Snappers are snapping on the drift boat this week

mutton snapper just caught drift fishing

The snappers are biting like mad on our drift fishing trips this week.  The yellowtails are hitting, as well as mangroves and muttons too.  Morning trips have been a bit slow, but the afternoon and night trips are making up for it.  The muttons are showing up particularly well on the afternoon trips and the yellowtails/mangroves are snappin’ on the night trip.  The mangroves have been exceptionally big lately.  Ballyhoo plugs and squid are the top baits for these tasty bottom critters.  You have a good shot at catching a bigger snapper on the afternoon trip, but the action is certainly best on the night anchor trips.  Mixed in the the snappers have been lots of grunts, porgies, triggerfish, toros, small sharks and groupers.  Groupers are out of season for a couple more weeks.  May 1 is the start of grouper season where we can keep ’em.

box full of snappers

For the best action, night is always best.  We’ve had some outstanding night fishing trips this week.  It takes a while to get the snappers chummed up, so be patient.  But once they hone in on that chum, the surround the boat and start biting everything you drop down to them.  A couple nights this week we’ve caught over a hundred fish, 60 or 70 of them keepers.  That’s some good eating!  For the biggest fish, make sure to check out our sportfishing charters, which are catching mahi-mahi, tunas and big game sharks this week.  Good luck to everyone fishing with us over the next few days.  I’ll sea ya on the water!




nice mutton snapper for this young anglerNice mutton snapper caught at nightexcellent night trip for snapper