Posted by: Capt. Johnny Greene | January 18, 2016

The 2016 Fishing season is here

The triggerfish are big and hungry this year!

Well after a long sloppy season that El Nino brought to us in 2015 and I have to admit that I am ready for this year to get kicked off.  We have had a short winter in Orange Beach as we have been fishing pretty steady this winter.  The weather this winter has been extremely mild and warm.  I expect this coming season to be a lot calmer and more  of a typical summer along the Alabama Gulf Coast.

We are currently  have been busy working on rods, reels, and tackle not to mention getting ready to haul the Intimidator Charter boat out of the water for a few days to check the bottom side and make sure everything is ship shape and ready to go.  We shouldn’t be out of the water long as it looks to be about a week long affair for us this year.

The coming season promises to be a good one as things are booking on up for us. In fact our first trip of the year is coming up this weekend and we are extremely ready to get after them big ones!  We have booked a lot of spring break tips and the regular customers have their dates ready as well.  Don’t fret we still have dates available for you too.  The early spring overnighters should be a lot of fun with wahoo and Tuna fish with the warm water temperatures.

At this time, Amberjack and triggerfish are open but I would book my trip as early as I can as they may close soon than the projected dates of May 31.  Red Snapper is still on target to open June 1 and will be a good season as always.

We are ready to go so get with us soon before the dates you are are gone.

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Posted by: Capt. Johnny Greene | April 24, 2015

April fishing has been wonderful, despite the rain

April Fishing at its best!

April fishing has been right on target for all the lucky anglers.  We have had some wonderful trips this year with the cool spring.  The Cobia fishing has been really good until the last week or so of rain but it will just get better as the rainwater dissipates and the sun comes back out.  We are fishing and Cobia will be around for another month or so as the make their annual spring migratory run.  What kind of price do you put on this type of trip with your daughter?  It’s priceless in my book!

Allen caught a big 86 pound Cobia in April on the charter boat intimidator with his daughter.

Allen caught a big 86 pound Cobia in April on the charter boat Intimidator with his daughter.

Give us a call today to book you next fishing adventure on the charter boat Intimidator.
Capt Johnny Greene

Posted by: Capt. Johnny Greene | February 15, 2015

Spring Break fishing trips 2015

The 2015 Spring Break season is here and fishing has been really good. So far we have had a mild winter with some really beautiful days which is giving everyone the itch to go fishing, including us.


A great way to spend spring break is in the local Orange Beach and Gulf Shores area have became popular destinations over the last 10 years or so and with a mild winter this year, you can’t help but think spring is going to be really good

The most popular trip in our area during Spring Break are the half day and the full day trips.

Half day trips offer a good basic introduction to deep sea fishing in a manner that engages everyone fishing at one time. There are many different types of fish that you can catch and keep even though some of them are out of season during this time of year


The other option for fishing this time of year is a full day charter. Typically the full day trip his photos anglers that are a little more experienced or are hoping to catch something big like an amberjack scamp or even a shark but the women and kids have reallt gotten into this trip due to the diversity and opportunities to catch many different types of fish


We still have some dates available  and hope that you will join us this year and come have a great time with us!

By Capt. Johnny Greene

Posted by: Capt. Johnny Greene | October 11, 2014

Monster Amberjack caught off Orange Beach

October 4, 2014

Orange Beach, Al. – On a full day charter, this past week we caught a large amberjack while bottom fishing. 


Tonya McLemore caught this fish on a Penn 113h (4/0) reel with 60 pound line.  She was fishing on the bottom for scamp and grouper when the big fish hit. After about 20 minutes she finally managed to bring him to the surface and every one cheered while snapping some pictures.  We quickly pulled the fish over in the boat to get the hook out as it was hooked well in the upper corner of the mouth. 

To help release the fish, we hooked up the seaquilizer and started lowering him back down, after about 30 feet he started shaking his head and after a 100 feet he was released to fight another day.

