Thirty minutes later, LaDon Swann had hauled in an apparent Alabama state record: a massive cubera snapper weighing 94.2 pounds. “Jigs used to work great, but AJs are just not as plentiful and are harder to catch. When we got that fish in the boat, I knew it was significantly bigger that the 102-pounder that I’d caught before. Walker said the demand to catch amberjack doesn’t compare with red snapper. Now that his last record is off the Alabama record books, he’s not worried about getting back on the list. Patrick Bonin News Breaker, Offshore Fishing. Brett Rutledge will soon be the bearer of a new Alabama state fishing record, after hauling in a gargantuan 84.9 pound Cubera Snapper off of Dauphin Island. Brian Andrews landed a 132-pound, 12.8-ounce amberjack on to earn his spot in Alabama's record books. When Andrews finally reeled the big fish to the surface, the deck hands gaffed the fish and struggled to get it into the boat. He had previously owned his own private Gulf boat and had some experience fishing offshore. "I'm not holding my breath, but it's the biggest fish we've ever caught," he said. The 127-pound, 12-ounce amberjack that reigned atop the Alabama state records for 38 years was landed before Brian Andrews was born. Welcome to the Secretary of State's Government Records Inquiry System. Bobby Walker’s Summer Breeze II … “People like to catch amberjacks, but it’s nothing like the bookings we get for snapper,” he said. This section provides you easy access to public information contained in our databases. Adults can weigh up to 200 pounds, but are most commonly found to be up to 40 pounds. "We were fishing the same general area and bottom structure, but we never thought to try it out for big amberjack until that fish came in last year.". Bobby Walker’s Summer Breeze II soon after the amberjack season in the Gulf of Mexico kicked back in on August 1 a few weeks ago. We fought them hard, and I had a good, strong back back then.”. Rutledge and pal David Simms were trolling in ~175ft of water south of Dauphin Island in search of King Fish. The 127-pound, 12-ounce amberjack that reigned atop the Alabama state records for 38 years was landed before Brian Andrews was born. You’ve got to go pretty heavy. “If I catch a record fish, it’s going to be something smaller,” Kennedy said. Junior anglers under 17 years old set 14 of those records. "Every time he'd shake his head I had visions of the hooks pulling loose.". The rodeo continues today and Sunday with the scales opening at 10 a.m. both days. Registration on or use of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement, Privacy Policy and Cookie Statement, and Your California Privacy Rights (each updated 1/1/20). “We had caught so many big bull sharks,” Walker said “I was hoping to goodness it wasn’t a shark. He made at least three big runs. Amberjacks are a pound for pound hard fighting fish. a 5/0 Penn Reel loaded with 130-pound-test monofilament and stout boat rod -- but they had downsized the leader to 100-pound-test fluorocarbon. the new spot and, as is their practice, Lapeyrouse dropped a live hardtail behind the boat in hopes that another fish was trailing the one they had hooked. Goldman Sr. was obviously happy with the fish, but said he wasn't counting on it staying at the top of the leaderboard. “I couldn’t have drawn it up any better. He fished 55 of the 62-day snapper season for charter boats. “His head was huge. Minimum Size Limit: 28” Fork Length Daily Bag Limit: 1 per person Season: Open year-round Special regulations apply for this species when fishing in Biscayne National Park.. "We're using that fairly light leader just to make them bite," Don Adcock said. We just like to drop a big, live bait down and see what’s down there. Senator Richard Shelby, R-Alabama, voted to approve the second of two comprehensive appropriations packages together containing all 12 appropriations measures. “Back then, that’s what we fished for. "Those big fish don't bite big mono leaders anymore.". Twenty minutes later, Adcock felt the thrill of seeing the fish hoisted over the side of the boat and put into the fish box. Mangrove Snapper Almost Breaks Alabama State Record. Alabama began keeping public records in 1908 and started creating records for its 67 counties then. “This has started out like one of those years that’s down a little.”