Oh, Snap! After cold days, fishing heats up; Anglers catch, release plenty off-limits snapper

Published: Friday, March 29, 2013 at 04:12 PM.

The word on the docks is it was a bit choppy in the early morning hours but then it calmed down to be a beautiful day on the water.

Nashville anglers on the Cutting Edge with Capt. Steve Regan had triggerfish, amberjack and one black snapper on the racks. Damon Petty was the angler that reeled in the snapper, the one he was allowed to keep.

Anglers from Alabama on the Checkmate 2 with Capt. George Eller pulled in four goggle eye fish along with several mingo, white snapper and a couple of Key West porgy.

Capt. Trey Windes and his Alabama anglers on the Outta Line brought in the weirdest looking fish of the day — a filefish. It looked like a mix between a triggerfish and a flounder. Other fish on the rack included triggerfish, amberjack, mingo and white snapper.

It was a family and friends day aboard the Vengeance with Capt. Jason Hallmark. He and his crew reeled in 10 huge amberjack along with a few mingo and white snapper. "It was a one stop shop" for the amberjack, Hallmark said.

Wisconsin anglers on the Sweet William III with Capt. Bill Watson pulled in a nice catch of mingo, white snapper and triggerfish, while the crew on the Gulf Ranger with Capt. David Nettles brought in their share of triggerfish and mingo.

A group from Indiana aboard the One of a Kind with Capt. Casey Godwin came in with a big catch of triggerfish.

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