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FPI red hot snapper bite 9/30

Cleared the inlet this morning around 8 with the normal crew of my 3 sons and wife. I also had my inlaws aboard. They were the ones who really got me into fishing offshore when I was 17. Before that I was never in the ocean in a boat so I am glad anytime they come aboard. Tha targeted species was going to be anything on the bottom that is tasty. I used to mostly bottom fish when I lived down south but never really got it going when I moved up here a few years ago and reading some bottom reports over the last couple months really got me motivated. I got out to around 80' and came across a small rip with some scattered weeds. Played around here for 30mins with tons of bait but nothing else when all of a sudden a cobia pulls up. Within minutes we got him in the boat.


Got to the spot in 90' feet and drifted a few times with only sharks and small sea bass to show so I anchored along the edge and dropped in some chum. It took a little while but finally started catching some decent fish. My wife pulls in a couple triggers and a fat 24" snapper.


Got a bunch of junk fish then I got a couple nice snapper. My wife got her rod slammed on the bottom and we were thinking shark until a 28" cobia shows itself and it was not alone. Big daddy was following behind and swalled a bucktail jig as soon as it hit the water.


Picked up a 5' nurse then my sons rod get slammed and another fat snapper.


a short time later my father inlaws hook a fat cobia on the bottom and brings him up. As I grab the net and put it in the water the cobia sees it and does a 180 at full speed and broke the line. We already had 2 in the box so it wasn't that bad. At least we got to see what it was. Worst thing is having a good battle and losing the fish before you get a look at it. About 20 mins later my mother inlaw got in on the action and landed the biggest snapper of the day at 23".


My Father inlaw caught a few red snapper. Those are some pretty fish.

After the chum ran out we picked up a couple smaller snapper then headed in.

Smallest snapper was 15". Not a ton of fish but all were good sized. Didnt even catch an undersized snapper.


The kaiser roll doesn't stand a chance...




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