Snapper Are Red Hot in June and That's Not All
Editor's Note: The following red snapper report is from Captain Randy Boggs, who operates Reel Surprise Charters (www.reelsurprisecharters.com) out of SanRoc Cay Marina in Orange Beach, Alabama. On any given day, his boats may take out over 100 anglers
on 4- and 6-hour charter trips.
Snapper season has been awesome. All the public reefs are loaded with snapper. (Visit the Alabama Marine Resource at www.outdooralabama.com/fishing/saltwater/fisheries/artificial-reefs/ for coordinates). I've checked some of the public reefs with my depth finder and seen plenty of fish. Everybody on our boats limits out on red snapper.
The biggest red snapper that has been caught on one of our 6-hour walk-up trips weighed 24 pounds, 6 ounces. If you're fishing to the southeast of Perdido Pass, the snapper seem to be a little smaller, about 6- to 8-pounds each. If you fish to the southwest of Perdido Pass up off the bottom, 10- to 12-pound snapper are common. I talked to four anglers last week who had caught four, 50-pound red snapper on light tackle, fishing high in the water, about 30 to 40 feet off the bottom. We're hearing rumors about a possible 10- or 15-day fall red snapper season, so continue to watch the “What's Biting” page for any developments. We're also catching plenty of nice white, vermilion, and lane snapper.
On our 4-hour trolling trips, anglers have been bringing in plenty of king mackerel and Spanish mackerel. One of our private 6-hour charters last week brought in 10 king mackerel. Triggerfish season is closed from June 10 until August 10, but when the season was open, we were catching some phenomenal triggerfish, bringing in 12 weighing more than 9 pounds each one day.
The offshore tuna fish bite has been fantastic and the scamp bite, too. Up until the end of last week, the wahoo bite was great. But a westerly wind blew in river grass from the Mississippi River and brought cloudy green water to our area that probably will hold the wahoo bite back for a day or two.
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