This is one of the biggest jacks we’ve caught in a while and it was nice to see him released.  Properly releaseing a bottom-fish takes some effort but it is worth it in the long run.

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Posted by: Capt. Johnny Greene | August 5, 2014

Fishing report for October

As the summer vacation season is now over we move into the transition to fall break and our traditional offshore overnight trips.

The overnight trips is what has made and maintained a steady
repeat clientele for us over the years. These trips have always been the very best that we have to offer and encompass bottom fishing, offshore tuna fishing and perhaps some deep drop fishing.

The fall time has to be my most favorite time of year to fish. The dog days of Summer have warmed the waters of the Gulf of Mexico and it will stay warm all the way into December, even as the air temperature starts to cool off making ideal conditions for the savvy angler.

Yellowfin and black tuna are a major draw for this time of year. But wahoo , scamp and grouper have become just as much of a fan favorite on the longer trips. As with most groups everyone wants to share of quote “reel – time” and that’s just what you’ll do a longer trip


Make your plans now to get out fishing as winter is drawing closer by the minute. You will not be disappointed and the results of one of these trips, I promise.

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Captain Johnny Greene


That is a pretty good question that is often asked to me when talking to customers about a vacation fishing trip. The most popular trip is the the 6 hour that incorporates some bottom fishing and some trolling on the way out to the fishing grounds and back in. We see kids if all ages that really like this trip and it’s a good mix if riding offshore and seeing the sights as well as fishing and fun.

We will catch lots if different species such as a variety of snapper, triggerfish, mackerel and some other surprises along the way. The truth is most if the kids do better than the adults as the are so excited and ready to go.

We have nice boat that is clean and safe with a progressional full time crew. We fish full time year round and offer world class service that you will find assuring. I book all the trips my self and run 90% of the trips unless in off trying work in fishery management issues.

I welcome you to give us a call text message it email and I’ll try to help anyway I can. I do own and operate the boat and sometime get out of phone range so be a little patient with me while I may be offshore

Posted by: Capt. Johnny Greene | June 8, 2014

Need more information about deep sea fishing trips?

As everyone knows social media has taken over all forms of business with regards to advertising. We have tried to keep up with this movement and have begun using Facebook for our daily fishing reports.

We also make attempts to update our Twitter and Instagram pages as well, but I must admit I’m a little behind the curve on both of these.

We have been focusing our efforts toward catching you as many fish as possible and or coming out with new innovative ideas that you were sure to like. Feel free to like, share, retweet and Insta whatever is to your buddies and friends!


OrangeBeachFishing on Instagram however that works!

I guess you should be proud that I am not a social media guru but I am a pretty good fisherman. I look forward to seeing you on your next fishing trip sometime soon.
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Posted by: Capt. Johnny Greene | May 23, 2014

So why are some fisheries closed this year that were open last year?

Well this about the best description of what we are up against in the fishing industry right now. None of this precludes us from going fishing and having fun, it jay keeps us from harvesting certain species in normally open times if the year.

2014 Gulf of Mexico Recreational Fishing Closures and Accountability Measures

Why are many recreational fishing seasons for reef fish being closed or shortened?

Federal regulations require most federally managed species to have an annual catch limit. An annual catch limit is the amount of fish that can be caught by fishermen in a fishing year.
Most federally managed species also have accountability measures which are management measures intended to prevent catch limits from being exceeded or mitigate overages if they occur.
If the catch limit is exceeded, accountability measures are triggered.
For many Gulf reef fish species, accountability measures include shortening the fishing season in the following year if the catch limit is exceeded in the prior year to ensure landings do not exceed the annual catch limit or annual catch target.
Annual catch targets are catch levels set below the annual catch limit and are typically used for stocks that are depleted (overfished) and in need of rebuilding.
Additionally, some species that are depleted require overages to be paid back in the following fishing year, resulting in catch limits and catch targets being reduced.

Recreational catch limits for Gulf of Mexico red snapper, red grouper, gray triggerfish, and greater amberjack were exceeded in 2013.
Combined commercial and recreational catch limits for Gulf of Mexico hogfish and Spanish mackerel were also exceeded.