. We had already caught two or three good jacks off that hole and broke off a couple. "He made two or three long runs over about 30 minutes and there wasn't much we could do," he said. Walker said amberjack are usually around some kind of structure – wrecks, petroleum rigs or big rocks on natural bottom – and can be anywhere from 50 feet to 300 feet down. The latter bite was what Adcock said he felt shortly past noon on the first day of the 77th Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo Friday. Nearly 61/2 hours later, and just minutes before the scales closed, Adcock said he felt a new surge of emotion when his massive fish lit up the digital scales to 120.79 pounds, breaking the record of 118 pounds, 8 ounces that had stood for 28 previous rodeos. Shipp's announcement of its weight sent an excited echo of the tally through assembled rodeo officials and spectators alike. I was just hoping we weren’t wasting time reeling up a big shark. After catching a few beeliners on two-hook rigs, the anglers got down to serious business at the amberjack holes. They wound up fishing structure in 265 feet of water 55 miles due south of Dauphin Island. When he starts peeling drag, you just hold on. When an Amberjack is on your line, get ready for a fight! "Heck yeah," Lapeyrouse said when asked if the fish's size made him nervous. ), the leading promoter of competitive bass fishing was founded by Ray Scott in 1967 in Montgomery, Alabama. “I hollered down to Paul (Resmondo), my deck hand, to let me know when he could see the fish and tell what it was. I didn’t think any more about it.”. The company's filing status is listed as Exists and its File Number is 710-078. Don Adcock said he was using heavy tackle designed to land such a fish -- Obviously, when you spend as much time as Walker on the Gulf, plenty of big fish are going to hit the marina dock. The 2020 Greater Amberjack season for Gulf state and federal waters will open May 1st-31st and August 1st – October 31st, 2020. “We had caught several fish over 100 pounds back then,” said Kennedy, who held the Alabama blue marlin record for 26 years before it was broken in 2013. “I had previously held the record at 102 pounds. Fishermen … “I think that was the third one over 100 pounds. Adcock's catch was the heaviest amberjack in the history of the fishing tournament. Atlantic State Waters. When he stops peeling drag, you have to start taking some of the line back.”. Information is available from the Business Entities Division, Elections Division, Authentication Division and the UCC Division. Brian Andrews, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Once on the scale, the fish measured at 65 inches long and 40 inches in girth. The company has 1 principal on record. The boat came back in and docked at Zeke’s Marina. Greater amberjack can grow up to 6 feet long and live to be 17 years old. It took me a little while to recoup.”. Don Adcock holds the 120.79-pound amberjack that he caught on Friday at the Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo. Gator Country. “We took a few pictures and got him on ice. Al Mead from Theodore, Alabama caught a 45 pound 9-ounce redfish on July 19, 2013 to set the heaviest fish record for Alabama State. "When it came to the top, I thought 'grouper,' but then thought, 'It's awfully red,'" Swann said, describing the events of last Friday as he … Brian Andrews’ massive 132-pound, 12.8-ounce amberjack broke the old record of 127-12, caught in June of 1981. For more information on Saltwater records, go to Coastal Resources Division at 912-264-7218. We thought it was another Amberjack. Don Wheeler of Laurel shows off a pending 126 pound state record amberjack he caught last Saturday. Andrews said it was time for a break after the fish was finally on the deck and the deck hands were in charge. Biologists expect an adult fish will be caught soon. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) maintains state records for the heaviest marine fishes caught in Florida state waters or in federal waters extending directly outward of Florida state waters in conventional tackle and fly-fishing categories. Brett Rutledge and David Simms were trolling with live hardtail for mackerel in 170 feet of water about 40 miles off of Dauphin Island when something big hit one of the lines. Joey Lapeyrouse holds the 64.5-pound king mackerel that he caught on Friday in the Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo. After about 45 minutes, I was ready to catch another one. That's what we do. State Saltwater Records: Other Methods. * Current regulations require the immediate release of these fish and therefore are not eligible for state records. When Andrews hooked up, he wasn’t sure what was on the other end of the line. I definitely was using a 6/0 reel with 100-pound test line and a Ross Hutchisson custom rod. State record denied for 1st ever bonefish weighed in. State-record amberjack Brian Andres landed a 132-pound, 12.8-ounce amberjack on Aug. 23, topping the previous Alabama state record of 127 pounds, 12 ounces, set in 1981. The Alabama state record weighed 67 pounds, 15 ounces and was caught by Michael Kirchler in 2002. In the Atlantic reef fish fishery, gear rules require dehooking tools, and as of Jan. 1, 2021, non-stainless steel hooks in all state waters, and non-offset circle hooks N. of 28 ° N. latitude. In federal water, legal means for these species include spear guns. “I was trying to be positive, but several people were telling me it was a shark,” Andrews said. When the fish was laid on the table before being weighed, and as the Reelentless