A boat full of happy anglers just back from a six hour red snapper fishing trip. Once you see their haul, you can see why everyone but the fish, are smiling.
"Catch your limit pretty quick?" "Well yeah," says Jim Jansen of Foley. "Two fish. How long does it take to catch two fish?"
"We've limited out almost every day," says charter captain Randy Boggs of the 'Reel Surprise'. "The size of the fish is phenomenal."
Pulling in a 15 to 20 pound fish is nothing unusual. "These fish now won't hardly raise an eyebrow but 10 years ago this would have been an impressive catch," says Boggs.
The snapper bonanza is almost over. Twenty-eight days of getting them while you can. While federal regulators debate who gets what and how many, charter captains and crews are ready for a break. "We've averaged two trips a day almost continually all the way through and the weather has been crappy. So my guys are tired and beat up. So it's been really, really hard."
The boats are tied up now but they may not be for long. There is talk of a fall red snapper season that would happen some time in September and October and be almost three weeks long.
The gulf council meets next month in New Orleans and will vote on a fall red snapper season that is expected to last 20 days.