Red Snapper & AJ on May 30, 2020 with Alisha, Jen, Cassie, Jacob, and Braden© Photos Posted by Mark Primo Miller © Hi-Res Source
This was the last weekend to get Amberjack before it closes until September and Red Snapper just opened up the weekend before so we went after them. Alisha Hardin brought her 3 kids, Cassie, Jacob, and Braden, as well as her sister Jennifer Day. Jen had an African Pompano on her bucket list but we failed to accomplish that. It appeared we were fishing right behind everyone else and the skittish APs were not in sight. We strarted at MP154 where a lone Freediver from Biloxi was already working it. We watched him boat a really nice AP and that got us very excited. Unfortunately, the dive looked more like a desert although the visibility was quite nice. Trying to decide on VK340 or MP242/265 we opted for the latter since we knew VK340 would be a parking lot (even though it is the best spot for APs). Then we didn't find them at MP242 or MP265 either. Later we heard our buddies hit that spot earlier and got some. But they did leave us plenty of Amberjack and although we didn't see any decent Red Snapper there, we already had 9 in the box so we had plenty of meat. The Weather was exceptional with it laying down slick in the afternoon which made for a great ride back. The trip encompassed 162 miles, 95 gallons of fuel, and 15 hours.