FISH FLASH: Boat captains deliver, time and time again

Tina Harbuck

“Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night, stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”

— Herodotus, 503 B.C.

This is the Postal Service motto.

So what does this have to do with fishing?

The mailman and the boat captain have one thing in common: They both deliver.

Destin’s charter boats and party boats might not have encountered any snow or gloom of night, but they did have to deal with rain on Wednesday and they did deliver.

The Sunrise came in just around noon just as the rain started to fall. The Kentucky anglers pulled in mingo, triggerfish and white snapper.


Not long after, Capt. Phillip Blackburn on the Sea Fix backed in with rack full of fish. His anglers, also from Kentucky, pulled in several mingo, triggerfish and a few Almaco Jack. Captain said they tried to do some amberjack fishing, but they were all coming up a couple of inches short. An amberjack has to be 34 inches to keep.

Nevertheless, the anglers had a good time saying they were pulling in mingo two at the time.

Capt. Mike Graef on the Huntress and his group of anglers from Texas pulled in a huge catch of amberjack, mingo and triggerfish. John Daniels hauled in the biggest amberjack, weighing about 45 pounds or more. Daniels didn’t hesitate to hold it up for a few photographs.

Capt. Gary Jarvis on the Back Down 2 backed in with some amberjack as well.

Capt. Jim Green on the New Florida Girl’s American Spirit came in with three tubs full of fish. His group of 30 anglers pulled in several mingo, triggerfish, white snapper and a red grouper.


The Gulf Breeze with Capt. John Gibson at the helm came in with several baskets full of fish. Everybody was taking cover under umbrellas and nearby building overhangs as the deckhands cleaned up the catch.

A little after 5 p.m., the Sweet Jody with Capt. Cliff Cox came in with a massive catch. Captain said it wasn’t really rough out, but they did encounter rain. The deckhands’ unloaded stringer after stringer filled with mingo, white snapper and triggerfish.

Even in the rain, the boat captains put their anglers on the fish. And the fish did their part in taking the bait.

Maybe next week the weather will be better.

See you at the docks.