Fishing is 'red' hot in more ways than one

Tina Harbuck

Not sure what was hotter this week, the temperature or the red snapper bite.

From the looks of the big red fish splattered across the racks and the sweat on my brow and dripping down my back, I’d say both have been red hot.

As a matter of fact, one of the deckhands said the heat index on Wednesday was 110 degrees, and I have no doubt.

Bringing in some of those big red snapper were the Texas anglers on the Sure Lure with Capt. Donnie Dineen on Thursday. They had a limit of snapper and a few mingo in the mix, as did the group on the Fish N Fool with Capt. Casey Weldon.

Ohio anglers on the Un Reel with Capt. Justin Destin filled the racks Thursday with some huge red snapper and a few mingo.

Around noon Thursday, Capt. Steve Hauesler and his group of anglers on the First Light brought in a big haul. They had red snapper, white snapper, mingo, black snapper and an Almaco Jack. The anglers were here for a family reunion of sorts, plus a 60th wedding anniversary for Don and Dot Taylor. The family had come into town from England, Germany, Washington D.C. and Oklahoma to celebrate and have a fun day of fishing.

Cincinnati, Ohio, anglers on the Mighty Fine with Capt. Bud Miller brought in a good catch of red snapper, lane snapper and mingo on Thursday.

St. Louis, Missouri, fishermen on the Blue Runner II with Capt. Tommy Carter came in Thursday with red snapper and a few black snapper.

“It’s still a little choppy out but getting better,” said Capt. Carter. But nothing like last week when the Gulf kicked up 6 to 8 footers.

Backdown 2 with Capt. Phillip Blackburn backed in with red snapper and mingo, while the Tradewinds filled the racks with red snapper, mingo, white snapper, red grouper and a king mackerel.

Anglers on the Seahorse with Capt. Dean Cox had a king mackerel as well to go with their red snapper, mingo and white snapper. The deckhand said his loaded boat had 113 fish total on the day.

The fish bite was just as good the day before.

Texas anglers on the Windwalker II with Capt. Bernie LeFebvre landed their red snapper, a few black snapper and mingo on Wednesday.

The Silver King, Just Reel and Double Time, all boats at East Pass, brought in good catches of red snapper on Wednesday.

Louisiana anglers on the Game On with Capt. Eric Thrasher caught their red snapper, four king mackerel and a bonito or two.

“It was slick calm for a change,” Thrasher said of the seas Wednesday.

Missouri anglers on the Sea Winder with Capt. Chris Couvillion filled the rack with red snapper, mingo, black snapper and a few king mackerel.

Texas, Tennessee and North Carolina anglers teamed up on the Silver Lining for a red hot catch with Capt. Joe Quaranto. They had a pair of king mackerel, a grouper and several red snapper. Deckhand Jake said they lost a couple of big grouper to shark.

“The shark were hungry today,” Jake said.

As a matter of fact, all the shark left was just the grouper head — which they all said was very big.

Capt. Ken Bolden and his group from North Carolina aboard the Just-B-Cause brought in a mixed bag on Wednesday of red snapper, lane snapper, mingo, king mackerel and a wahoo.

Bolden said they snagged the wahoo on the way out.

“We got the trip started right,” he said.

Capt. Brandy Miles-Kitchens on the 5th Day and her group from North Carolina had a big day Wednesday. They pulled in king mackerel, grouper, red snapper and some huge Spanish mackerel. The Spanish, as Capt. Brandy put it, could have been a Destin Fishing Rodeo contender it was so big. They also had a half of a king on the racks that was snapped in half by a barracuda.

Anglers on the Destination, Phoenix, Mary Lou, Only Way, Rewind and Kitchen Pass all got in on the red-hot red snapper action on Wednesday.

The fishing is so hot … literally. Pack plenty of water and get ready to reel.

See you at the docks.

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