The temperature outside is not the only thing on the rise. As those temps get higher, so do the number of fish coming over the rails.
"Each day is getting a little better," said Capt. Dennis Kendrick of the Finest Kind Thursday afternoon. "We've got more fish moving in" as it gets warmer, he said.
"And the snapper are plentiful," Kendrick said noting it will not be a problem catching them when the season opens. Right now it looks like red snapper season will open June 1. The length of the season is still questionable.
In the meantime, the anglers on the Finest Kind had there hands full reeling in triggerfish, mingo, white snapper and Key West porgy. They also had a big bull shark on line for about 30 minutes before it broke off.
Anglers on the Huntress with Capt. Mike Graef pulled in a good catch of amberjack, almaco and triggerfish, while the group on the Silver Lining filled the rack with triggerfish.
Louisiana anglers on the Special K with Capt. Andy Vaughn reeled in nice catch of mingo, triggerfish and white snapper.
Capt. Jim McMahon on the Sea Venture and his crew came in with a good catch of amberjack, white snapper and mingo. Capt. Jim said they threw back several red snapper.
Anglers on the Perfect Shot with Capt. Brady Bowman brought in their share of triggerfish and white snapper.
The Slay Ride 3 with Capt. Lance Rezmer came in with a big catch of sheepshead, white snapper and a flounder. It was a repeat from Wednesday. Capt. Rezmer said they've been catching about 30 to 40 sheepshead a trip. Shrimp is the bait of choice and they've been fishing out toward the Pass, he said.
Anglers on the Kelly Girl with Capt. Jimmy Miles came in with a good catch of triggerfish. However, all the youngsters were excited about all the redfish and red snapper they had to toss back.
"There was a lot of action on the water," Capt. Miles said.
Capt. Steve Land on the Miss Sandy and crew came in with a big catch of white snapper and triggerfish.
Ohio anglers on the Anastasia with Capt. Tony Davis filled the boards with mingo and white snapper.
"It was really pretty out," Capt. Davis said.
The word on the docks is it was a bit choppy in the early morning hours but then it calmed down to be a beautiful day on the water.
Nashville anglers on the Cutting Edge with Capt. Steve Regan had triggerfish, amberjack and one black snapper on the racks. Damon Petty was the angler that reeled in the snapper, the one he was allowed to keep.
Anglers from Alabama on the Checkmate 2 with Capt. George Eller pulled in four goggle eye fish along with several mingo, white snapper and a couple of Key West porgy.
Capt. Trey Windes and his Alabama anglers on the Outta Line brought in the weirdest looking fish of the day — a filefish. It looked like a mix between a triggerfish and a flounder. Other fish on the rack included triggerfish, amberjack, mingo and white snapper.
It was a family and friends day aboard the Vengeance with Capt. Jason Hallmark. He and his crew reeled in 10 huge amberjack along with a few mingo and white snapper. "It was a one stop shop" for the amberjack, Hallmark said.
Wisconsin anglers on the Sweet William III with Capt. Bill Watson pulled in a nice catch of mingo, white snapper and triggerfish, while the crew on the Gulf Ranger with Capt. David Nettles brought in their share of triggerfish and mingo.
A group from Indiana aboard the One of a Kind with Capt. Casey Godwin came in with a big catch of triggerfish.
"We caught a lot of red snapper," Godwin said. But of course the snapper had to go back.
As for the triggerfish and other fish, "We'd get a good bite going, then the porpoise would take them," Godwin said.
Chicago anglers on the Rookie with Capt. Matt Woods came in with a big catch of amberjack and a couple of mingo.
The party boat New Florida Girl's American Spirit had big trips on Wednesday and Thursday filling the racks both days with mingo, white snapper and a few triggerfish and lane snapper in the mix.
The Stress Relief with Capt. Scott Robinson at the helm came in Wednesday with a rack full of white snapper.
"After the wind died out, it got nice," Robinson said. "We caught some huge red snapper, about 25 head. We had some that would pull the pole right out of your hand."
Fishing is heating up, so don't miss the boat.
See you at the docks.