crew gathered the appropriate rodeo tickets, official judge Bob Shipp turned to the assembled crowd inside the weigh station and said with an appreciative lilt to his voice, "That's a very huge fish.". Walker said amberjack fishing has been a little slow so far, but he knows fishing success is cyclical. Andrews was aboard Capt. We actually caught that big fish (the record) on the Edwards Liberty Ship. Joey Lapeyrouse and his team Reelentless, the members of which are all from Dauphin Island, brought a 64.5-pound, 66-inch king mackerel to the scales shortly after noon. Alabama State Records maintains information about publicly available records including criminal records, court records, and vital records, as well as over 45 million transparent public records. Thursday, U.S. He said the trip on Summer Breeze II started out in rough seas but turned into a nice day for fishing. The big fish measured 65 inches from the tip of its snout to the fork of its tail and sported a 40-inch girth. The 127-pound, 12-ounce amberjack that reigned atop the Alabama state records for 38 years was landed before Brian Andrews was born. Females grow larger in size and live longer than males. DAUPHIN ISLAND -- Don Adcock emphasized the difference between the bite of a smaller amberjack, which tends to chase the bait before eating, and the bite of a big fish by violently slamming his closed fist into his open palm. Pending state record amberjack caught out of Venice. Greater amberjack mature at about 3 to 4 years of age and spawn primarily from March to June on reefs and shipwrecks. “The secret to catching a big AJ is having the right tackle. "Anything can happen while they're in the water.". Believe it or not, we caught a 109 and a 111 on the same day about 10 years ago.”. World Record Blue Catfish The following list of state record fish is according to the Alabama Department of Natural Resources. If you are searching for certain corporation records from 1949-2010, please visit https://www.archives.alabama.gov. The state record is 6 pounds and 11 ounces, but that fish was caught offshore, where the big boys live. "It's awesome," said Adcock, who has been fishing the rodeo for more than 20 years. We fished South of Orange Beach some 30 miles. He marks AJs on his bottom machine and tells his anglers how far to drop. “I’ve caught plenty of big amberjacks during my day,” he said. RED indicates new record! "I just had to let him go.". Amberjack, LLC is an Alabama Domestic Limited-Liability Company filed on September 21, 2020. Don Adcock holds the 120.79-pound amberjack that he caught on Friday at the Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo. Kevin knew it was a big one when it hit. When Kennedy, 17 at the time, caught the long-standing AJ record, he said big amberjack were more common during the late ’70s and early ’80s, and he was definitely gung-ho when it came to targeting big fish. Shelby announces Senate passage of national security appropriations package with Alabama priorities. Government Records Inquiry System. "I knew he wasn't jumping out of the boat," Lapeyrouse said. “Hardtails (blue runners) are probably the best bait,” he said. That is unless they have a fish such as Lapeyrouse's, which was so long it broke through the fish bag where it cooled on ice. He said, ‘Bobby, he looks like he’s 40 feet down, but I can tell you it’s an AJ, and he looks huge.’”. Amberjack Season is Open Again in Federal Waters as of Aug 1, 2014! “I couldn’t have had a better angler,” Walker said of Andrews, who hails from Citronelle. 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When he makes a run, all you can do is hold the rod and watch him go. Walker, who has been fishing the Gulf as a captain or deck hand for 50 years, went to a special amberjack (AJ) spot and his anglers started to hook nice fish. With it safely in the fish box, the crew was able to concentrate on landing Lapeyrouse's fish. The main thing the boat captain was worried about was the number of sharks that were hanging out in the same vicinity as the AJs. I'm very proud.". “Then I heard people hollering and raising Cain and wondered what was going on,” he said. That was my big amberjack rig. New Mississippi state record "We had been catching scamp and red snapper in 200 feet of water around the Horseshoe rigs when we decided to head toward the city rigs," Oubre said. 140-pound fish would claim top spot by exactly one pound if certified by LOWA. The 37-year-old Andrews was no neophyte angler. Nunnery launched from Louisiana before weighing his fish in Alabama, invalidating his fish for state-record consideration. Note to readers: if you purchase something through one of our affiliate links we may earn a commission. First, you’ve got to get him away from the wreck or the rocks. The … When I saw it, I said, ‘Whoa.’ Tom Ard looked at me and said, Bobby, you’ve got a state record.”