Snapper Slam Bayside
Had 4 guys from Wisconsin today for a half day in the bay. They wanted lots of action and fish for dinner. We decided to try a couple of the nearby wrecks for snapper and mackeral with hopes of a possible grouper since today is the last day of grouper season until May 1 2016. The bite was slow to start but once the chum got flowing the snapper started biting. At first we were catching small yellowtails and mangroves then the bigger fish showed up. We were catching 14-15 inch yellowtail which is a rarity in the bay. We also caught a couple mangroves to 17 inches. We hooked and lost a couple nice gag groupers to mackeral cutoffs. After about an hour we decided to make a move to a different wreck to look for some cobia. We got to the new spot and got the chum in the water. Almost as soon as we got baits in the water we were hooked up. We started slamming the big lane snappers. Most of them were in the 16-18 inch range. After about 20 min of the lane slaughter the small muttons moved in. We probably caught 3 dozen small ones. We did manage to get 3 legals. All in all it was a great day. We released plenty of snapper for another day. We brought in enough to feed the guys for a couple meals. The final tally on the dock was 3 muttons, 2 mangroves, 6 yellowtail, 5 lanes and 1 porgy.
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