Snapper, Mahi Mahi & Bonito--fun times!!

June 02, 2018 by Champ Earwood

Trip Info

The Catch
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Snapper (Red)

Today we took a private trip with friends and family out to the federal waters to see if we could fill everyone’s freezer with snapper fillets. This was day two of the federal snapper season.

Conditions were rough with 30 MPH winds. We aimed for a spot where a platform used to be and which provided an angled approach to the sea. This spot was about 16 miles offshore and took about an hour to reach.

Upon arrival we tried trolling around the spot, but with no success. We could see fish on the sonar—stacked up the water column over what we supposed was the rock and gravel pad laid down as a base for the platform. We dropped our lines and were limited out with ten sow snapper in about half an hour.

On the way back, we again set up the trolling lines and managed to pick up a Mahi Mahi and a Bonito. The fishing went a long way in balancing the discomfort of the ride out, plus we all have lots of snapper fillets in our freezers now.

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