. Alabama has a rich history and diversity of freshwater and saltwater sport fishing opportunities within its extensive rivers systems, farm ponds and the inshore and offshore saltwater of the Gulf of Mexico., The Bass Angler's Sportsman Society (B.A.S.S. The daily bag limit is 1 per person, per day and must be a minimum of 34” to the fork. “It’s not going to be an amberjack or blue marlin. Junior anglers under 17 … Due to the maximum 23 inch size limit on Red Drum, a state record cannot be submitted. By DAVID RAINER, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources The 127-pound, 12-ounce amberjack that reigned atop the Alabama state records for 38 years was landed before Brian Andrews was born. Posted by: Troy Frady on July 9, 2008. You’ve got to have some pretty strong tackle to do that. Reelentless skipper Bennie Goldman Sr. said his crew spent the night near where they intended to fish Friday morning and dropped lines in shortly after 5 a.m., but a line of storms ran them back toward the east. We got him to the boat in 15 to 20 minutes. A thirty-minute fight with a monster cubera snapper off the coast of Alabama may result in a new state record. His extreme bout of nerves abated when Goldman Sr., Bennie Goldman Jr. and Jeremy Goldman finally hoisted it over the gunwale. It is common for Gulf of Mexico Greater Amberjack to weigh in at 20-50 lbs, but the current Alabama State Record for Amberjack is 127 lbs 12 ozs. I’m probably going to the amberjack hole. They close at 7 p.m. today and when the rodeo officially ends at 5 p.m. on Sunday. Marcus Kennedy of Mobile, who caught the big amberjack on June 19, 1981, will see the last of his state records fall on Friday, August 23, when Andrews’ 132-pound, 12.8-ounce fish takes its place after the record certification process is complete. We caught amberjack, red snapper and one monster Black (mangrove) Snapper. The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Advance Local. With the bigger fish peeling yards of line a second off the Shimano TLD reel, Goldman said he instructed that the 50-pounder be forced to the boat. It took at least 30 minutes to get him in. Connecticut On July 5th, 2016, Joe Diorio woke up feeling a bit under the weather but decided to head out fishing anyway and see what might turn up. You can’t catch one like that on light tackle. “One year it’s great, and the next year you’re wondering where the AJs went,” he said. Although a lot of anglers will use big jigs for amberjack, Capt. LOUISIANA STATE FISH RECORDS Louisiana State Fish Records Official Copy Fresh/Saltwater And Rod & Reel/Fly Fishing Documented & Kept By The Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association (LOWA) ALL RECORDS ARE CURRENT THROUGH THE CURRENT RECORD AWARDED December 6, 2020 All ounce weights are converted into hundredths of a pound (16oz = 1.00) for uniformity. © 2020 Advance Local Media LLC. You talk about a guy working on a fish, he could do it.”. Beauford, 67, caught the 123 pound, 69 inch (total length) jack Sept. 7, crushing the previous record by over 22 pounds. I’ll leave that up to Tyler and Ryan (Kennedy, his 20-year-old nephew).”. Goldman's hesitancy to claim victory at such an early stage may be founded in history since the rodeo record is Bill Nunnery's 69-pound, 12-ounce behemoth landed in 1988. To catch white trout, just head to any area with a hard substrate where the fish can hang out and ambush shrimp, small baitfish or a variety of marine invertebrates. “They had hauled the fish up on the scales. Andrews was fishing on Capt. Note: For Gulf of Mexico records, eligible catches may be taken from both state and federal waters. The tactic worked, as Goldman said the big fish came out of nowhere and sucked in the hapless bait. “He was pulling like a shark, but you never know. I told them I’d lay money that the fish was at least 100. New AJ Record in ‘Bama Alabama’s 38-year-old record for amberjack was broken earlier this month in the Gulf of Mexico. Big-fish dreams come true at these five very special seatrout hot spots. Walker was busy squaring away the boat for the next trip when he heard something that got his attention. This facility provides you easy access to public information maintained by the Secretary of State's office in electronic format. Please note game fishes in state waters may be taken only by pole and line. I went inside for some AC (air conditioning) after that. ... Triggerfish and amberjack seasons cut short by feds. Walker likes to use live bait for the big fish. ANDREWS, Staff PhotographerDon Adcock holds the 120.79-pound amberjack … After only two years, the S.C. Saltwater State Record for a Greater Amberjack has been dismantled by angler John Beauford, of Awendaw SC. “We admired him for a few minutes.” Andrews said. If you can get him away from the structure, you’ve got a good chance of catching him.”. Lapeyrouse said his biggest king before this one was a 45-pounder, and added that the difference in the fight was like night and day. ALABAMA. 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