What were the landings, annual catch limits, and annual catch targets for recreationally caught species exceeding their annual catch limits in 2013?

Annual Catch Target
Annual Catch Limit
Gray triggerfish
217,100 lbs ww
241,200 lbs ww
524,605 lbs ww
Greater amberjack
1,130,000 lbs ww
1,299,000 lbs ww
1,566,488 lbs ww
208,000 lbs ww
251,034 lbs ww
Red Grouper
1,730,000 lbs gw
1,900,000 lbs gw
2,392,112 lbs gw
Red Snapper
5,390,000 lbs ww
9,541,327 lbs ww
Spanish mackerel
5,150,000 lbs1
5,912,344 lbs
(Spanish mackerel has a combined commercial and recreational annual catch limit.)

Where can I find more information on the recreational landings for a season?

Landings are summarized on the NOAA Fisheries Southeast Regional Office website at:
Landings are from the Marine Recreational Information Program, the Southeast Headboat Survey, the Texas Parks and Wildlife’s recreational creel survey, and the Southeast Fisheries Science Center’s commercial quota monitoring program.

What are the accountability measures for species that exceeded their annual catch limits?

Gray Triggerfish and Greater Amberjack
Because both of these species are overfished, accountability measures require the annual catch limit and annual catch target to be reduced in the following year by the amount of the previous year’s catch limit overage.
Additionally, when recreational landings reach or are projected to reach the annual catch target for these species, NOAA Fisheries must close the fishery for the remainder of the year.

Red Grouper
When recreational landings reach or are projected to reach the annual catch limit for red grouper, NOAA Fisheries must close the fishery for the remainder of the year; and
If recreational red grouper landings exceed the annual catch limit, NOAA Fisheries must maintain the annual catch target at the level of the prior year’s annual catch target and reduce the bag limit by one fish (from 4 to 3 in 2014).

Hogfish and Spanish Mackerel
If the sum of commercial and recreational landings exceeds the total catch limit for these species, then during the following fishing year, if the sum of commercial and recreational landings reaches or is projected to reach the total catch limit, NOAA Fisheries will close the commercial and recreational sectors for the remainder of that fishing year.

Red Snapper
NOAA Fisheries is required to close red snapper when the recreational quota is met or projected to be met.
Additionally, in 2014 an annual catch target was set 20% less than the annual catch limit to increase the likelihood that a quota overage does not occur.

Are changes to the Marine Recreational Information Program survey responsible for so many annual catch limits being exceeded?

New Marine Recreational Information Program estimates are more accurate and less biased than those produced previously. The Marine Recreational Information Program redesigned the dockside angler intercept survey in March 2013 to provide better coverage of the variety of fishing trips ending at different times of day.
Assuming the new survey methodology eliminated past biases, the new estimates might not be directly comparable to 2013 catch limits or other management reference points and may be in part responsible for some annual catch limits being exceeded. However, other factors may also be responsible for higher landings in 2013. For instance, overall Gulf-wide fishing effort was up 8% compared to 2012 and scientific data indicates a strong year-class of red grouper is entering the fishery.

Gray Triggerfish
Why was the gray triggerfish recreational sector closed so early in 2014?

The recreational annual catch limit was exceeded by more than double in 2013. Accountability measures require NOAA Fisheries to deduct the overage off of the following year’s annual catch limit and annual catch target. Because of the magnitude of the 2013 overage, the annual catch limit and annual catch target for recreational gray triggerfish in 2014 was set to zero; therefore, requiring NOAA Fisheries to close the recreational sector.
Why did NOAA Fisheries not close recreational gray triggerfish earlier in 2013 to prevent such a large overage?
In 2012, the recreational gray triggerfish sector was closed in June.
In 2013, projections completed early in the year indicated the recreational sector should close again in early June. However, at the time the recreational sector was projected to close, only 18% of annual catch target had been reported landed. NOAA Fisheries decided to wait until landings were available through June, but receipt of those landings estimates was delayed due to ongoing improvements to the Marine Recreational Information Program survey. When landings estimates through June were received in early fall it was determined the annual catch target was close to being met, therefore NOAA Fisheries closed the recreational sector on October 15, 2013. Furthermore, high levels of landings were reported in September and October, resulting in a large catch limit overage.

