Although there are plenty of fish to be caught in the deep blue sea, the red snapper continues to take center stage. And why not? After all red is pretty dominant in the color scheme for the Independence holiday.
Capt. Kyle Lowe and his group from Atlanta, Georgia, aboard the Special K did their part to splatter red across the racks on Wednesday leading up to the holiday weekend. They had several red snapper along with 10 king mackerel. Captain said caught their king mackerel while they were bottom fishing for snapper; they slip lead for the mackerel.
“It was our first time out of Destin. And it was fabulous,” one the Georgia anglers said.
Arkansas anglers on the Finest Kind with Capt. Jason Mikel reeled in their red snapper, but they also had king mackerel, amberine and a few bonito. Capt. Mikel said he had a little trouble evading the dolphin, which kept stealing their fish.
Capt. Chris Schofield on the No Alibi came in Wednesday with plenty of the red snapper.
Kentucky anglers on the Bow’d Up with Capt. Brady Bowman filled the racks and then some with red snapper, mingo and white snapper.
Texas anglers on the Backlash with Capt. Chris Kirby pulled in their limit of red snapper, mingo and one scamp.
Nashville, Tennessee, anglers on the Fish N Fool with Capt. Casey Weldon had their red snapper, a couple of mahi mahi, along with mingo and white snapper.
Capt. Jason Hallmark aboard the Vengeance took his group of Tennessee anglers out for a catch of red snapper, mingo and white snapper.
Anglers fishing on the Tradewinds with Capt. Larry Meyer pulled in a big catch of red snapper, mingo and white snapper on Wednesday.
One of the bigger catches on Wednesday came in aboard the Rewind with Capt. Reid Phillips. His group of Georgia and Texas anglers pulled in a 20-plus pound grouper, big king mackerel along with red snapper and mingo.
Capt. Phillips said they caught the grouper on one of the last drops of the day.
“I thought I was hung up at first,” said Cole Wylie of Georgia, who reeled in the grouper.
Nevertheless he hung with it and got the biggest fish on the boat for the day.
Tennessee and Georgia anglers on the First Light with Capt. Steve Hauesler loaded up on red snapper, black snapper, mingo and white snapper.
Anglers from Texas fishing aboard the High Cotton with Capt. TJ George reeled in a couple of black snapper, mingo, red snapper and white snapper.
Anglers on the Al-Lin with Capt. Harold Staples had a big time pulling Spanish mackerel.
Capt. Steve Brown on the Lock N Load and his group of fisherman got in on the mackerel action with kings and Spanish.
Tennessee anglers on the Sweet William III with Capt. Bill Watson pulled in red snapper, a couple of king mackerel, mingo and bonito.
Capt. Chris Couvillion and his group on the Sea Winder pulled in red snapper and a few mahi mahi.
Louisiana and Texas anglers on the Un Reel with Capt. Justin Destin got their share of the red snapper.
Don’t forget the limit on red snapper is two per angler and they must measure 16 inches to keep. Also the season is limited with July 19 being the last day to catch one in federal waters. Federal waters are from nine nautical miles out to 200 miles from the beach.
So take advantage of the season while you can.
See you on the docks.