FISH FLASH: Big catches hit the docks on Monday (PHOTOS AND VIDEO)

Tina Harbuck
tharbuck@thedestinlog.com
Local anglers aboard the Big John with Capt. Todd Allen filled the nails with amberjack and a few mingo and white snapper.

What better way to start the week than reeling in fish. And on Monday several people got a chance to do just that.

South Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee and Georgia anglers on the Destination with Capt. Stan Phillips filled the racks with mingo, white snapper and triggerfish from a six-hour trip.

The same was true for the Louisiana anglers on the Just B Cause with Capt. Ken Bolden.

“It was a little choppy this morning but it got calm towards the end,” Bolden said.

The party boats got in on the action as well.

The New Florida Girl’s American Spirit with Capt. Jim Green came in with several stringers filled with mingo, white snapper and triggerfish.

The Destin Princess with Capt. Reid Phillips and his group of folks pulled in their share of mingo, white snapper and triggerfish.

Capt. Todd Allen and his group of local anglers and family from Birmingham brought in a huge haul from an eight-hour trip. They reeled in some big amberjack along with a few mingo and white snapper.

Allen said they caught all the amberjack on the same spot, except for one.

Alabama anglers on the Finest Kind with Capt. Jason Mikel came in from an eight-hour trip with nine amberjack, with the largest one about 60 pounds. They also had several mingo, white snapper, triggerfish and one Spanish mackerel.

“The fish just bit good today. It was easy on me,” Mikel said.

“As soon as we dropped down it was on,” one of the anglers chimed in. “It was quick today.”

Ohio anglers on the Huntress with Capt. Mike Graef reeled in three big amberjack along with several triggerfish and mingo.

“We had a blast today. And I had no idea how hard they pull,” said Max Wyse, who hauled in the largest amberjack on the racks. “It went under the boat and came out on the other side. I’ve never reeled in anything that strong in my life.”

Not long after, the Twilight with Capt. Robert Hill came in from a two-day trip with a huge haul. They had five yellowfin tuna, a wahoo, 30 scamp, a mahi mahi and 14 amberjack.

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“I think we’re going to need a bigger board and some sharp knives,” said Scott Burke as he was hanging up the fish.

Captain said they were fishing about 130 miles out and the fish were biting good. He said they also lost about a 300-pound blue marlin, noting they had it on line for about 20 minutes.

The Full Draw with Capt. Justin Destin also came in from a two-day trip. They had amberjack, yellowfin tuna, mahi mahi and a whopper of a wahoo.

Not a bad start for the week when it comes to fishing.

See you on the docks.