The kids are out of school and Red Snapper season is open! The beginning of June is notorious for rougher seas here in the western gulf and this year has been no different. Having spots to make a “short run” 30 miles out are priceless when the weather is rough like it’s been. We’ve been catching some nice red snapper using big baits in 80-100ft of water. Ideally, I like catching live hard tails using a 5 hook Sabiki rig. Dropping the Hardtails whole or cut in half has worked best for me. If you’re not confident in catching bait you can always buy Ribbonfish or sardines at your local bait shop.
When the weather gets nice, I like to move further offshore looking for weed lines and floating structure that could hold Mahi, Cobia, or Wahoo. Free lining a sardine or live hardtail is a great tactic when targeting these bigger fish. The king fish bite has been slow at Heald bank the past few days, but I expect it to be a lot better offshore 50+ miles if the weather will let us get out that far. Fishing and the weather should only get better as we get further into summer.