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June 1st ARS opener for hire

June 1st is one of my favorite days of the year. It is the red snapper open for us charter for hire vessels.  Also Gag grouper season opens the same day.  

The trip was booked amongst some of my regulars who unfortunately had to back out late so i put together a shared cost trip last minute. 

We shot out in semi bumpy seas (forecast was off...surprise surprise!) and pushed on out to 170 feet. Set up a drift to try to figure out which direction things were running in relation to the spot... Deployed 2 lines in the process... Both rods doubled over... One screamed off drag and broke us off... a guaranteed gag or black grouper... the other hit on the way down... a slob American Red Snapper.

Once we got the anchor set up, we dropped down baits and picked away at Nice American Reds. We picked up one red grouper, and got rocked up a few more times by other large grouper. 

We worked a couple other spots to fill in the remainder of our ARS boat limit.  We landed a couple 9-10 ft nurse sharks also... nothing like dead weight coming up from 170+ feet!

Overall good day of fishing... wish we could have capitalized on the big gags, but the b irght side is they are still there for next time.

Beat the storms back in and plenty of fillets for everyone. 33 Ft World Cat Tournament Edition Catamaran
Offshore Fishing Charters FT Myers, Sanibel, Captiva, Cape Coral


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