Offshore Fishing:
Editor’s Note: Captain Randy Boggs of Reel Surprise Charters (www.reelsurprisecharters.com/), based out of SanRoc Cay Marina (www.sanroccay.com) in Orange Beach, gives us this fishing report.

Orange Beach ChartersRight now the water is warming up, and we’re catching nice cobia weighing 50 to 90 pounds. Further offshore, we’re seeing large numbers of blackfin tuna and a few big yellowfin tuna. The amberjack fishing is awesome, with plenty of good 25- to 50-pound amberjacks being brought to the dock. We only can keep two triggerfish, but the ones we’re catching weigh 2-1/2- to 5 pounds. The vermilion snapper have been biting well, and we’re catching limits of them every day. We’re still catching and releasing red snapper until the season starts in June. The National Marine Fisheries Service predicts the average red snapper caught this year will weigh
7-3/4-pounds, and I know there will be bigger red snapper caught off Alabama’s Gulf Coast during red snapper season. King mackerel are moving in, and the Spanish mackerel are showing up. As the water heats up, we’ll see more mackerel. Plenty of sheepshead are being caught inshore right now as are good numbers of speckled trout and redfish every day.

Call 251-981-7173, or visit www.reelsurprisecharters.com for more information.

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