There's a small fleet of charter boats that launch most every day off the beach at Grayton. Sometimes it can be a little tricky getting the boats in and off the beach, depending on the tide and waves. Wednesday afternoon was a busy time with about a half-dozen coming back from their second trip of the day.
1 - Carey Peach of Malakoff, Texas, shows off a king mackerel he brought in while fishing with Capt. Phil Hammond on Capt. Phil's Charters. The crew from Texas also had a few mingo and white snapper on the board. Capt. Phil said they caught the king while trolling live bait. The mackerel also put on quite the show. "It skyrocketed about 15-feet," captain said.
2 - Norman Crow II, and his son Norman III of Tuscaloosa, Ala., reeled in a grouper along with mingo while fishing with Capt. Kerry Jones on Not A Dog Charters. Jones said they were fishing about four miles out when they landed the 20-pound grouper. Crow, who was scheduled to go Sunday, the last day of red snapper season, said they pulled in some big snapper Wednesday — but of course they couldn't keep them. The trip Sunday was called off due to bad weather.
3 - Boats lined the beach at Grayton Wednesday afternoon. When the charters come in from trips, they hang the fish on the side of their boats, then clean the fish right on the back of the boat.