of fish, with mingo, white snapper, triggerfish, amberine, lane snapper and Almaco Jack in the mix.

Some of the triggerfish were huge and in the 6-pound range.

George Paige of Minnesota reeled in one of those big triggers as well as Nate Jordan of Indiana.

Although some may have paid the price, rough ride and all, the payoff is going to be a good — fish for dinner.

See you at the docks.