Gulf Shores, 8 hours, ~300 lbs of fish.
The family spent the weekend in Gulf Shores, I left and met them half way Friday evening and headed South a bit further. We set up at the condo rental and crashed for the night. Everyone is wide eyed and awake at 4:45am (we beat the alarm!) and couldn't be any more excited to go fishing again. We went out on a private charter this year rather than a party boat, and boy what a difference! Snapper season opened the 1st and we fished on the 2nd.
We headed out at 6:30am and didn't catch a single fish trolling out for an hour and a half. Bummer. We hit our first spot in search of Bee Liners, small Whites, and Triggers. Bee Liners and small Whites were for bait. Triggers were keepers if caught larger enough; we caugh 2 the first stop. We were still a bit on edge for the fish count but we couldn't do anything but wait. Our first mate told us "Time to go fishing now boys." as we reeled in and went for a 15 minute ride. About 20 miles out at this point, we get instructions on how to hook a circle hook into these snappers and was then told to drop it 40 feet down and hold on!
What happened next still gives me goosebumps and smiles.
I hooked into a red that I couldn't have had more fun pulling up from that shallow. It ran hard, and went straight to the bottom. We caught our limit of 12 for the boat in 20 minutes, no lie. We were on a great honey hole that netted us ~180-200 pounds of snapper in 20 minutes. We have never caught that large of a fish, ever. We have so much good meat in the freezer.
Once that was over we went back from the smaller bottom fish like triggers and such hoping for some good white meat off them. Caught a few more but the real treat was throwing out pin fish on a spin reel and having mackerel tear them up on the top of the water. We caught 3 larger mackerel doing this, and 1 Bonita. Bonita is bait for the ship so it was more just for the fun of pulling a "Tuna style fighter" into the boat. 15 pound fish with a rod on your pelvis sure feels like a 50 or 60 pounder!
Here is a picture of my first (and largest) snapper. Best I could tell this was a 5'5" - 6'0" Heavy/Medium rod, and this fish took it to its limits. I will post the others as soon as I get them in my email.
Congrats!!! As much as I love Crappie fishing from my kayak, I miss when I lived on the coast and could fish saltwater when I wanted!
There is absolutely no better fishing (or fish) than what the ocean has to offer. This was easily our best catch, even with our other private charter we did years ago, we loaded up this round.
Ditch, I sent you a PM Friday I believe...but also I just found out Lady Anne does in fact hold Crappie. I just caught a nice little one a minute ago on my white round head black and chart tube jig.
I went to the research park yesterday afternoon for a couple hours, I've talked with bank fisherman before, but no one knew if there were Crappie. I ended up catching 30 or 40, not bad for a first trip!
Hello Grant here I was thinking I was the only Snapperking that fishes for the crappies when not able to be at the big pond!! Great report.I was about 20 miles out on the 2nd of June too on the Summer Hunter . we probably threw back over 50 snapper that would go between 8 and 10 lbs only keeping those over 24 inches .TO bad they are so mis-managed.I always try to be out on the Gulf the first weekend of the Snapper season.Im addicted to that kind of fishing but love my freshwater Crappie too !!! Cant go wrong on eats either way !!
Yes, people seem to be terribly greedy when it comes to snapper. We threw 1 back, the others were all pretty large so we caught the limit and ran to the next spot for trigger and b's.
Managed a trip to the gulf as well on the 2d. We loaded up too on the snapper, Bs and Whites. Did not do so well on the triggers though. Man there's some good eats in all of that. Congrats on a great trip out.
Been one time, too sick to fish. RoflRofl Looks like ya'll had a blast!
Tight Lines to all
Roll Tide Roll
Triggers were slow all around from what we heard on the radio. They weren't too sure why, but I believe the moon was decent for the fish...not terribly sure on that though.
Originally Posted by Bob D
I've never understood sea sickness, but I guess I shouldn't need to...I don't get it. I can't drink much beer while on a boat...but I don't get sick (or drunk). My biggest problem is trying not to fall overboard when a larger swell comes through. It's an experience when one side is a foot above the surface and the other is 6 or 7 haha.
Originally Posted by Fisherman_Wantabe
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