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

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

But the lane snapper, "It's a bonus fish," Phillips said.

Pulling in one of those bonus fish was Jim Strebral of Iowa.

Strebal was a first-timer on the Destin Princess.

"This is what you call beginners luck," he said. He was fishing along with his buddies Wayne Laing and Jim Steinbrech, also from Iowa.

It was also Bob Cooper of Kentucky's first time on the Princess.

"It was a great trip," he said. He filled his stringer with mingo, white snapper and triggerfish.

There was another threesome that was quite proud of their catch. First-time fishermen Wendell Wray and Steve Myers along with Terry Lovelace — all from Illinois — had quite the stringer. The group tried to go last year when they were in Destin, but they got stormed out.

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