Empty docks, a good sign of things to come

Tina Harbuck

Hurricane Barry stirred up the Gulf of Mexico last weekend leaving boats docked in their slips. However, it’s been a different story the last few days on the harbor.

When I drove down to the docks Wednesday morning, the boat slips were pretty much empty which is always a good sign of things to come.

And the good things started rolling in about 10 o’clock.

One of the first boats back in was the Shock’n Y’all from a shark trip and then came Capt. Alex Hare on the Silver King with a good catch of red snapper and mingo from a four-hour trip.

Capt. Mike Graef and his group from Indiana on the Huntress backed in a little after 11 o’clock with a rack full of red snapper and mingo.

“Not a ripple on the water … it was the lake of Mexico this morning,” said First Mate Carter Phillips. “We got dinner and then went and played with Jaws.”

The Indiana anglers caught their snapper and then they hooked up with a couple of bull shark, one about 8-feet long.

I know it’s not Shark Week yet, but folks are already getting in the mode.

Texas and Colorado anglers on the Special K with Capt. Kyle Lowe reeled in a grouper, several red snapper and mingo. Word is they also hooked up with a couple of shark and amberjack.

As a matter of fact, two of the guys on the Special K hooked up with amberjack first thing. If you’ve ever fought an amberjack you know it is a hard pulling fish. Well two of the guys had their hands full trying to reel in their amberjack while the other one had a triggerfish on the line. The triggerfish guy didn’t realize what the struggle was all about until he hooked up with a shark. Then it was apparent he was in for a fight of his own.

Just a friendly reminder, amberjack season opens Aug. 1 with a one fish per angler limit. The fish must also measure 34 inches or more to keep.

Capt. Stan Phillips and his group from Arkansas on the Destination pulled in a pair of grouper, a scamp, mingo and red snapper.

Fishermen on the 5th Day with Capt. Brandy Miles-Kitchens reeled in a good catch of mackerel, mahi mahi, mingo, white snapper and bonito. Capt. Brandy said they saw a lot of shark, but there was one tiger shark, about a 13-footer, that came right beside the boat near the top of the water. “It was like he was looking at you,” she said.

Kansas City anglers on the Anastasia with Capt. Tony Davis backed in with a nice catch of red snapper, amberine and Almaco Jack.

Capt. Justin Destin on the Un Reel had a “bunch of Okies” on the boat Wednesday. The group reeled in a couple of grouper, scamp and some big red snapper.

Texas anglers on the Sea Winder with Capt. Chris Couvillion found a different fish on Wednesday. He and his group loaded up on mahi mahi. Captain said they caught them all on artificial lures.

Mississippi anglers aboard the Only Way with Capt. Curt Gwin found some big red snapper, one big mahi, plus several mingo and white snapper.

Capt. Steve Lathi on the Lucky Lina and his group backed in with a board full of red snapper, mahi mahi, mingo and white snapper.

Anglers on the Just-B-Cause with Capt. Ken Bolden came in with red snapper, mingo, white snapper and amberine.

Dallas anglers on the Mighty Fine with Capt. Bud Miller were all snapped up. They had red snapper, black snapper and vermillion snapper (also known as mingo).

St. Louis and Kansas City anglers on the High Cotton with Capt. TJ George pulled in with red snapper, amberine and mingo.

Capt. Reid Phillips and his group from Arkansas and Kentucky aboard the Rewind filled the nails with some big red snapper, mingo and white snapper.

North Carolina and Georgia anglers teamed up on the Full Draw with Capt. Brantley Galloway for a mixed bag of red snapper, mingo, mahi mahi and a Spanish mackerel. Captain said they caught the Spanish on a high-speed lure.

Folks, the fishing is great and just seems to be getting better every day. There also seems to be a lot of talk about shark the closer we get to Shark Week, which is July 28-Aug. 4.

Either way, the fishing is good.

See you at the docks.

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