The red snapper season is winding down.

With less than two weeks for federally permitted boats, aka charter boats, to catch the signature fish of the Emerald Coast, The Log asked local captains if they had a fish they could put back on the catch list what would it be and why?

Capt. Eric Thrasher of the Game On: “Triggerfish is No. 1. There are way too many of them. They are going to eat up the Gulf. It’s crazy they are everywhere from Panama City to Mobile.”

However, he did say, they should get more red snapper days due to Tropical Storm Cindy that shut down the Gulf for about four days.

Capt. Bill Williams, Striker: “Triggerfish. We need to thin them out. They are huge. They are going to take over the Gulf. I’ve never seen this many and I’ve been fishing out of here since 1990.”

Capt. Justin Destin, Full Draw: “Triggerfish, but I’m cool with anything. The triggerfish are good for short trips and they taste good.”

Capt. Reid Phillips, Rewind: “Triggerfish. There are just too many of them. They are taking over places. The size is grander than we’ve seen in many years. And they are a great eating fish. My second would be amberjack … it’s a fun fighting fish.”

Capt. Tommy Carter, Blue Runner II: “Triggerfish. They have become a nuisance, there’s so many of them. Plus the survival ratio of them is way higher than most fish. Plus it would be nice to target more than one fish.”

Capt. Paul Cox, Al-Le: “Triggerfish. There are so many of them out there. We caught a lot of 8 pounders on Wednesday,” he said that they had to throw back.

Capt. Ben O’Connor, 100 Proof: “Jacks. They’d add so much fun and they pull hard.”

Capt. Billy Teems, Fish N Teem: “Triggerfish. There are so many of them … so big, nice filleting size. Plus, people love catching them. They are a good fighting fish. Amberjack would be good too, but there are way more triggerfish. It would be good in state waters as well.”

Capt. Rusty Gilbert, Mary Lou: “Triggerfish. There are so many out there that it’s hard to catch anything else. We’ve been throwing back triggerfish that are bigger than the red snapper. Plus I like to eat them. And they are inshore and offshore.”

Capt. Brian Kelley, Screamn Drag: “Triggerfish and amberjack. But the triggerfish is the most dominant because you can’t get to anything because of the triggers. Both need to be fished and thinned out. I lost trips this spring because of no jacks.”