Snapper season started on June 1 and I would have to say all of the expectations have been met. The snapper avg. was about 10-12lbs. the past four days and of course they are just about everywhere that has structure. Our largest so far was 21lbs. and was definitely a lot of fun for the crew that caught him. Next in line is going to be Scamp grouper. We have been hitting our limits of grouper just about every bottom trip we have had lately so I don’t know how long it will last but it has been good. They are also one of the best eating fish I have had in a while. Cobia are still everywhere that we have been fishing. They kind of come and go but our last trip we fished for them we had six and lost one so they are plentiful right this minute.
Blue-water fishing has been OK but we have had to run a little further than we normally would have to run lately. They have moved out a little ways but if you can get to them, it has been good. Capt. Will had 11 Yellowfin and 1 Sailfish on Saturday within a three hour time frame so you can say that is a very good bite. Yesterday I had the Alton Temple crew out and we ran about 50 miles offshore in choppy conditions which kept us from going any further and we ended the day with three Yellow fin Tuna and a limit of big snapper. The Dolphin have not shown up in any real numbers yet but we haven’t a good solid rip line in a while either. As soon as that rip comes together the Dolphin will start being caught in more numbers.
So a recap of the past four days. The bottom fishing has been outstanding. Red and Mangrove Snapper, Scamp Grouper, and Cobia have been filling the boxes and it has been non-stop action. When you put the reel in gear you basically already have a fish on. Blue water fishing has been good if you willing to make the run for the fish. There are a lot of Tuna offshore avg. about 50-60lbs. and probably more billfish than I have seen in a while. It is early in June and from the looks of it this is going to be a very productive summer. A lot of different species are available to catch right now so this is a very good time to fish offshore.
Capt. Damon McKnight
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