Posted by: Johnny Greene | April 19, 2014

Red snapper fishing 2014 season

Well as some of you know the current Red Snapper issue has been coming for a long time as many of us have talked about it at length.
I am very humbled by all of you guys that have told me that you are coming fishing regardless of what we can keep, we just want to have fun and we will work to make it as enjoyable as
possible for you.

We know that with out great customers and friends like y’all we would not get to go fishing and we genuinely appreciate it.

My goal has always been to have fun, keep what we can keep and release the rest to fight another day. We will continue to promote these ideals whether snapper is in season or not. We will have some new things to try on the various trips we offer but others will remain basically unchanged

I think this super short season will be the big fundamental change that we need to help fix the problem of the ever shrinking red snapper season. Moving forward there are some big changes in store that I believe you will find very interesting and will come to embrace.

As most of you know, I have been very heavily involved in the management process and pledge to continue working toward a positive solution for us all. I know recently, I have had hundreds if not thousands of emails, calls and texts and truly appreciate the support that y’all have pledged year after year with the repeat trips each year

I know that most of you guys don’t really care much about snapper and have really taken the spring, fall and winter trips around snapper season but there are some guys who do like snapper and we are working hard towards some new innovative ideas for you guys to enjoy them.

We will not be fishing tomorrow as we will be in church with our families and hope to see y’all soon.

Capt Johnny Greene

Posted by: Johnny Greene | April 18, 2014

Fishing Report For January 20th, 2014

The latest report for the charterboat intimidator is that we are off of drydocking back in the water. Well we have completed the underwater and exterior work on the boat. We’re getting ready to start tackling some of the stuff on the inside of the boat such as updating the TV stereo and entertainment center for some of those long boat rides.

We have just ordered several thousand pounds of lead for sinkers and will be pouring them in the mornings while it’s cool out side

The 2014 fishing season is finally here. Our season usually always begins with the spring break crowd as they dig their way out of the snow to find their way to the beautiful beaches to enjoy some milder temperatures and of course some great fishing.

What has been the coldest longest winter I have seen in my 23 year career we’re officially ready and have finally started fishing. We have made many repairs and updated all of the necessary maintenance items to the Intimidator.

For the next several weeks to a month but do not anticipate offering any 4 hour trolling charters. Quite simply the water has been so cold this winter there is not really anything in close enough for us to catch.

The half-day or six hour trips have been pretty decent, but you can tell that the water is cold as the fish of been a little sluggish to bite. But, if you sit there long enough to keep the bait in the water and remain patient they will start to bite and you can have a good trip

We have also-ran some full day charters and have been able to get offshore far enough to find some warmer , deeper water and we have done well with them. We have caught some triggerfish, vermillion snapper, amberjack, scamp along with a few white snapper. Between now and April 4th if you contact me directly,contact me directly
I can offer you a spring break special on a full day charter.

We have not ran any overnight charter ship, and haven’t heard any offshore reports at this time. However, the end of April will start a pretty good run of multiple day charters of which I expect them to be very productive for yellowfin, blackfin along with amberjack, and scamp.

As always, make sure to book early to ensure that you get the date you are looking for when you arrive. We still have dates available for the 2014 snapper season but not very many.

I’m always available to answer any questions that you may have in regards to a fishing charter. Click the link above to contact me directly.

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Posted by: Johnny Greene | January 23, 2014

New info on the age of Great White Sharks

This is some pretty cool new info from NOAA about the age of Great White Sharks. I would have never thought that they would have lived that long. I don’t think that I have ever seen but just one in my career we were south of Orange Beach about 100 miles when it swam under the boat while we on a two-day trip catching tunas. ~  Capt. Johnny Greene

Radiocarbon Dating Suggests White Sharks Can Live 70 Years and Longer

A great white shark, also known as a white shark.
Adult white sharks, also known as great whites, may live far longer than previously thought, according to a new study that used radiocarbon dating to find age estimates for white sharks in the Northwest Atlantic Ocean.

Sharks are typically aged by counting alternating opaque and translucent band pairs deposited in sequence in their vertebrae. It is unclear whether these band pairs are deposited annually, making it difficult to accurately estimate age or give estimates for longevity for many shark species.

The goal of the white shark ageing study, published January 8 in PLOS ONE, was to determine the periodicity of banned pair deposition in vertebrae of white sharks from the Northwest Atlantic Ocean using radiocarbon dating. Once validated, the band pair counts can give a method for determining minimum estimates of longevity in white shark populations.

This first successful radiocarbon age-validation study analyzed vertebrae from four male and four female white sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) caught between 1967 and 2010 in the Northwest Atlantic Ocean.