Why is NOAA Fisheries now closing recreational gray triggerfish in spring or early summer, when in previous years there were no closures?

Based on the results of a 2011 population assessment, NOAA Fisheries and the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) determined gray triggerfish was not rebuilding according to the rebuilding plan and remained overfished.
The Council developed a suite of actions intended to allow gray triggerfish to rebuild within the rebuilding plan timeline; this included a reduction in the annual catch limit and annual catch target.
The reduced annual catch limits and annual catch targets are being met more quickly, resulting in earlier in-season closures.
Red Grouper

Why is NOAA Fisheries now closing recreational red grouper in-season, when there have not been closures in previous years?

Annual catch limits for red grouper in prior years have not been exceeded, allowing the recreational red grouper fishing season to remain open until the end of the year.
Based on a 2009 stock assessment, red grouper were determined to not be overfished or undergoing overfishing, and the stock was increasing in abundance.
Recognizing that recreational fishing opportunities could be increased, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council chose to increase the bag limit from 2 to 4 fish, beginning in 2012. Landings in 2012 increased substantially compared to previous years, and were 96% of the catch limit. Landings in 2013 exceeded the catch limit by 26%, triggering this year’s reduction to the bag limit and fishery closure.

When is the red grouper recreational sector expected to close in 2014?

The red grouper recreational catch limit is estimated to be met by September 16, 2014.
NOAA Fisheries will continue to monitor landings in season and will make adjustments to the closure date, as needed.
Instead of implementing a lengthy closure for red grouper why not reduce the bag limit to two fish?
Accountability measures for red grouper only allow NOAA Fisheries to reduce the bag limit by one fish. The red grouper bag limit of 3 fish became effective May 5, 2014.
Reducing the bag limit from 4 to 2 fish would require action by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council.
A 2-fish bag limit would extend the season longer than a 3-fish bag limit, but may still result in the recreational sector being closed at the end of the year if landings in 2014 are similar to landings in 2013.

Greater Amberjack
What are the annual catch limits and annual catch targets for greater amberjack in 2014 and when is the recreational sector expected to close?

Recreational catches of greater amberjack have approached or exceeded the annual catch limit in two of the last four years, resulting in adjusted catch limits where the overages have been subtracted from the next year’s quota.
The 2013 greater amberjack recreational catch limit was exceeded by 267,488 lbs. Annual catch limits and annual catch targets for 2014 were reduced by this same amount to 1,031,512 lbs and 862,512 lbs, respectively.
NOAA Fisheries has not determined a closure date for the recreational greater amberjack sector and will continue to monitor landings in season. If catches are similar to those in 2013, the recreational greater amberjack sector is expected to close in late summer.

Hogfish and Spanish Mackerel
When will the hogfish and Spanish mackerel recreational sectors close in 2014?

The Spanish mackerel recreational sector is not expected to close in 2014/15 despite last year’s overage because the catch limit for Spanish mackerel is being significantly increased this year through new rulemaking.
NOAA Fisheries has not determined the closure date for hogfish and will continue to monitor landings in season. If catches are similar to those in 2013, hogfish is expected to close this fall.

Red Snapper
When is the 2014 recreational red snapper open in federal waters?

