FISH FLASH: Fishing on the good days

Tina Harbuck
Mike Wilson of Atlanta shows off a big black snapper he caught on the Cutting Edge on Wednesday with Capt. Steven Regan.

Here along the Emerald Coast we seem to be in a weather pattern lately. We have three to four good days of sunshine and calm seas, then a couple of days of rain and a sloppy Gulf.

Wednesday was one of the good days this week with sunshine and fairly calm seas – and anglers took advantage.

A group of Georgia anglers aboard the Cutting Edge with Capt. Steve Regan had a great day of fishing. They filled the racks with amberjack, triggerfish, a big black snapper, mingo and white snapper.

To see some of the other catches, click here.

Mike Wilson of Atlanta was the angler on the rod that hauled in the black snapper that weighed about 12 to 15 pounds.

“There was a shark following it, so I had to reel fast to get it in,” Wilson said.

“I was done. I was tired,” Wilson said after he got the snapper in the boat.

As a matter of fact he said, “I went in and ate a sandwich after.”

But it wasn’t so much the snapper that wore him out as the amberjack he fought prior to the snapper.

“I lost it. The line snapped,” he said. “I swear it was bigger than my brother-in-law.”

Fish always seem to get bigger every time an angler repeats the story.

Capt. Paul Dale Wagner and his group on the Un Reel came in Wednesday with a good catch of mingo, white snapper and amberine.

Anglers on the 100 Proof with Capt. Ben O’Connor filled the nails on the rack with mingo, white snapper and porgy.

Destin Inshore Fishing Company had three of their boats out fishing on Wednesday. Capt. Jordan Nelson and Capt. Tim Cooper both had full racks of sheepshead. Capt. Andy Holister was able to get out of the Pass and put his anglers on some mingo, triggerfish and a few Key West porgy.

Alabama anglers sporting University of Alabama sportswear pulled it in like the tide on Wednesday while fishing with Capt. Ken Bolden on the Just B Cause. They loaded the racks with triggerfish, mingo and white snapper.

“It was a little choppy but we handled it. The fish bite started slow but then it picked up,” Bolden said.

Colorado anglers on the Anastasia with Capt. Tony Davis pulled in a big catch of triggerfish, mingo, white snapper and a few lane snapper.

Capt. Jim Green on the party boat New Florida Girl’s American Spirit and his 50-plus anglers filled several stringers with mingo, triggerfish and white snapper.

The Gulf Breeze with Capt. John Gibson at the helm reeled in mingo, white snapper and triggerfish.

Ohio anglers on the Miss Nautica with Capt. Jimmy Miles came in with mingo, white snapper and triggerfish.

Capt. Mike Graef on the Huntress ventured out Wednesday and hauled in a big catch of big fish. They had some big mingo, in the 3-pound range, some big triggerfish and an amberjack.

Capt. Chris Schofield and his crew on the No Alibi reeled in three and a half amberjack, one triggerfish, several mingo and white snapper.

One of the amberjack didn’t survive a shark bite, with the angler pulling in only the head.

“We had a shark following us while we were ’jack fishing,” said deckhand Brian Friend. “We were fighting nature.”

Whether it’s “mother nature” bringing the rain and rough seas, or dealing with the cycle of nature – as in big fish eating smaller fish – a bad day of fishing is still better than a day at work.

See you at the docks.