“Ageing sharks has traditionally relied on counting growth band pairs, like tree rings, in vertebrae with the assumption that band pairs are deposited annually and are related to age,” said Lisa Natanson, a fisheries biologist in the Apex Predators Program at NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC) and a co-author of the study. “In many cases, this is true for part or all of a species’ life, but at some point growth rates and age are not necessarily in sync. Growth rates slow as sharks’ age. Deposition rates in vertebrae can change once the sharks reach sexual maturity, resulting in band pairs that are so thin they are unreadable. Age so often underestimated. “

Bomb radiocarbon dating is one of the best techniques for age validation in long-lived species like sharks. The technique uses the discrete radiocarbon pulse in the environment caused by the detonation of nuclear bombs in the 1950s and 1960s as a “time stamp”. Radiocarbon levels incorporated into the band pairs are measured and related to a reference chronology to figure the absolute age of a fish and can also be used to confirm or refute annual age in a species.

In this study, researchers from NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC) and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) compared radiocarbon values from the shark vertebrae with reference chronologies documenting the marine uptake of carbon 14 produced by the atmospheric bomb testing. Samples were dated at the National Ocean Sciences Accelerator Mass Spectrometry Facility at WHOI. The result was the first radiocarbon age estimates for adult white sharks.

Estimated bomb radiocarbon dating age of the oldest female white shark sampled was 40, and for the oldest male 73. Ages for the three other males were 9, 14, and 44, while the other females sampled had estimated ages of 6, 21, and 32.

Previous studies of white sharks from the Pacific and Indian Oceans suggested that none of the examined specimens were older than 23 years. Also, none of these earlier studies were able to document annual periodicity of the band pairs used to assign age.

Natanson and colleagues suggest that either white sharks are living much longer and growing slower in the Northwest Atlantic than either the Pacific or Indian Oceans, or longevity has been underestimated in earlier studies.

Knowledge is limited about the age and growth rates of white sharks, apex predators that live in coastal and offshore waters throughout the world. White sharks are considered vulnerable under the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species and are protected via international trade agreements and conventions.

Sharks are long-lived animals that grow slowly and do not produce many young. In many parts of the world they are fished commercially, requiring age and growth data for conservation and management efforts. Validation of age in shark species is also critical in understanding their longevity as well as in estimating vital rates such as age at maturity, lifetime fecundity or fertility, growth rates, and differences in growth between males and females.

The shark vertebral samples for this study were provided by Natanson from the Apex Predators Program, which maintains one of the largest collections of North Atlantic white shark vertebrae. The Apex Predators Program, at the NEFSC’s Narragansett Laboratory in Rhode Island, collects basic demographic information about sharks and their life histories by conducting research on their distribution and migration patterns, age and growth, reproductive biology, and feeding ecology.

Natanson has studied sharks for years and has authored or co-authored many studies to decide the age and growth estimates for tiger, sandbar, mako and other shark species. She has published many reports on general life history aspects of various shark species, routinely collects samples from fishermen and at tournaments, and heads the program’s coastal shark survey, which was most recently conducted in 2012. The survey is the oldest continuing survey of large coastal sharks in the U.S. Atlantic Ocean.

With lifespan estimates of 70 years and more, white sharks may be among the longest-lived fishes. Sharks that mature late, have long life spans and produce small litters have the lowest population growth rates and the longest generation times. Increased age at maturity would make white sharks more sensitive to fishing pressure than previously thought, given the longer time needed to rebuild white shark populations.

Study authors, in addition to Lisa Natanson from NOAA, included Li Ling Hamady and Simon Thorrold from WHOI and Greg Skomal from the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries. Hamady is a Ph.D. candidate in the MIT/WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography.

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Posted by: Johnny Greene | January 3, 2014

News and updates for January 2014

Well it’s that time of year again where we have to start doing the major work to the boat. Now is when we stop fishing to take the boat out of the water and clean and repair the bottom.

This year we will be going over to Barbers Marina which is very nice sprawling facility just to the north of Orange Beach. We will pull the boat out next week and power wash the bottom and start scraping barnacles off the running gear before our annual uscg hill side examination. This inspection is required to keep our Certificate of Inspection (COI) current. Basically the COI is the process that allows us to carry more than 6 passengers and is a very thorough inspection.

Once the Coast Guard has completed it’s inspection of the bottom surface and operation of all through hull valves we will remove the propellers and take them down to Tim Warren at A&B compuprop for him to computer balance both of the 34 inch wide 4 blade propellers to keep vibrations to a minimum and fuel economy to a maximum.

After this we will compound and wax the hull sides by hand with Makita buffer. The we go back with hard carnauba wax and polish it. A new coat of Inter-Lux underwater bottom paint to keep the bottom slick and ready to go fishing while we put a hard bottom paint on the stainless running gear to keep them smooth. We will also replace the sacrificial zinc anodes to make sure that there is no electrolysis issues.

This is about a 3 week process as most people fail to realize that the boat is 65 feet down both sides and 20 feet across the back. Ugh, it will make for some long days. Its the not so glamours side if the business that most don’t realize but no business is right? However, it is still a better job than most and when the fish are biting, and you guys are happy it makes it all worth while.

