Fun and productive day
The Mazzola family (a combination of brothers and cousins) fished offshore 36 miles with me on a full-day trip Saturday, 5/28. Calm seas allowed us to get out to some good spots, and the guys caught three keeper red grouper on baitfish, consisting of a brace of 21-inch and one 22-inch.
Using live shrimp, they caught a mess of lane snapper, and kept a dozen of those to 12 inches, along with a 13.5-inch keeper mangrove snapper.
They added to the fish box a couple of nice porgies, and released 10 more of those, as well as kept a couple of 13-inch grunts out of a mess of grunts they caught.
The group also caught a nice triggerfish at 15 inches, but triggers are currently out of season, so we released that, along with 20 yellowtail snapper shorts. It was a productive and fun day of fishing for all!
More great catches
I returned to fishing Tuesday after some family events over the Memorial Day weekend, and was happy to see calm seas as I headed offshore with Steve cook, his son, Kullen, and Steve's father-in-law, Denziel Sturgeon. We fished 20 miles west of New Pass with baitfish and live shrimp.
The red grouper bit on baitfish, catching 15 of those, including one keeper at 21 inches. Live shrimp brought us 22 keeper lane snapper to 14 inches, along with a brace of 13-inch porgies, and released a 40-inch sharpnose shark, as well as a 13.5-inch triggerfish.
Playing with the dolphin
Steve Cook and friends had initially planned to fish offshore Tuesday and in the bay on Wednesday, but after so much fun and catching success offshore on Tuesday, they decided to head back into the gulf on Wednesday.
Their morning was nearly a carbon copy of the previous on. They used baitfish to catch another 21-inch red grouper keeper, and released lots of grouper shorts.
They also caught 14 keeper lane snapper to 14 inches on shrimp, along with a 25-inch Spanish mackerel. They again caught a sharpnose shark, about 40 inches, as was the one the previous day.
The group safely released the shark, along with a bunch of yellowtail snapper shorts, and got to see some dolphin up-close, when those notorious fish-stealers invaded our snapper hole!