Finally, Good Fishing Weather

Finally, Good Fishing Weather

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Some of the busiest places your going to find right now along the coastal communities is any marina in Orange Beach and Gulf Shores. Red snapper season is half way through but there certainly isn't any shortage of red snapper in these waters.

There is something about red snapper that draws people to this part of the gulf coast. "And they're easy, in fact you can't catch nothing else. I've been four times in the last two years and caught nothing but snapper," says recreational angler Everett Gillis.

Already this season big fish are being landed on almost any dock. "It's a normal season as far as fishing trip," says charter boat captain Tom Ard. "The calls we're getting to go fishing are all about the same."

A fishing trip isn't just about reeling in a prize catch. "We have a lot of charters," says Ard. "They go for the enjoyment of the fishing. We catch red snapper, amberjack and everything and do it on light tackle where it's really fun. We try to keep it fun."

It is also big business. "My business has to make well over a hundred thousand a year before I put a penny in my pocket," says Ard who has two charter boats the "Boll Weevil" and "Fairwaters II"

Gillis says a quick trip for him could easily cost 500 dollars. "and lets throw in another 50 dollars for bait. So, now you are looking at 550 dollars to catch two snapper."

We're on day four of the nine day red snapper season. A lot of these charter boats will head out at least twice a day to take advantage of one of the shortest seasons on record.

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