ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WALA) - The final day of the fall red snapper season in Alabama ended with a bang.
A lot of people took last minute trips from Orange Beach and came back with big catches.
TRAVELING FROM ARKANSAS
Mel and Jo Ann Simpson of Beaver Springs, Arkansas spent Monday morning aboard the "Cool Breeze."
They said they come here a couple of times year.
Jo Ann Simpson said, "I caught so many they made us throw them back, because they were so little. We had to throw back 15 or 20."
Mel Simpson joked, "My wife caught all them hanging up there (on the marina wall."
FORT PAYNE COUPLE MAKES A HAUL
Chad and Julia Mosher came to Orange Beach from Fort Payne, Alabama.
They and others on the boat caught 12 snapper and four Amberjack.
What are they going to do with them?
Chad Mosher said, "As soon as he gets them clean, we're going to eat them."
CAPTAINS GIVE THEIR THOUGHTS
We also caught up with two charter boat captains who gave their thoughts on the short season and the past year.
Captain Rod Gams of the "Cool Breeze" said, "We had a great catch. We had some big fish, but there are lots of big snapper out there. We've done real well this year."
Captain Brian Daniels of the "Miss Ginger" said, "This was the first Fourth of July in my lifetime that you couldn't catch red snapper, and that's when everybody's here. They're busy. There are different opinions on what's best for industry with that, but, I know that I had the worst July I have ever had, and the first July that we couldn't keep any snapper."
"LOTS OF ROOM"
The captains also said Tropical Storm Karen this year cost them a quarter to half of their 14 day season.
Gams said, "There's a lot of room for play with the red snapper population."
Daniels said, "The snapper population's are as good as they've ever been, in my opinion, in my lifetime, and there's lots of room to loosen up the snapper quota."
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