The offshore bite continues to be great. We are catching lots of porgies, some of the best eating fish in the gulf, mangrove snapper, and some surprisingly large yellowtail snapper. Lots of red grouper have been giving our anglers great battles on spinning gear, even though they still have to be released for another few days. The good news is that red grouper will once again be able to be harvested starting January first 2015 in federal waters where we mainly fish. The limits will still be a 20” minimum with a bag limit of 4 fish per person, although that will probably change before long.

We also caught some huge fish on our last trip, which was a 10 hour adventure into the gulf. After hooking quite a few sharks only to continuously get broken off, we finally landed a healthy 6-7’ sandbar shark in the 200# range.

Then we went in search of amberjacks for the first time this season, and found them with 2 fish fought and landed for a quick pose for pictures before being released.

The first fish was estimated at about 60-70# and the second was guestimated to be around a whopping 100#, the biggest I’ve seen.

On the inshore side of fishing, the warm weather has fired up the redfish bite, and the small snook have been very cooperative, both species being caught on live shrimp. The Fish Tale Marina has had some great large shrimp the last couple of weeks. And the inshore standby continues to be the sheepshead, with us catching several keeper fish on all trips. Fishing with small pieces of shrimp along pilings and oyster bars with plenty of current has been the key.