Fishing picking back up after storm

Tina Harbuck

If there were any questions as to how the fishing would be after Hurricane Barry, boats that ventured out Monday have the answer – good.

Capt. Jason Mikel on the Finest Kind and his group of anglers from St. Louis, Missouri, and Cincinnati, Ohio, brought in a good showing of red snapper on Monday, a couple close to 20 pounds.

“The bite was a little slow, but better than expected,” Capt. Mikel said.

Capt. Mike Graef and his fishermen from Birmingham, Alabama, aboard the Huntress had a big day on the water. They filled the racks with red snapper and mingo.

“It’s not too bad … and it’s getting nicer,” said deckhand Carter Phillips of the Gulf of Mexico's conditions on Monday.

Ohio anglers on the Mighty Fine with Capt. Bud Miller found the fish. They had grouper, red snapper, mingo and a strawberry grouper on the racks. A strawberry grouper is usually on the small side, a couple of pounds, but is covered in spots. It almost looks as if it has the measles.

The Tradewinds came in with a several mingo, white snapper and bonito, while the Windwalker II with Capt. Bernie LeFebvre came in with a big black snapper, mingo and white snapper.

Capt. Brantley Galloway and his Tennessee angler on the Full Draw brought in a huge catch from a six-hour trip. They had three grouper, a scamp, red snapper and bonito on the racks.

“It was a little bumpy out,” Galloway said.

He said the storm did move the fish around it bit, “but were still able to find them,” Galloway said.

Anglers on the O Sea D pulled in some red snapper and a cobia.

Ocala anglers on the Maximus with Capt. Justin Hall reeled in a big catch of red snapper, black snapper and a couple of amberine. Hall said at their first stop of the day they hooked up with nine shark, in the 25- to 50-pound range. However, the second and third stop was productive for snapper and amberine.

Fishing is not too bad after being shut down for a couple of days due to Hurricane Barry.

So bye-bye Barry, and hello fish.

See you at the docks.

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