Well, we endured some unfavorable weather at the start of the month but the past week more than made up for it and allowed most folks to have a perfect second week of the fall snapper season. I fished with some customers of ours on Frank Chase's 33' Blackfin Weezer out of Pt Clear on Sunday. We got a hefty load of Red Snapper from 10-20lbs. We also hooked some much larger fish that ended up breaking us off in the structure. I did some inshore fishing Monday just running around and fishing various spots and managed some decent Black Snapper, an undersized Gag Grouper and some bluefish.
Yesterday, I made a short trip along with my friend Sam to do some light tackle/fly fishing just offshore. We were headed to a close-in private spot and found a large weed patch just 5 miles from the pass with small Mahi under it. We landed four of them before flipper came along and scared them away. We headed further out to another spot and caught some Red Snapper, Black Snapper and a nice 9lb Tripletail.
Storms started building up and we had to head in to make sure we both got to work on time. Not too bad for less than four hours on the water!
As far as the what others did over the past week......
The bluewater bite was epic!!! Great numbers of Yellowfin Tuna were caught around the rigs to the SW as well as Blue and White Marlin, Wahoo and some very nice Dolphin (Mahi Mahi). Most of the fish were caught trolling skirted and unskirted ballyhoo around the offshore platforms as well as in between rigs. I also heard very good reports of White Marlin and Wahoo around the Nipple and Elbow areas.
Further in, other anglers enjoyed the last week of Red Snapper season with excellent mixed bags of Snapper, Grouper, AJs and Triggerfish being taken. Several Charter boats also caught Wahoo while trolling to and from fishing spots between 10-20 miles offshore.
Red Snapper and Triggerfish are now out of season, but all species of Groupers, Amberjack, other Snapper species and pretty much every other species are still open for the taking. If you have any questions regarding how to get the bite on other types of fishing, feel free to call and talk to either myself or Mark any day of the week.
Sam's Bait and Tackle
27122 Canal Rd
Orange Beach, Al 36561