Monster size Red Snappers and Triggers!!
Had a great trip yesterday with three gentlemen. Departure is out of Zekes Landing Marina, Orange Beach Alabama. Barry (fella that booked their trip) stated in the “notes” that they were able to fish either Saturday or Sunday. Being winter time we are much more flexible. So I watched the weather and contacted Barry on Friday. Stated that Sunday’s forecast was looking a little better for sea conditions and along with temperatures. Also being that it gets dark earlier, are departure time for the 6hr bottom fishing trip was 11:00am Sunday morning.
First stop was to try and catch live bait. Being on the colder side, the bait didn’t want to bite. So we headed offshore.
2nd stop was to find some Trigger fish, since Triggers came in season January 1st. (If you don’t know, Trigger fish are one of the best eating fish we catch! My personal favorite! They are a “white fish” so very light tasting)
We didn’t have lines in the water but maybe 60 seconds and bam! Triggers were on fire!
Got our limit of triggers and caught some small Red Sanplers. (Snappers are not in season so all snappers were released)
From there we found some live bait that would bite! Caught a live well full of bait and headed to find some Amber Jacks! (Amber jacks came in season on the 1st also)
We didn’t find any Amber Jacks, but we did find a bunch of 20 plus pound Snappers!!!
Anglers got plenty of action fighting these Red Snappers with light tackle in shallow water (60-70 feet )
In the shallow water Red Snappers are very aggressive and anglers must “turn the fish head” or they will get back into the reef and line will cut off!
Although the pics don’t do these Snappers justice, I assure you that they were all between 18-26lbs!! Most being in the 20lbs range!!
All but two spots we stopped to fish yesterday we had plenty of fishing action! If there’s not much or no bite on a fishing spot, we don’t waste time. I have plenty of spots! (More than I can hit in a seasons time!) So when fish don’t bite, we move on and find the fish that are hungry!! Spots range from couple hundred feet to a mile or two away from each other. So once offshore, there’s not much “ride time” vs “fishing time” on a deep sea fishing trip with us!!
We arrived back at the dock on time. We got pictures and then the First Mate/deck hand clean the Trigger Fish and packed them in a couple of ziplock bags for our charter.
Very happy to been able to take these three gentlemen fishing! Great fellas!!
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