The 2014 recreational red snapper season in federal waters begins June 1, 2014, at 12:01 a.m., local time and closes June 10, 2014, at 12:01 a.m., local time.
Why is the recreational season length 9 days instead of the 40-day season announced in December 2013?
In March 2014, a U.S. District Court ruled, in part, that NOAA Fisheries failed to require adequate accountability measures for the recreational sector to ensure the recreational quota was not exceeded. The Court also found NOAA Fisheries failed to use the best scientific information available by not using the 2013 Marine Recreational Information Program data to determine if quota remained to allow for an additional fall season.
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council requested this emergency rule at their April 2014 meeting to better ensure red snapper recreational landings do not exceed the recreational quota established in the rebuilding plan, in accordance with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act and the Court’s ruling.
The inconsistent state seasons account for nearly half of the total recreational quota.
Taking these extended state seasons into account, and establishing a recreational annual catch target by applying the 20-percent buffer, reduced the federal season to 11 days. Subsequently, Louisiana extended their state-water season, which required a further reduction in the federal season to 9 days.
For more information about how the recreational season was calculated go to the 2014 red snapper season length report in Appendix B (page 76) at:

Was the recreational annual catch limit for gag exceeded in 2013?

No, the recreational annual catch limit for gag of 1.495 million pounds was not exceeded in 2013. Recreational landings totaled 1.467 million pounds, or 98% of the annual catch limit.

What will the recreational annual catch limit be for gag in 2014 and when will the gag recreational season open and close?
The recreational annual catch limit for gag is 1.72 million pounds and the recreational annual catch target for gag is 1.519 million pounds.
Recreational accountability measures for gag require NOAA Fisheries to close the recreational sector when the annual catch limit is met or projected to be met.
The gag recreational season opens in federal waters on July 1, 2014, and will remain open until December 3, 2014, unless the annual catch limit is met or projected to be met before that date.

Vermilion Snapper
Recreational landings of vermilion snapper were much higher in 2013 than in previous years? Will there be a recreational closure for vermilion snapper?

At this time, the vermilion snapper recreational sector is not projected to close in 2014.
Marine Recreational Information Program landings of vermilion snapper in 2013 were nearly double those reported in 2012.
Despite this large increase in recreational landings, the combined commercial and recreational annual catch limit for vermilion snapper of 3.42 million pounds was not exceeded.
NOAA Fisheries will continue to monitor vermilion snapper landings in-season. If combined commercial and recreational vermilion snapper landings reach or are project to reach the annual catch limit, then NOAA Fisheries will close the commercial and recreational sectors for the remainder of the year.

About Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is one of eight regional Fishery Management Councils established by the Fishery Conservation and Management Act of 1976. The Council prepares fishery management plans, which are designed to manage fishery resources within the 200-mile limit of the Gulf of Mexico.

Posted by: Capt. Johnny Greene | May 22, 2014

Red snapper season announced for 2014 (part 2)

Late last week, the National Marine Fisheries Service announced the 2014 federal red snapper season would open June 1st and close at midnight June 9th.

This closure is very unfortunate for some anglers but it is good for other people who may not have been able book a charter due to the snapper season being all booked up. I have booked several groups in the last week that just want to go catch what ever they can and have fun. This will be the future of this business and is something that we should have embraced a long time ago.

We will make the best of whatever comes our way. There are some new ideas coming down the pipe that maybe just as in Mick Jagger “sometimes you may not get what you want, but you get what we need”.

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Posted by: Capt. Johnny Greene | May 2, 2014

Triggerfish season closed on May 1, 2014 for the rest of the year

Well unfortunately, triggerfish season will close for the remainder of the year. I really think that was going to happen this year, however with the recent lawsuit against the National Marine Fisheries Service mandating that we used the new MRIP landings survey as the best available science, I guess it we will be applied to all recreationally caught fish not just red snapper.

The first half of triggerfish season in 2013 the bag limit was 20 per person and when it reopened August 1, it was at 2 per person due to a regulatory framework amendment to the fishery management plan. I knew there would possibly have been an overage but was hopeful that with the new bag limits in place , we would have been able to fish through the current year with that considerable reduction in place.

Triggerfish and amberjack are the only only two of the federally managed species that have a direct pay back provision within their fisheries. The season will reopen in 2015 with most likely a two fish per person bag limit


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