Near shore– The recent windy, rainy and rough conditions has hindered our start to the red grouper season but we finally got an all day trip out today to go after them. We did get a private charter out on the first of the year with the Bowman family from Minnesota. They braved the weather conditions and it paid off we got a handful of nice red grouper with the biggest over 30 inches. The red grouper were biting well for us and the Bowman’s around the sixty to ninety foot range on live pinfish. We also caught some nice hogfish while on the water and plenty of snapper to round off their great private charter catch with us at Hubbard’s Marina. The hogfish bite has remained steady for us on the live shrimp. Kingfish are fewer and further between as the gulf temp gets to the lower seventy degree range. Cobia and tripletail still being sight fished in the near shore waters and can be found around the near shore reefs or wrecks. We look forward to the weather clearing up to give us a chance to go after the red grouper again, and remember, “If you’re too busy to go fishing, You’re just too busy!”
Offshore– Red grouper and Amberjack are open again and we look forward to taking our first offshore trip of the year tomorrow. We have a weekend 39 hour leaving the dock on January 8th at 3pm to go 70-120 miles from Johns Pass to fish 120-300 foot for red grouper, amberjack, mangrove snapper, wahoo and tuna!