When it comes to fishing out of Destin it's in the can, the trash can that is.
The crew aboard the New Florida Girl's American Spirit with Capt. Jim Green filled three trash cans full of fish on Wednesday. They had 58 people aboard that reeled in triggerfish, mingo, white snapper a few amberine.
Fishing was good up and down the docks the last couple of days, and it promises to be even better this holiday weekend.
Anglers on the Finest Kind with Capt. Dennis Kendricks reeled in their share of amberjack, mingo, white snapper and triggerfish.
The crew on the Perfect Shot with Capt. Brady Bowman pulled in five big amberjack, king mackerel, mingo, red grouper, triggerfish and one odd looking fish. Deckhand Greg Meyers said it was a Goggle-Eye Toro. It had huge eyes and was bright orange in color. Meyers said it tastes a lot like a mingo, which cooks up pretty good.
Capt. Scott Robinson on the Stress Relief II and his crew came back from a four-hour trip with 89 fish. "The fish were biting," Robinson said. There catch consisted mostly of mingo, white snapper, triggerfish, amberine a couple of king mackerel. "And that was all caught within five miles," Robinson said.
Anglers from Georgia, Texas, Tennessee and New York combined for a huge catch of amberjack, scamp, amberine, some huge triggerfish, king mackerel and one tripletail while fishing on the Al-Lin with Capt. Harold Staples. The triggers were in the 7 to 8-pound range and I heard one angler comment that his "didn't want to come up."
Capt. Cliff Cox and his group on the party boat Sweet Jody came in with stringers loaded with fish. They had mingo, white snapper, triggerfish and even a nice sized red grouper caught by Mark Pryor of Arkansas.
Thursday saw a lot pretty fish hit the docks.
Anglers coming in from a six-hour trip on the Phoenixwith Capt. Scott Robson filled the racks with amberjack, mingo, two king mackerel and white snapper.
Capt. Dennis Kendricks on the Finest Kind went out again and pulled in amberjack, mingo and a blackfin tuna.
The New Florida Girl's American Spirit again brought in tubs full of mingo, white snapper and triggerfish.
Capt. Curt Gwin on the Only Way came in from an offshore trip, 55 miles out, with a dolphin, wahoo and limit of amberjack.
"There's some really pretty water offshore," Gwin said. His crew broke off a huge wahoo but managed to snag a 20-pounder trolling a high-speed lure.
The Sea Winder with Capt. Stan Phillips at the helm came in with a couple of amberjack, mingo, triggerfish and a king mackerel that weighed about 35 pounds.
Birmingham anglers on the Huntress with Capt. Mike Graef backed in with a smorgasbord of a catch. They had amberjack, amberine, scamp, red grouper and a wahoo on the racks.
If this is any sign of what's to come this holiday weekend — you're going to need a bigger can.
See you at the docks.