Fishing was almost as hot as the temperature this week in Walton County.
Wednesday morning, several of the small charter boats that launch off the beach behind Red Bar in Grayton, brought in some nice catches in 90 degree weather.
Capt. Tyler Hammond on Capt. Tyler's Charters and his group from Georgia and Tennessee brought in a good catch of triggerfish, vermillion snapper and white snapper.
"We had to fight with some porpoises, but we got ’em," Capt. Tyler said.
A few minutes later, Capt. Mike Valentino came in on the Trigger Happy with a group from Kentucky.
With not even a ripple on the Gulf, boats zoomed right in and off the beach. Sometimes it can be a little tricky for the boats getting in and out depending on the tides and the waves, but all was well on Wednesday.
"It was so pretty out today, we went whereever we wanted to go," said Capt. Mike. Valentino, who's been fishing off Grayton for about 15 years, and working as a fishing guide for the last nine.
On Wednesday, he and his group from Kentucky did battle on the water.
"The kings were there today, but they were all too small, but at least we got some action," Valentino said.
In addition to the ones they had to toss back, they did get to keep several vermillion snapper and white snapper.
Capt. Kerry Jones on the Not A Dog Charters and his group from Texas pulled in several vermillion snapper and white snapper. As a matter of fact, they had too many to hang on the racks. Capt. Kerry said they caught the majority of the snapper on cut squid.
They also snagged a couple of big red snapper, which had to be tossed back. Red snapper season ended early this year, June 28 in federal waters, and July 14 for state waters, which reaches out to nine miles in the Gulf.
The Texas folks also got a nurse shark to the boat that was about 100 pounds, but cut it loose.
Capt. Phil Hammond of Capt. Phil's Charters and his anglers from Tennessee did a little slow trolling for king mackerel. They pulled in three kings, along with a few vermillion and white snapper.
"We also caught some of the best quality red snapper I've seen lately — 15 pounders," Capt. Phil said. They also caught several amberjack that were coming in a few inches short.
Amberjack have to be at least 30 inches to keep.
Capt. Mark Thompson on the Fishy Booty ran into the same issue with the amberjack. "We caught a lot of small jacks right out of the gate this morning, but they were 4 or 5 inches short."
However, his group from Georgia didn't come up empty. They pulled in a king mackerel along with vermillion snapper and white snapper. They also hooked into a 7-foot, 150-pound bull shark, which they released.
Fishing is good so come on down and check it out. Best time to see the catches is between 11 a.m. and noon and then 4 and 5 p.m. for the afternoon trips.
Remember if a truck and trailer is on the beach, there's an angler on the water.
See you on the beach.
For years, Tina Harbuck has walked the Destin docks to chronicle the catches of the day. Now she is expanding her beat to the beaches of Grayton. If you’d like to share a fish photo, email The Sun at firstname.lastname@example.org