The first day of the red snapper recreational season is a good day
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WKRG) – Red snapper, a fish that could have put Orange Beach on the map, is filling coolers and making anglers happy again.
“It was good,” says Tyler Wilson, who is from Florida. “We caught them pretty quickly which is easier this time of year when it’s early, it gets a little tough as the season goes on.
A few hours after launching the boats, many were already coming back with their limit. “The deeper you go, the better the fish,” says Rosinton’s Byron King. “We approached our limit a little closer, we found more fish, they were smaller, still keepers but we let them go.”
For most, like Joshua Fowler, there’s no better time to go red snapper fishing than on day one. “On opening day you have better chances because they are not shy but like deer season. Once they see some bait and a few boats, they become more difficult to catch.
Ferron Smith and his grandson Brockton might have had the best day. “He caught about eight or ten snappers, but we were only able to keep two,” Smith said.
Carrying red snapper, triggerfish and Spanish mackerel, it was a trip that wasn’t limited to fish. “It was a nice day. What was the best part? Well, to be with my grandson. And this is perhaps the best fish story of all.
The recreational season is just weekends and has no end date yet. It will depend on the amount of fish caught. The 63 day rental season begins June 1 and ends August 3.