Red Snapper Season Opens in SoWal

June 6, 2013 by Larry Pentel

At last, our long awaited Red Snapper season opened June 1st, but it was too rough to go fishing! We all made it out on a beautiful June 2nd though and got a couple days of "easy" fishing in before the current big surf from Tropical Storm Andrea shut us down again mid-day on the 4th.

Looks like we will all be on the hill till at least Friday afternoon, maybe Saturday morning before it is calm enough to be "fun" to go fishing again. Oh well.... can't fight mother nature (or the feds) and win in fishing!

The big Kings were here until the last blow and seemed to have moved on, leaving a few scattered "regulars" around. The current big surf and tide will reshuffle the deck yet again and we should have a brand new batch of fish to chase as soon as it calms down. Always exciting to go out after a blow and see what critters have moved in; some of the very best fishing is the week or so after a big storm.

Here are some pics from the past week.

"I caught that big one."  "No you didn't, I did." Either way a GREAT catch on a 4 hour trip!

Plenty of fish on a short afternoon trip before Red Snapper season

The first trip out for Red Snappers. Can you tell who caught the most and biggest?

My family on a quick 2 hour Snapper trip....Wife Mary (in the middle) highlined yet again...still teaching those kids.

A fine 4 hour Snapper catch.

These 2 (now teenagers) have been fishing with me for years...and have it down!!! They can embarrass all the guys on the boat by steady catching fish.

These two guys made me come in early on what was supposed to be a 4 hour. They said they had caught all they needed and their arms were tired!

Fishing should stay fairly easy for the foreseeable future as long as the weather cooperates. I imagine this storm will push a few Red Grouper in to the beach to give us yet another target species for June and July!!!

Speaking of target species... I am going to be at Indian Pass for over a month this year to chase TARPONS... one of the most exciting target species around. As always, there is a free place to stay at the fish camp the night prior to fishing, if you want to book a trip and come on over. I still have some dates open in August to chase Silver Kings and Tripletails... give me a call.

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Larry Pentel

Captain Larry Pentel is a native of South Walton, growing up just 300 yards from the beach. Having fished the local waters for over 40 years, he is very familiar with all the different types of local fish, their habits, and most importantly - their habitats. Captain Larry is the owner of Dead Fish Charters

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