We still have openings for the 2014 season and look forward to see y’all then. In the mean while we have a spare buffet for you if you’re bored!

Thanks to all of you for reading this and make sure to like my Facebook page and share if you don’t mind. We still have plenty of T-shirts and seasoning available too.

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Posted by: Johnny Greene | December 13, 2013

Fishing report for December 2013

As the weather has cooled off a good bit this winter as predicted the fishing has just gotten better and better. We have had great catches of Amberjacks, vermillion snapper, white snapper and scamps.

Not sure about the offshore fishing as we have not been down there in the last several weeks but my guess is they are still there!

The redfish and nearshore trolling reports have been consistently good and hopefully they will hold in here for us.

We still have few trips to go for this year but will be in the boat yard right after the first of the year for just a few days.

We have rebuilt one motor this fall during some bad weather and will so the other as time permits in the spring.

We have had a wonderful year and look forward to seeing you again soon. It’s never to early to call and make your reservations for the 14′ season

Posted by: Johnny Greene | September 26, 2013

Alabama deep-sea fishing report

Over the past couple of months the fishing has continued to improve I just get better and better as the fall time is approaching. It’s no secret to those of you who have just with me in the past that the late-summer fall and early winter my favorite times of year to go fishing.
We have made one change in the way we deliver the fishing reports and that is to post a photo collage of random pictures taken during the trip by your mates. They are on display for everyone to review at www.Facebook.com/intimidatorSportfishing for trip by trip report photos. Please be sure to “like” is a share your picture with your buddies.

Currently the 4 hour charters have been producing great catches of big Spanish and some nice king mackerel that are usually they are a crowd pleaser for a family group with small kids who were just looking for some action.

Six hours trips continue to be one of the most popular trips that we run for the 2013 season. While fishing day before yesterday with the Rose family from Kentucky, we had a great trip catching red snapper, white snapper, Vermillion snapper and some nice triggerfish. Mr. Rose did not want to keep everything so we Just kept a few for them to take to Mikee’s restaurant Golfshores and have them prepared for them.

The day trips over the past month and a half have been filled with my catches of gag grouper, amberjack some nice triggerfish and lots of happy customers. The full day trip is one of the better trips that we offer as we have finished many successful clients with much success for many years now.

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Last but certainly not least is the offshore overnight trips moving into October and November. While red snapper season is set to reopen October 1 through October 14 we had book almost every day of the month before the announcement last month. However, still have some openings for one half day trip and one overnight trip in October if you would like to go to experience everything from bottom fishing for red snapper to offshore fishing for a yellow tuna

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Posted by: Johnny Greene | July 8, 2013

Fishing report for first week of July, 2013

Over the past week of board the charter boat Intimidator we have had some very good fishing trips. The scamp and grouper bite on the full day 12 hour charters has been pretty good. One day it’ll be slow but the next day It’ll be really good.

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The same trend kind of continues for the six-hour charters as well. These trips always been the most popular trip that we offer for summertime tourist. While the trips have been good there has been a lack of consistency on the bite from day to day. However, we have had good catches of Vermillion and white snapper along with King and Spanish mackerel.

On the four hour fishing charters we have done fairly well with the king and Spanish mackerel as well as some bonitos. But, after the last week of torrential rains we have had in local area I would imagine this fishery will slowdown until the salinity comes back up once the freshwater dissipates.

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As always, August, September and October are generally our best overnight fishing months and the days are really booking on up. We have not done very many fishing reports lately as we have moved to snapping pictures over the course of our fishing trips and simply posting them on our Facebook page.

Posted by: Johnny Greene | June 23, 2013

Third week of Snapper Season off Alabama

Over the past week red snapper fishing has continued to be as good as ever. We have had to travel a little further than normal offshore to catch some nice fish fortunately it has all worked out.

A great day of fishing on the Intimidator

A great day of fishing on the Intimidator

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The king mackerel  and Spanish mackerel showed up very well over the last couple of weeks and we have done well trolling at the conclusion of our bottom fishing charters. We have openings for the first week of July will be more than glad to take you fishing as it will be the highlight the highlight for a lot of family vacations

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The bottom fishing will continue to be good as some fisheries have closed for spawning purposes and others are opening up. A full-day trip would be your best opportunity to catch some large big fish like grouper and scamp.

Offshore the tunafish are doing their thing as well as dolphins and the Wahoo.  Don’t let July get away without booking your trip now!

Posted by: Johnny Greene | June 15, 2013

Afternoon fishing trips with Outdoors Without Limits

Friday afternoons charter was a donation to the Outdoors Without Limits trip that caters to organizations such as a wounded warriors and others. It was very a very cool feeling to see the guys in the wheelchairs and prosthetics be able to enjoy catching some American red snapper. Thank you for all that you do.

More fishing reports with tons of photos on Facebook

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