Slow go on the fishing front

Tina Harbuck
Ed Lake of Illinois shows off his stringer filled with mingo, white snapper and amberine. Lake, who's been coming to Destin fishing for 15 years, was fishing aboard the Sweet Jody with Capt. Cliff Cox. [TINA HARBUCK/THE LOG]

Although the weather appears to be getting a bit better, the fishing is still a little spotty.

A few of the party boats went out fishing on Wednesday, the temperature was nice and it wasn’t too bumpy on the water.

However, the fish didn’t want to cooperate.

Capt. Nick "Slay Daddy" Price on the Swoop was getting good readings on his fish finder, but the fish didn’t bite as well as he thought they would.

But they didn’t come back empty handed. His 34 anglers managed to pull in mingo and white snapper. Captain said they also released triggerfish, red snapper and amberjack — all which are not on the "keep list," at least for now.

Capt. Mike Smith aboard the Destin Princess had a boat full of customers. His folks pulled in a few mingo, white snapper, porgy and a few amberine.

“Fishing was rough today … we had to fight the dolphin,” Smith said.

Word is the dolphin was on the rampage, snapping off their fish before they could get them over the rail.

Thursday appeared to be a bit better on the fishing front.

Capt. Cliff Cox on the Sweet Jody came in about 4:30 p.m. from a full day of fishing.

They had about 25 folks aboard and they managed to pull in mingo, white snapper, a few lane snapper, amberine and a couple of porgy.

“It was a nice day. We caught fish,” Cox said. “The water is still a little cold … the fish is not as active as they could be. But we definitely caught fish.

“Everybody caught something. Mission accomplished.”

As the temperature continues to warm up, we hope, the fish bite should pick up.

See you at the docks.