It's double the pleasure and double the fun as anglers are doubling up on red snapper, at least for 21 more days.
Anglers fishing on charter boats will have through June 28 to catch red snapper in federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico. The limit is two per angler per trip and the fish must measure 16 inches long.
Before Tropical Storm Andrea stirred up the Gulf, anglers had no problem pulling in a pair of red snapper each.
Wednesday afternoon Stephen O'Brien of Destin came in from his first red snapper fishing trip of the season and hit the daily double in a big way. He landed a 12- and a 15-pounder on the party boat Destiny with Capt. Chris McConnell.
"Fishing was good, there was just a big ground swell," said McConnell.
In addition to loading up on snapper, the crew of 35 on the Destiny landed mingo, triggerfish, king mackerel and scamp.
Allen Green of Shreveport, La., hauled in his two snapper as well as a scamp. But from the way the fish hit the line, it felt like more than his 10-pound scamp.
"Whatever it was, it straightened out the hook," Green said. "It was fighting hard."
The deckhand tended to think it was a big grouper that straightened out the hook.
Capt. Jamie Grimmer on the Shockin Y'all and his group from Oxford, Miss., pulled in a limit of red snapper and king mackerel. Tyler Sharp landed one of the biggest on the boat, a 16-pounder.
"Fishing is good," said Capt. Justin Destin of the Full Draw. He came in Wednesday with his snapper doubles and a few king mackerel.
Capt. Gary Jarvis and the crew aboard the Backdown 2 doubled up on red snapper. Young Brogan Wilson pulled in a 60-pound wahoo.
The party boat Swoop came in with several stringers of red snapper, mingo and a king mackerel.
Alabama, Texas and Tennessee anglers on the Un Reel with Capt. Phillip Blackburn brought in a smorgasbord with the main dish being red snapper. Filling out the rack were scamp, triggerfish, mingo and a blackfin tuna.
Capt. Judah Barbee on the Daybreak and crew limited out on red snapper. "They were chewing," Barbee said. He said the king mackerel bite is a bit slow.
Anglers on the Sure Lure with Capt. Don Dineen doubled up on some 15- to 18-pound snappers. They also had triggerfish, mingo, white snapper and a pair of scamp.
Tuesday appeared to be a good afternoon as well.
Anglers on the Cutting Edge with Capt. Steve Regan hauled in their limit of red snapper as well as a few king mackerel and a black snapper.
Capt. Randy Hanshaw on the Miss Nautica said finding the red snapper was no problem. They limited out on red snapper and also had a few mingo. Anglers on the Glory brought in their share of red snapper.
Tennessee and California anglers on the Kelly Girl with Capt. Jimmy Miles filled the racks with red snapper, mingo, king mackerel, white snapper, triggerfish, amberine and a small shark.
As soon as those waves calm down, give that daily double a try.
See you at the docks.