FISH FLASH: Wooden spool gets anglers reeling (PHOTOS AND VIDEO)
Some times the captains find a weed line to fish or a floating log that is holding fish. However, on Thursday, the hot spot happened to be an old wooden cable spool that was loaded down with mahi mahi.
“They were swimming all around it,” said one of the anglers who were fishing aboard the Cutting Edge with Capt. Steve Regan. “It was the easiest thing to catch.”
The Virginia and local anglers on the Cutting Edge pulled in several mahi mahi, along with a cobia, king mackerel, mingo, white snapper and a few triggerfish on their six-hour trip.
They were not the only ones that found the wooden spool. Capt. Paul Cox on the Al-Le happened on the spool as well.
“There were hundreds of them on it,” said David Cox, Paul’s twin and deckhand on the boat.
Their two guys from South Carolina reeled about 16 mahi mahi, plus an amberjack to go the triggerfish and white snapper.
Anglers on the Un Reel with Capt. Paul Dale Wagner pulled in a mixed bag of amberjack, mingo, triggerfish, king mackerel and a few mahi mahi. However, this reporter didn’t hear anything about a wooden spool.
Capt. Brandy Miles-Kitchens aboard the Miss Brandi came in with a rack full of king mackerel with a few mingo and white snapper mixed in.
The New Florida Girl’s American Spirit with Capt. Jim Green at the helm took out about 65 folks that brought in several stringers filled with a variety of fish.
“It was a good bite today … it was a pretty day,” said deckhand Billy.
The group on the Spirit had white snapper, mingo, lane snapper and 22 head of triggerfish and a few Almaco Jack.
The Sure Lure with Capt. Don Dineen and his group of anglers on a corporate trip for Cooper Steel of Nashville, Tennessee, hauled in a couple of amberjack, scamp, several mahi mahi, triggerfish and mingo. And just so you know, first mate Tommy Bonachowicz said they did not catch their mahi any where near a wooden spool.
A few minutes later, the No Alibi with Capt. Chris Schofield came in with more folks from Cooper Steel. They pulled in three amberjack, king mackerel, triggerfish, a pile of mingo and white snapper. They also snagged a roughly 40-pound wahoo trolling on the way in.
The group on the Fish-N-Fool with Capt. Casey Weldon was also part of the Cooper Steel party. They had a pair of amberjack, a blackfin tuna, triggerfish, mingo and white snapper.
Wednesday started off with a bang. Capt. Ben O’Connor aboard the 100 Proof pulled a 200-pound bull shark onto the docks at HarborWalk Marina.
Capt. Brandon Wright on the Destin Bay Charters loaded the racks with speckled trout and Spanish mackerel.
The Just B Cause with Capt. Ken Bolden and his group of folks from Texas and Louisiana filled the racks with mingo and white snapper.
Ohio and Georgia anglers on the Starfire brought in a good catch of mingo, white snapper and Spanish mackerel.
Anglers from Alabama and Crestview pulled in several mingo and white snapper along with triggerfish while fishing aboard the Suzie Q with Capt. Jason Hindman.
Tennessee anglers on the Huntress with Capt. Mike Graef pulled in three amberjack, several triggerfish, mingo and white snapper.
Capt. Ed Shields and his group of Mississippi anglers on the Silver Lining hauled in a pair of amberjack, one weighing about 60 pounds, along with triggerfish and mingo.
“It pulled hard. Luckily Joe pulls harder,” said one of the anglers, noting he got a bit of help from deckhand Joe Quantro.
Oklahoma and Texas anglers on the Anastasia with Capt. Tony Davis brought in a load of amberjack, plus a blackfin tuna, and several mingo and triggerfish.
Although they had six amberjack on the racks, apparently they lost three to a shark.
“A shark ate a couple of big ones,” one of the anglers said. “Yep, we pulled in nothing but the head and some guts.”
Alabama anglers on the Special K with Capt. Kyle Lowe reeled in a good catch of triggerfish, mingo and four amberjack. The fish were so fresh a few of them were still flopping around when deckhand Danny Brennan tossed them onto the docks.
Arkansas anglers on the Fishing Teem with Capt. Billy Teems brought in a variety of fish. They had three amberjack, amberine, mingo, triggerfish and white snapper.
“We wanted to catch amberjack and he made it happen,” one of the guys said on the boat.
The Destination with Capt. Stan Phillips came in with a smorgasbord as well. They had three amberjack, triggerfish, king mackerel, mingo, amberine, white snapper and a couple of Key West porgy.
Fishing has been good this week, and just seems to be getting better every day. Who knows, you might even find a lucky wooden spool of your own.
See you at the docks.