Friday was the day we ventured offshore for the first time during red snapper season. For the past two weeks and longer, there were very few days suitable for smaller seaworthy boats to head beyond the jetties.

While the forecasts called for slight seas and light winds, that was not the case on Friday. A moderate southwest wind had the Gulf chopped up but not to the point that we could not make it to our destination near the old Buccaneer Field.

Capt. Joe Kent is a columnist for The Daily News. Report your catch to or call 409-683-5273.

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