No need to look any further than the docks for a red back drop for a holiday photo as boat after boat has loaded up with red snapper the last few days.
With two weeks left to catch red snapper, anglers are taking advantage and hopping on boats left and right to get their share of the signature fish of the Emerald Coast — the red snapper.
Randy Edmonson of Mississippi pulled in one of the biggest ones to hit the docks on Thursday while fishing with Capt. Don Dineen and deckhand Tom Banachowicz aboard the Sure Lure. Edmonson hauled in a 25-plus pound snapper.
“It pulled hard,” Edmonson said. “When they saw it … they started coaching me.”
In addition to the whopper snapper, he and his buddies had reeled in a few more red snapper, black snapper and amberine.
Anglers on the Un Reel with Capt. Justin Destin had their red on display with a rack full of red snapper on Thursday.
The Mighty Fine with Capt. Bud Miller was showing their patriotism with red snapper, mingo and a couple of king mackerel on Thursday.
Tennessee anglers on the Blue Runner II with Capt. Tommy Carter reeled in their share of red snapper and a cobia. Capt. Carter said they caught the cobia bottom fishing. They also had another one on line but it broke off and they let another small one go.
Anglers on the Lucky Lina with Capt. Steve Lathi pulled in a few red snapper, mingo and king mackerel on Thursday.
Texas and Oklahoma anglers on the Only Way with Capt. Curt Gwin brought in their share of the red snapper along with a few mingo and white snapper on Thursday.
Illinois anglers on the Reel Deal with Capt. Steve Pixley came in with four king mackerel on Thursday, but not before they caught and released three spinner shark. Captain said the shark were between 90 and 100 pounds each. After fighting with the shark, he said they went and caught dinner.
Georgia anglers on the Stelluna with Capt. Judah Barbee got their red snapper along with mingo, white snapper and a lane snapper on Thursday.
Capt. Reid Phillips on the Rewind and his group of anglers made their haul of red snapper, mingo and a king mackerel on Thursday.
Texas and Louisiana anglers on the Windwalker II with Capt. Bernie LeFebvre displayed their red with red snapper and mingo on the nails as did the group aboard the Full Draw.
St. Louis anglers on the 5th Day with Capt. Brandy Miles-Kitchens brought in a smorgasbord of red snapper, mingo, white snapper, bonito and Spanish mackerel on Thursday.
A group of locals ventured out on the 100 Proof on Thursday with Capt. Ben O’Connor and got their share of red snapper along with a king mackerel.
Texas anglers on the Miss Nautica with Capt. Jimmy Miles had a good mix on the racks with two king mackerel, some big red snapper and mingo.
Fishing is good and folks have through July 21 to keep red snapper.
See you at the docks.