FISH FLASH: The catch before the storm

Tina Harbuck

I know you’ve heard of the calm before the storm. Well on Monday we had a few anglers bring in some good catches before the storm rolled in about 2 p.m.

Louisiana and Ohio anglers on the Sunrise with Capt. Chris McConnell came in about noon with a good catch of mingo, white snapper and a couple of king mackerel. The two guys on the trip said they threw back several red snapper and triggerfish and had a blast on the trip.

“Don’t listen to the weather girl,” one of the guys said. He went on to say it wasn’t too awful out and that they had a great time.

Capt. McConnell said it was a bit bumpy with 2- to 3-foot seas.

Capt. Harold Staples backed in about 12:30 on the Al-Lin with a nice catch of king mackerel, Spanish mackerel and a few bonito.

About 1 o’clock, the Phoenix came in with a good mix of mingo, white snapper, king mackerel, Spanish mackerel and scamp.

Not long after, Capt. Kyle Lowe and his group from Pennsylvania and Iowa aboard the Special K came in with several king mackerel, mingo and white snapper.

“It had its ups and downs today,” Capt. Lowe said of the rough seas.

Capt. Eric Thrasher and his group aboard the Game On backed in with a big catch of king mackerel. Captain said the fishing was good; they even hooked up with a couple of shark on the outing.

Pennsylvania anglers on the Stelluna with Capt. Judah Barbee reeled in a good catch of king mackerel and Spanish mackerel.

With clouds starting to really roll in, Capt. Steve Pixley on the Big Deal and his group came in with a nice catch of Spanish and king mackerel and several bonito.

For Arkansas anglers on the Backlash with Capt. Chris Kirby, it was all king mackerel and Spanish.

Deckhands and captains hurried to get the fish cleaned before the bottom fell out.

Fishing is going to be a bit touch and go this week with the weather forecast. However, the fishing forecast is just cast.

See you at the docks (with a raincoat).