‘My lucky day’ - First time gulf fishermen strike it big in Destin

Published: Friday, February 8, 2013 at 11:28 AM.

Steve Cormany of Fort Wayne, Ind., another first-timer, hauled in a big lane snapper.

"I had a good time," Cormany said. "I even baited my own hook."

The group was fishing about 17 miles out in 160- to 180-feet of water.

Capt. Reid Phillips and his crew on the Destin Princess, which docks at Fishing Fleet Marina, went out about 20 miles and pulled in their share of fish.

"It was a little slow at first," Phillips said. "We caught a lot of red snapper that we had to let go."

But the fishing picked up and they hauled in about 500-plus pounds of fish. In the mix were mingo, white snapper, lane snapper, triggerfish and amberine.

"We wound up with 10 to 12 lane snapper," Phillips said. "It taste just like a red snapper." The difference is, anglers can keep a lane snapper as opposed to a red snapper. The fate of the red snapper season is in limbo right now.

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