Red Snapper season opened this month for a solid 6 week run after only being open on weekends (in state waters) for the beginning part of May. We have had some great catches but the Snappers are not as thick nearshore compared to normal for this time of year. The smaller boats have been having to run to deeper waters to get their limit of good fish and many shorter trips hadn’t been able to catch their limit some days.
Once Federal season opened up, the big boats started seeing more success. They are able to fish past the state limit into Federal waters (9+ miles out) with great success. Seems there are plenty of snappers, just a little further out.
There have been some big King mackerels around and, surprisingly, more Cobia in May than we saw in April this year. We are seeing the occasional Grouper as well.
The bay has been producing some good catches this month of June. The focus is primarily on speckled trout, but have also seen some good reds caught in the flats now that the weather is getting nice. They can both be found congregating around boat docks and structures with deep water access. Use topwater plugs, Berkeley Gulps, Savage Shrimp, DOA Shrimp and live shrimp to target them.
Gag grouper opens July 1. Amberjack opens August 1.