Red Snapper Season off to a Sizzlin’ Start

This past Saturday was the opening day of our 52 day Red Snapper season here in Florida state waters & the fishing offshore is really starting to heat up. Monday, I had the pleasure of fishing with my son, a couple local Hobie teammates & 3 teammates from out of town that were visiting for the holiday weekend.

The day greeted us with a beautiful sunrise, calm seas & perfect conditions. Soon after launching we were surrounded by schools of bait & easily filled our bait tubes in no time. Once bait was made, we started our troll. Because of the size of our group, we opted to split a couple times & meet back up. Within a minute of my son’s first line in the water he was hooked up on a Mahi.

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 At our first bottom spot we were pleasantly surprised to land a mixed bag of Lane, Mangrove & Red Snapper.

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 Photo by Chris Holmes

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 Photo by Chris Holmes

 After putting a few fish in the bag it was time to move. Not long after starting our troll, my son’s line get’s trainwrecked & we thought for sure he had a Cobia on. The fish put up an awesome battle & when it finally came to the surface we were quite shocked to see this 31″ giant Red Snapper.

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 Photo by Chris Holmes

 Our next couple spots were close to 2 miles away & on this long troll we got into a solid King Mackerel bite. In all the excitement to get back to bottom dropping & fill our bags, we didn’t get any great photos of the Kings. They were all in the 24-36″ range & feeding very aggressively.

At our next spot, I was finally able to get in the game & land some really nice fish.

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 Photo by Chris Holmes

 The next spot yieled some epic battles.

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 Photo by Chris Holmes

 The fish of the day was landed by Chris Holmes after a colossal battle where the rod snapped during mid fight. Chris remained calm & brought up only the 3rd Warsaw Grouper to be caught from a kayak in our area.

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 In the end, we had a 7 man limit of Red Snapper, 2 very nice Mangroves, a Lane, 2 Mahi, a Warsaw Grouper, a bunch of Kings & a handful of sharks. A couple of our guys were still out fighting Kings & missed the group photo. Special thanks to Brandon Barton & Chris Holmes for some great photos of our offshore adventure.

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 Now is the time to get out & take advantage of the Red Snapper season & some excellent offshore fishing.

 

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