Red snapper season opened June 1 along with gag grouper. This gives numerous opportunities for anglers wanting to fill their cooler with tasty fillets. Red grouper season is also open, making this month even more appealing for bottom fishermen. Thanks to Tropical Storm Colin, the red snapper gulf federal season for recreational anglers has been extended from nine days to 11 days, ending at 12:01 a.m. on June 12. Charter boats recreational season lasts a bit longer, open until mid July. Depths vary for all three species. Keeper-sized red snapper seem to be extremely deep. Anglers will have to travel at least 110 feet and deeper to find keepers. There are plenty of red snapper in 100-foot depths and shallower, but they're not big enough to keep. The minimum size is 16 inches. Gag grouper seem to be available in many depths. Not every ledge is holding these prized fish, but there are few spots that are productive at this time. Red grouper have been spotty at many depths inside 130 feet. The season has been work for anglers inside the 110-foot mark. Remember when fishing in deeper waters during this time of year to throw a flat line out. There is always the chance of a pelagic fish coming up and grabbing your baby catch wahoo, blackfin tuna, sailfish, kingfish and many others.
Dave Mistretta captains Jaws Too out of Indian Rocks Beach. Call (727) 439-2628 or visit jawstoo.com.